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Scientific Study Demonstrates Psychic Phenomena

Have Scientists Found Evidence of Psychic Phenomena Finally?

Not only does this study (which appears to be considered truly scientific by any standard) demonstrate psychic phenomena, it hints at exciting things regarding the nature of time and destiny. And I’m not blowing it out of proportion. Read on…

Melissa Burkley, PhD, does a fantastic job of explaining this study in plain english at Psychology Today:

In one of the studies, college students were given a list of words and after reading the list, were given a surprise recall test to see how many words they remembered. Next, a computer randomly selected some of the words on the list as practice words and the participants were asked to retype them several times. The results of the study showed that the students were better at recalling the words on the surprise recall test that they were later given, at random, to practice. According to Bem, practicing the words after the test somehow allowed the participants to “reach back in time to facilitate recall.”

In another study, Bem examined whether the well-known priming effect could also be reversed. In a typical priming study, people are shown a photo and they have to quickly indicate if the photo represents a negative or positive image. If the photo is of a cuddly kitten, you press the “positive” button and if the photo is of maggots on rotting meat, you press the “negative” button. A wealth of research has examined how subliminal priming can speed up your ability to categorize these photos. Subliminal priming occurs when a word is flashed on the computer screen so quickly that your conscious brain doesn’t recognize what you saw, but your nonconscious brain does. So you just see a flash, and if I asked you to tell me what you saw, you wouldn’t be able to. But deep down, your nonconscious brain saw the word and processed it. In priming studies, we consistently find that people who are primed with a word consistent with the valence of the photo will categorize it quicker. So if I quickly flash the word “happy” before the kitten picture, you will click the “positive” button even quicker, but if I instead flash the word “ugly” before it, you will take longer to respond. This is because priming you with the word “happy” gets your mind ready to see happy things.

In Bem’s retroactive priming study, he simply reversed the time sequence on this effect by flashing the primed word after the person categorized the photo. So I show you the kitten picture, you pick whether it is positive or negative, and then I randomly choose to prime you with a good or bad word. The results showed that people were quicker at categorizing photos when it was followed by a consistent prime. So not only will you categorize the kitten quicker when it is preceded by a good word, you will also categorize it quicker when it is followed by a good word. It was as if, while participants were categorizing the photo, their brain knew what word was coming next and this facilitated their decision.

These are just two examples of the studies that Bem conducted, but his other studies showed similar “retroactive” effects. The results clearly suggest that average “non-psychic” people seem to be able to anticipate future events.

There are a few things to get tingly about here. First, the fact that this study was conducted in such a way as to be considered valid and valid enough to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. So we shouldn’t expect any of the usual poo-pooing (well I suppose we should, because some people just can’t accept anything psi-related) of the methodologies that have dogged other serious researchers like Rupert Sheldrake or Dean Radin. Second, this kind of research can be replicate in so many ways, further honing in on the phenomena – much more will be learned after this. Third, the implications of the nature of time are profound. Fourth, this study just happens to be coming out around the same time as another study conducted by physicists on particles that essentially demonstrates the same thing! It’s being demonstrated that particles behave differently in the present depending upon what happens to them in the future. THAT is trippy.

Now the question is, how soon before someone creates an iPhone app based on this? ;)

Ghost Stories and Visit From a Psychic Lead to Recovery and Burial of Veterans’ Remains


Ghost experiences and psychic help identify veterans' remains

Edgar (the ghost) as a young man

From The Associated Press:
The cremated remains of seven World War I, World War II and Korean War-era veterans were buried with military honors Friday in a long-overdue ceremony that organizers say was set in motion by ghost tales at a New York museum.

The ashes were among 24 sets of remains discovered in a basement closet 10 years ago as the Iron Island Museum was settling into its new address, a former funeral home.

The building’s former owners quickly picked up the remains, labeled only with names and dates of death. Soon afterward, museum volunteers reported seeing shadowy “people,” and hearing voices and the sound of aluminum chairs being banged about. A framed picture of a child on Santa’s lap would be found under — instead of on top of — the table where it is displayed.

“Strange things were happening all the time,” said Linda Hastreiter, president of the small museum that features a mix of railroad, military and other items saved by neighborhood preservationists.

A friend suggested in 2007 that the museum call paranormal investigators. Last year, a psychic claimed to detect the presence of a man named Edgar, which led Hastreiter to the list of identities from the remains, and the name Edgar L. Zernicke.

Hastreiter dug deeper into Zernicke’s life and found he’d served in the Marines from 1925 to 1929, fought in the Sandino Rebellion in Nicaragua in 1928 and later spent four years in the Navy before returning to Buffalo. He died in 1992 at age 87, twice widowed and a retired tool and die maker…

… Hastreiter marvels at how things worked out. “None of this would have come about if Chip Coffey hadn’t said (Edgar’s) name,” she said. “People might think it’s a crazy thing, but that’s the truth.”…

And from a September 5, 2010 story at BuffaloNews.com:

For the last decade, volunteers at the Iron Island Museum in Buffalo have known something odd was going on inside the former church and funeral home where they discovered 24 canisters of unclaimed cremated human remains.

Pictures would go missing from tables. Shadows darted about and, occasionally, a voice seemingly came out of nowhere to bid hello. Volunteers dismissed it as “Charlie the Ghost” acting out once again.

But now “Charlie” has been reunited with his true identity.

He is war veteran Edgar L. Zernicke, whose ashes were in one of the canisters tucked into a basement closet and left behind by Church Funeral Home, which was later sold to Amigone Funeral Home, which donated the building to the museum in August 2000.

Did the graveless Zernicke personally speak from the great beyond to inform Iron Island officials it was him they were experiencing?

No, but something almost as strange occurred.

“We had a psychic from Atlanta come here last year, and he climbed up into the attic. When he came back down, he said the man’s name begins with an E, it’s Edgar,” said Linda J. Hastreiter, president of the museum at 998 Lovejoy St.

At the time, she thought nothing of the information, but her interests were stirred when she started doing research to find out if any of the ashes were those of war veterans.

“I checked the list of names from the ashes and there was the name Edgar Zernicke on it,” Hastreiter said.

She concluded the psychic was indeed correct about the ghost’s identity.

She says her certainty is fortified by the fact that no one but the museum’s volunteers had access to the names affixed to the canisters with the remains, meaning there was no way the psychic could have known there was an “Edgar” among the canisters…

Ghost and Psychic Help Identify Veterans' Remains

The Iron Island Museum in Earlier Days

The museum’s website reveals that ghosts and hauntings are actually a major attraction for the museum:  http://www.ironislandmuseum.com/   The site features five videos from a program titled “TAPS: Ghosthunters” and it also provides several purported ghost audio recordings (“EVP Evidence”) in a section titled, “Evidence.” In fact, the museum now charges $30 per person for overnight “investigations.”

Does all this supernatural promotional marketing leave you skeptical? It might be hard to be too critical in light of the museum director’s valuable service to families of veterans. Clearly she has respect for the dead and their loved ones.

If you’ve ever visited or even investigated the museum, I’d love to hear from you about your experience.

Telephone telepathy demonstrated – Dr. Rupert Sheldrake video

“Statistically significant.” How many times can one woman predict which of her four sisters is calling on the telephone (from a mile away)? Try 50% of the time. Watch this entertaining, engaging and straight forward documentary of one of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s telepathy experiments.  

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake develops and employs scientifically sound methods for testing and demonstrating psychic phenomena. Watch as he conducts a test of one woman’s psychic abiltiies by having her predict which of her four sisters is calling on the telephone (determined each time by a roll of the dice). She ends up being right an incredible 50% of the time. According to Sheldrake, results almost as good as this are not uncommon in his research, and they are statistically significant.

This video is not only captivating, it’s entertaining, too. If you’re not familiar with Sheldrake, this video will make you want to know more. Luckily he has a great website for you to explore. Enjoy! 

Click here to visit Sheldrake’s website: http://www.sheldrake.org/homepage.htmlhttp://www.sheldrake.org/homepage.html

ESP Trainer for the iPhone

 

ESP Trainer for the iPhone

 

The ESP trainer was developed under a NASA program by Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute.

The good people at ESPResearch.com say, “We have found that people are able to improve their ESP scores by using a machine just like this and get in touch with the part of themselves that is psychic. This is often called a clairvoyant ability, and can enhance your life in many surprising ways.”

It’s a simple concept of selecting which of four colored squares the application has chosen.

In a year long NASA program with 145 subjects (under Contract 953653 NAS7-100) many were able to significantly improve their scores. Four of the subjects improved their scores at the hundred-to-one level or better.

You can download the app at the iTunes store by following this link:  Russell Targ iPhone ESP Trainer

If you end up frequently scoring a 12 or more, Russell Targ would like to hear from you:  Contact Russell TargContact Russell Targ

Participate in Rhine Center Research (Durham, NC)

Are you interested in participating in Research at the Rhine Center in Durham, NC?
You can sign up to be a member of the Rhine Research Center’s participant pool. The Rhine Center will be running at least two research studies in the coming months. By registering as a research volunteer, your details will be forwarded to the research team, who will contact you when studies are about to commence. At this time, they will send you more details about the study, and if you are interested and available, arrange a convenient time for you to take part. Studies will take place at the Rhine Research Center, and can be organized around your schedule.

The sign up form is located here:  http://ymlp.com/signup.php?id=guhwewygmgmhttp://ymlp.com/signup.php?id=guhwewygmgm

Monthly Psychic Experiences Group in Durham, NC

Monthly Psychic Experiences Group
(PEG) sharing and discussion around  personal experiences
 
Ongoing: Every first Tuesday of the month
January 5th7:00 -9:00 PM
Alex Tanous Library in the Rhine Center in Durham, NC

There is an open discussion group that meets at the Alex Tanous Library in the Rhine Center. As an informal group, participants share personal experiences involving psi (experiences outside our ordinary daily lives). At times, various topics may unfold, but the evening always begins with the sharing of experiences. We honor participants’ privacy for their stories outside the meetings. Facilitators are Pamela St. John and Debi Pratt. For questions or information, please contact: Pamela St. John, or call (919) 929-1578 
  
Rhine Members Free
Non-Members $10.00

 

Bella - a psychic dog?

Bella - a psychic dog?

Dogs that know! From the OpenSourceScience Experiments. 

Do you and your dog have a special connection? Does your dog seem to know when you’re coming home, even at odd hours? If so, your dog might be a good candidate for an experiment, and could earn a $1,000 prize offered to dog owners who successfully participate.

The first step to joining the experiment is self-testing your dog to see whether they can anticipate your intention to return home. The easiest way to do this is to have someone at home with your dog while you’re away running errands. Then, have the person watching your dog call you on your cell phone and tell you to come home. If your dog is tuned-in to your return trip home you should observe them spending more time at the door or window when you’re on your way.

This anticipating behavior (e.g. sitting at the window, or door, or anything else you observe) should be much more noticeable when you’re returning home than when you were out. For example, in Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s experiments, he found that Jaytee the dog spent 80% of his time by the window when his owner, Pam, was on her way home, versus only 20% of his time by the window other while she was out running errands.

Click here to learn more about participating in this experiment:
http://www.opensourcescience.net/index.php?title=Can_Dogs_Anticipate:Participatehttp://www.opensourcescience.net/index.php?title=Can_Dogs_Anticipate:Participate