It has been now revealed that the UK MoD has conducted in 2002 a psychic power study to find out whether psychic abilities, especially remote viewing, could be used to find hidden objects.
During the tests, the volunteers had to identify the contents of sealed envelopes while blind-folded. In the beginning, the MoD tried to recruit advertising psychics for the tests. But all 12 of the advertising, or “known”, psychics have declined to take part in the experiments. The MoD then has found “novice” volunteers who took part in this research.
Some 28% of tested psychic could get a close guess at the contents of the envelopes, which included pictures of a knife, Mother Teresa and an “Asian individual”. The MoD spokeswoman had the following comments about the study:
The study concluded that remote viewing theories had little value to the MoD and was taken no further.
My commentary: although most of the tested subjects could not correctly “guess” the contents of the envelopes, to me the 28% percent getting a close guess sounds like an astounding achievement. Although, by MoD standards this might not be enough for reliable intelligence work, from the parapsychology researcher’s point of view, this looks like a strong evidence for the existence of psi and validity of remote viewing as one of the best performing uses of psi. The MoD did not say that remote viewing does not work at all, just not good enough. Although the original BBC article did not say what the expected chance for the “guesses” was, 28 percents sounds like a lot above chance when you had you tell what’s inside an envelope.
On a sad note, I wonder what the fact that all 12 of contacted “known” psychic have refused to take part means? It makes them now look like charlatans. But I always thought that the strongest psychics do not advertise themselves. They really don’t have to, since in their case word of mouth advertising would serve them better and cheaper.
Source: BBC article
Spoon bending is a hot topic and a reader, Shannan Rohde, has written in the previous article about bending spoons, How to bend a spoon using your mind, about his spoon bending experience. Many other readers asked him to provide them pictures and detailed instructions. Below are his instructions plus some pictures of him and the bent spoon.
Everyone is encouraged to try. If you succeed please send your mail and photos to and I will post your success stories and photos on this website as well.
Your age should not have anything to do with it actually. I will give you a step by step on how I did it and hopefully you should be able too as well. I am 36 years old, but I have been “Sensitive since I can remember”. The steps to bend a spoon:
One of the prizes of the Psi Experiments is a DVD from Bradley Gilbert. The DVD, called “Reduce Your Stress, Improve Your Health. Daoist Healing Qigong”. Brad has sent me one of the DVDs for a review. Bradley is a Master of Medical Qigong.
This DVD, produced in 2005, plays for a little more than an hour and is divided into to major parts:
- A basic Qigong posture, followed by description and demonstration of 13 exercises (about 43 minutes)
- A 20-minute video where the whole exercsise set is performed without narration, with only a background music. As I understand it, this part is a do-along track.
This program is based a healing qigong and is not for learning martial arts qigong. Its purpose is to release the stress and balance your body’s energies. The back of the DVD cover lists the following benefits of the Doaist Healing Qigong:
- Strengthen your energy
- Release tension in your body
- Feel relaxed and invigorated
- Calm your mind by releasing mental tension
- Know that you an be proactive in your health
- Enjoy your life more fully – your health, relationships
Mind-Energy.net Launches a Series of Mind Power Experiments
A series of combined online and offline experiments designed to verify the existence of human mind’s ability to perceive information over distance and to influence events over distance are being launched at Mind-Energy.net website.
February 13, 2007—The faculties of the human mind, such as remote viewing, clairvoyance, telepathy, commonly referred as ‘psi’ in the science of parapsychology, are still considered paranormal by the mainstream and require further testing to prove or disprove their existence. The everlasting question whether people possess the sixths sense will be put to test once again in a new series of unique experiments on the ‘Psi Experiments’ website at http://psi.mind-energy.net.
In addition, the experiments will try to discern whether there’s a difference between the results of the two genders and is there any connection between subjective level of competence (level of belief) and actual results. The results and the statistics will be published on the site after each experiment ends.
A new experiment will be started once a month and people all over the world will be able to take part in them, with a chance to win prizes from participating sponsors. Anonymous participation is also possible.
‘Parapsychology articles and blog’ on http://www.mind-energy.net is a site devoted to parapsychology, healing and alternative medicine news and articles. The website has published over 150 articles describing health tips, interviews with parapsychology researches and healers, personal experiences and psi research news.
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I saw today a press release from 2005 with the following info (excerpt):
… What then is it that sets successful investors from mediocre investors? One of wall streets biggest secrets when looking to invest in stocks involves using intuition. Unlike typical analytical methodologies, intuition allows you to take decision making to the next level when looking to invest in stocks by facilitating greater clarity and insight. Rather then getting caught up in emotion, overlooking valuable information or hidden investment signals, successful investors instead use intuition when looking to invest in stocks. …
Then this press release describes a very simple procedure to enhance intuition (basically, by doing a 5 minute breath relaxation), which won’t help many.
Then it tells about the poster of the press release: “A psychic medium since birth Karyn Reece http://www.karynreece.com is a former series 7 registered representative (stockbroker), lecturer, author and media personality who provides a variety of classes and personal consultations.”
I have 2 problems with that.
- If it’s possible to use psychic powers for gaining on the stock market, then why don’t we hear about it more?
- If it’s possible to use psychic powers for gaining on the stock market, and the author himself is psychic from birth, why does he do any consulting at all? I’d just use my skills and make an easy living on the stock market by myself.
There’s been a lot of talk about James Randi’s Million dollar challenge. In this challenge, Randi promises a prize of one million dollars to anyone proving his paranormal abilities. Skeptics of anything paranormal use the fact that no one got the prize that they are right and nothing paranormal exists all claiming otherwise are either misguided or frauds. I’ve written about Randi before in James Randi attacks Uri Geller again.
Some good write-ups about Randi’s prize are available from these sources:
Michael Prescott’s blog – Prescott posted a series of article’s about Randi’s challenge. You can read his posts in The challenge, part one and in The challenge, part two. In these posts Michael Prescott reviews the FAQ of the JREF Million Dollar Challenge. JREF stands for James Randi Educational Foundation. One of the things going against the challenge is that it’s hard to apply and to get to the part where you actually have to prove something. In the review of the FAQ Prescott shows various parts of the challenge that demonstrate the nature of the prize offer, where some claims are not even considered because they are being pre-decided as being false claims. Read those posts.
PsiPog’s founder Sean (aka Peebrain) wrote about his try to take and win the million dollars. Sean describes how his question about the nature of the Million dollars (offered in some kind of bonds) was left unanswered and his correspondence with the foundation was edited to remove foul language of the foundation’s representative and an email which he never wrote was posted on the forum as being written by him. This is a very interesting evidence of how hard it is to apply and how the foundation treats the applicants. Read Beware Pseudo-Skepticism.
Jaime Licauco from Inquirer – wrote about his correspondence with James Randi, where Randi answers some of his previous claims. It’s a short and interesting read. One quote:
Randi: “I have never said that Uri Geller was a ‘fake psychic.’ Geller never filed any harassment suit against me. In the one case he did file, he lost and had to pay $150,000 in sanctions.”
He may not have called Geller a fake psychic, but he certainly hounded him for years, saying what Geller was doing was plain trickery that he could duplicate anytime.
Let me quote Dr. Broughton again (from the above mentioned book “Parapsychology”): “The research on Geller’s alleged PK abilities has received severe criticism, primarily from James Randi and others with conjuring and sleight-of-hand experience. In fact, Randi has made something of a career as Geller’s debunker, having risen from relative obscurity to national prominence through books and television appearances in which he claims to expose Geller’s tricks. Randi and other critics claim that all scientists who observed Geller’s demonstrations were simply duped by conjuring tricks.”
Another interesting quote is about CSICOP, which is the organization which Randi headed sometime during his carreer:
Fate Magazine said in its September 1983 issue, “They call themselves the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. In fact, they are a group of would-be de-bunkers who bungled their major investigation, falsified the results, covered up their errors and gave the boot to a colleague (Dennis Rawlins) who threatened to tell the truth.”
Jeffrey Mishlove – Doctor of parapsychology, whom I interviewed in Interview with Jeffrey Mishlove wrote this on his blog entry Objections to ESP:
Although on the popular media scene many magicians-such as the Amazing Randi have claimed that they can duplicate parapsychological effects using magic tricks, they have consistently been unable or unwilling to do so under controlled laboratory conditions (Eisenbud 1975).
In another entry on his blog “The “Pigasus Award Ironies … he writes:
But, I believe Randi’s offer is a scam. And, I will say why I believe it to be so, in very simple terms.
First of all, there is no doubt that Randi has used his alleged offer – over a period of many years – to generate enormous publicity for himself and his cult of debunkers.
Second of all, Randi’s offer sets himself up as judge and jury. And, of course, he has not the slightest interest in losing the very game that he has created. A true prize would have an independent panel of neutral judges – and these judges, not Randi, should be in control of prize money, to determine if and when it shall be released.
So while James Randi and his cult go around accusing the general public of falling for a wide variety of psychic scams, they themselves are engaged in perpetrating a scam of an equal and opposite sort. The final irony is that they are the very near a mirror image of the phonies they try to expose.
As long as they set about exposing the true frauds and schemes in the psychic world, they do the world a service. And, I applaud Randi and his ilk for that. But, in their fanatical zeal, they sometimes endeavor to put a stop to legitimate scientific and academic inquiry. (I know this, first hand, as they attempted to interfere with my own doctoral degree program in parapsychology at the University of California, Berkeley.) When they go this far, as they did with Brenda Dunne, they simply reveal the philosophical and moral emptiness of their position.
What are your thoughts on the Randi Million Dollars Challenge?
Today I present second article by drew hempel to be posted on this site. This time it’s a fascinating article is about his personal experiences with Qigong and full-lotus position.
You Can’t Fake The Full-lotus! Testimony of a qigong practitioner in the context of parapsychology
by drew hempel, MA
I took http://springforestqigong.com classes intensively for about 6 months, starting in 1999, and then off and on for a couple years afterwards. Master Chunyi Lin told us, as I remember, that when he was in deep full-lotus meditation he levitated 9 feet up – spiraling along side a pine tree. As I remember it, also Master Chunyi Lin spent 40 days in a cave with no water and no food – sitting in full-lotus and traveling out into “heaven.” It may have been two periods of 28 days with no food and no water, sitting in full-lotus and doing spirit travel. Master Chunyi Lin has just cowritten a qigong chapter with a Mayo Clinic Dr. for a Mayo Clinic Textbook on Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, 2nd ed. (August, 2006). Master Chunyi Lin has taught qigong to the Mayo Clinic doctors as well. Master Chunyi Lin continues to teach qigong, and to constantly heal very serious conditions, like cancer. Master Chunyi Lin fasts one day a week and then eats only a small meal of vegetables and tofu, once a day, the rest of the week. He sleeps just a few hours a night.
Master Lin does things that are not even considered in western parapsychology analysis – unless you read parapsychologist George P. Hansen’s book: http://tricksterbook.com. My understanding is that Hansen is critical of science and Hansen also thinks that no one should try to create paranormal powers in a scientific experiment. I think that George P. Hansen is very scientific but that he thinks paranormal powers, inherently, defy the scientific method. So Hansen has a radical analysis yet Hansen was a career parapsychologist in a top lab.
I would say that George P. Hansen accurately describes the wild dynamics of paranormal energy – because the foundation is consciousness beyond good and evil – beyond health, etc. The consciousness is not our thoughts nor our images but the consciousness can transform all matter and energy – and even spacetime.
Phonetic language is based on premises that violate the method in which to gain paranormal energy. That’s why I, like Gurdjieff, use nonwestern music as a model for paranormal powers. When I trained under qigong Master Chunyi Lin, as a final research project for my University of Minnesota masters degree in 2000, I had very strong electromagnetic fields transform not only my body but the people around me. That’s how “chi” works. The “shen” is developed after the “chi” opens up the body channels. The “shen” is the spirit light. Once the 3rd Eye is fully open then a person is permanently transformed so that the body can be healed quickly and also healing outside the body can occur – long distance healing using the 3rd Eye.
While doing lots of full-lotus I went into a “bigu” state whereby I did not need food, nor water. “Bigu” is also called “energy feasting.” Chemistry professor emeritus Rustom Roy held an academic conference on the “bigu” state which is well-known in China, with one resident of Beijing having gone several years in this manner. While in the full-lotus, the 3rd Eye creates water through some sort of reverse electrolysis which then flows down into the mouth. I went 8 days without food and maybe half a glass of water and never was I hungry. Near the end of my “bigu” state I needed only 5 hours of sleep a night and the electromagnetic fields around my body were very strong.
While in my “bigu” state peoples’ thoughts and emotions were picked up by the electromagnetic fields about 10 feet around my body and then shot into the middle of my brain – the 3rd Eye. People strongly reacted to these electromagnetic fields and then I healed my mom of a very bad problem – a medically diagnosed “smoker’s legs” condition. Right after I gave her the no-contact healing, she no longer needed surgical stockings, no longer needed to elevate her legs while sitting, and no longer needed to sit after an hour of standing. It was a powerful healing described by my mom as “the difference between night and day” but at the same time she could not believe that I didn’t need food nor water. Basically strong electromagnetic fields shot out of my hands, from the 3rd Eye, clearing out her blockages and then sending in harmonized energy.
I currently read a great book by Dr. Dean Radin titled Entangled Minds. I’ll post a complete review when I finish it but, for the time being, I found one chapter to be really interesting. It’s the chapter on history of parapsychology (psi) research.
As it looks from the book, much of the scientific research advances came as an interest in research various psi phenomena, such as telepathy and clairvoyance ,starting from early 17th century.
To give you a little taste of what psi research history is, I’ve compiled some of the more interesting examples from this book into a relatively short list. The book doesn’t contain all research done (for example it doesn’t contain work by Rupert Sheldrake) but I guess that it’s impossible to fit all of it in one book and Dr. Radin had to choose what to include. To fully enjoy the history, buy the book and read chapter 4 in the book. I’m sure you’ll find the rest of the book interesting as well. So, here is a short collection of psi research.
Silva UltraMind systems posted a letter written in 1984 to Jose Silva by one man who had a lot of benefit from the system and overcame serious illnesses and conditions, including bad eyesight. The following is an excerpt from the letter:
“Six years ago,” Ed wrote to Jose Silva in 1984, “if you would have told me I would ever be happy and healthy, I wouldn’t have even smiled at the thought – my health was so bad I couldn’t even imagine being well. That was before someone introduced me to Silva Mind Control and the power of the mind.
“When I was born in 1962 I have been told I wasn’t expected to live and if I did, I would have severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. It was later found out, through further examination, I had muscular dystrophy as well. I was also partly deaf, had severely crossed eyes and legally blind.
“The ‘experts’ didn’t give my parents much hope I would ever be able to read or write or function in the ‘outside world’ – ‘outside’ of a state institution. Because of this and my declining health, they didn’t expect me to live for long.
“At the age of 2 I had my first surgery on my eyes to correct my vision and my crossed eyes.
“From 1967 to 1979 I was placed in institutions and special schools and went through several operations on my legs and eyes to try to correct my many problems. But none seemed to really help. My eyesight was getting worse and hearing and speech were getting worse.
“Then in the early part of 1978 a volunteer gave me a book she had been reading. I often looked at books to see how many words I knew. As I read and reread your book (The Silva Mind Control Method) many times, over a period of time I mastered the techniques in the book. At times, I even slept with the book. I wore the book out.
“The doctors couldn’t understand it but my health seemed to be getting better. I did not tell them what I was doing – it’s called ‘programming.’
“First I began walking. In a short time I no longer needed braces for my legs and arms. My hearing was restored as well as my speech.
The rest of the article can be seen at:
“They thought his case was hopeless”:http://www.silvaultramindsystem.com/testimonials/health/correcting_eyesight.php