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Subject: Pear Establishes Mind Over Matter
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Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 12:14:11 GMT
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Earlier parts of a thread with this title, in the USENET
Newsgroup alt.paranormal, dealt with the less useful aspect of
these experiments: evidence for the existence of PSI and the
usual skeptic reactions. Here, we go on to matters of practical
and spiritual significance.
The earlier parts may be found by searching the archives at:
What does the following, a description of experiments done at
Princeton University, imply to us as mystics, astrologers, and
The most substantial portion of the
PEAR program examines anomalies arising
in human/machine interactions. In these
experiments human operators attempt, solely
by volition, to influence the behavior of
a variety of mechanical, electronic,
optical, acoustical, and fluid devices
to conform to pre-stated intentions.
...the experimental results display
increases in information content
that can only be attributed to the
influence of the human operators.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND ANOMALOUS PHYSICAL PHENOMENA
Brenda J. Dunne and Robert G. Jahn
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544
Technical Note PEAR 95004
Despite its engineering context and
perspective, the broader implications
of this work for the basic scientific
paradigm, for the...
question of mind/matter interaction,
...and for the individual and collective
cultural dynamic have been continually
acknowledged and to some extent developed.
These more comprehensive purposes have been
enabled by the interdisciplinary character
of the PEAR staff, which includes individuals
with a variety of academic perspectives
including psychology, physics, and the
humanities, as well as electrical, mechanical,
and aerospace engineering. It has also benefitted
from its residence within a liberal university,
and from its association with a number of
broadly based scholarly organizations.
About 2 decades ago, I first became quite fascinated with the
explanation of the intertwining of Quantum Physics and Mysticism
through my reading of THE TAO OF PHYSICS, by Frutjov Capra.
Quoting, further, from the material found at
Francis Bacon, father of the scientific
method, proposed systematic investigation
of telepathic dreams, psychic healing,
transmission of spirits, and the force
of the imagination on the casting of
dice (Walker, 1972).
Isaac Newton regarded the ultimate mechanism
of change in the universe to reside in "the
mystery by which mind could control matter"
The establishment of the British Society for
Psychical Research in 1882 attracted
participation by many eminent scholars, among
them the likes of Henry Sidgwick,
Frederic W. H. Myers, Lord Raleigh, Sir.
J. J. Thompson, William McDougall, Edmund Gurney,
Sir William Crookes, Sir William Barrett,
Henri Bergson, Arthur, Earl of Balfour,
Gardner Murphy, G. N. M. Tyrell, Charles
Richet, Gilbert Murray, and William James.
A comparable fascination with the role of
consciousness in the physical world runs
through the philosophical writings of many
of the patriarchs of quantum theory,
including Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Albert
Einstein, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg,
Erwin Schrödinger, Louis de Broglie, Arthur
Eddington, James Jeans, Eugene Wigner, and
David Bohm, among others
(Jahn and Dunne, 1983b, 1987).
Albert Einstein wrote:
The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can
experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is
the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion
is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt
in awe, is as good as dead.
Dr. Dean Radin, author of The Conscious Universe
...extended view of interconnectedness, especially in
light of psi, quantum field theory, and general
relativity... As both modern physics and ancient
Buddhist doctrine suggest, "deep" interconnectedness
embraces everything, unbound by the usual limitations
of time and space.
With a knowledge of interconnectedness, and no limitations of
time and space, we can see that psi energy does not travel from
point "A" to point "B" halfway around the globe. All mind
exists everywhere at once, though all of it is not known to the
conscious awareness of every
In the same way, the future is not bound by time limitations.
Past, present and future interact with one another, and are
separated only by appearance to our conscious awareness in this
dimension of existence.
Similarly, a planet such as Pluto does not "influence" a person
on Earth because of its position relative to the birth position
of that person. Rather, its position correlates with what
happens to a particular person on Earth. It synchronizes, or
interconnects with the person. It, and all mind, is as much a
part of the person as the brain they are thinking with.
In astrology, there is the age-old question about why planetary
positions have anything to do, at all, with human events. Some
have written of tides and gravity, but in my opinion, Carl Jung
had an idea that fits, as much as any words can fit. Other
astrologers like Margaret Hone, chimed in agreement. Margaret
Hone wrote: "The ideas of correlation and synchronization
give a better idea than that of cause and effect."
The cause-effect KARMA/reincarnaton view of one life's activities
causing a "future" life's ills has been recently discarded for a
more widespread explanation that the past present and future are
interacting upon one another: past lives, the present, and future
lives. In this view, the present KARMA is interconnected with,
and not just influenced by, the past.
Quoting from the material found at www.princeton.edu
and regarding the "Mind Over Matter" experiments.
g) Distance and time dependence
...no such dependence has been found over the
dimensions available in the laboratory itself.
...wherein operators are physically separated
from the devices by distances of up to several
There can be no adequate explanation of this phenomena by
conventional means, no cause-effect, or movement of psi energy
from and to in the above "several thousand miles."
...the device is run at prearranged times
by staff members who remain blind to the
...a subset of this remote REG
[random event generator] database,
comprising some 87,000 trials per
intention, in which the operators
were actively addressing their
intentions to the machine's operation
at times other than those
at which the data were
Such "off-time" experiments have ranged from
73 hours before to 336 hours after machine
operation, and display a similar scale and
character of anomalous results to that of
the locally generated data, including series
position effects and count population
...the overall effect size in the
high-intention efforts in these
"off-time" remote experiments is
twice as large as that in the
"on-time" remote data, although
this difference is not statistically
significant due to the smaller size
of the off-time database
(Dunne and Jahn, 1992).
This text, with links, is at:
Pear Establishes Mind Over Matter
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