The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) published a new video of its head scientist, Dean Radin, speaking in front of students at the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) about current state of psychic research.
It’s a very accessible, well-recorded, presentation. Recommended for staying up to date or for introduction into parapsychology research.
Topics include visual illusions, Ganzfeld experiments, Presentiment experiments, reverse-priming experiments and more. Highly recommended. Running time: 50 minutes.
I will be conducting an interview with Dr. Dean Radin on February 27th, 2008. You are once again invited to contribute to this interview by submitting your question to my toll-free AfterlifeFM Interview line at 1-877-372-5367. This is a voice mail system that is open and available 24/7.
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Dr. Dean Radin (of the Institute of Noetic Sciences) posted on his blog a note about two recent speeches that he’s done. The first speech was on January 16th in the Google headquarters (Telepathic search engine, anyone ?).
The good thing about the speech is that the video is available on Youtube with the full speech (over 90 minutes), which is really great. The video is edited, showing the slides well and with good sound quality. The abstract of the speech is as follow:
Do telepathy, clairvoyance and other “psi” abilities exist? The majority of the general population believes that they do, and yet fewer than one percent of mainstream academic institutions have any faculty known for their interest in these frequently reported experiences. Why is a topic of enduring and widespread interest met with such resounding silence in academia? The answer is not due to a lack of scientific evidence, or even to a lack of scientific interest, but rather involves a taboo. I will discuss the nature of this taboo, some of the empirical evidence and critical responses, and speculate on the implications.
On January 19th, Dr. Radin talked in a conference entitled “Investigations of Consciousness and the Unseen World: Proof of an Afterlife?” where he talked about the possible implications of Psi on the possibility of afterlife.
I’ve almost finished reading Dean Radin’s book Entangled Minds : Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality. I would post half the book here if it was legal. Anyway, near the end of the book, Dr. Radin summarizes his meta-analysis of the psi research, which he presented in the main part of the book. By the way, his combined odds against chance of all the 1019 studies that he analyzed is an astounding 1.3×10103 to 1 (which also equals to 1300 googles googols). That’s quite a number to disregard.
Then he writes on skepticism: “In spite of the evidence, many remain skeptical”. He then writes about three factors that contribute to “reasonable doubt” (page 278 in the book):
No fool-proof recipe to guarantee 100% success of a psi experiment. Yet, he writes, that after billions of dollars spent on cancer research there’s also no guarantee of even a successful diagnosis of cancer, moreover no guarantee of a getting healed.
Most scientist are not aware of the body o evidence regarding psi. Even though some articles on psi research do get published in some mainstream scientific journals, they are much outweighed by regular scientific literature and are easy to overlook.
The principal reason for persistent skepticism, in Radin’s opinion, is that “scientific truths do not arise solely through the accumulation and evaluation of new evidence. In particular, consensus opinion advances through authoritative persuasion. This is not how it’s to work in an ideal world… Use of rhetorical tactics like ridicule are especially powerful persuaders in science, as few researchers are willing to risk their credibility and admit interest in ‘what everyone knows’ is merely superstitious nonsense”.
How do you think is he close to the truth in this? Discuss in forums
Dr. Dean Radin’s reports on his blog that the following paper (abstract present below) will appear in the Explore journal – The Journal of Science and Healing.
Testing nonlocal observation as a source of intuitive knowledge
This study explored the hypothesis that in some cases intuitive knowledge arises from perceptions that are not mediated through the ordinary senses. The possibility of detecting such “nonlocal observation” was investigated in a pilot test based on the effects of observation on a quantum system.
About a month ago I wrote an article about spoon bending. In that article I wrote about my inquiries about Uri Geller from the people I interviewed and also about Jack Houck’s PK parties, which many people have attended. I then provided evidence in favor of spoon bending from two known persons: writer Michael Crichton and Dick Sutphen who both attended a PK party.
Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in Psychokinesis, Research | Comments Off on Burning Man and IONS collaborate on Mind over Matter experiment
Cassi Vieten and Dean Radin of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences), announced a planned experiment at Burning Man 2012 to test Mind over Matter interaction. The participants will try to affect a Random Number Generator (RNG) using their minds. Their efforts will be visualized using a “Huge Freakin’ Laser”, as they say. The laser will turn greener as the deviation increases and more red as it increases.
The organizers believe that the large number of people present at Burning Man will have a mesurable effect on the RNGs. Dean Radin has performed similar experiments in a laboratory conditions, even with online participants but taking it into the public and into such a large event as Burning Man may have even better results and also an increased media exposure.
IONS is asking the public to support the experiment financially. Their goal is to raise $2000 “to pay for computers, RNGs, lasers, etc”.
Telepathy is one of these subjects that intrigue many people because of its possible practical consequences. Twin telepathy – the possible connection between twins appears to be a relatively known fact, especially to many twins. There are a lot of stories about this phenomenon and some research has been done in the field. I’d like to present some sources to ignite your interest.
I first wrote about this in an article more than 6 ago, Telepathy experiments with identical twins. I presented a TV “study” there but what I loved about this article is a comment that I’ve received. Here’s an excerpt from this comment:
As a mother, I have experienced this phenomenon myself. The first times were when my first son was born. He developed an infection and was in a special care baby unit for the first week of his life. The unit was three floors below my room and yet every time my baby randomly woke up during the day or night, I knew, and was sitting at the door ready to go down to breast feed him when the nurse called up for me. The urge to go to him was even strong enough to wake me from a deep sleep.
Knowing when he needed me continued very strongly and he was 5 or 6 before it began to lessen. On one occasion, when he was three, I was with some of the other mums in the kitchen at a birthday party when I suddenly couldn’t breathe. I rushed through to find him and a much older boy had sneaked him into a bedroom under a pretext and was trying to strangle him. My son was blue in the face and passing out…
Early in the evening of 27 November 1975, the writer and television personality Ross McWhirter was shot in the head and chest by two gunmen on the doorstep of his north London home. He was rushed to hospital, but was declared dead on or shortly after arrival, before his identical twin brother Norris could reach his bedside…
…I was able to get an eye-witness account from somebody who had been with Norris McWhirter at the time of the shooting and yes, he had unmistakably reacted. Moreover, he had reacted in a dramatic way, almost as if he too had been shot – by an invisible bullet.
There’s another article by Guy Lyon Playfair at the Paranormalia site where he writes about twin telepathy and presents the following information, among other:
In 2004 the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London sent a questionnaire to the 10,000 twins on its books that included a question never asked before, to my knowledge, by a scientific body: ‘Do you have the ability to know what is happening to your co-twin when you are not there?’. More than half (54%) said yes or maybe, only 46% said no. What was particularly intriguing about these results, apart from the fact that there are some 5,000 twins out there who think they have or might have experienced telepathy, was the fact that nearly twice as many identical as fraternal (non-identical) ones said yes.
If you’d love to read some more stories from twins, I suggest you read the comments to a twin telepathy article on about.com. The article itself is not as interesting as readers’ account, in my opinion.
As to scientific research. There appear to be some proper research done on twins. One was published in the Science magazine in 1965. Two researchers from the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia published an article in the Science journal titled “Extrasensory electroencephalographic induction between identical twins”. The results showed striking correlation between their minds. Here’s a link to the (very short) abstract. The whole paper can be bought on the site.
Another research was performed more recently by Dr. Dean Radin, one of the leading psi researchers today. His paper, “Event-Related Electroencephalographic Correlations Between Isolated Human Subjects” (PDF), comes to the following conclusion:
Under certain conditions, the EEG of a sensorially isolated human subject can become correlated with event-related potentials in a distant person’s EEG. This suggests the presence of an unknown form of energetic or informational interaction.
To sum things up, there appears to both some scientific and vast anecdotal evidence to a telepathic connection between twins. Especially so between identical twins.
If you have own stories like these, or heard them first-hand, write them in the comments.
There’s a documentary movie, released in 2009, called “The Living Matrix ”. As some other movies in the field before, it is a mix of documentary, interviews and computer graphics. The movie’s focus is what’s called energy or alternative medicine.
The movie interviews a list of notable guests, some of whom appeared in other movies, such as What the Bleep!? and my recently reviewed Something Unknown. The list of guests include:
Fritz-Albert Popp, PhD – Biophysicist, professor, researcher, founder of the Institute of International Biophysics, and author of “About the Coherence of Biophotons”
8 more guests from the field of alternative medicine
The movie also includes numerous stories told by people who recovered from difficult diseases using alternative medicine and the power of intention.
The movie presents of picture where the human is body is described not only being controlled by chemicals and DNA but also by our intentions, intra-cellular communication in the form of biophotons and other effects that are on the fringe of science. It does not speak about parapsychology, or psi as “Something Unknown” movie by Renée Scheltema does.
If you are interested in the alternative medicine, especially in finding scientific explanations to some of its possible explanations of effectiveness, I can recommend “The Living Matrix ”.
I’ve recently published my review of a documentary called “Something Unknown is doing we don’t know what”. The film researches the evidence behind the “Big Five” psi phenomena and I liked it greatly. Take a peek at my review for some more info. Today I’m glad to present you my interview with Renée Scheltema, the filmmaker and producer of Something Unknown (link to my review of the movie). Despite this being my 15th interview that I publish here on the site, this is the first one that I did live, using Skype. Please excuse our accents and non-professionalism. Also, I’d like to remind you that Renée and I opened a forum to discuss "Something Unknown" and its topics. Renée is going to be there as well to discuss it with you. In fact, she had already posted a short welcome message there. So come over and join us at forum.mind-energy.net. It’s right near the Skeptiko podcast forum, which you should also participate in, in my opinion. We had a very conversational tone with Renée and the interview starts right in the middle of a sentence.
You can read the redacted transcript below or listen to the audio using the player below or download the MP3 directly.
Renée Sceltema: …I hear what you’re saying because Professor Tart, he told me there’s actually – you could call it the “Big Seven.” But then there are two in the “maybe” category. And one is mediums, you know, talking to dead people which – that’s scientifically you can’t prove that. I investigated it but somehow there’s a reasoning that goes in circles. So I didn’t complete it. And then the other in the “maybe” category is near-death experiences.
Jacob: I actually wanted to ask you about these, as well.
Renée Sceltema: I researched it a little bit and then because Professor Tart said it’s in the “maybe” category I decided not to include these – the film was already very full as it was with information. Couldn’t get that in, as well.
Jacob: I see. Could you tell us a bit more about yourself and why you decided to make this film?
Renée Sceltema: Okay, that’s in the film. I had those psychic experiences and I wanted to know whether I was deluding myself. I sort of knew that parapsychologists were doing research on this kind of stuff, but I hadn’t kept up. I’m not a “woo-woo” kind of person who believes all this stuff. Actually I don’t believe a lot of it.
But on the other hand, the first experience with my father was very strong. I guess in scientific terms you call it “crisis telepathy.” It happened when I was studying at the University of California, Berkeley, during the day. I would call my parents every three months. I had just phoned my parents a few days before. While I was with my nose in the books, there was this strong force that told me that I had to get up and phone them again. I remember walking down the street thinking: ‘This is weird. Why am I walking to the phone booth? There’s no reason for this. It’s the wrong time of the day.’
Then when I phoned, my brother picked up the phone, which is very unusual because he had left home and would never even pick up the phone. Then he told me my father had had a stroke and was fighting for his life at the intensive care. So that seared into my mind because I just picked up something there that was real and I guess it’s part of our survival instinct, no?
In Christianity, all these psychic experiences they call it “from the Devil” and it’s not been too long since they burned witches. And so according to this belief system all these psychic things are all thrown into one corner together with the witches and the weird soothsayers.
Long before that time, when we were living as Bushmen or Aboriginals, there would always be the Shaman who was capable of reaching beyond our minds; capable of doing these kinds of things. For them it was normal. So it’s only been in the past couple of centuries that psychic experiences have been suppressed.
I read a book long ago about Mutant Message Down Under, a beautiful book about an American woman who lives with the Aboriginals. She notes down what they experienced. They could heal; see remote view kangaroos, etc, just because it was just the only way to go.
So I guess it’s part of our survival instinct. So I didn’t regard it as abnormal when I had this experience with my sick father. I just thought, ‘Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.’
Also I guess, I’m at a certain age where I felt confident enough to tackle this kind of subject. I don’t think I would dare to make this film 25 years ago.
Jacob: Okay, it is also written there that you started to work on the film about 10 years ago. Why did it take so long?