The More Things Change…

During my summer break, I decided to revisit a couple of issues that I addressed in earlier articles.

TED Censors Information

Last February I posted an article titled “Ideas Worth Fearing” which addressed the public censorship of those who propose ideas or conduct research which does not conform to conventional scientific theories. One example I gave was how TED – the ongoing series of conferences whose slogan is “Ideas worth spreading” – deleted two video presentations: one was a talk by Graham Hancock titled “The War on Consciousness;” the other, by scientist Rupert Sheldrake, was titled “The Science Delusion.” TED claimed it was removing the videos because they were “promoting pseudoscience” and that they contained “serious factual errors that undermine TED’s commitment to good science.” After widespread condemnation, TED put the videos back up on its’ site (albeit located in an obscure location). After all this fuss, you might assume that TED would be more objective in the future – or at least more careful.

You would be wrong.Graham Hancock

Here’s a screenshot of the Youtube video of Graham Hancock’s March 2016 TEDx presentation (it wasn’t posted online until June). Look at the screenshot carefully – TED stuck a warning label on it stating that “This talk, which was filed at an independent TEDx event, falls outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines,” and “NOTE from TED: Please be aware that this talk contains outdated and counterfactual assertions, and should not be understood as a representation of modern scholarship on ancient civilizations.



Magicians of the GodsHancock’s presentation outlined the theory he presented in his recent book, Magicians of the Gods – that an advanced human civilization existed 14,000 years ago during the ice age, and was destroyed by the fragments of the breakup of a passing comet which caused disaster on a global scale. In formulating this theory, Hancock relied heavily on scientific sources.  The geological argument for comet/meteor hits that both precipitated and possibly ended the Younger Dryas cold spell is overwhelming.  (Here is a short list of some of articles published in peer-reviewed academic journals that support the comet/meteor disaster theory.)  The discovery of the 12,000 year old Gobelki Tepe complex makes clear that the conventional archeological theory that human civilization only began some 5,000 years ago needs to be revisited.  Whether or not one supports Hancock’s theory, the evidence deserves objective consideration.  At that point others can criticize his research, his data and his conclusions.  That’s what science is.  Labeling a presentation with the equivalent of a DANGER! sign is not.

It makes me wonder why TED is so invested in preserving the status quo.


The Rice Experiment

Rice Experiment - NewMy last article, The Rice Experiment, was on Maseru Emoto’s research into how human emotions and/or consciousness can affect the physical world. Sceptic that I am, I organized my own rice experiment to see whether I could replicate Emoto’s results. I did – the jar of rice that was sent positive energy did not grow mold, while the jar of rice that was sent negative energy grew lots of mold (and smelled vile to boot).

I did not, however, conduct my experiment as Emoto did – I used dry rice (cooked), while Emoto used rice (also cooked) covered with water. (Note: This is probably why my original experiment took 7 weeks to play out, rather than just the one or two weeks that other experimenters reported.) So although I ran an experiment with rice and projecting emotions, I couldn’t really say that I replicated Emoto’s experiment.  So this summer I ran the experiment again, this time using rice covered with water.

In each glass container I placed one cup of cooked rice (rice, salt) with about 3/4 cup of water.  I then covered each container with a glass lid.  I sent positive emotions (love, joy and happiness) to the rice in one container, and negative emotions (hate, loathing and disgust) to the rice in the other.

The photo to the rights gives the results. Once again, the container of rice that was sent negative energy grew significantly more mold and smelled far more disgusting than the container of rice that was sent positive energy. This experiment lasted only two weeks (I would guess the addition of the water facilitated the growth of bacteria and mold).

While conventional science may decree that my two experiments are not sufficient evidence to prove that human emotions can affect reality, it’s enough for me.  I conducted the two experiments and both saw and smelled the results – it doesn’t get any more real than that.

But the implications of my experiments go beyond moldy rice.  The results suggest there is a connection between positive energy and health, and between negative energy and decay.  I’m both alarmed and dismayed when I think about how much time I spend focused on negative/low energy issues every day.   In a very real sense I am making a decision about reality when I choose to watch an adrenaline-pumping news story covering a global disaster rather than a nature documentary.  I’m afraid to even think what I’m doing to myself when I look in a full-length mirror and feel dissatisfied with my body.  We each have a role in creating reality.  We each have a responsibility for creating reality.

How does mold manifest in a person’s life?  I have a feeling that if we continue as we are, many of us will soon be finding out.




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  1. I find your rice experiments particularly interesting. The idea of positive energy fostering health and negative energy inviting decay is something that we experience anecdotally every day. I wonder how we might test this socially, and whether it would be possible to do so in an ethical way.

  2. Another question that we might ask is why we consider the *growth* of mold to be decay? What if we were trying to cultivate mold (as with penicillin, for example)? Is it *intent*? What would happen if we sent positive thoughts to the “potential” for mold?

    • You are right that there is more to mold than meets the eye. When I conducted pyramid experiments with watermelon, I was surprised to find that the watermelon under the wood pyramid had the most mold, even though I had expected it to be better preserved than my other two examples. But then I found that this moldy watermelon actually smelled the best. A reader from Korea wrote me that the whitish mold (such as the one that developed on the watermelon) is considered by Koreans to be a healthy mold that is good to eat (I didn’t). The mold on the rice, however, smelled vile. I guess all mold is not the same.

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