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Postcognition is the psychical influence of a hypothetical universal information system capable of storing, retaining, and recalling information pertaining to the past states of objects, and events. This is achieved through the act of an experient requesting and receiving information pertaining to past events via the systems long-term memory or long-term information storage. The system captures, retains, and stores this information and can be requested by an experient in which is then conveyed intuitively and in the form of sensory hallucinations; primarily through the visual and auditory modalities. These hallucinations can also occur in other sensory modalities including olfaction, gustatory, and somatosensory. (Kelly, 2011)

Additional Definitions

Retrocognition (also known as postcognition), from the Latin retro meaning “backward, behind” and cognition meaning “knowing”, is the purported paranormal transfer of information about an event or object in the past. The term was coined by Frederic Myers.[2]

Recorded System Model

The method utilized by experients of postcognitive phenomena is comprehensible via the convergence of the mechanics and laws pertaining to the universal information system and the experient. Since the system is theoretical, so too is its and the experients natural laws and mechanics. The universal information system provides one of the core functions of reality, that of information retention and record. This universal information system provides unification across diverse information types into one system encompassing an array of information pertaining to visual, auditory, spatial, chronological, and many other types of information. It also provides a level of abstraction, which is necessary to organize information into files and directories. The system is dependent upon a declarative subsystem, which encodes information pertaining to objective fact systematically for storage in its long-term memory or information storage. The systems information is encoded by one region of this subsystem, but the information is consolidated and stored elsewhere. This declarative subsystem consists of two major divisions including episodic, referring to information for specific events in time, and semantic, referring to information pertaining to the functions and laws of the system and of reality. (Kelly, 2011)

Neurological Causation & Interpretive Processes

There have been correlates found between postcognitive phenomena and working memory and long-term memory in experients. This may suggest a part played by the hippocampus, the basal ganglia, and possibly the temporal cortex in which play important roles in memory. These areas could be concluded as at least partially responsible for interpreting signals pertaining to recorded events as psychological and physiological conditions caused by injury to these regions of the brain are in correlation with several disorders reported by experients of postcognitive phenomena including severe depression, dementia, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. However, interpretive subsystems are theorized to be external to the experient. Their objective is to mediate transmissions between the system and the experient by translating the signal for the receptor. In the case of an experient receiving information from the system, the information is deemed properly mediated and comprehensible to the experients mental interpretive processes pending the onset of mental interpretive processes. Information interpreted is either immediately accessible consciously by the experient, or in the case of subconscious reception, is delayed and results in spontaneous experiences. (Kelly, 2011)


  1. Kelly, Theresa M. (2011) Clairvoyance: A Quantum Approach – A Textbook of the University of Alternative Studies. Charleston, South Carolina USA.

Further Reading

  1. Kelly, Theresa M.(2013) Quantum Psychics – Scientifically Understand, Enhance and Control Your Psychic Ability,
    Charleston, South Carolina USA (ISBN: 9780557034024).
  2. Kelly, Theresa M. (2011) Clairvoyance: A Quantum Approach – A Textbook of the University of Alternative Studies. Charleston, South Carolina USA.

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