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Future Imperative

What if technology were being developed that could enhance your mind or body to extraordinary or even superhuman levels -- and some of these tools were already here? Wouldn't you be curious?

Actually, some are here. But human enhancement is an incredibly broad and compartmentalized field. We’re often unaware of what’s right next door. This site reviews resources and ideas from across the field and makes it easy for readers to find exactly the information they're most interested in.

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The future is coming fast, and it's no longer possible to ignore how rapidly the world is changing. As the old order changes -- or more frequently crumbles altogether -- I offer a perspective on how we can transform ourselves in turn... for the better. Nothing on this site is intended as legal, financial or medical advice. Indeed, much of what I discuss amounts to possibilities rather than certainties, in an ever-changing present and an ever-uncertain future.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Skepticism -- SkiP, Soc

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In one of my first articles here I shared a technique for sensing and effecting bio-energy fields over a distance of just a few inches. It's a pretty pitiful version of telekinesis -- defined as the ability to affect objects at a distance without using any apparent physical force to do so. But when I read about an award offered by a "professional debunker" like the Amazing Randi for any proof of "psychic ability," I find myself flabbergasted. Especially when people claim that since no one has claimed said prize, we have absolute and inconvertible proof of the non-existence of all non-physical influences, entitites, etc. Such an attitude seems astonishing.

Why? See this article. "The Power" is already there.

Am I claiming the phenomena explained here is classic floating object telekinesis, like you see in movies? That you'll be able to study this method for a minute or two and then be able to coam your hair, tie your shoes or literally balance your checkbook... with no hands? No.

My point is that even such a relatively small ability to affect and alter an object over a very short distance raises questions about supposedly "iron clad proof" that all telekinesis is fake. Given that most of the people tested by sceptics like Randi seem to be of the "levitate/move paper giblets at incredibly short ranges" variety, I have real doubts as to whether he's disproven anything. As it would seem such minute forces can indeed be exerted -- at least in one form -- over such pitifully small distances.

You can affect at least some objects at a very short distance without touching them, breathing on them or otherwise affecting them with any obvious physical force. That's the basic definition of telekinesis.

Can you levitate a chair with this technique? I don't know that you can... but that brings me back to what I was saying in my original post. Virtually anyone can learn this technique in just a minute or two. Hence, virtually anyone can demonstrate to themselves the reality of this form of "telekinesis". Personally, it doesn't matter to me if someone proves this effect is all the result of bio-electricity, bio-magnetic fields, etc.

Do you want to debunk this phenomena as a "spiritual" or "psi" power? Go ahead. Because if you're experimenting on these questions in a scientifically rigorous manner, then at least you'll be looking at the actual data, rather than refusing to see it out of blind devotion to a philosophy or paradigm of what constitutes acceptible results and what uncomfortable facts are simply unmentionable.

What's surprising to me is that so many people who want to talk about reason, logic and the Scientific Method look at the evidence -- and all but declare it to be a Heresy against the Teachings of the Great Book. If they deal with it at all. Personally, I'm sorry if the thought of anything spiritual, non-physical and/or ephemeral is antithetical to anyone's religious or philosophical beliefs, but if the notion offends people so much, why don't they go out and prove this is entirely a physical phenomenon? (It may not be, and the existance of associated real-but-incredibly-faint electromagnetic fields may end up damning that theory with faint proof -- but that is the Scientific Method, so why not use it? Are we all so afraid of the Truth after all?) This is telekinesis over a range of no more than three inches. Why is it so darned intimidating?

In the end, this is a relatively minor talent, so why can't members of the scientific community and its supposed friends handle it a bit more logically and reasonably? That is what science is supposed to be about. And with a technique that only takes a minute or two to learn, the evidence isn't going away. So why not test it? And disprove it -- or reclassify it -- using facts, not baseless suppositions?

Future Imperative

12 Comments:

Blogger Brent Salmon said...

I totally agree with your sentiments on this. Also according to these sites it seems James Randi is as much a fraud as the people he debunks:

http://michaelprescott.freeservers.com/FlimFlam.htm

http://www.skepticalinvestigations.org/exam/Prescott_Randi.htm

http://www.alternativescience.com/james-randi.htm

http://www.alternativescience.com/randi-retreats.htm

There are many more sites just like the ones listed. As with most things I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

August 30, 2005 3:37 PM  
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October 28, 2005 4:02 PM  
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Many people try to achieve goals. Most fail. Some strive, work hard and plan for all the details yet they achieve little or nothing at all. Others strive, work hard, plan and achieve huge success. Yet there are a few individuals who do little else than take small steps and seem to achieve a great deal with what seems like effortlessness. What is the difference between these people and which one would you like to be?
Most members of the human race fall into two categories - those who live in the past and those who live in the future. Most live in the past. Many of these are the people who achieve very little in their lives and are so fearful of the future that they dare not strike out to get anything. They are the under-achievers who hang onto bad episodes in their lives and either relive them time and again or look at new situations as similar potentialities. They say things like "all men are deceivers" or "all women are interested in is money" or "I can't do it. I tried before and it didn't work so why bother!". Due to bad experiences in the past they believe that all future events will turn out the same way if they dare to go after what they want.
The other type of person lives in the future. This type tends to create more of the things they want in life. They have a vision of where they want to go and exactly how they are going to get there. They work diligently at making concrete plans and they pursue those plans with a persistent ferocious appetite for success. These people are the high achievers - The Richard Branson and Bill Gates of the world. These people have much to teach us about setting and achieving goals.
However, there is a third type of person who almost goes unnoticed. They are the person who takes life in its stride and yet achieve most of what they want. I am sure you know of such a person in your life that just seems to saunter through life and yet they always come out on top. Or a person who you hear of that has decided to open a shop. You meet them a few months later and they have three shops all doing well! So what makes these people so successful and if they aren't living in the past and aren't living in the future where are they living?
I suppose you guessed it! Whether they are consciously aware of it or not they are living in the present. It is in the 'living' present that we have our greatest power. Everything happens in the present. You live your entire life there - even if your mind does not!
By becoming more aware of the present and by 'accepting' it as it is we are much more in control of our emotions and focus. When we live in the past we are fearful of making bad choices and/or getting hurt. We do not wish to recreate the past again! When we live in the future we can also be fearful of what might happen. But even if your future vision is full of power and worthy of working towards many people can, and often do, get stuck there. By constantly reaching for bigger and better goals they fail to enjoy what they have in the moment.
If you wish to start living a life that is almost effortless begin first by living in the present. Accept your situation the way it is and then you can enjoy what you have. Your focus changes from a memory of what was or a vision of what might be to a realization of what is. You become much more empowered to then see the beauty of life and also look at where you wish to make changes. But to make changes you must first accept the situation as it is. Trying to escape from your present only increases your focus on your problems by creating resistance to what is. Accept your life as it is now. Make no judgement, just accept it and then you will be free of doubt, worry, pain and fear. For you only experience these things when you live outside the 'moment'. subliminal messages

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