Showing posts from 2012

Presentiment update

I was interviewed for a TV program on premonitions by ABC News 20/20. It will be broadcast on Friday October 26, 2012, and then afterwards the entire show can be seen on the ABC website .  Update (10/28/12): The broadcast program was completely different than what I had been told it would be by one of the producers. Someone at ABC News apparently thought there was too much science on the program, and as a result the show was dumbed down to the point where the content ranged between outright stupid and ridiculously silly.  This page on the ABC site makes the show newsworthy because it reports on "Evidence of Premonitions Discovered in New Study." This title refers to a meta-analysis of presentiment experiments  published in the journal  Frontiers in Perception Science by Northwestern University neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge, University of Padova psychologist Patrizio Tressoldi, and University of California Irvine statistician Jessica Utts.  What they analyzed were

Italian translation of The Conscious Universe

My books are now translated into Russian, French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Arabic and Italian. I like the cover of the new Italian translation because the "IM" in IMPOSSIBILI is fading away.

Distant Healing of Surgical Wounds

DISTANT HEALING OF SURGICAL WOUNDS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY Marilyn Schlitz, Harriet W. Hopf, Loren Eskenazi, Cassandra Vieten, and  Dean Radin,  Explore , 2012; 8: 223-230 Background : Distant healing intention (DHI) is one of the  most common complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)  healing modalities, but clinical trials to date have provided ambivalent  support for its efficacy. One possible reason is that DHI  effects may involve variables that are sensitive to unknown, uncontrolled,  or uncontrollable factors. Objective : To examine 2 of those potential variables— expectation  and belief—we explored the effects of DHI on objective and  psychosocial measures associated with surgical wounds in 72  women undergoing plastic surgery. Design : Participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups:  blinded and receiving DHI (DH), blinded and not receiving  DHI (control), and knowing that they were receiving DHI (expectancy).  Outcome measures included collagen deposition in

One more time

Okay already! Enough with the god particle! (For those of you who aren't movie fans, this photo is from a famous scene in the movie Pulp Fiction .) The combined 4.9 sigma result reported for the Higgs boson is hailed as a stunning achievement that took trillions of recorded events, billions of dollars, and thousands of scientists. By contrast, several classes of combined psi effects already provide empirical results that are much, much greater than 5 sigma, with hardly any funding and a few handfuls of scientists working the problem. Some future day when physical theories tackle the mysterious boundary between objective and subjective realities, they'll start to predict psi effects (I believe that day is inevitable). When that happens psi data will suddenly make sense. Then I'll have to change the image caption to "Say psi particle one more goddamn time."

Through the Wormhole Episode

A demonstration of a presentiment experiment with a skin conductance measurement starts around minute 32. Update (September 10, 2012): Portions of this  episode can be viewed here: The entire episode can be viewed here:

Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern

Radin, D. I., Michel, L., Galdamez, K., Wendland, P. Rickenbach, R., Delorme, A. (2012). Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments.   Physics Essays , 25 (2), 157-171.   Note: This article is Copyright 2012 by Physics Essays Publications. We've completed data collection for two replications of the experiments reported in this publication. Both were statistically significant and in the predicted direction. I'm in the process now of documenting the new experiments.

IONS-Windbridge Mediumship Study

The Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Windbridge Institute are conducting a study exploring the perceptual capacities of mediums, some of whom claim to be able to sense if a person in a photo is presently alive or dead. We are working with selected research mediums  from the Windbridge Institute. We understand that this is a sensitive subject, but it is nevertheless a claim that can be tested in scientific ways. To do this we are collecting photos of people's faces, some of whom are alive and others who are now dead. We will be studying the mediums' brain activity while they view these photos, presented in random order and with no indication of the person's present status, to see if their brains unconsciously respond differently to images of the living or the dead. If you have photos of yourself that you would like to share for this experiment, please click here . Individuals in these photos will not be identified by name.

James Randi — Skepticism's Great Achilles

From an interesting report in the Daily Grail : "... one of the greatest hypocrites of this or any other generation ...."

Survey of psychic experiences

On behalf of my colleagues Carlos Alvarado and Christine Simmonds-Moore: We are interested in learning more about a variety of human experiences, some of which are unusual, but are by no means uncommon in the general population. We are undertaking an online survey to explore individual differences, synesthesia (the tendency for some people to experience two senses together, e.g., colored words or numbers; tasting shapes; spatially organized calendars, etc.), and a variety of anomalous experiences (for example, extrasensory perception). We would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to complete this online questionnaire, even if you have never experienced the things described on the questionnaire. Please click here  to go to the survey. You may email Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore if you have any questions about the survey. Christine Simmonds-Moore, Ph.D. University of West Georgia

Entangled Minds in Arabic

Book jacket for the Arabic translation of Entangled Minds , Arabic in the front (left) and the English title in the back (right). Thanks to Dr. Samah Khaled Zahran for performing the translation, for the cover design, and for initiating this translation. Dr. Zahran tells me that the title in Arabic is "Continuity of feelings and ideas." My books have now been translated into French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, and Arabic. I've been told that there have been queries to purchase translation rights for Chinese, Finnish, Russian, Czech, and Greek, but I haven't seen printed books in those languages yet. Update: Thanks to a commentor for bring my attention to the unpublished Russian translation, available here:

Online precognition experiment

From Michael Franklin, a Project Scientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara: "We are looking for volunteers to participate in a new online precognition experiment.  What is unique about this experiment is that it uses implicit behavioral measures to predict the outcome of an online roulette spin. The actual experiment takes about 30 minutes to complete and involves some simple letter and shape discriminations.  In order to keep track of where subjects are coming from, after the experiment is initiated there is a screen where you can enter an experiment code  -- Please enter the code 'radin101'.  The experiment can be accessed here .  Also, please remember to do my online double-slit experiment, which can be accessed here .

Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments

Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six experiments Dean Radin, Leena Michel, Karla Galdamez, Paul Wendland, Robert Rickenbach, and Arnaud Delorme Physics Essays, in press. Scheduled print publication June 2012. Abstract A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wavefunction. The ratio of the interference pattern’s double-slit to single-slit spectral power was predicted to decrease when attention was focused towards the double-slit as compared to away. Each test session consisted of 40 counterbalanced attention-towards and attention-away epochs, where each epoch lasted between 15 and 30 seconds. Data contributed by 137 people in six experiments, involving a total of 250 test sessions, indicated that on average the spectral ratio decreased as predicted (z = -4.36, p = 6 x 10 -6 ). Another 250 control sessions conducted without observers present tested hardware, software, and analytical proc

Odd jobs

A blog listing six unusual psychology jobs, from the World of Psychology web site.