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#3368 From: Karl Boyken
Date: Fri Jun 27, 2003 2:18 pm
Subject: Odds and ends from Marilyn Schlitz's talk kboyken
At one point, Schlitz said that researchers need a heal-o-meter. It's
difficult to determine what makes a good healer. A question worth studying is,
is it possible to train people to do healing? Possibly everyone has the
ability to heal, especially if healing is simply a compassionate act of
Schlitz quoted Jessica Utts as saying something like all the money spent on
parapsychology research is equal to one month's research spending in mainstream
IONS has hosted three conferences for healers, to try to develop peer
relationships and peer review.
Schlitz mentioned that the National Center of Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (NCCAM, for short) had fudged on a competition for Frontier Medicine
awards. They canceled the competition when it became apparent that distant
healing proposals might be funded. They said they wanted funded projects to be
IONS has constructed a new lab at their new campus in California and will be
doing consciousness studies there.
Schlitz said no one knows how distant healing works. She cited Stuart
Hameroff's theorizing about quantum mechanical effects, and she seems to lean
in that direction herself.
Someone asked her whether there was evidence that DMILS can be blocked.
Schlitz said that it looks like people who are open and accepting are more
likely to show an effect than people who are resistant.
According to Schlitz, attention training seems to be conducive to the
development of psychic abilities. She includes meditation, martial arts and
classical music training in that category. She thinks that it takes attention
to hold intention.
Someone asked her whether time of day has been shown to have an impact on
distant healing. Schlitz cited the work of people like Dean Radin and James
Spottiswoode on geomagnetic correlations in psychic phenomena, but said that no
healing study has been done yet to look at the question.
Schlitz mentioned a study by Rupert Sheldrake and one by Marty Rossman about
research methods in various fields of science. Sheldrake surveyed a variety of
fields and found that randomized, double-blind protocols are almost never used
in the hard sciences, but almost always in parapsychology. "We're the only
ones playing by the rules," she said. In the hard sciences, it's assumed that
strict protocols are unnecessary, so little research has been done on
experimenter effects in the hard sciences. Rossman looked at the use of
randomized double-blind medical research studies, and he found that they
account for just 40% of all medical research--not even half.
She talked about Ed May's decision augmentation theory. According to Schlitz,
May hasn't found a DAT effect in distant healing studies, although in Elizabeth
Targ's AIDS pilot study, mortality among the controls was greater than normal,
while mortality among the group receiving healing was lower.
Schlitz also mentioned Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne's work on micro-PK at the
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory. She said that the effect
size in micro-PK is very small, much smaller than the effect size in distant