by Steve Hammons
January 7, 2013
by Hartwig HKD
The term “anomalous cognition” has come
to mean something similar to what has often been called the “sixth
sense.” These concepts are also linked with names for this phenomena
such as extrasensory perception (ESP)
However, is it true that certain kinds of perception are actually
“anomalous,” that is, unusual or out of the ordinary?
It may be that the sixth sense is actually a very natural, normal
and common kind of perception that we all experience on a regular
basis. We may not recognize it as such because we filter those
perceptions through our conscious and logical thinking brain.
Or, maybe we just consider these perceptions as hunches, gut
feelings, instincts or intuition that we may or may not pay much
attention to. It might be more accurate and constructive to call
this kind of perception “alternative cognition” or “complementary
This is similar to ideas of alternative
medicine and complementary medicine.
We might think of alternative cognition or complementary cognition
as just another perceptual resource to go along with our other five
senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell as well as our
emotions, feelings, dreams and thinking brain.
In fact, maybe we will discover that there are more than these
modes of perception. Maybe we have the ability to perceive in
ways that can be further identified and specified.
There are also joint perceptions that involve using more than one
sense or perceptual resource simultaneously. Integrating our sixth
sense with the other five and other inner experiences may also be
helpful, as well as very natural and normal.
Complementary cognition is probably something all humans, and
probably many animals, possess as a natural part of our awareness.
However, this does not mean that all of us utilize this kind of
perception in equal measure.
For example, remote viewing refers to some specific methods
developed by the U.S. military and intelligence communities in
Project STARGATE during the 1970s,
‘80s and ‘90s. People were selected to be remote viewers in these
efforts because they were believed to have better than average or
quite good abilities in this area.
These abilities were then scientifically tested, verified, measured
and explored by Project STARGATE personnel.
Are these skills based on elements like personal experiences,
training and practice, genetics or psychological traits? All of
these factors, and maybe more, probably play a part in the abilities
of a particular person.
In addition, the purpose or importance of the alternative or
complementary cognition experience might be an important factor.
Is it being used as part of an
important secret mission, for personal safety and survival,
to find a missing child, to catch a dangerous criminal?
Would these situations somehow
contribute to the availability or accuracy of complementary
cognition experiences compared to a purpose that is less
As we continue to learn more about our sixth sense, ESP, remote
viewing, anomalous cognition, alternative/complementary cognition or
whatever we might choose to call it, we will probably find answers
to these questions.
Scientific research during the Project STARGATE years resulted in
large amounts of useful data that continues to be very helpful in
our understanding of this aspect of human consciousness.
In addition to the scientific exploration and measurement of this
human ability, it was applied to operational activities involved
with U.S. national security, often with significantly successful
In fact, a Navy SEAL officer suggested in a research paper for his
studies at the Marine Corps War College that remote viewing can be
an example of what he called “transcendent warfare.” He suggested
that using state-of-the-art and leading-edge emerging knowledge
about human consciousness can be an important part of U.S. national
Subsequent concepts that built on the SEAL officer’s idea of
transcendent warfare included the term “transcendent power” which is
complementary to diplomatic and military soft power, hard power and
what has been called smart power.
Taking the transcendent power idea further, we might discover that
it and complementary cognition can be applied to a wide range of
efforts and goals including economic prosperity, scientific
progress, medical discoveries, human development, international
peace operations, resolution of social problems, natural resources
conservation and many other important current challenges.
When we begin to understand that alternative and complementary
cognition is a natural part being human, we may find that we can
make accelerated progress on many levels.