Friday, December 30, 2005

The Weirdest, Wildest News of 2005

If you haven't read every single issue of Mind Power News you've probably missed at least one of these amazing stories from 2005. From a machine that sees the future to plants that think to controlling slot machines with your mind to proof that blind people have a sixth sense. And don't miss the stories about remote controlled humans, time travel and hypnosis for longevity.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

GUARD: The Switchword for Protection

By Shunyam Nirav

Terrorist attacks, wars, riots, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, diseases, accidents, robberies ... the hazards and dangers of the modern world are many. Though as an individual you may not be able to influence whether these things happen or not, you can influence whether you will be harmed by them by using a simple effective metaphysical technique.

Declare, affirm, or mentally chant the protection switchword GUARD anytime you do something risky to your well-being (physically or otherwise), or anytime you are in danger. You can also declare it for property you want to protect from harm or theft; and to some extent, even for other people (your children, relatives, friends, associates), and animals and plants.

Ideas, impulses, or hunches may come to you after you begin using the switchword GUARD, which you should follow to bring about the protection -- or the protection may (seemingly miraculously) just instantly manifest. In whatever way it manifests, it is worth remembering (CARE) that the essence of protection is GUARD.


Monday, December 26, 2005

The Simple Process of Creating Whatever You Desire

By Adrian Cooper
Creator of the Mind Power Studio

We will now look at the very important process of manifestation; the conscious creation of your own reality; the manifestation of your wishes and desires. Always remember; there is absolutely nothing that you cannot be, do or have.

It is highly advisable before embarking on any manifestation project to meditate upon, or consider very deeply whether you really do need and desire any specific objective to manifest into your life and the life of those around you. Sometimes what seems to be a very good idea and desirable idea at the time turns out to be decidedly less than desirable once it manifests as a reality into your life.

The process of creating anything and everything you could possibly desire is a natural, God given ability that everyone possesses, it is just that most simply do not know or realise it. The Universe is infinitely abundant; there are no limits on wealth or anything else. When you know beyond any doubt that you are indeed a creator, a co-creator within this magnificent Universe in which we live, an aspect of The Source, The First Cause, God, then you will know beyond any doubts in your very being that you can realise all of your wishes.

The process of manifestation is conceptually extremely simple, consisting of the following five steps: Know, Ask, Experience, Action and Gratitude.

1) Know your desire.
2) Ask for your desire.
3) Experience your desire.
4) Action towards your desire.
5) Gratitude for your desire.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

8 Ways to Become a Luckier Person


It is my belief that luck is something that you can create, rather than there are just lucky and unlucky people in the world.

If you would like to believe the latter, no need to read further. You can just continue with your old expressions: "I have bad luck" or "Nothing good ever happens to me" or "Good things only happen to other people." And that is what you will continue to create.

However, if you are ready to change your luck, by doing a few simple techniques, which can be significantly amplified through the power of hypnosis; allowing these ideas to penetrate your subconscious mind, then do read on.

Let me begin by making a basic distinction between luck and chance. Chance is something that is unpredictable; those events that just happen at random in the world. However, the moment you are exposed to chance and it has an emotional impact on you, (i.e. it makes you happy, elated, joyful, peaceful, or some other positive emotion) chance becomes good luck.

Luck then is your ability to take advantage of chance. And the amount of chance encounters that are happening all around us are unlimited ... you just have to be able to see them and act upon them.


Wednesday, December 21, 2005

NASA Studies Savant's Amazing Brain

By Robin McKie,
The Observer

It took Kim Peek just over an hour to read Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October. Four months later, when asked to give the name of the book's Russian radio operator, Peek quoted the entire relevant passage.

It was a prodigious feat. Yet for Peek - the real-life 'savant' on whom Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain Man is based - such recall only gives a glimpse of his powers. He knows 9,000 books off by heart; he can direct people around US cities from maps he has memorised years ago; and he has total recall of the dates of all major world events.

Now studies of Peek's abilities are being used by scientists to shed intriguing light on the human mind, and to open the way for men and women to exploit far more of their intellectual potential, as the latest issue of Scientific American reveals.


Monday, December 19, 2005

Researchers Seek Brain Wave Access to Bank Accounts


Canadian researchers hope to soon be able to use brain waves to unlock doors and get access to bank accounts. Some companies are already offering iris recognition systems that many countries want to put into biometric passports. But Julie Thorpe, a researcher at Carleton University in Ottawa wants to take the idea much much further.

She says it is possible to do away with key cards, pin numbers and a litany of other security tools that allow people to retrieve bank money, access computer data or enter restricted buildings.

"A user would simply think their password," said Thorpe, who hopes to develop the first biometric security device to read your mind to authenticate users.

Her idea, yet to be proven viable for commercial application, assumes that brainwave signals, like fingerprints, vary slightly from person to person, even when they think alike.

"Everyone's brainwave signal is a bit different even when they think about the same thing. They're unique just like fingerprints," she told AFP.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

Hypnosis Can Work Wonders

The Dallas Morning News

Hypnosis has caught on as a weapon in the battle of the bulge - and various vices.
And mental health experts say it's drawing dieters to their doorsteps.

"I get more referrals from physicians than ever for habits like tobacco-use cessation, weight control, nail-biting and others," said Dr. Douglas Bellamy, 64, a psychologist in Texas who has practiced hypnosis since the early 1980s.

"Hypnosis is becoming more recognized as an important technique in the treatment of many medical and psychological conditions."

In turn, health professionals - from doctors to psychologists, dentists, social workers and nurses - are availing themselves of training through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which has about 2,300 members.

"Based on the traffic on our Web-based referral database, the number of people seeking a practitioner who will use clinical hypnosis in their treatment is increasing," said a spokeswoman for the society, based in the Chicago area.

Smoking cessation, labor and delivery, and weight loss generate the most interest. But requests also stream in from people with phobias or chronic pain, cancer patients and those dealing with mental health issues.


Friday, December 16, 2005

Successful Aging is All in the Mind

Seniors' perceptions of the aging process depend not on disease or physical disability, but rather on attitude and coping style. This research, conducted at and funded by the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, is unusual in that it employed subjective reports as a measure of successful aging.

"The medical community has not reached consensus on what constitutes successful aging," says lead researcher Dilip Jeste, M.D., Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UCSD.

"The commonly used criteria suggest that a person is aging well if they have a low level of disease and disability. However, this study shows that self-perception about aging can be more important than the traditional success markers."


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Serious About Wanting To Start Astral Projection?

Astral Projection is the process of temporarily separating your consciousness or spirit from your physical body. It is an extraordinary experience. All who have experienced it can testify to its lucidity and magical quality. Astral Travel is very different from normal dreaming. In fact, it seems even more clear than our normal daily lives; our senses seem sharper and the environment somehow more real.

It is often thought that Astral Projection (Out-of-Body Experiences) is only experienced by people that have had a near death experience after an accident or on the operating table.

Astral Projection is a natural ability that anyone can experience!

Astral Projection can be easily attained by anyone. Quickly learn the secrets to start or expand your astral travel techniques. All this is possible because of a recent scientific discovery that has been shown to induce Astral Projection.


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Subliminal Messages: Deceiving the Mind

By Autumn C. Koerbel,

Although you might not realize it, subliminal messages are probably being used on you. Used mainly as advertising tools, such messages are designed to be relayed without their targets ever being conscious of them.

Because of this, their use is banned in most major countries. Nonetheless, subliminal messages continue to be disseminated throughout the media world, deceiving those who encounter them.

Subliminal messages were apparently first unleashed on the American public in the 1950s by James Vicary, an advertising executive. Vicary performed a study at movie theaters in which the words "Drink Coca-Cola" and "Eat Popcorn" were flashed on the screen, yet so quickly that the unwary audience didn't consciously notice them. Vicary claimed that sales on popcorn and Coke accordingly soared at the concession stands, jumping 57.7% and 18.1% respectively. Although no substantial results were demonstrated, this story has been around for over 50 years.

Subliminal messaging can be defined as the use of a signal or message designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. These messages are typically undetectable to the naked eye or ear, cloaked from the conscious mind and yet perceived unconsciously.


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Scientists Enter Brain's 'Matrix'

Source: CNN

In a breakthrough that brings the technology of futuristic film "The Matrix" closer to reality, scientists say they have cracked part of the brain's own computer code.

A team of neurology experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say they have deciphered brain waves used in the recognition of visual images.

The development, reported in the journal Science, is reminiscent of the cult sci-fi film in which Keanu Reeves "jacks" into a computer system using a cable hardwired to his brain.

Neuroscientists at MIT's McGovern Institute hope they will be able to mimic brain codes to improve computer algorithms used in artificial vision.

"We want to know how the brain works to create intelligence," Tomaso Poggio, who carried out the research with James DiCarlo, told MIT's news office.


Monday, December 12, 2005

"Being Happy is the Most Noble Thing You Can Do For the World"

By Paul Hughes,

It is with great pleasure that I write for you today, because I am again reminded how important it is for us to pursue our highest most joyous good.

Deep and abiding happiness, a lightness of being beyond all we thought possible, IS POSSIBLE, right now. It is already here waiting for you to experience it. It welcomes you with open arms.

So what's holding you back? Perhaps it is the state of the world that has got you down. For many of us, there is this apparent striking disconnect from the mainstream media, and what we are told to believe and do believe based on what we are told. For example, we are told to believe that everything in Iraq is going well, which for those of us paying attention, is not going well at all.

Truth is, it doesn't matter what they are telling you. The question becomes not who or what to believe, but what to do with whatever you know and remake it for your own highest good. Is it possible or moral to feel so much happiness and joy and freedom, while so many others do not?

The answer is yes, Yes, and Yes!


Sunday, December 11, 2005

The 7 Secrets To Knowing Your Higher Self

By Asoka Selvarajah, Ph.D
Author of 7 Golden Secrets of Knowing Your Higher Self

Each of us is connected with the Divine. The Higher Self within us far transcends the understanding of our conscious minds. This is the power that all the great geniuses and teachers of history have accessed. It is also the place of magic and miracle in our lives. Here are the seven key steps to contact it:

1. Belief & Expectation: Transform Your World View!

The first step is to BELIEVE that you have a Higher Self to establish communication with! Then EXPECT every day that this communication will improve as you focus diligently on inner growth. Without these two essential pre-requisites, it is hard to achieve anything at all in life, even on the physical level. For inner growth, these two qualities are essential. So set a GOAL to achieve contact with the Higher Self, review that goal daily, and maintain your purpose with determination until success is yours.

We are brought up with a primarily materialistic world view that neglects the role of Spirit. To establish close contact with spiritual realms, we need to have our entire being - conscious and subconscious - congruent with our goal. In any major activity/goal, you have to establish the rules of the game and the way it is played. Contacting your Higher Self is the same. Therefore, seek out writings and teachers that expand your understanding of the universe as fundamentally being a realm of Consciousness and Mind.

2. Solitude & Meditation

Make regular time for yourself where you can be totally alone. A quiet place is preferable. Just sit quietly with no expectations. Do NOTHING. This may feel very uncomfortable and strange in the beginning. Persist. You give time and space for the inner voice to make itself heard. It will do so either during that quiet time, or else during the events of the day. A synchronistic event will occur; someone will tell you exactly what you need to hear; you will get a sudden flash of insight. All the great geniuses of history have found times of regular solitude and silence for themselves. You should too.

In meditation, you work to discipline your mind and silence the internal chatter that constantly fill it. You create a pure vessel for the Higher Self to fill. Following your breath is an excellent meditation discipline, as is concentrating upon a candle flame. Or visualize a golden ball of light in your Solar Plexus that fills your whole body with energy and healing. There are many practices that you can study and use.


Friday, December 09, 2005

10 Steps to Superior Health Using Mind Power

By Ben Sweetland
Excerpt from
"Grow Rich While You Sleep"

HOW WELL IS WELL? Perhaps you have never asked yourself this
question. It will prove interesting to think about it a moment and doing so may start a train of thought which will carry you into a state of happiness you have not known before.

When do you think of yourself as being well? When you
are free from aches and pains? When you can do your normal work without exhaustion? The questions which could be asked are numerous, but the big question is: Even if you are free from aches and pains and are able to do your regular work without exhaustion is it possible for you to feel still better?

The pinnacle of well-being is mental and physical vibrancy, when you can throw
your entire enthusiastic self into anything you do whether work or play; when your mind is free from worry, because you accept the problems of the day as a challenge instead of approaching them with fear; when your heart is free from hatred because you have eyes which look only for the good in others; and when your todays are better than your yesterdays, and your tomorrows are looked forward to with joyous anticipation.

Following are ten simple steps for radiant mental and physical health, which are all
you need to develop a health consciousness...


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Instant Altered States via Dreamachine

By Mark Allen
New York Times News Service

At first glance it looked like something in the window of a TriBeCa furniture store, an oversize lamp from the early '60s maybe. But when Kate Chapman flicked a switch and the 3-foot high latticework cylinder in front of me began to spin, it was clear that we were dealing with more than just another piece of midcentury flotsam.

The machine started to cast strobelike patterns of bright light on our faces, and when I closed my eyes as instructed, there they were, the dazzling multicolored forms that I'd been told about: mandalas and crosses and even Mandelbrot fractals, dancing across my eyelids.

I was sitting on the floor of Chapman's Brooklyn loft, and she was demonstrating her prized household appliance, a 1996 Dreamachine originally made for William S. Burroughs. Besides the trippy visual effects, the device is said to induce an "alpha state" - a state conducive to lucid dreaming or intense daydreaming - in people who face the cylinder with their eyes closed as it spins around a bright light.

Dreamachine enthusiasts - whose ranks have swelled recently thanks to chat forums and a book published last year - claim that it promotes a trancelike serenity, intensifies creativity and insight and even uncovers suppressed memories.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Secret of Happiness in 8 Words

By Stuart Goldsmith
Author of Seven Secrets of the Millionaires

You might like to know that the secret of happiness can be explained in just eight words and is, in fact, quite mundane. It does not involve meditation, drugs or self-flagellation. Each of the eight words is worth one million dollars, but here they are, free:

Tomorrow - Today - Live - For - Better - Working - A - While

What? You can't make sense of that? I gave you the words for free, but the correct order is going to cost you plenty...

Pause, while the anagram-freaks try to work it out themselves...

Got it? No? Okay, you'll have to read on...

Now, the price for my arranging the words for you is about ten minutes of your time to read this article carefully, because it has important implications for your happiness.


Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Coffee Is Good For Your Brain

By Gaia Vince
New Scientist

Coffee improves short-term memory and speeds up reaction times by acting on the brain’s prefrontal cortex, according to a new study.

Researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to determine how coffee activates different areas of the brain in 15 volunteers.

“Caffeine modulates a higher brain function through its effects on distinct areas of the brain,” explains Florian Koppelst├Ątter, who carried out the research with colleagues at the Medical University at Innsbruck, Austria.

Prior to testing, the group fasted for 4 to 6 hours, and abstained from caffeine and nicotine for at least 24 hours. Then they were then given either a cup of strong coffee – containing 100 milligrams of caffeine – or a caffeine-free placebo drink. After 20 minutes all participants underwent fMRI scans while carrying out a memory and concentration test. A few days afterwards the experiment was repeated under the same conditions but each received the other drink.


Monday, December 05, 2005

This Is Your Brain Under Hypnosis

By Sandra Blakeslee
The New York Times

Hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists. Recent brain studies of people who are susceptible to suggestion indicate that when they act on the suggestions their brains show profound changes in how they process information. The suggestions, researchers report, literally change what people see, hear, feel and believe to be true.

The new experiments, which used brain imaging, found that people who were hypnotized "saw" colors where there were none. Others lost the ability to make simple decisions. Some people looked at common English words and thought that they were gibberish.

"The idea that perceptions can be manipulated by expectations" is fundamental to the study of cognition, said Michael I. Posner, an emeritus professor of neuroscience at the University of Oregon and expert on attention. "But now we're really getting at the mechanisms."

Even with little understanding of how it works, hypnosis has been used in medicine since the 1950's to treat pain and, more recently, as a treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, irritable bowel syndrome and eating disorders.

There is, however, still disagreement about what exactly the hypnotic state is or, indeed, whether it is anything more than an effort to please the hypnotist or a natural form of extreme concentration where people become oblivious to their surroundings while lost in thought.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Ancient Warrior Secrets for the Modern Entrepreneur

By Hirini Reedy
Author of Maori Secrets for Modern Life

The words you see on-screen trigger subconscious responses. Dark images penetrate your mind. Your heartbeat increases slightly. Your muscles tighten. Like a warrior advancing to combat, you prepare to engage with your market. Ready, aim, fire. You send an email!

Everyday, military metaphors are projected across our computer screens. Guerrilla marketing. Market penetration. Global domination. Competitive intelligence and more. How do you approach your marketing, your business? At the end of the day, do you feel like you have been in battle? Suffering battle fatigue.

War is just metaphor for the application of force. By understanding the nature of war, you can apply this understanding to business. You can apply the principles of war with elegance or with crudeness. It is like knowing the difference between a charging gladiator and a meditating warrior-monk.

Here are some warrior secrets that have been derived from traditional Maori martial arts and modern military tactics. Adapt and apply some of these principles into your life and business.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Money Does Buy Happiness

SOURCE: Reuters

Japanese women are cheerier than men, people grow glummer as they age, and money can buy happiness -- up to a point.

Those were among the findings of a recent survey on what makes Japanese people happy, the researcher, Osaka University professor Yoshiro Tsutsui, said Friday.

A majority were pretty satisfied with their lot in life -- only 13 percent of the 4,224 respondents gave themselves a "happiness rating" of four or lower on a scale of zero to 10.

Men tended to be a bit less happy than women, perhaps because Japan's male-dominated society means they have bigger social responsibilities, Tsutsui said in a report on the survey.

Happiness rose along with per capita income until earners reached the highest bracket, at which point it dipped somewhat.

"It seems when people are satisfied with their income, other factors then matter more," Tsutsui told Reuters.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pilgrims Flock to See 'Buddha Boy'

By Thomas Bell
The Telegraph

Thousands of pilgrims are pouring into the dense jungle of southern Nepal to worship a 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha.

Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago.

Witnesses say they have seen light emanating from the teenager's forehead.

"It looks a bit like when you shine a torch through your hand," said Tek Bahadur Lama, a member of the committee responsible for dealing with the growing number of visitors from India and elsewhere in Nepal.

Photographs of Ram Bomjon, available for five rupees (4p) from his makeshift shrine, have become ubiquitous across the region. "Far and wide, it's the only topic of conversation," said Upendra Lamichami, a local journalist.

He said no allegation had yet emerged of Ram breaking his fast or moving, even to relieve himself.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Can Dreams Predict the Future?

By Parthena Black
BellaOnline's Dreams Editor

Can dreams predict the future? There is surprisingly little scientific information available to provide concrete answers to this common question. While methods exist to test the abilities of individuals who claim to be psychic, I have been unable to find studies of this nature dealing specifically with dreams.

Accounts of predictive dreams can be found dating back to the stone age. In the Old Testament, Joseph interpreted Pharoah's dream as predicting seven years of abundance followed by famine, an event that actually occurred. According to a close personal friend, Abraham Lincoln dreamed that his funeral was taking place in his home shortly before his death. James Watson dreamed of a spiral staircase, leading him to the discovery of the double-helix component of the structure of DNA. This editor dreamed of a large nail being removed from my spine more than ten years before spinal fusion surgery and subsequent removal of the broken hardware five years later.

Eerie dreams that pointed to waking life events have been featured in films and literature. A good example appears in the movie "The Mothman Prophecies". Connie has a recurring dream where she repeatedly hears someone say, "Wake up, number 37." Connie is not able to connect the dream with reality until after the fact, when Klein rescues her and prevents her from becoming the 37th victim of a bridge collapse.

Despite thousands of accounts from individuals who claim that their dreams have predicted events that actually occurred, the majority of dream experts seem to believe that these dreams are more coincidental than clairvoyant.


Monday, November 28, 2005

Breatharianism: Living on Light and Air

By Jack Davis

From time to time individuals have requested that I share my first hand experience with the practice of breatharianism - living on air and light and prana.

Twenty two years ago I attended a seminar conducted by Wiley Brooks, a self-proclaimed breatharian. Though his message seems absurd to most people, it immediately rang true for me

I had been exposed to the concept of not eating through the previous ten years of extensive reading in the fields of health, nutrition, and spirituality. As owner of a large health food store in Hilo, Hawaii, I had followed a policy of knowing the products I stocked and sold, including books. I personally experimented with many nutritional products and various health practices. During those years I drastically reduced and altered the types of food consumed. Meat (all flesh), was eliminated, as was most highly refined foods, sugar products, most breads, milk products, and highly salted-spiced foods.

Due in large part to the influence of health enthusiast Paul Bragg I also engaged in regular fasting and colon cleansing. By 1982 I was ready for the lessons of Wiley Brooks. Among the practices Wiley recommended as transition diet was the consumption of yellow foods, only: corn, papaya, cantaloupe, orange, egg yolk, butter, pumpkin, etc.

For me the next 22 years witnessed a series of fasts, during which I drank diluted grape or other juice, I interspersed with periods of eating a simple and sparse diet of solid food. My longest fast was one of 40 days. Other fasts varied from 30 to 3 days.

When eating I usually ate once daily and skipped eating totally one day weekly. I would exclusively consume only 3 or 4 specific items for days, weeks, or months. These foods were not chosen for any claimed nutritional value but rather for simplicity, purity, digestibility, and for non harmful effect to my body.

By consuming such small amounts and limited variety I was able to note specifically how my body reacted to each food. Often, precise pains, skin eruptions, mucous excretions, and bowel disorders resulted from consumption of certain foods.

Fasting would quickly eliminate such deviations from optimum health. Without much guidance or social support I have slowly made progress toward the goal of existing exclusively on air and light.

Fortunately, for most of the past 20 plus years I have lived alone, thus avoiding the potential problem of coping with a mate with different life style. I was, however, performing regular, often strenuous work in the course of supporting myself financially. I never experience hunger and rarely feel tired or weak. My body and breath produce no offensive odor. The occasional meager bowel movement also produces little odor. My blood pressure is usually 110 over 60 or less, heart rate is 60, and temperature is 2 to 4 degrees below 'normal'. The body is strong, flexible, supple and mostly pain free. Cuts, injuries, and insect bites heal quickly without medication. To me, these indicators are reflections of an efficiently operating human bio-system which I have helped create, and for which I am grateful.

About 6 years ago I first read Jasmuheen's book, Living On Light. She recommends a 21 day transition fasting regime to achieve the state of breatharianism. She believes that her technique prepares one mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as physically for transition into states of higher consciousness.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Never Be Lied to Again: How to Get the Truth Out of Anyone

Here is an excellent and thorough manual for lie detection and truth extraction in four parts: How to Tell If You Are Being Lied To; Becoming a Human Lie Detector; How to Get the Truth Without Beating it Out of Them; and Advanced Techniques for Getting the Truth.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Top Terrorist "May Be Master Hypnotist"

Sidney Morning Herald

Amid fears that Indonesia's most wanted terrorist will strike again, some police have a new theory: Noordin Top is using hypnotism to elude capture and recruit more suicide bombers.

The senior Jemaah Islamiah operative - blamed for both Bali bombings and a series of other attacks - has time and again escaped the clutches of the law during the past three years.

Just two weeks ago he slipped through a massive dragnet again, even though counter-terror officers did shoot dead Azahari Husin, Noordin's bombmaker partner.

Among the few things left behind by Noordin was a graphic video in which he specifically warned Australia that his band of Islamic extremists would strike again.

In Azahari's hideout police found plans for a "Bom Pesta" - or bomb party - this coming Christmas with several churches and shopping malls earmarked for attack.

As fears rise, reports say some police in notoriously superstitious Indonesia believe Noordin may have the ability to hypnotise people, using his mental powers to escape his pursuers and recruit more bombers.

"A village chief fell unconscious after kissing the hand of a man resembling Noordin," one policeman told the latest edition of Tempo news magazine.

The magazine said the chief's mind went blank "like he was hypnotised" after meeting a "tabib", or traditional healer, who looked like Noordin.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Do False Memories Explain Alien Abductions?

Do you have memories of being abducted by aliens and whisked away in a spaceship? You wouldn't be alone.

Several thousand people worldwide claim to have had such close encounters, researchers say. But in a new study, a psychology expert at London's Goldsmiths College says these experiences are proof of the frailty of the human memory, rather than evidence of life in other galaxies.

"Maybe what we're dealing with here is false memories, and not that people are actually being abducted and taken aboard spaceships," says Professor Chris French, who surveyed 19 self-proclaimed alien abductees.

Several of the abductees reported being snatched from their beds or cars by alien creatures around four feet high, with spindly arms and legs and oversized heads, Professor French said.

Some men said they were subjected to painful medical examinations by the aliens, during which their sperm was extracted.

Many of the alien experiences could be explained by sleep paralysis, a condition in which a person is awake and aware of the surroundings but is unable to move.
Sleep paralysis often leads to hallucinations and 40 per cent of people experience the state at least once in their lives, Professor French said.

A rich imagination was also at play. Several of the alien abductees were already prone to fantasising and also claimed to have seen ghosts and have psychic or healing abilities.

"People have very rich fantasy lives," said Professor French, who is due to present his findings at a public seminar at London's Science Museum on Wednesday.
"So much so that they often mix up what's happening in their heads with what is going on in the real world."

SOURCE: Reuters

Monday, November 21, 2005

Meditation Builds Up Brain

By Alison Motluk
New Scientist

Meditating does more than just feel good and calm you down, it makes you perform better – and alters the structure of your brain, researchers have found.

People who meditate say the practice restores their energy, and some claim they need less sleep as a result. Many studies have reported that the brain works differently during meditation – brainwave patterns change and neuronal firing patterns synchronise. But whether meditation actually brings any of the restorative benefits of sleep has remained largely unexplored.

So Bruce O’Hara and colleagues at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, US, decided to investigate. They used a well-established “psychomotor vigilance task”, which has long been used to quantify the effects of sleepiness on mental acuity. The test involves staring at an LCD screen and pressing a button as soon as an image pops up. Typically, people take 200 to 300 milliseconds to respond, but sleep-deprived people take much longer, and sometimes miss the stimulus altogether.

Ten volunteers were tested before and after 40 minutes of either sleep, meditation, reading or light conversation, with all subjects trying all conditions. The 40-minute nap was known to improve performance (after an hour or so to recover from grogginess). But what astonished the researchers was that meditation was the only intervention that immediately led to superior performance, despite none of the volunteers being experienced at meditation.


Friday, November 18, 2005

Angelina Jolie Used Black Magic to Lure Brad Pitt

By James Wray
SOURCE: Monsters and Critics

Hollywood diva Angelina Jolie has reportedly given actor Brad Pitt a vial of gray powder to ward off accidents. According to the New York Daily times, it was discovered in the glove compartment of Pitt’s car by a close friend. Pitt later revealed to his friend that the vial contained the remnants of a bat.

Is Jolie working voodoo on Brad?

Doktor Snake, whose “Voodoo Spellbook” is a cult best-seller in the U.S. and out recently in the U.K., thinks so.

“That vial sounds suspiciously like a voodoo ‘mojo hand’, or magical charm,” says Snake.

He is skeptical, however, that the charm is for warding off accidents, saying that voodoo spells using ingredients from bats are usually used in workings of black magic.

“One dark voodoo spell uses Bat’s Heart Incense which is burnt to break up a love affair or marriage - very ominous in the light of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s split,” says Snake.

The good doctor goes on to predict that we should expect a marriage announcement from Pitt and Jolie during 2005 - and an announcement that the couple will be having twins.

“These things are written in the tides of fate, if you know how to interpret them,” says Snake. “And it’s a happy ending - after all, Brad has always wanted kids and Aniston wasn’t coming through for him.”


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Is the Universe Only Pretending to Be 3-Dimensional?

By Alexandra L. Woodruff
Daily Californian

In quantum physics, nothing is as it seems. As physicists continue to study the universe they continually run into new questions that shake how humans understand the universe's intricate mechanics.

UC Berkeley physics professor, Raphael Bousso, is trying to break down the mysteries of the universe with a concept called the holographic principle. Physicists stumbled on the idea while studying black holes. It is a concept, which ultimately questions whether the third dimension exists.

"There's a real conflict between the way that we're thinking about the world right now, which is a very local way where everything happens independently in different regions of space and the way that we're going to have to think about it," said Bousso in an interview.

Bousso presented the ideas at a seminar last weekend called "Latest Theories About the Universe and Its Governing Laws: Theoretical Physics Made Easy for the Public" at the Lawrence Hall of Science to an audience of about 100.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Do Tinfoil Helmets Deflect Mind Control?

(Tech humour, really, move along, nothing to see here)

Engineers at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology have published results showing that tinfoil helmets, prized in many circles for an assumed capacity to resist mind control rays from aliens and governments, may actually amplify the controlling signals.

There's only one problem: The humour of the engineers is so deadpan, the findings are likely to be cited ad infinitum in conspiracy and UFO journals.

The abstract for the profusely illustrated study says:

Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We theorize that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

The study contains recommendations for the construction of helmets that will work more efficiently as well as detailed results on the examination of three classic helmets, the Classical, the Fez, and the Centurion.

One finding, raising entirely new fields of speculation, is that certain frequencies enhanced by the helmets are in the hands of multi-national corporations.

The researchers did not, however, delve into the critical question of whether one should construct hats with the reflective side of the foil facing in or out.


Saturday, November 12, 2005

Do Aliens Have Souls?

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

Galaxy-gazing scientists surely wonder about what kind of impact finding life or intelligent beings on another planet would have on the world.

But what sort of effect would it have on Catholic beliefs? Would Christian theology be rocked to the core if science someday found a distant orb teeming with little green men, women or other intelligent forms of alien life? Would the church send missionaries to spread the Gospel to aliens? Could aliens even be baptized? Or would they have had their own version of Jesus and have already experienced his universal or galactic plan of salvation?

Curious Catholics need not be space buffs to want answers to these questions and others when they pick up a 48-page booklet by a Vatican astronomer.


Friday, November 11, 2005

Can Remote Viewing Help the U.S. Military and Intelligence Services?

By Steve Hammons
American Chronicle

The unusual human skill known as “remote viewing” could be an important asset for our armed forces and national intelligence resources.

Training in the application of remote viewing could be expanded to benefit our military personnel and intelligence agencies in ongoing tactical and strategic operations.
We can no longer afford to ignore this very powerful asset.

Remote viewing could just as easily be called “enhanced instincts and intuition” or maybe “unconventional internal perception.” Remote viewing is the ability to use and improve the “sixth sense” that most or all people reportedly have to some degree.

Remote viewing has reportedly been used successfully in many intelligence and reconnaissance efforts but its use has been limited.

The official remote viewing program was variously under the control of the CIA, Army Intelligence and Security Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the Air Force in the ‘70s, 80s and early 90s. Project STARGATE was only the last of a series of code names for an effort also known as SCANNATE, GONDOLAWISH, GRILLFLAME, CENTERLANE and SUNSTREAK.

Remote viewing is a skill that seems impossible, beyond belief. However, remote viewing experts say years of research and practical application of remote viewing in real-life operational settings have proven that it works and works well. That which is not known can become known.

Experts allege that successful application of these abilities in a wide range of endeavors, including intelligence and reconnaissance operations, has been proven beyond question. Significant scientific research has reportedly validated many aspects of remote viewing theory and practice.


Monday, November 07, 2005

How Do You Create Your Own Reality?

"You don't have to learn how to do it! You've been doing it all your life anyway - rather unconsciously. Whatever reality you have now, you have created it. All you have to do is become aware of the mechanics of how you did it in the first place... Once you can do it consciously, the Universe really begins to act like a "wish fulfilling" machine." Whatever you focus on, you begin to attract in very magical ways.

I say the word "magic" because when you begin to see at how quickly even what you thought was impossible, it really does seem like magic."

This is a quote from John Harrichan, captured during four hours of an intensive life-changing seminar recorded by my friend Kacper Potowski. In case you missed it, I just wanted to send you a quick reminder that today is the launch of Kacper's amazing new program, "Dancing With the Universe."

This is an inspiring and enlightening work based on the teachings of world-renowned author John Harricharan. This package would make a beautiful gift for yourself or someone close to you this holiday season.

Learn more about John Harricharan's incredible life story of discovering these Universal principles of success that he has shared with thousands of people, at

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The 3-Step Formula for Rapid Success in Any Area of Your Life

If you've been with Mind Power News for a little while you may already know the names Kacper Postawski and John Harricharan.

If not, you're in for an amazing treat, because these two brilliant
minds have collaborated on some inspiring new work.

On November 7, my friend Kacper is releasing his latest creation,
a beautiful package of enlightening material based on the work of John Harricharan which teaches "The 3 Step Formula For Rapid Success In Any Area Of Your Life..."

Kacper wrote to me last week to let me know that this project
was almost finished, and he asked me to share this story with the members of the Mind Power News community.

Here's a small portion of the e-mail which Kacper sent to me in which he explained the amazing events that led to his latest creation.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Your Brain's Sex Can Make You Ill

By Michelle Roberts
BBC News health reporter

Scientists say they have proof that the sex of the brain makes men and women more prone to different diseases.

Doctors know that women are more likely than men to have depression, anxiety or an eating disorder, while men are at higher risk of Parkinson's disease.

Post-mortem and brain imaging studies show that male and female brains are physically different.

Now scientists say they can to link the two together and suggest future disease cures may be "gender-specific".


Monday, October 24, 2005

Time Travel for Beginners

By Thoth

Since the publication of H.G Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’ in 1895, the prospect of time travel has fired the imagination of writers, provided controversy amongst the scientific community and encouraged philosophers, scientists, metaphysicians and dreamers to engage in passionate debate.

In recent years, we’ve seen people claiming to be visitors from the future, others claiming that we have evidence that time travel has happened and inevitably we now have time travel conventions where ideas about time travel can be discussed and developed.

It seems as though a myriad of people have an interest in the possibility of travelling through time. If the past exists, does the future already exist, and if it does, is our future already predetermined?

So what’s the story? Is time travel possible or should such romantic notions be confined to the movies? We thought we’d take a journey back through some of the most popular theories and also (in the spirit of the article) take a look into the future to see what’s what.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Power Affirmations for Attracting Money

By Jeff Staniforth
Creator of Affirmware Sculptor 3

So you desire to gain material things in life? Affirmations are
usually effective in this respect - maybe even more so than with other desires because material desires often come with stronger
emotional attachments.

You'll recall that in my previous article, "Why Do Some Affirmations Work - and Others Don't?" I emphasized that
affirmations that are emotionally charged are the ones most likely to work.

So when you are emotionally connected to your
desire for material things, you can use the power of affirmations to see how quickly your need is manifested!

If your desire is to have an abundance of money to fill your needs, practice this affirmation: "I always have an abundance of money to meet all my needs." Repeat it several times, then stop affirming. Be silent while knowing, visualizing, and feeling how it is to already have the amount of money you desire. Feel as though it has already happened, and that all your needs are more than satisfied. While in this state, hold yourself open to all the ways and means by which you will have money flow into your life to meet your every need.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Telepathy Between Babies & Nursing Moms

By Rupert Sheldrake

In nursing mothers, breast milk becomes available for feeding the baby through a physiological process called the let-down reflex, mediated by the hormone oxytocin, which is produced in the pituitary gland. As the let-down occurs, many women experience a tingling sensation in their breasts, and often the nipples begin to leak. This reflex takes only a few seconds and is usually triggered by the stimulation of the nipple by the baby, the sound of the baby crying, or even just by thinking about the baby (Stoppard, 1985).

Some nursing mothers claim that when they are away from the baby they often know when the baby needs them because their milk lets down (Eason, 1992). Here are two representative examples, taken from dozens I have received in response to appeals for information from mothers on this subject:

When my youngest son was a baby, I had the experience of my milk ‘letting down’ when I was away from him. This was accompanied by a ‘knowing’ that he needed me. When I would phone home, the sitter would always confirm that he had just awakened. Since he nursed on demand, he was never on a schedule. (Mrs C.L, Arlington, Washington State, USA).

I have 7 children, the eldest is now 12 and the youngest 7 months. I have fed 6 of my children and each time have experienced the ‘let down reflex’ when I leave them. I know when my baby cries when we are apart. The very second I think she may be crying I leak. When I get home she has usually been crying at the time I have leaked. My husband says that my boobs are like arials. I’m sure I can pick up their crying for miles. (Mrs P.B., Blackburn, Lancashire)

Most women who have had this kind of experience seem to take it for granted, and assume that it depends on a psychic bond. If they are right, this would imply a form of telepathy more physiological and fundamental that the kinds of ESP usually investigated by experimental parapsychologists and psychical researchers.


Monday, October 17, 2005

Happiness: The Highest Gift

By Julian Kalmar
The Happiness Campaign

Can you imagine living happily no matter what happens? Thirty-eight years ago a great master craftsman began teaching me how to do this. Unbelievably, it took me 36 years to truly appreciate his enormous gift.

In 2002, a back injury sentenced me to living in bed 22 hours a day. I lost my business, a 6-figure income, and the ability to move about freely. When a friend asked me how I could still be so happy, the value of the master's lessons snapped into focus: It had never occurred to me to be unhappy!

The master, an old-world Hungarian watchmaker, began my lessons when I was four. He granted me the privilege of sitting beside him as he repaired watches and clocks.

My first happiness lesson was to sit quietly, without distracting him from his delicate repairs. Amazingly, I succeeded almost without trying, for as the master worked something magical happened. A great love and peace filled the workshop, and I fell into the deafening silence that surrounded him. As I focused on his work, my stillness on the outside was soon reflected by stillness on the inside. All sense of misfortune, stress, and unhappiness melted away.

The master taught me that focusing on your tasks destroys negative emotions. Negativity thrives when you focus on what's wrong. Focusing on your tasks suffocates the negatives by stilling your thoughts. Focusing also improves the quality of your work, brings satisfaction in a job well done, and eventually profound joy.


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Improve Your Brain With 7 Simple Nutritional Tips

By Daniel G. Amen, M.D.,
Author of Making a Good Brain Great

Here is the seven step plan to get your diet under control and to use food as brain medicine.

1. Increase water intake
Given that your brain is about 80% water, the first rule of brain nutrition is adequate water to hydrate your brain. Even slight dehydration can raise stress hormones which can damage your brain over time. Drink at least 84 ounces of water a day. It is best to have your liquids unpolluted with artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. You can use herbal, non-caffeinated tea bags, such as raspberry or strawberry flavored, and make unsweetened iced tea. Green tea is also good for brain function as it contains chemicals that enhance mental relaxation and alertness.

2. Calorie restriction
Substantial research in animals and now in humans indicates that a calorie-restricted diet is helpful for brain and life longevity. Eating less helps you live longer. It controls weight; decreases risk for heart disease, cancer, and stroke from obesity (a major risk factor for all of these illnesses); and it triggers certain mechanisms in the body to increase the production of nerve growth factors, which are helpful to the brain. Researchers use the acronym CRON for “calorie restriction with optimal nutrition,” so the other part of the story is to make these calories count.


Friday, October 14, 2005

Lucky Numbers for Dimensional Evolution

Researchers from the University of Washington and Harvard University have turned up some interesting findings about possible realities based on math modeling the beginnings of the Universe.

Andreas Karch (UW) and Lisa Randall from Harvard set out to model how the Universe was arranged right after the big bang, and then watch how the cosmos evolved as it expanded and diluted. The only assumptions they made were that it started with a generally smooth configuration, with numerous structures - called "branes" (membranes) - that existed in various spatial dimensions from one to nine.

The researchers found that as the cosmos evolved and the branes diluted, the branes that survived displayed three dimensions or seven dimensions. They believe the way our universe started and then diluted as it expanded - called the relaxation principle - favored formation of three- and seven-dimensional realities.

"That's what comes out when you do the math," said Karch, author of the paper that appears in Physical Review Letters. "Other realities, either three- or seven-dimensional, could be hidden from our perception in the Universe. There are regions that feel 3D. There are regions that feel 5D. There are regions that feel 9D. These extra dimensions are infinitely large. We just happen to be in a place that feels 3D to us," he added.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Brazilian Psychic Seeks $25 Million Reward for Saddam

A Brazilian court will consider a psychic's claim that the U.S. government owes him a $25 million reward for information he says he provided on the hiding place of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Brazil's second-highest court, the Superior Court of Justice, decided on Thursday the Brazilian justice system could rule on the matter and told a court in the psychic's home state of Minas Gerais to judge the case.

The lower court had earlier told Jucelino Nobrega da Luz it could not take up his claim and it would have to be judged in the United States, but the higher tribunal ruled otherwise.

"The Minas Gerais court will work with the claim," said a spokesman for the Superior Court of Justice.

"Jucelino da Luz alleges that the U.S. armed forces only found Saddam based on his letters that provided his exact location, the very hole where he was hiding in Iraq. So he filed a court case to claim the reward."


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Who Says You Can't Be Happy All The Time?

By Julian Kalmar
Founder, The Happiness Campaign™

Who says you can’t be happy all the time?

Have you ever considered why you work so hard? It’s true you live between the hope of abundance and the fear of lack, but isn’t the deeper reason, so that you can build a happy life for you and your loved ones?

The drive for happiness is behind almost every action you take.

Unfortunately, to get to happiness you often end up doing many things you’d rather not do, and you suffer enormous stresses in the process. You consume your energy, time, and money, all in hopes of finding that elusive state of genuine lasting happiness.

For all your effort, happiness remains elusive. It needs coaxing out, and sometimes when you think you finally have it, it slips away silently.

Why You’re Not As Happy As You Could Be

Did you know that over a billion (1,000,000,000) people in this world aren’t as happy as they could be? That staggering number has nothing to do with living in a third-world country either.

Here’s the reason…

Do you remember your parents teaching you the methods for creating happiness? What about all those hours your teachers spent teaching you the precise actions needed to become happy? Doesn’t sound familiar, does it?

The irony of education is that it was meant to give you tools for living well, yet no one taught us happiness skills. We spent years in school studying subjects we ended up never using, yet not one minute was spent learning the methods for creating happiness. The very skill we could use every day of our lives isn’t even taught!

What an incredible oversight!

Instead, you’ve had to muddle through, learning by trial and error—lots and lots of error. You’ve also learned many myths about happiness from peers, customs, advertising, and clever quotations…almost all of it worthless hearsay.

Advertisers, for example, would have you buy every single product with their solemn promise that each one will bring you greater happiness. They show you smiling people as a result of time savings, cost reduction, excitement, sex, greedy consumption, rainbows, sunshine…all the usual tricks. Ridiculous! Your wise inner-self knows these to be purely illusions. It’s no wonder most advertising is so ineffective. People have been disappointed so often that they’ve become very skeptical of advertising claims, and rightly so!

Happiness Knowledge

However, there is such a thing as “happiness knowledge”—a very special kind of knowledge that tells you exactly how to create genuine lasting happiness.

Happiness knowledge doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour of those glossy advertisements, for it is a quiet kind of knowledge that has no need of gimmicks. It won’t dazzle your eyes or hypnotize your senses. It won’t delude you into believing that you’ll become happier when you own Product X.

Happiness knowledge deals with very simple things:

How you can think in certain ways, and act in certain ways to cause the natural core of your being to light up.


Saturday, October 08, 2005

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Does Belief in God Damage Society?

By Ruth Gledhill,
The Times UK

Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today.

According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.

The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.

It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.

Many liberal Christians and believers of other faiths hold that religious belief is socially beneficial, believing that it helps to lower rates of violent crime, murder, suicide, sexual promiscuity and abortion. The benefits of religious belief to a society have been described as its “spiritual capital”. But the study claims that the devotion of many in the US may actually contribute to its ills.


Saturday, October 01, 2005

When to Eat for Perfect Health

By Wallace D. Wattles
Excerpt from "The Science of Being Well"

You cannot build and maintain a perfectly healthy body by mental action
alone, or by the performance of the unconscious or involuntary functions alone. There are certain actions, more or less voluntary, which have a direct and immediate relation with the continuance of life itself. These are eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping.

No matter what a person's thought or mental attitude may be, he cannot live
unless he eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps, and, moreover, he cannot be well if he eats, drinks, breathes, and sleeps in an unnatural or wrong manner. It is therefore vitally important that you should learn the right way to perform these voluntary functions, and I shall proceed to show you this way, beginning with the matter of eating, which is most important.

There has been a vast amount of controversy as to when to eat, what to eat,
how to eat, and how much to eat, and all this controversy is unnecessary, for the Right Way is very easy to find.

You have only to consider the Law which
governs all attainment, whether of health, wealth, power, or happiness; and that law is that you must do what you can do now, where you are now; do every separate act in the most perfect manner possible, and put the power of faith into every

The processes of digestion and assimilation are under the supervision and
control of an inner division of a person's mentality, which is generally called the sub-conscious mind, and I shall use that term here in order to be understood.

The sub-conscious mind is in charge of all the functions and processes of
life, and when more food is needed by the body, it makes the fact known by causing a sensation called hunger. Whenever food is needed and can be used, there is hunger, and whenever there is hunger it is time to eat. When there is no hunger it is unnatural and wrong to eat, no matter how great may APPEAR to be the need for food.


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

How to Get Anything You Want in Life in 68 Seconds

By David Cameron Gikandi

Let's keep this simple. As simple as can be. What do you

More money? A new house? A nice luxury car? A holiday in
France? A new boyfriend or girlfriend? An athletic body? Whatever it is, it is a physical result, is it not? Physicality.

Why? For what feeling? So you can feel secure? Happy?
Fulfilled? Whatever the reason is, it so that you can feel good, feel free, and experience satisfaction of some kind. It is to enjoy your self one way or the other. Feeling.

So how do you get whatever it is that you want in your
life, easily? Here is the formula for all creation of one's reality. And trust me; it is as easy as you make it to be. If you complicate it, it gets complicated to that degree. If you keep it as simple as it is, it becomes a seeming miracle, simple yet profoundly powerful, a sign of mastery.


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

2045: The Year Humans Transcend Biology

By Mike Langberg
Mercury News

Ray Kurzweil, one of the nation's most acclaimed inventors, has some unusual ideas about how we'll live in 25 years.

Billions of sub-microscopic robots will swim through our brains, augmenting our mental powers. We'll eat cloned meat grown in factories, without having to slaughter animals. Inexpensive personal computers will match human intelligence in their ability to analyze information and make decisions.

Then things get weird.

Looking ahead 40 years, Kurzweil believes humans will evolve into semi-mechanical beings who can alter their physical appearance at will. We'll live almost forever, barring accidents or violence, in a world without hunger or poverty. And humanity's expanded brain power will ultimately reach out to control the universe.

This may sound crazy, but Kurzweil makes a compelling case in a new book, "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology,'' which reached store shelves last week and is officially published Monday.


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Is the Universe a Massive Supercomputer?

By P.A. Wahid
The Hindu

The latest thinking that is doing rounds in scientific circles is whether the universe is a computer. The legendary Konrad Zuse, a German scientist who built the first programmable computer, was also the first to suggest in 1967 that the entire universe is being computed on a computer, possibly a cellular automaton.

He referred to this as Rechnender Raun (computing cosmos or computing space), which in fact started the field of "Digital Physics." The tremendous advances made in computer science and technology during the last couple of decades have also made a sea change in the quality of our thought process. What has been done manually before the advent of modern computer technology can now be done unmanned more efficiently and rapidly by the use of a computer.

Nature has always been a wonder and a source of inspiration for intellectual activity to man. Apart from the physical components of the universe, there are the natural phenomena and a whole variety of rules and mechanisms that are responsible for the entire universe to function as a single system.

The fact that phenomena like natural cycles, planetary movements and a host of others occur with clockwork precision and accuracy leads to the obvious conclusion that our universe is a programmed system.


Saturday, September 24, 2005

Major Critic of Hypnosis Dies

By Jeremy Pearce
NY Times

Theodore X. Barber, a psychologist who became a leading critic of hypnosis after his scientific studies concluded that the power of suggestion often worked nearly as well, died on Sept. 10 at a hospital in Framingham, Mass. He was 78 and lived in Ashland, Mass.

The cause was a ruptured aorta, his family said.

Dr. Barber developed what became careerlong studies of hypnosis in the 1960's, while conducting research at the Medfield Foundation, a private psychiatric research center in Massachusetts.

Earlier, in a series of experiments performed door to door, he and other researchers found that they could induce sleepiness by suggestion alone, without the swinging watches or formal protocols used by hypnotists. Power of suggestion worked effectively on about 20 percent of the people tested, although another 25 percent had no reaction.

The results stimulated Dr. Barber's interest in the hypnotic state, and he examined people who could be easily or deeply hypnotized. In the 1970's, he helped identify a small minority - 2 percent to 4 percent of the population - who were especially responsive, and he then studied the group. With other researchers, he found that the people most susceptible to hypnosis included those who were "gifted fantasizers" or "amnesia prone."