I visited the British Museum yesterday. They has an exhibition of the history of magic (with a Harry Potter theme – but keep reading…). A fascinating collection of books, mostly medieval, about alchemy, potions, herbology, divination – indeed the whole owl level sylabus from Harry Potter. It is worth a visit if you can stomach the £20 entrance fee.
Magic has always interested me so seeing such as collection of alchemical texts was great. It came just days after I finished reading Dean Radin’s Entangled Minds.
Entangled Minds looks at the scientific evidence for psi, i.e. telepathy and associated powers. There is clearly a lot of rigorously tested evidence! The book then links this to the latest advances in quantum theory which is linking the observers mind to the way quantum mechanics works.
Of particular interest was the discussion on premonition prior to 9/11. Radin discusses how he used data from an online experiment with millions of participants who were tested for precognition. Being online the tests were done over a number of years including September 11 2001.
Rather than an increase in premonition of the events of 9/11, the opposite happened. There was a severe drop in both correct guesses in the premonition tests and in premonitions of disasters involving planes immediately before 9/11. Both drops were statistically significant. He describes it as if people were actively avoiding the premonition and the graphs are quite striking.
The book covers telepathy between people in quite some depth, suggesting a small but eventually measurable effect. Transmission of a thought seems to have a small influence on some people, i.e. some people notice it, more than by random. Imagine how this is impacting our on culture when it is done at scale through advertising and media!
It also covers the impact on physical cell growth. Back in the day I studied Therapeutic Touch, a form of energy healing. Radin describes experiments on cell cultures that are statistically shown to grow faster when they are the focus of healing intention.
Intention is the key here, a concept I have discussed before and will return to again.