Integrated intelligence has obvious links with psi research, as the concept of extended mind is related to such psi phenomena as extra-sensory perception,clairvoyance, precognition, and so on. While there are transpersonal researcherswho do employ related tools formally in their research (Hart, Nelson & Puhakka2000), in the process I am suggesting here, the five tools are not formallyincorporated into research methodology, but are background tools which enhancethe research process. You do not have to have any specific belief in a classical interpretation of intuition touse these tools. It would help, however, to temporarily suspend doubt. After all, thesuspension of doubt is the stance of the true skeptic, not a dogmatic insistence on aparticular perspective, as Rupert Sheldrake has so often stated (Sheldrake 2003).I see integrated intelligence as a means of facilitating and enhancing other ways of knowing. It is not a means to do away with critical rationality or traditional researchmethods. May I suggest you begin with whichever of the tools you feel mostcomfortable. You can modify them according to your particular needs andpreferences. I developed these tools through experimentation, and throughadapting and modifying other people’s ideas.
I continue to work and experimentwith them. I invite you do the same.Here I will categorise the tools according the core operations of the theory of integrated intelligence, as outlined previously (Anthony 2006, 2008a, 2008b):integrated perception, location, diagnosis, evaluation, fore-sense, and creativity andinnovation.
The evolution of Futures Studies and intuitive ways of knowing
Where can we situate these ideas, considering they are rather radical? Australianfuturist Richard Slaughter sees Futures Studies as having evolved through fourdistinct phases. The first was the empirical tradition, which was most prominent inthe United States. The second was a “culturally based” approach - predominantlyEuropean - which eventually led to Critical Futures studies. Then in the third phasean international and multicultural thrust emerged, which Slaughter finds is stilldeveloping. Slaughter’s fourth phase has been the emergence of Post-conventionalFutures and Integral Futures studies.Integral Futures studies has developed from the work of Ken Wilber (2000) (amongstothers) and the integral tradition which he developed (Slaughter 2003). In simplifiedform, Wilber’s analytical approach looks at four distinct domains: the physical world,culture, society, and consciousness. In short, it examines both exteriors and humaninteriors. The essence of Wilber’s model is summarised by Slaughter in the following way. The central feature of the integral approach is to honor all truths andacknowledge the value of many different ways of knowing across allsignificant fields (Slaughter 2003).3