Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Professors Braude and Blade:
I attended this conference last month, after it was recommended by Professor Stephen Braude, Chair of the Philosophy Dept, University of Maryland. A couple of months ago, I began corresponding with Braude, he has spent more than 30 years investigating the paranormal. Braude’s first paranormal experience was as an undergrad student decades ago. Braude had friends visit his apartment one gloomy afternoon, through a séance(of sorts), they performed a table levitation.
Braude knew his table and knew his friends, he could not account for the unaided actions of his own table.Braude informed me he had investigated Ted Serios,in the late 60’s/ early 70’s. This was interesting to me because my former business partner, Professor Richard Blade, former chair of the Physics Department, University of Colorado, Colorado Spings, had ALSO investigated Serios during the same time frame, in Colorado.
I pulled Braude and Blade into a 3-way deluge of fascinating emails. Physics and Philosophy. It was one of the most interesting conversations of my life. If you are unaware of Ted Serios, I suggest you do some reading on him. Blade and Braude both spent significant time with Serios investigating his “claimed” Psi abilities.Both Blade and Braude believe he was the “real deal”. Ted could make Polaroid Psychic images on Polaroid film, the image would roughly correspond to one in a sealed envelope, Ted never actually saw the original, but could often make an impressive likeness of it.
On one occasion Ted was taken to a University Electrical Engineering lab in Denver. A sealed box with lightbulb and photocell was in the lab. The output from the photo-cell was displayed on an Oscilloscope. Ted was easily able to deflect the scope up and down, in this well controlled environment. Interestingly enough James Randi was also present, he found no evidence of hoax, nor could he explain Serios’s ability to easily influence upon request. Randi failed to offer the “so called” million dollar prize.Professor Jule Eisenbud ,(now deceased), wrote a book on Serios. I was fortunate enough to meet Jule’s son Eric at the conference. Eric talked to Blade about his involvement with the Serios investigations/experiments.
This was a fascinating piece of history I was exposed to. Lots of people read about Serios on the internet, few know anyone who had extensive contact with him on many occasions.I should mention Braude believes many “hauntings” are Psi/Pk generated by the observer or other “living” person.
For strange things I have personally witnessed, this seems like the best explanation to me. An example of this is
Professor Braude lectured regarding Pk mechanisms around a German Séance. PEAR AND GCPPrinceton Engineerng Anomalies Research,(PEAR) was a lab based at Princeton for the investigation of ESP/Psi etc.
I was fortunate enough to meet a couple PEAR Professors, York Dobbins (Physics) and Roger Nelson (Psychology). Roger heads up the Global Consciousness Project (GCP). GCP correlates data from Random Number Generators around the world. Some feel dramatic global events, such as 9-11, cause these generators to go outside “standard distribution”. Here is a lik to GCP:
Psi/Pk influence on Random Number Generators has been studied for many many years, fascinating stuff!
The Men who stare at Goats:
If you have not seen the movie, I would urge you to do so. The movie is partially based on reality. John Alexander is a retired Special Forces Colonel, he saw the Goat killed and was present at the necropsy. John lectured on remote viewing and other things Project Stargate did, he separated the facts from the fiction.
Challenges to the Second law of ThermodynamicsProfessor Daniel Sheehan, Physicist, University of San Diego.
Expects Macroscopic violations of this “law” within the next decade. Zero Point energy, (background fluctuations) is just one application that may do this.
2012 Catastophe??I attended a lecture by Professor Courtney Brown, Social Scientist, Emory University. Courtney runs the farsight institute:
The farsight institute claims to use former Army remote viewers to “look into the future” and look at remote locations, such as Mars.He claims “humans currently working on mars, reviving anchient technology” and a possible 2012 Catastrophe.Remember the Hale Bopp comet? The one that the “Heavens Gate” people committed suicide over? Courtney Brown was the one who “suggested” his remote viewers had spotted a “UFO” hiding behind the comet.For me, this was the LEAST impressive lecture of the conference.
I met many fascinating people at the SSE conference, including a Psychologist who had (2) seemingly credible patients claiming UFO abduction. SSE members are Doctors, Professors, Engineers, and most of all “average folks” looking for answers to Paranormal Questions. I am aware of no better group of Academics who take a serious approach to these “fringe” topics.
If you have an interest in Science and the Paranormal I would urge you to become an SSE member:
Here are some fascinating SSE papers:
Friday, May 7, 2010
The devices "seem" to indicate evidence of something, indeed this has been shown on my favorite ghost hunting show for many seasons now.
Where do we go from here? What have we learned from these devices?
Can't Physicist's with their billion dollar exotic particle detectors come up with some proof of ghosts? If not why not?
Does or has any reputable scientist/physicist/academic ever taken "ghost hunting" seriously?
Seems vexing doesn't it!
The good news is, YES, scientists/physicists/academics have taken "hauntings" seriously for more than 100 years. Famous chemist William Crookes, discoverer of the element "thallium", took this very seriously.
What have we learned, why no "captured" Ghosts?! Why no "convincing" evidence. I believe some of these answers are here:
These are articles written by the Society for the Scientific Exploration, they are a group of professors/academics who are peer reviewed. They investigate "paranormal" topics.
I will attend their annual conference in June, I have been corresponding with the editor of their Journal, Professor Stephen Braude.
Braude has been investigating the paranormal for more than 30 years, I recommend his two books:
What is the bottom line here?
Many "ghost hunters" believe a live person plays a role in "generating" a poltergeist haunting. Braude and others believe, most hauntings are "created" by live people, through a type of unknown Psi (PK) mechanism.
"You create,(not imagine), your own Ghosts"
Personally, this seems "reasonable" for the type of "hauntings" I have personally experienced.
Psi(PK) influence is well known in Physics with Random Number Generators etc:
Psi(PK), is acknowledged by most physicists to exist, but it seems resistant to physics and logical methodology.
I hope to learn more at the SSE conference next month.
Monday, April 19, 2010
The robot is currently in remote "manual control" mode. This summer I will integrate the Parallax Microcomputer.
In a "typical" autonomous mode, the robot will rotate the turret "sensor array" side to side, (in a pre-adjusted arc of 0 to 270 degrees), until an "input" is detected, then the tracked base will rotate and line up with the turret, the robot will then move in the direction of the sensor input.
The initial sensor to be integrated will be the Passive Infra Red Sensor, a subroutine will be written for each sensor, to allow buffering and noise/error reduction.
Sensor/Tripod removal is easy, allowing the vehicle to be a radio controlled remote camera platform, etc.
The Smoke Generator can be used to test air flow, or perhaps project a "ghostly" image on.
The "value" of this robot for the Paranormal Investigation has not yet been determined, but easy programming and sensor changes make this robot easily adaptable.