Dean Radin – 2
change in physiology during the healing periods as compared to relaxing periods. The direction of the effect was that in all twenty-one people the tendency was that when the medium was sending thoughts to them, that they became systemically aroused. Their heart rate, breathing rate, and electrodermal activity increased. Everything went in the direction of sympathetic arousal.
So if this were a conventional distant healing experiment, it’s not too difficult to understand what’s going on, because we can imagine there’s radio waves or some other physical connection between the healers and subjects. But this was separated by a month in time, and it’s no longer so easy to imagine what could have happened. If you think of the sequence of events forwards in time, then somehow, even though we didn’t know it yet, when the subjects were being recorded for twenty minutes in the laboratory, their bodies behaved slightly differently during one set of ten random-selected minutes than during another set of 10 minutes.
All of the subjects did that, even though the ten minutes we’re talking about were different for each person. That would require everyone to have extremely good precognition of something that would take place in the the future. I suppose that’s possible, but it doesn’t seem very likely. The other way is you look at it backwards in time. Then the mediums’ intention is the operative thing. Their intention in the future is causing our present, their past, to behave in a certain way so that their future will work out right so as to result in a successful experiment.
You can see now why this sort of experiment is so challenging to our imagination — to even begin to understand what is going on in this experiment we have to imagine that there are causal loops reverberating in time. Those words are exactly right, but I think you know what I mean.The implication is that your actions right now, your decisions and your physiological state, might be influenced to some extent by the intentions of yourself, or someone else, in the future.
In other words, let’s say that we’ll do an experiment right now. I will record your physiology, and we’ll say that tomorrow someone, the best healer in the world will try to heal you for ten randomly selected minutes out of a total of twenty minutes. If we analyzed that data right now would we see an effect? Well, we don’t yet know which 10 minutes the healing will take place, so we just go look through all possible random minute combinations, and we see that, sure enough, one possible random sequence results in a very significant difference in your physiology. Now we can say that it looks like the person in the future is going to have this particular sequence, because that sequence will result in a healing response. So now tomorrow comes, and you use a random number generator to create a sequence of times that the healer should do their thing. And wouldn’t it be interesting if the one sequence that we thought must occur, in fact does occur?
Do you see how something which looks precognitive, our present knowledge of a future sequence, can turn into action? The random generator in the future must generate a certain sequence of numbers for our precognition to work. Our precognition was supposedly a passive perception event, but the random generator has to physically generate certain numbers to close the causal loop opened by our precognitive information. So this is one of the ways we’re looking into turning precognition into action. The key is that once you have foreknowledge of the future, you can force the future to act in ways that maybe it wouldn’t have otherwise acted.
David: That’s astonishing. Now that I’m listening to you it makes more and more sense to me. If time and space are truly parts of the same continuum, then effects created across space should work across time as well. I guess that would mean that everything that’s ever going to exist, already exists in some sense, and the reason that things seem separated across time and space is basically an illusion of sorts.
Dean: Kind of an illusion, yeah. Einstein said that time is a stubbornly persistent illusion. But I’m not sure that everything is already fated. I’m more comfortable with a dynamic state of events that somehow reverberates through time.
David: But doesn’t physics treat all of the space-time continuum as a single block, where the passage of time seems to be due to psychological reasons?
Dean: That’s true in physics only at very deep levels. But it’s not true once you start jumping up into thermodynamic realms, which is where the arrow of time showsup. It’s why this tape runs in one direction. Never-the-less, there are also timeless and time-symmetric aspects of the world which are also there,