The word Metaphysics is derived from a series of dissertations given by Aristotle which came after those he gave on Physics. “Meta” simply means after or beyond in this case physics and is a word that was coined by Aristotelian scholars centuries after his death.
They couldn’t be included in “Physics” because they were discussions by Aristotle of the abstract of what can not immediately be perceived by the senses and thus beyond physics such as the “supernatural”, the “paranormal” and what is considered “unexplained phenomenon” or “things that go boomp in the night”.
The “immaterial” as opposed to the “material” in philosophy. What is called dualism.
This includes the realm of what makes consciousness and awareness and the question of :Who or what is it that perceives?
Metaphysics like its close neighbor Parapsychology deal with things that it is not currently possible to accurately or possibly can not be quantified by the usual scientific means because of their subjectivity or abstraction. Therefore they exist outside the boundary of what Immanuel Kant called the “knowable” or at least what can be known objectively with any accuracy.
Like musicians some Remote Viewers seem more talented and capable than others.
Able to produce what some in the Intelligence Community have called the “eight martini result”.
Effort has been made to explain Remote Viewing as a phenomenon similar to “entanglement“, what Einstein called “spooky action from a distance” and other strange phenomena that has been observed in the field of quantum mechanics or physics, by Harold or “Hal” Puthoff the man who along with Russell Targ were the two individuals contracted by CIA to conduct the original research on Remote Viewing.
Puthoff in particular who like Ingo Swann was an adherent of the Church of Scientology at the time and had been initiated into the Church’s Advanced Levels which were directed toward the phenomenon of stable exteriorization and being able to operate exclusively outside the body as a spirit or as Scientologists call it a Thetan.
Something the author will explain in the next chapter.