Engineers at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab did try to change that, doing experiments that proved, in the course of almost 30 years that PK, in the form of mind-machine interactions is, in fact, real. They had some really interesting apparatus, where the operator thought about something, like how high a column of water should be, or whether the balls in a sort of giant pachinko machine on a wall should distribute themselves to the left or right, rather than falling in the standard bell curve. Then they measured hundreds of thousands of trials to see what happened.
They found out some very interesting things in those years (and I'm doing this from memory, so I may be a bit off):
- PK exists at the margins, that is, the mental influence will not change the direction of a space ship by 180 degrees, or even 90, or even 45 -- but it can shift the direction by, say, 1 degree, which, over the long distances in space could result in missing a target by millions of miles
- an individual can have either a positive or a negative signature (for example, an individual with a positive signature would desire the apparatus to move left, and it would move left while someone with a negative signature would have the exact opposite result)
- although some individuals are more effective than others, on average, individual women are as effective as individual men
- 2 women working together are about as effective as 1 woman; 2 men working together are about as effective as 1 man
- a man and a woman working together are 4 times as effective as either a woman or a man alone
- a man and a woman who are lovers are 7 times as effective as either a woman or a man alone
On Sunday, a new friend of my husband's (I'll call him Dennis) came over and showed us the ridiculously simple device he's been practicing with, on and off, for the last 20 years. Here it is:
It's just a straightened out safety pin poked through a piece of plastic (a blister pack is really good for this) with the tiniest Post-It note (minus the sticky part), folded at 90 degrees and balanced on top.
You can try affecting it in a bunch of different ways. Dennis holds his right forefinger against his right thumb and his left forefinger against his left thumb, and imagines lines from those to the 'points' at each end of the paper, and uses those to either hold the paper in place, or to move it. I do it with the palms of my hands, just sending energy to the ends of the paper. My husband just thinks about the thing moving, and sometimes it does (but he's a natural at this). No, there was no wind, or other air movement. Besides, you can pretty quickly spot movement that comes from air movement, because it's chaotic, as opposed to the smooth PK movement.
Try it -- and let me know what happens!