Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dean Radin: a noetic science video on Intentional Chocolate

Noetic Sciences, illusionism, delusions and frauds,

The history of psychical research includes some precedent of frauds and unintentional delusions.

By this reason, magicians have played a role in psychical research, both as debunkers and as qualified experts that offer suggestions to better the experimental design when testing psychics.

It's well known that magicians can replicate almost every kind of paranornal phenomena. And magicians like the great illusionist David Copperfield can do things as far better and beyond the skills of real psychics or mediums.

Just watch these videos by Copperfield, and you can understand what I mean:

For the purposes of noetic sciences in general and psychical research in particular, what's of interest is that psi (or paranormal) phenomena might be replicated by experienced magicians.

For this reason, it is wise, useful and necessary to know the relevant methods and tricks of professional magicians when designing experiments to test psychics and mediums.

There is an interesting paper by George Hansen about frauds and delusions in psychical research and how to avoid them.

Perfecting the experimental designs when testing psychics and mediums is always a wise and scientifically correct idea.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rupert Sheldrake and the Extended Mind lecture

We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. And people's intentions can be detected by animals from miles away. The commonest kind of non-local interaction mental influence occurs in connection with telephone calls, where most people have had the experience of thinking of someone shortly before they ring. Controlled, randomized tests on telephone telepathy have given highly significant positive results. Research techniques have now been automated and experiments on telepathy are now being conducted through the internet and cell phones, enabling widespread participation.

In this conference, Rupert Sheldrake presents some of his lastest findings.

Opening post.

Some friends suggested to me to begin a blog in English.

After some consideration, I decided to try it.

I want this blog to be a place to exchange information and ideas about matters like noetic sciences, parapsychology, afterlife studies and philosophy.

For the moment, I'll allow comments by all the readers, including anonymous; but my experience on the internet has taught me that trolls and other hostile persons are unavoidable, so it's very likely that eventually I'll allow comments only under moderation.