Month: February 2009

Matching Funds Drive for PK Research

The Parapsychological Association (PA) recently received a generous donation from Mrs. Marion Roller to establish a new endowment for research. The Gilbert Roller Fund supports scientific field investigations into macroscopic psychokinetic phenomena such as those reported in sitter-groups, séances, and poltergeist activity, and/or theoretical approaches to help explain the nature of such large-scale effects. Between now and May 1, 2009,   Mrs. Roller will match, dollar for dollar, any donations made to the Gilbert Roller Fund to support this important line of research.  Traditionally most of the modest support for parapsychological research has come from individuals and foundations with the vision and courage needed to support science on the cutting edge.  Your contributions will enable qualified researchers with professional knowledge of past investigations of this type to continue to explore large-scale psychokinetic phenomena in the real world. The PA provides a professional "home" for scientists and scholars around the world who dare to investigate phenomena shunned by mainstream science. Donations can be made to the Gilbert Roller Fund electronically by visiting their members site, or by check mailed to the Parapsychological Association at P.O. Box 24173, Columbus, OH 43224. The PA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible in the...

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Water crystal replication study with Dr. Emoto and Dr. Radin

I believe that if you’re somewhat interested in parapsychology or if you have seen the movie What the Bleep!? – Down the Rabbit Hole (you might like it if you liked The Secret movie or book) then you’ve heard about the study of Dr. Masaru Emoto, where he claims that people’s intentions change the structure of water crystals.  There was some criticism of the study and Dr. Dean Radin, with Dr. Emoto and other people decided to make a replication of this study, with tighter controls. The research was triple-blind, meaning that nobody knew everything – the people giving intentions, the raters, the photographers and researchers. All this should control for some biases that are usually present in loosly controlled experiments. Now, Dr. Radin published some results of the research on his blog. Some excerpts: An experiment tested the hypothesis that water exposed to distant intentions affects the aesthetic rating of ice crystals formed from that water. Over three days, 1,900 people in Austria and Germany focused their intentions towards water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. Water samples located near the target water, but unknown to the people providing intentions, acted as "proximal" controls. Other samples located outside the shielded room acted as distant controls. And some of the results: Results suggested that crystal images in the intentionally treated condition were rated as aesthetically more beautiful than proximal...

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