Getting Information from the Unknown World
In this chapter, the author shares his feelings about moving research into the unconscious mind away from the mysteries of living systems to the more controllable inorganic ones used by instrument makers. Those guesses include his musings on the experiments with bacterial cultures that inspired Alexander Fleming to invent penicillin. One great advantage of any scientific instrument which could access the unknown world would to bring that world out of the shadowy 'paranormal' field and into the certain world of physical science. Instead of depending on the changing and unpredictable states of mind of individual observers, it would enter the Valerian world of believable, repeatable, scientific observations, the recipes which always work. The author imagines that one might be able to present the machine not with a closed book but with a floppy disk and read it without playing it. He likes the idea of encouraging research into computer-based artificial intelligence (AI) in that direction.