Month: September 2007

New website design

Hello everyone. I’m glad to announce that I’ve rolled out a new design for the site. The design was done by a professional web designer and I believe it provides better readability, clearer structure to the site and also a fresh look. I am looking for your feedback on the design, since I might have overlooked things or simply you can see things differently than I do (and probably see better as well). If you have further suggestions, please use the comments to this entry or write in the forum section site discussions, I’ve started a new thread there on the...

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Research of distant healing

I’ve found an article, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, by John A. Astin, PhD; Elaine Harkness, BSc; and Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, in 2000. The article is titled ‘The Efficacy of “Distant Healing”: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials’ and can be downloaded in PDF from here. The purpose of the study was “To conduct a systematic review of the available data on the efficacy of any form of “distant healing” (prayer, mental healing, Therapeutic Touch, or spiritual healing) as treatment for any medical condition.” The study verified 23 trials involving 2774 patients. “Of the trials, 5 examined prayer as the distant healing intervention, 11 assessed noncontact Therapeutic Touch, and 7 examined other forms of distant healing.” Now, although the studies didn’t show a statistically significant result (for the overall 23 studies), “13 (57%) yielded statistically significant treatment effects” and the researchers advise further study. Prayer and distant healing studies showed almost equal positive and negative findings, while majority of Therapeutic Touch (7 of 11) showed “a significant treatment effect”. I’m not a scientist and can’t understand all the article is saying but it doesn’t seem to say that the distant or closing healing techniques don’t seem to work. On the other hand, it does get some positive results (although not strong statistically) and proposes to continue the study of healing efficacy. I will be writing some...

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Annalisa Ventola reports from 50th Annual PA Convention

Annalisa Ventola from Public Parapsychology is reporting from the 3-day Annual conference of the Parapsychological Association, which is held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has already reported from day 2 of the convention – Forgotten Pioneers of Parapsychology Panel and Psychological Variables. I believe the events of day 3 will be published on Monday as they will take place. My thanks go to Annalisa who allows her readers to almost visit the PA convention using the power of the internet. If you are into serious parapsychology and have not known of her site, you should definitely add it to your RSS feed (or visit it regularly, if you prefer...

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Which kind of a paranormal researcher are you?

The Parapsychology forums member, Kim, wrote in the scientific debates forum an interesting post. He titled it “How important is proof?” but I called it “Which kind of a paranormal researcher are you?”. Read below and post your answer and thought right into the article’s thread on the forum. Below is the post, verbatim. Overall there are two types of explorers in the world of paranormal investigation. There is nothing wrong with either POV in my opinion, but either you are one or the other: Category 1.) wants to find proof, to establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that there really are psychic phenomonon. Category 2.) wants to research the most extreme phenomonon out there, no matter what method they have to resort to, and not worry about whether they can explain or prove it. There are pitfalls to both sides to be sure. The people who want to PROVE something, have many of the same problems as mainstream evangelists like Billy Graham. Billy Graham was a very intelectual theologian. He knew much more than he put forth in 99 percent of his sermons. Yet he constantly repeated the slavation message because it was most important. Occasionally he got a chance to speculate a bit, and teach those who were also advanced in his field, but despite his brilliance, and substantial abilities, he spent most of his time...

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Find lost object with Remote Viewing or dowsing

A forum user posted a question asking about using remote viewing to find lost object (on forum). Apparently, he lost one his gameboy games inside the house and now can’t find it. Do you know if Remote Viewing can be used to locate lost things? This question comes in at a good time for me, too, since I seem to have lost my wrist watch and I’m not even sure it’s at my home. I’ve never actually learned remote viewing so I don’t know if it can be used for that but I’ve learned some dowsing and my mother-in-law, who also studied it, once found my wife’s lost jewelry, in only 2 minutes, using an L-Shaped rod to answer the questions of its location. So, I guess something is possible. See more what I wrote about Dowsing. Also, back in Oct’ 2005, when I only started this blog I’ve already written about this subject, but mostly related to Silva Method, see: Remote viewing to find lost objects...

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