The PEAR Museum Project

The PEAR Museum Project is off and running at Kickstarter!

The purpose of this project is to create an archival museum to preserve, display, and demonstrate the unique and attractive experimental equipment that served as the nucleus of the studies conducted at the PrincetonEngineering Anomalies Research laboratory.

What was PEAR?
The PEAR program, which operated at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1979 to 2007, was internationally renowned for its studies of human/machine anomalies and the role of consciousness in the construction of physical reality. Its legacy is now being carried forward by International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which will house the proposed PEAR museum in its Princeton, NJ, headquarters.

Designed to study the potential vulnerability of engineering devices and IT systems to the anomalous influence of the consciousness of their human operators, each device combined rigorous scientific controls with aesthetically attractive displays designed to appeal to their human operators, who attempted to affect the output of these devices in specific ways. This allowed these devices to have a dual purpose, as kinetic art as scientific research tools.