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analytical and associative overlay

An alleged phenomenon that occurs during alleged psychic experiences wherein psychic impressions trigger thoughts related to the psychic impressions. This results in extraneous impressions and images being commingled with the psychic ones.

The idea of analytical and associative overlays seems to have been invented to explain why, for example, remote viewers have numerous wrong or seemingly irrelevant impressions. The viewer is describing things he associates with the target rather than the target itself. So, if the viewer seems on target, it's a hit; if he's off target, that's a hit, too.

See also ad hoc hypothesis, ESP, displacement, psi-conducive state, psi-focus assumption, psi-missing, and psychic drift.

further reading

Tart, Charles. 2009. The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together. New Harbinger.

Last updated 20-Dec-2015

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