Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Intention Experiment - Lynne McTaggart
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The Intention Experiment, Lynne McTaggart


(this post is from the web-site isolating the scientific method)
Intention Can Affect Distant Targets

The first worldwide double-blind experiments to test the power of intention have produced evidence to show that group intention is powerful enough to affect targets more than 5000 miles away. The studies, developed by Lynne McTaggart, author of the best-selling book The Intention Experiment, and a consortium of physicists and other scientists involved in consciousness research, involved thousands of people around the world to send intention to several targets under controlled conditions through the Intention Experiment website (

What have we discovered about intention?
McTaggart and Schwartz believe the very first experiments suggest some extraordinary preliminary hypotheses, which will be fully tested later.

* Intention sent by a group occupying the same room to a target thousands of miles away appears to have a significant effect
* A group of more than 6000 people sending intention from remote sites around the world may create an effect as large as 400 people in the same room — with targets allowing for power analysis.
* For intention to work in a scattered group (as in on-line intention experiments), there may be a threshold effect. We may need to have a critical mass of more than 1000 people to achieve results.
* The strongest effect may be through a coherent group effect, where the intenders occupy the same physical space.

How the tests happened
The first tests, developed by leading psychologist Dr. Gary Schwartz and his team at the Center for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona, examined whether intention could alter the tiny light — called biophoton emissions —emitted from living things.
The tiniest change in the organism can be controlled for and measured through the use of highly sensitive CCD cameras, ordinarily used to record and photograph the faint light of outer space.

The first target chosen was a simple geranium leaf.
“We wanted to start from the ground floor,” says McTaggart. “First we had to establish that we could have an effect – any effect. This type of study would enable us to record every single hair’s breath of difference – even by a single photon.”

The little leaf that glowed
The first experiment was carried out using the attendees of a conference held by McTaggart’s publishing company in London on March 11. The 400 delegates were asked to send intention to increase the light emissions of a geranium leaf at the University of Arizona — to make the leaf ‘glow and glow’.

The University of Arizona’s lab had prepared two matched leaves with similar biophoton releases, one to act as the control. Images of each leaf were simultaneously sent via the internet from Tucson to London. The audience flipped a coin to choose which leaf to send intention to, and the scientists were only told which one after the experiment was concluded.

While meditative music played, the audience sent intention to the leaf to ‘glow and glow’ for 10 minutes. After the intention period, the leaves were placed in the light-tight biophoton imaging system (the super-cooled digital CCD camera system) and photographed for two hours.

The results astonished the scientists. “The results of the glowing intention were so strong that they could readily be seen in the digital biophoton images,” said Dr. Schwartz, who analyzed the leaf compared to the control. “In addition, the increased biophoton effect was highly statistically significant.”

The results from this first exploratory experiment are currently being prepared for scientific publication.

Results : The little leaf that glowed

In March and April of this year, we began our large-scale computer experiments, with Dr. Schwartz’s University of Arizona team. Unlike our experiment with Dr. Popp, we decided to have a target plus an identical control. The scientists would not be told which target we’d sent intention to until after they’d analyzed the results. Our first experiment was carried out at a London Conference on March 11, where 400 of our attendees sent intention to increase the light emissions of a geranium leaf at the University of Arizona. Our intention was to make the leaf ‘glow and glow’.

The results were highly significant, compared to the control — so much so that the difference can be seen on photographs taken by the lab’s special CCD imaging systems.
Technical glitches

According to Dr. Schwartz: “The beans were in the predicted direction, but the results did not reach statistical significance. However, there were only 12 beans per condition (glow versus control). If it was possible to image twice as many beans, the results would have reached statistical significance (this is called power analysis in statistics).”

Internet experiments:
For the next experiment on April 14, McTaggart asked her internet audience to send ‘glow’ intention to seeds of stringbeans. Some 7000 participants from 30 countries around the world participated in the experiment. The bean experiment showed a strong 'glow effect', but not in terms of statistical significance — largely because of the limitations of the imaging equipment.

Says Dr. Schwartz, “The beans were in the predicted direction, but the results did not reach statistical significance. However, there were only 12 beans per condition (glow versus control). If it was possible to image twice as many beans, the results would have reached statistical significance (this is called power analysis in statistics).”“In other words,” says McTaggart, “we showed the same large effect as in our leaf experiment, but we needed more seeds to satisfy the scientific definition of ‘significant’.”

...we showed a large effect, but we needed more seeds to satisfy the scientific definition of ‘significant’.
Intention sent non-locally by a group of at least 400 appears to have a significant effect on distant targets
A group of more than 6000 people sending intention from remote sites creates a significant effect, and is as large as 400 people in the same room.
For intention to work in a scattered group, we may need to have a critical mass of more than 1000 people.
Computer distractions or problems interfere with intention.

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Results of the first three experiments
The Intention Experiment has run six intention experiments so far – with extraordinary results about the power of intention. We’ve demonstrated that intention from a group scattered around the globe can affect living light — in everything from algae and leaves to human beings.

We’ve also shown that intention can help plants to grow faster. In our latest experiment, we sent intention to barley seeds and showed that our intention caused them to germinate faster and grow taller than three sets of controls.

Living light
All our early experiments have designed by and carried out at the laboratories of Dr. Fritz Albert Popp at the International Institute of Biophysics in Neuss, Germany and Dr. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona’s Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.

Our first experiments examined the alteration in the tiny light — called biophoton emissions — being emitted from living things. We chose to look at this tiny current of light, because it is infinitely more subtle than, say, cellular growth rate. Popp has a number of extremely sensitive photocount detectors at his disposal, and Dr. Schwartz uses highly sensitive CCD cameras, which record and photograph the faint light of outer space. This type of ultrasensitive equipment would enable us to record every single hair’s breath of difference – even by a single photon – and so determine the extent of our influence.
Jade plants, algae and human beings

For our pilot intention experiment, we asked 15 experienced meditators in London to send positive intention to four targets at Popp’s IIB laboratory in Germany: two types of algae, a Jade plant and a human volunteer.

In our experimental design, we aimed for an ‘on off, on off’ effect, so that we could isolate any changes as being caused by remote influence. Our group sent intention intermittently at regular intervals: 10 minutes on, then 10 minutes off over several hours. If our experiment worked and intention did have an effect, once we plotted our result on a graph it would create an identifiable, zigzag effect.

After analyzing the data, Popp’s team found that in the light was profoundly altered.
These results exactly match those Popp’s team had observed during a study of healers, when they’d tested whether the act of healing has a ‘scatter effect’ on any other living things in the environment where the healing takes place.

The scientific team
Author Lynne McTaggart and her husband, publisher Bryan Hubbard, are hosting the experiments and selecting targets, organizing the web aspects of the experiment and gathering participants from all over the globe.

Rupert Sheldrake on the telepathic powers of animals
Fritz-Albert Popp on the importance of bio-photons
Gary Schwartz on the continuing consciousness after death

Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp
A German physicist and founder of the International Institute of Biophysics in Neuss, Germany, credited with the discovery of biophoton emissions – tiny currents of light emanating from living things. He is an Invited Member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a member of the International Consciousness Research Laboratory (ICRL) at Princeton University. He has written some 150 publications on theoretical physics, biology, complementary medicine and biophotons.

Dr. Gary Schwartz
Professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona, director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health and also director of the National Institutes of Medicine-funded Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science. Author of more than 400 scientific papers, co-editor of 11 academic books, and author of The Afterlife Experiments and The Living Energy Universe and The G.O.D. Experiments and The Energy Healing Experiments.

Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, PhD
Vice President for Research and Education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute at the California Pacific Medical Center. One of the US’s foremost researchers on consciousness and intentionality Schlitz has published over two-hundred papers and conducted research at Stanford University, the Institute for Parapsychology, and the Mind Science Foundation. She serves on Scientific Program Committee for the Consciousness Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Dean Radin, PhD
One of America’s foremost researchers into the nature of consciousness and extended human potential. In 2000 he co-founded the Boundary Institute; since 2001 he’s been Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. At Stanford Research Institute he worked on the progenitor of what is now popularly known as the psi research program codenamed StarGate. Author of The Conscious Universe (1997, HarperCollins), Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006), and more than 200 journal articles and technical reports.

Rupert Sheldrake
A biologist and author of more than 75 scientific papers and 10 books, including Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, Dogs that Know their Owners are Returning Home, and The Sense of Being Stared At. A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he received his Ph D in biochemistry from Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry and carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. He is the current Perrott-Warrick Scholar and Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project.

Konstantin Korotkov
Konstantin Korotkov, the Russian physicist who invented GDV equipment, which is modern-day Kirlian photography in real time. He has demonstrated – in real time - the power of positive intention on water and between couples, and also the extraordinary effects of ‘power spots’ like crop circles.

Future Intention Experiments
Global warming: the next experiment
McTaggart’s ‘global laboratory’ is now moving on to a ‘mini-Gaia’. The University of Arizona is constructing a little terrarium, and in early July the Intention Experiment website will carry out the first study to examine whether intention can lower the temperature. “If we find we have a significant effect, the implications of it — that our collective thoughts could tackle global warming — will be extraordinary,” she says.

McTaggart is also gearing up for the first human studies, carried out with British biologist Rupert Sheldrake and America’s leading parapsychologist Dean Radin from the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She and Russian physicist Konstantin Korotkov are also designing experiments to test whether intention can purify water, and she and Dr. Schwartz are considering ‘germination’ studies, where the intenders will be asked to send intention to influence germination of seeds.

The mini-Gaia project.
An ecosphere with an artificially raised temperature – a little like global warming. Can we lower the temperature with our thoughts?
The Germination Intention Experiment.
Can our group intention help barley seeds to germinate early and grow more healthily?
The Water Experiment.
Can we change the pH of polluted water?
How humans ‘feel’ intention.
Does a person sent intention by thousands around the world ‘feel’ it in different parts of the body?
The Crime Rate Experiment.
Can intention lower the crime rate of a major city?
The Hospital Study.
Can we lower mortality at a hospital?
The Attention Deficit Study.
Can we help children to concentrate more?

THE BOOKS - by Lynne McTaggart.
BOOK Synopsis: Living The Field - The Quest For The Secret Force Of The Universe,

The Field was lauded around the world, from scientists and non-scientists alike, as the first book to synthesize all the discoveries from frontier quantum physicists about the nature of consciousness into a unified theory, comprehensive to the ordinary layman.

The Field tells the story of a group of frontier scientists who discovered that the Zero Point Field - an ocean of subatomic vibrations in the space between things - connects everything in the universe, much like the Force in Star Wars.
The Field offers a radically new view of the way our world and our bodies work. The human mind and body are not distinct and separate from their environment, but a packet of pulsating energy constantly interacting with this vast energy sea.
The interconnected universe: The Field creates a picture of an interconnected universe and a new scientific theory, which makes sense of 'supernatural 'phenomena.

The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World forms the catalyst for the trials.
(Lynne's new book) Working with her are leading physicists and psychologists such as, Dr. Gary Schwartz; German physicist Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp; Dr. Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne; and Drs Marilyn Schlitz and Dean Radin.
The Intention Experiment builds on the discoveries of McTaggart's first book, international bestseller The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, which documented discoveries that point to the existence of a quantum energy field. The Field created a picture of an interconnected universe and a scientific explanation for many of the most profound human mysteries, from alternative medicine and spiritual healing to extrasensory perception and the collective unconscious. The Intention Experiment shows you myriad ways that all this information can be incorporated into your life.

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Every thought is a relationship

April 10th, 2008 | by Lynne McTaggart |

Lynne McTaggartThe latest science shows that we are part of a universal energy Field. At our essence, we exist as a unity, a relationship — utterly interdependent, the parts affecting the whole at every moment.

By relationship I don’t simply mean our interactions with other human beings or, indeed, with only one or two special ones, but our being in constant communications with the entire universe.

Consider the implications of the idea that every biophoton we emit is rippling out to the furthest reaches of the universe, backward and forward through time.

Imagine the information we are receiving if we receive it at every moment from everywhere in the galaxy. Every breath we take, every thought we think, creates a new relationship.

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