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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 intention. 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 psychology. 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 more "centered." 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 healing studies. -- Karl Boyken kboyken...net http://www.avalon.net/~kboyken/

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