Many thanks to Darcy from Spiritual Blog Reviews for reviewing this blog. You can read the review here.

The author of this exceptional blog is the Mad Hatter…and no, I don’t think that his altered states are caused by mercury poisoning.

Most certainly my favorite part of Darcy’s fluid and well written review.

In other news:

Sean Connelly has posted about a very interesting video from 1998 about psychic powers. A news station did a story on remote viewing and had a remote viewer describe an event from the past. She had nothing but a series of 8 numbers that were assigned to the target. Watch to decide for yourself, but I’d say she nailed it.

In other other news:
Dreamport has a new look! It’s supposed to come to the forums soon too. Awesome.

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Psi experiments has the results for the second experiment up now. This experiment was a little better conceived then the first, but still had some flaws in that people identify more or less with one of the objects. The results were not encouraging, with the correct answer being the least often chosen, but not by a significant margin. (it was one away from another object) The third experiment should be much better in getting results. It simply asks you which color the card is, and shows you the back of a card. You are asked to do this 20 times.

I hope that we see some good results this time around.

-Hatter

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I have just now become aware that Peebrain, the administrator of the now archived PsiPog has finally started putting content up on his new site, a little weird. He decided to put up a wordpress blog and start blogging until he gets the rest of the site going. I’m glad to see this site go up, because it means I can re-connect with a lot of the more experienced psionics practitioners as well as other lucid dreamers and people who practice OBEs. I should mention that there isn’t a forum at the moment, but I expect that’s probably on the top ten list of things he’s planning on putting in.

If you were ever a fan of Psipog, or liked what you heard about it, I recommend checking out a little weird.

-Hatter

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I came across a telekinesis video on youtube, showing a very well done psiwheel video. It isn’t exactly proof, as videos can always be edited or he could be doing some clever trick, but I can’t think of how he’d trick us other than video editing. The video does however, have some glitches in it, which are debated in the comments. One of the most visible skeptics is Keith Mayes. He is a fairly well known outspoken skeptic of telekinesis, and that’s putting it nicely. (Psipog had a natural dislike of him, of course. I can’t say his attitude helped though) He’s the one claiming the video is fake. I think this one could be authentic, but I agree with him on the point that nothing can be proved by a video on the internet, or even by a video. I don’t think that those glitches in the film are as damning as he claims them to be, but they are rather strange. They are one of the few things that mar the video.

Here is the original video that Keith objects to.
Here is his response explaining why he thinks it is fake.

The controversy continues.

-Hatter

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Psi Experiments has released the details for the first experiment. The second is currently under way, and will continue until the end of the month.

The results were not favorable for psionics. The results have some odd trends in them though, the numbers aren’t anywhere near what probability would predict, and with 1500 responses, they should be closer. I, however, am more interested to see how the second round goes, as that is a better experiment bias-wise. Not that it is perfect, but it is closer.

In blog news, the podcast player broke somehow, so I’m banging my head against the wall trying to fix that.

-Hatter

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I saw this video over at Martial Development, a Martial Arts Blog. It is a very interesting documentary about “Dynamo Jack” a healer who uses “chi” to heal his patients. People feel this as electric shocks. This video even shows him stopping a bullet with his hand. He also lights a LED with his hand. There’s no way to prove this of course, but it is very interesting. What do you think? Years of Meditation is the typical excuse for powers like this, but many false psychics use it as well. Is this reality or a hoax? Leave a comment.

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Psi Experiments has launched their first experiment. It is a fairly simple test: There are five containers, and there is a ring in one of them. The goal is simply to find which box the ring is in. He has several suggested methods, ranging from simple intuition to dowsing. I’d encourage everybody
to participate, especially those with prior experience.

There are prizes distributed to those who participate. I think it’s sort of a luck of the draw thing.

I’m very interested to see the results that Psi Experiments gathers. It’s doubtful that a random number of people can actually generate good results, but I’m going to try and make that happen, and I hope you do too as well.

-Hatter

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Bo Kindstrand linked me to this very interesting (pdf~1.3megs) article by Paul H. Smith that points out all the flaws with the way the Ministry of Defense undertook the experiments, and why they got such poor results. It is a failry in depth article, and is very interesting. A “must read” as Bo put it, for sure.

-Hatter

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I’ve been getting back into OBE’s and psionics lately, as well as keeping up with dreaming. I’ve established a fairly even practice of each and have been making some progress with Bwgen, which I’ll post about later if it goes anywhere.

The main point of this post is to introduce you to this free Ebook by Robert Peterson.

This is an interesting book about out of body experiences and beyond, into the astral projection area. If you consider them different, that is. He describes how he first got into it, how he progressed, and interesting things he experienced. He also has a “how to” portion. His technique for going out of body is rather non traditional, though it has all of the necessary elements for a projection. I’d read it more for his experiences and motivation then for a how to. If you want to see more OBE stuff from me, I’d vote for mastering astral projection or Bwgen on that poll.

Some Other useful sites for Projecting:

If you’re interested in OBE stuff in general Robert Bruce’s web page is an amazing resource. There are many great, detailed, and most importantly free articles on OBEs, how to project, and everything related. One particular gem is his NEW, (New Energy Ways) which encourage energetic development and sensitivity throughout the body. I’ve gone through this myself, and personally recommend it.

Until next time,

-Hatter

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Well, after Ben posted that comment about the excact definition of “near guess” and how important it really was to the relevancy of the results, I went digging on the Ministry of Defense’s website. Since it was a study from 2001 and 2002, it has since been declassified. You can view the results of the 18 remote viewing sessions here in part one and part two. (They are fairly large~about 4 megs~ and in pdf format.) The Ministry of Defense has this nasty habit of blacking out a lot of the pictures, so only four of the targets are left in those files. They do however have examples of what good responses for that target would have been. This makes it a little harder to tell how close they were.

They have all the details of the 18 cases, which are very interesting to read, but its also takes some time. I’ll hit the highlights:

There was one instance of electromagnetic phenomena. This has been a supposed side effect of a lot of psioinic abilities, but the study discounts this one instance for these reasons:

  1. It was windy outside, and metal objects could have been blowing by.
  2. Power was lost during one of the sessions, making the stability of the current in the building questionable.
  3. The fact that it only happened once.

This same subject had some success as defined by their standards. I’m going to have to say that this is an interesting event, but not really evidence for anything.

Upon reading the documentation of these tests, it has become very clear to me that the numbers in the article from the BBC was very misleading.

The 28% number was the amount of subjects who “may have accessed the target in some way” as opposed to how it was presented before in the article, as a close guess. When you look at the trials, the subjects can produce as many as guesses as desired. This puts the results within the realm of chance, so the subjects might have just been lucky.

There were no results that were deemed remote viewing without a doubt by the Ministry. I agree with them.

Conclusion:

These results were really hyped up by the BBC article, and upon further examination, it makes a lot of sense why the Ministry decided not to continue tests. The lack of conclusive evidence shows that well, nothing supporting remove viewing really occurred. I suppose this has been a lesson in getting all of the relevant information before reaching conclusions. The fact that these people failed to produce good results does not however, disprove anything. So I will continue to look for “conclusive” proof.

A thanks to Ben for prodding me to check out my facts a little more.

-Hatter

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