Monday, October 30, 2006

The Extra-Spooky Halloween Edition of Mind Power News

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Pet Ghosts: Animal Encounters from Beyond the Grave
--> Is the Oiuja Board a Portal to Evil?
--> Beyond Coincidence: Flukey or Spooky?
--> Mindfucks in Films
--> Uri Geller Seeks 'Heir' on Reality TV Show


Friday, October 27, 2006

The Science of Brain Transformation

Source: The Transparent Corp

Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other. The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces an enormous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment (such as an EEG), measuring electricity levels over areas of the scalp.

The combination of electrical activity in the brain is commonly called a BrainWave pattern, because of its cyclic, "wave-like" nature.

The Significance of Brainwaves

With the discovery of brainwaves came the discovery that electrical activity in the brain will change depending on what the person is doing. For instance, the brainwaves of a sleeping person are vastly different than the brainwaves of someone wide awake. Over the years, more sensitive equipment has brought us closer to figuring out exactly what brainwaves represent and with that, what they mean about a person's health and state of mind.

You can tell a lot about a person simply by observing their brainwave patterns. For example, anxious people tend to produce an overabundance of high Beta waves while people with depression tend to produce an overabundance of slower Alpha/Theta brainwaves.

Researchers have found that not only are brainwaves representative of of mental state, but they can be stimulated to change a person's mental state, and even help treat a variety of mental disorders. Certain Brainwave patterns can even be used to access exotic or extraordinary experiences such as "lucid dreaming" or ultra-realistic visualization.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Marijuana may stave off Alzheimer's

Source: CNN

Good news for aging hippies: Smoking pot may stave off Alzheimer's disease.

New research shows that the active ingredient in marijuana may prevent the progression of the disease by preserving levels of an important neurotransmitter that allows the brain to function.

Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California found that marijuana's active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can prevent the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from breaking down more effectively than commercially marketed drugs.

THC is also more effective at blocking clumps of protein that can inhibit memory and cognition in Alzheimer's patients, the researchers reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

The researchers said their discovery could lead to more effective drug treatment for Alzheimer's, the leading cause of dementia among the elderly.

Those afflicted with Alzheimer's suffer from memory loss, impaired decision-making, and diminished language and movement skills. The ultimate cause of the disease is unknown, though it is believed to be hereditary.

Marijuana is used to relieve glaucoma and can help reduce side effects from cancer and AIDS treatment.

Possessing marijuana for recreational use is illegal in many parts of the world, including the United States, though some states allow possession for medical purposes.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Thinking Alters the Way Your Body Fights Disease

By Ronald Kotulak
Chicago Tribune

Western medicine separated the mind from the body in the Middle Ages when the famous French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes agreed to accept flesh and bone as the province of physicians, while the Catholic Church claimed possession of the mind, insisting it was the creation of the soul.

But Descartes, whose works were placed on the Church's Index of Prohibited Books in 1667, believed the two really interacted in the brain. Using the fledging powers of observation and deductive reasoning that he was then developing, Descartes could conclude that "the mind is so intimately dependent upon the condition and relation of the organs of the body, that if any means can ever be found to render men wiser and more ingenious than hitherto, I believe that it is in medicine they must be sought for."

It's taken a long time, but doctors and psychologists are now bringing the mind and the body back together amid new evidence that the mind can improve the healing process in ways that traditional medicine can't.

Unlike earlier notions about the mind-body connection, which were often based on anecdotal stories or simply "gut" feelings, scientists now can document through powerful imaging technology what Descartes could only deduce, that our thoughts are capable of producing dramatic chemical and physical changes that directly affect our health.


Monday, October 23, 2006

Uri Geller Seeks 'Heir' on Reality TV Show

Source: Reuters

After four decades of bending spoons, halting clocks, reading minds, and penning metaphysical thrillers, Uri Geller is seeking a paranormal protege.

A reality television show being produced in Israel, where Geller grew up, will feature 10 contestants vying for the title of "heir" to the world-famous celebrity psychic.

"The format will be something like 'American Idol'. We will keep the performances that are most riveting and amazing," Geller told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that viewers with "intuitive powers" will also be invited to call in and compete.

Geller, 59, declined to elaborate on what supernatural skills the contestants claim to have, and whether clairvoyants -- who might be assumed to have an edge in predicting judges' votes -- are taking part. He described the prize, simply, as "huge".

Keshet, a franchise of Israel's Channel Two television, confirmed on its Web site that the show was being produced but gave no further details.

"This is not a show where people have to prove to me that they are for real," Geller said, adding that he has no plans to retire. "I just want to be amazed."

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Strange and Unusual Powers of Hypnosis

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Seven Unusual Powers of Hypnosis
--> Medical Hypnosis Cures Phobias, Addictions, and Pain
--> Magic Questions to Get Inside Their Heads
--> Hypnosis May Cure a Type of Baldness
--> The Straight Truth About Hypnosis


Friday, October 20, 2006

Quantum Theory: Spiritual Panacea, or Red Herring?

By Ian Lawton

For many years I have endorsed the idea that modern science is at the forefront of introducing a new metaphysical worldview. And while I do not now reject this idea completely, recent investigation has led me to the conclusion that my own use of elements of both quantum and string theory to support a Rational Spiritual worldview requires significant amendment. Nor am I convinced that the recent exposure that quantum theory has had via films such as "What the Bleep do we Know?", involving distinguished contributors such as Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami, has helped to clear up certain areas of confusion - however much, in one sense, I am delighted by the effect they have had in galvanising a more spiritual worldview.

In order to explain some of these reservations, we need to recap a little. Basic quantum theory resolved the paradox that particles such as electrons seem to have the characteristics of both particles and waves. More specifically, it proposed that they are ‘probability waves’ that only become particle-like - that is, for example, take on a specific position - when they are observed. However there are a number of supposed implications of this that are not as concrete as I and others have tended to make out. We will examine each in turn.

Is the Physical World only an Illusion?

The attractiveness of this proposition is two-fold. On the one hand it reinforces the idea that we can 'create our own reality', and on the other it appears to confirm ancient esoteric notions of maya. And, in some respects at least, it is true. For example, atoms and their nuclei are made up almost entirely of the vacuum that exists between the various particles. So objects that appear to be largely physical are in fact made up almost entirely of empty space. However, it is not accurate to claim that the particles themselves are 'only energy'. Of course, at one level everything is just energy, but we should not be sloppy about how we define this. Even under the most far-reaching interpretations of quantum theory, by the time we observe an object we are causing it to manifest only one particular set of quantum probabilities, and therefore it is made up of particles and not unmanifested probability waves.

But can we somehow alter our consciousness to allow other probabilities to manifest? And, to the extent that we can, does this involve quantum theory or something else?


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Become the Creator of Your Own Reality

By Bill Harris
Excerpt from 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life

There is a zen story of a great enlightened master, who, upon hearing of his own master's death, began to cry uncontrollably. His followers were shocked to see him cry. They asked him, "Why are you crying? You're enlightened. You're supposed to be beyond suffering. What will people think?"

He composed himself as best he could, and turning to them, he said, "What can I do? My eyes are crying. They are so sad that they will never again see this teacher I loved so much."

As this story so poignantly points out, sorrow upon experiencing loss is a normal part of being human. The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism point out that all life involves suffering, that suffering is caused by desire or attachment, and that suffering can be ended by giving up attachment (the fourth Noble Truth is the method of doing so).

The Four Noble Truths are based on an obvious, often overlooked, but fundamental reality of human existence: all things exist "in time" and eventually pass away. Not getting what you want involves suffering, but it's equally true that getting what you want also involves suffering because the thing you wanted is, like everything else, transitory.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Will Your Pet Go to Heaven?

By Maureen Hutfless
Lincoln Journal Star

You have just died and gone to heaven (literally). St. Peter waves you through the Pearly Gates and Rover, your faithful companion from earth life, comes bounding over to greet you.

Or does he?

While many animal lovers look forward to an afterlife with Fluffy, religious philosophies generally dispel those expectations.

According to the Roman Catholic Church, those hoping to frolic with Fido in the Elysian fields are barking up the wrong tree.

"We don't believe that animals have immortal souls, and therefore they can't share in eternal life. They won't be in heaven," said Father Mark Huber, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Denton.

He was able to throw a bone to animal lovers, however.

When the Scriptures talk about a new heaven and a new earth, he said, "there's a possibility of animal life in the new earth — but they wouldn't live forever.

"But that's speculative — we don't know what the new earth is," he said.

Islam agrees that animals will not exist eternally, but differs in other respects.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Eight Secrets of Goal-Free Living

By Stephen Shapiro
Excerpt from 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life

Success and happiness are unarguably our Holy Grails, but the standards taught to find them are all wrong. We have been brainwashed into believing that the only way to achieve this elusive combination of success and happiness is through setting goals. This is simply not true. In fact, goal-setting is often the shortest route to discontentment.

Fifty eight percent of those I surveyed say that they are consciously sacrificing today's happiness in the belief that achieving their goals will bring fulfillment. Sadly, 41 percent say that each goal achieved brings little, if any, satisfaction, despite all the hard work. So, what do they do? They set another goal. This creates a perpetual cycle of sacrifice and disillusionment. What is the solution?

After interviewing hundreds of people and surveying thousands I discovered that the most passionate, creative, and sometimes wealthiest people live free form the burden of traditional goals. Instead, they have mastered the rare skill of enjoying "now" rather than delaying gratification until the future.


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Monday, October 16, 2006

MIT Launches Center for Collective Intelligence

Source: Business Wire

Though not officially launched until Oct. 13, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) has already set an ambitious goal to understand how to harness the power of large numbers of people—connected together through Internet and other technologies —to better solve a range of business, scientific, and societal problems.

“The recent successes of things like Google and Wikipedia suggest that the time is now ripe for many more such systems,” said CCI Director Thomas Malone, author of the influential 2004 book, The Future of Work, which examined how information technology enables business to organize itself in new ways. “At CCI, our basic research question is: How can people and computers be connected so that—collectively—they act more intelligently than any individuals, groups, or computers have ever done before?”

As an example, Malone cites the process of writing books. “Today’s publishing industry is built on the assumption that books are written by a single author—or at most a few people. But Wikipedia shows that very different approaches may be possible. What if, for instance, certain kinds of books could be written by large numbers of people with very little central direction?”

In fact, at its formal opening, CCI will announce an experiment to create just this kind of new example of collective intelligence. The joint project by CCI, the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and Pearson Publishing is expected to involve thousands of people who will collectively write a book--Wikipedia-style--about how to use communities in business.

“CCI is the right organization to lead this joint initiative,” said MIT Sloan Dean Richard Schmalensee. “It will give CCI, and all of us, an opportunity to learn as much as possible about how to make collective intelligence successful.”

“In the long run,” Malone said, “this movement toward more decentralized decision-making in business may be as important a change for business as the change to democracies was for governments.”

Malone noted that “MIT President Susan Hockfield’s presence at the Oct. 13 formal launch is fitting because CCI builds on MIT’s deep expertise in many disciplines.” The center involves faculty from the Sloan School of Management, the Media Laboratory, the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, the Leadership Center and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

“CCI is trying to look over the horizon to see what will be common five, 10, or 20 years from now. Google, Wikipedia, Linux, and e-Bay are examples that show something interesting and important is already happening. Such examples are not the end of the story, but just the beginning. And I hope that our work can help people understand and take advantage of these exciting possibilities,” Malone said.

The MIT Center for Collective Intelligence is at

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Strange Mysteries of the Human Mind

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind
--> Electric Shocks to the Brain Can Cause Out-of-Body Experiences
--> Hearing Voices in Your Head is Normal
--> How to Use "Magic"
--> Extreme Lucid Dreaming
--> How to Predict Psychic Scams


Thursday, October 12, 2006

ESP and the Lottery

Source: Alternative Science

Most developed countries have had public lotteries for many years -- in the case of nations like France and Spain, for centuries. It was not, however, until 1989 that anyone realised that public numerical lotteries provide an unparalleled opportunity to test for the existence of paranormal abilities. Russian astrophysicist Mark Zilberman realised that the historical results of public lotteries provide a colossal statistical base that is completely independent of the observer and that relates to just one goal -- attempting to predict the outcome of a random process.

Zilberman examined the results of the Russian and French state lotteries and asked the question: are the results correlated significantly with any identifiable external factor?

As with the UK lottery, people win if they can predict 3 or more of the correct numbers. Zilberman looked at what he calls the True Predictions Density (TPD) defined as that fraction of lottery ticket buyers who win compared with the total number of tickets sold that week.

'From the standpoint of the player,' says Zilberman, 'lotteries are just a game in which one stands to win a certain sum of money. However, on closer analysis, lotteries afford us valuable material for investigating the ESP ability of masses of people. Indeed, public numerical lotteries are tantamount to a large-scale parapsychological experiment. One has here participants who are trying to predict results obtained from a Random Number Generator and there is feedback.'


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Strange Way Botox Relieves Depression

By Jean Enersen
Source: KING 5 News

Dr. Eric Finzi of the Chevy chase Cosmetic Center conducted the pilot trial to test whether preventing a patient from frowning would make it difficult to feel sadness.

Rainy days used to bring Kathleen Delano down. She's suffered depression since her 20s. Antidepressants and therapy didn't help.

"I wasn't suicidal, but I wasn't interested in getting out of bed. I wasn't interested in talking or communicating with friends or family," she said.

Then she enrolled in a study testing the effects of botox on depression. Dr. Eric Finzi of the Chevy chase Cosmetic Center conducted the pilot trial to test whether preventing a patient from frowning would make it difficult to feel sadness.

"To feel emotions, you have to express it on the face," he said.

The study involved 10 patients who were clinically depressed.

Dr. Finzi injected a normal dose of botox into their brows. Two months later, nine out of 10 patients were no longer clinically depressed.

"You're basically preventing people from expressing those sad and angry emotions on their face. Somehow, that's feeding back directly to the brain," said Dr. Finzi.

Results are gradual and take a week or two to kick in. "It's not like you take the botox and 'Hallelujah, I'm healed,'" said Dr. Finzi. Dr. Finzi said this initial data is promising. But he believes a larger study is still needed.

Kathleen is already a believer. "Really feeling for the first time in a lot of years that I'm free of depression," she said.

When the botox wears off, so does the antidepressant effect, so patients would need to get the shots about every three months. A single botox treatment costs about $400.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pet Ghosts: Animal Encounters From Beyond the Grave

By Vickie Snow
Source: Daily Southtown

When Joshua P. Warren's miniature dachshund died, he started hearing whimpers that sounded like those Nellie used to make.

Initially, he brushed them off. But then, his fiancee heard them, too.

"I love to investigate haunted houses, but I don't like to live in one," Warren, a paranormal investigator and author, said with a laugh. "It's rare for me to break out the equipment in my own house."

But he did, and he discovered that Nellie's ghost was indeed in his North Carolina home.

"There were distinct and measurable energy patterns," he said, "but it didn't last long."

Nellie's death and a visit to the Jackson Farm in Lancaster, S.C. -- which he calls one of the most haunted places he's ever seen -- fostered the beginning of Warren's research into animal apparitions.

In his new book "Pet Ghosts: Animal Encounters From Beyond the Grave", Warren discusses the differences between human and animal ghosts, shares dozens of stories about pet ghosts and even explains how to conjure up your dead pet's spirit.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Electric Shocks to the Brain Can Cause Out-Of-Body Experiences

By Sandra Blakeslee,
New York Times

They are eerie sensations, more common than one might think: A man describes feeling a shadowy figure standing behind him, then turning around to find no one there. A woman feels herself leaving her body and floating in space, looking down on her corporeal self.

Such experiences are often attributed by those who have them to paranormal forces.

But, according to recent work by neuroscientists, delivering mild electric current to specific spots in the brain can induce them. In one woman, for example, a zap to a brain region called the angular gyrus resulted in a sensation that she was hanging from the ceiling, looking down at her body. In another woman, electrical current delivered to the angular gyrus produced an uncanny feeling that someone was behind her, intent on interfering with her actions.

The two women were being evaluated for epilepsy surgery at University Hospital in Geneva, where doctors implanted dozens of electrodes into their brains to pinpoint the abnormal tissue causing the seizures and to identify adjacent areas involved in language, hearing or other essential functions that should be avoided in the surgery. As each electrode was activated, stimulating a different patch of brain tissue, the patient was asked to say what she was experiencing.

Dr. Olaf Blanke, a neurologist at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland who carried out the procedures, said that the women had normal psychiatric histories and that they were stunned by the bizarre nature of their experiences.

The Sept. 21 issue of Nature magazine includes an account by Blanke and his colleagues of the woman who sensed a shadow person behind her. They described the out-of-body experiences in the February 2004 issue of the journal Brain.

There is nothing mystical about these ghostly experiences, said Peter Brugger, a neuroscientist at University Hospital in Zurich, who was not involved in the experiments but is an expert on phantom limbs, the sensation of still feeling a limb that has been amputated, and other mind-bending phenomena.

"The research shows that the self can be detached from the body and can live a phantom existence on its own, as in an out-of-body experience, or it can be felt outside of personal space, as in a sense of a presence," Brugger said.


Saturday, October 07, 2006

How Your Thoughts Affect Your Experience

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Mind Over Genes - The New Biology of Belief
--> Your Desires Control What You See
--> You Get What You Expect
--> Why You Think You're Wonderful
--> Can You Become Intoxicated by the Power of Suggestion?
--> Control Your Thoughts and Create Your Life


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hearing Voices in your Head is Normal

Source: BBC

Hearing voices in your head is so common that it is normal, psychologists believe. Dutch findings suggest one in 25 people regularly hears voices.

Contrary to traditional belief, hearing voices is not necessarily a symptom of mental illness, UK researchers at Manchester University say. Indeed, many who hear voices do not seek help and say the voices have a positive impact on their lives, comforting or inspiring them.

Researcher Aylish Campbell said: "We know that many members of the general population hear voices but have never felt the need to access mental health services.
"Some experts even claim that more people hear voices and don't seek psychiatric help than those who do."

Some who hear voices describe it as being like the experience of hearing someone call your name only to find that there is no one there.

People also hear voices as if they are thoughts entering the mind from somewhere outside themselves. They will have no idea what the voice might say. It may even engage in conversation.

The Manchester team want to investigate why some people view their voices positively while others become distressed and seek medical help.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Extreme Lucid Dreaming: Don't Try This At Home

By Ken Korczak

Now let’s discuss something extremely dangerous. I relate this information, only on the grounds that you fully understand that what I’m talking about is highly dangerous, and no one should try it. My subject is dreaming — lucid dreaming to be specific. You may never have thought experimenting with dreams as being dangerous, but this particular method of triggering lucid dreams in just that — dangerous! Don’t try it!

I stumbled upon this sure-fire method of triggering lucid dreams — and out-of-body experiences — by accident. The technique involves dream deprivation by suppression of dreams with drugs. Here’s how I happened to encounter this dream induction process:

I have long suffered from migraine headaches, and recently, I began suffering a blasting migraine that was painful beyond imagining. Those of you who have suffered true migraines know what I’m talking about. Few things in life are worse than a pounding, nauseating, skull-splitting headache so bad you actually wish for death. Well, to deal with one such headache, which had been tormenting my head for nearly three days, I finally obtained some prescription narcotics — oxycodone — from my doctor and took to my bed. Because my headache was so extreme, even this powerful opiate was able to provide only moderate relief, but it was better than nothing.

My headache persisted for almost a week, and for about five days in a row, I was bombed on oxycodone. Among other effects, prescription narcotics really mess up your sleep patterns. In my case — and partly because of headache pain — I never slept deeply enough during that five-day period to enter REM state, the dream state. When my headache finally lifted, I was finally able to put away the energy-robbing, mind-numbing bottle of pain killers.

During that first night of normal drug-free, pain-free sleep — FIREWORKS! My poor dream-deprived brain had lost five nights of dreaming, and now it was determined to catch up, and really make up for lost time!

Now — I have long been a practitioner of lucid dreaming, and I have learned many good methods over the years if inducing lucid dreams, but rarely have I had as easier time — and more conscious control of my dreams than I did that night after having been dream deprived for several days. I was also easily — remarkably easily — able to capture the hypnagogic state — and practice that wonderful experience of lifting in and out of my body with my dream body, or astral body, or whatever you want to call it.

To make a long story short: Dream deprivation is obviously a way to powerfully magnify your ability to dream, and to help you enjoy improved control over your dreams so that you can practice your favorite lucid dreaming techniques. There are other, safer ways to deprive yourself of the dream state, but even that can be dangerous for some people — so don’t try it. I, however, have continued to experiment with non-drug, temporary dream deprivation techniques as a way to enhance my ability to explore the world of lucid dreaming.

I expect to write more about this in the near future, so stay tuned!


Chemical Enlightenment: The Rebirth of Psychedelic Studies?

By Bruce Bower

The comfortably furnished room in a corner of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore seems an unlikely setting for spiritual transcendence. Yet one after another, volunteers last year entered the living room–like space, reclined on the couch, swallowed a pill, and opened themselves to a profound mystical journey lasting several hours. For many of them, the mundane certainty of being a skin-bounded person with an individual existence melted away. In its place arose a sense of merging with an ultimate reality where all things exist in a sacred, unified realm. Participants felt intense joy, peacefulness, and love during these experiences. At times, though, some became fearful, dreading unseen dangers.

The pills that enabled these mystical excursions contained psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms that some societies have used for centuries in religious ceremonies. Psilocybin boosts transmission of the brain chemical serotonin, much as LSD and some other hallucinogenic drugs do.

Johns Hopkins psychopharmacologist Roland R. Griffiths and his colleagues have taken psilocybin out of its traditional context and far from the black-light milieu of its hippie-era heyday. Griffiths' team is investigating the drug's reputed mind-expanding effects in a rigorous, scientific way with ordinary people.

In the group's recent test, psilocybin frequently sparked temporary mystical makeovers in volunteers who didn't know what kind of pill they were taking. What's more, some of these participants reported long-lasting positive effects of their experiences.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Who Do You Want To Control?

To celebrate the release of his new book "Keys to Power Persuasion: Make Anyone Do What You Want With Covert Hypnotic Language," Alan Tutt has written a free 18-page report as an introduction to the fascinating world of conversational hypnosis.

This free report is packed with excellent information and teaches the beginning steps to learning how to control the minds of others in order to have them do whatever you want.


Once you've read this free report you will probably want to go check out the entire book, which is absolutely jam-packed with powerful techniques for helping you to get whatever you want through subtle mind control techniques which you can use on anyone without them ever suspecting a thing.

The best thing is that you don't need to have any experience in this field. This book even gives you the exact words and phrases which you can use to dramatically influence the opinions of others. The question isn't "Can you learn how to control other people?" The question is "Who Do You Want to Control?"


Sunday, October 01, 2006

How to Think Like a Millionaire

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> The 3 Most Powerful Principles I Have Learned from Millionaires
--> Free Tickets to the Millionaire Mind Seminar
--> How Happiness Attracts Money
--> How Napoleon Hill Got Me a Porsche
--> How to Create Exactly What You Want
--> Six Power Steps to Your Success

Read it here:

Are Scientists Afraid of Ghosts?

By Deborah Blum,
Source: LA Times

A hundred years ago, one of the most ambitious of research projects was launched, a study that linked scholars and mediums on three continents. Its purpose was to discover whether living humans could talk to dead ones.

Newspapers described the work as "remarkable experiments testing the reality of life after death." The scholars involved included William James, the famed American psychologist and philosopher, and Oliver Lodge, the British physicist and radio pioneer. They saw evidence for the supernatural — in this world and perhaps the next.

In one instance they made a request to an American medium while she was in a trance. The request was in Latin, a language the medium did not speak. The instructions included a proposal that she "send" a symbol to a British medium. During her next trance session, the American began asking about whether an "arrow" had been received. Later, comparing notes, the researchers discovered that during the American's first trance, the English psychic had suddenly begun scribbling arrows. It was only after a series of similar, equally unexpected results that the researchers published their findings.

Could any study produce results more provocative, more worth pursuing — more forgotten — a century later? For many, the dismissal of such Victorian research represents a triumph of modern science over superstition. But — and I admit that this is an unusual position for a mainstream science writer — I believe that it may instead represent a missed opportunity, a lost chance to better understand ourselves and our world.