Gazing at the Mind’s Eye
In this short presentation the parapsychologist Dean Radin explains two experiments that have been conducted at IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and elsewhere in the world.
The first study investigates presentiment – that feeling about a future event – often felt as a sense of impending doom. This is not to be confused with precognition which, more strictly, means the knowing of the future.
In the presentiment study, participants are shown pictures chosen at random by a computer. Nothing remarkable here. However, what the experiment shows is that the measurements by a skin conductor (in layperson’s terms think lie detector) actually start to rise before an emotional picture is shown to the subject and, before a calm picture is flashed on the screen the skin conductance actually remains low and does not start to rise!
So, can we outguess a random process and predict the future? It would seem so and this experiment shows we do this three seconds in advance of the image being shown.
Of course, being a scientist, Radin has done due diligence on the results of the trials and he has investigated possible causes for this anticipatory phenomenon including computer programming errors and sensory queues and has eliminated each of them.
Interestingly, Radin notes that of the 33,000+ trials (people) that this test has been conducted on, those people who state prior to the experiment that they have precognitive abilities tend to perform better than average and, not surprisingly perhaps, psychotherapists, who have been trained in their job to ‘not respond’ perform the worst.
This whole presentiment thing gets even more interesting when the experiment is altered to track eye movements of the sitter. Unfortunately the video cuts out at this point but I think we get the idea of what science shows we are capable of doing.
Radin mentions a third experiment that is in the pipeline and it would seem this is based on the premise that the mind’s eye can influence the speed of light. I shall try and track this video report down and present it at a later stage.
Beginning the Conversation
I love Radin’s work. He is methodical, logical and a zealot for detail and Im sure he has thought of what has crossed my mind. We just don’t know this for sure because the presentation has been cut short. But…….. Could this be as much about the mind/machine interface as it is about the brain anticipating the future? Are we capable of influencing the computer to choose an image based on whether our skin conductance stays calm or rises?
Continuing the Conversation
Why not? I say. What do you think? Leave your thoughts below……