WHEN DOES RANDOM CHANCE BECOME A FRAUD?

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


This author has a significant background in the sciences, studying about probabilities in college, also several years teaching nuclear reactor technology in the Navy's nuclear propulsion program. Nowhere in the undergraduate or postgraduate instruction I received did I hear of any difficulties with theories about randomness. Most branches of science depend heavily upon the concept of randomness. According to randomness theory it is a 50-50 random chance whether the coin I flip turns up heads or tails. This can be "proved" by all sorts of experiments.


Now let the human mind and/or consciousness start to become involved in so-called random chance events. Scientists have completed studies in this area. For example, set up an experiment in which a human subject guesses which one of five shapes is on the back of a card. The results are startling to those believing in random chance. Some people regularly and routinely far exceed the 20% success rate one would expect. Further, they are as capable even if the experiment is rearranged so that no one, not even the experimenter, knows what is on the back of a given card during the test.


Spoon-bending is a widely demonstrated example of how the human conscious mind can influence outside objects (projection of consciousness). A group of people gather, each with a cheap metal spoon in hand and strongly focus their conscious intent upon bending their spoons. Lo and behold, most of the spoons bend like putty and/or are significantly warmed at the narrow bending point (The bending point is not where the hand holds the spoon.) This seems rarely to work for one person, but for many gathered with strong visualized intention, the result is many bent spoons. According to theories of randomness, even one spoon bending in such a fashion carries almost zero probability. To have it happen predictably "must be fraud."


A belief in "Earth School" is a much happier way to lead one's life; more popular beliefs are often disasters, happiness-wise.

Fun Growth Exercise. Instead of instantly calling spoon-bending "nothing but a fraud," I suggest attending such a spoon-bending party. Or throw your own party if you know of no others in your vicinity. What do you have to lose except some old cobwebs in the brain?


For decades "strange" and "bizarre" results have appeared in physics experiments that concern themselves with small waves or particles. Explanations for these results have proven elusive, even with accepted theories such as "uncertainty principles." Such "bizarreness" has been a thorn in the sides of those in the scientific community.


Perhaps a "bizarre" (to conventional scientists) theory might explain these strange results. Consider the possibility that randomness theory is like Newton's theory, valid only up to a point. The monkey wrench in Newton's theory arises when speeds approach that of light. Then Einstein's theories require alterations in Newton's formulas. In terms of randomness, it is my belief that the monkey wrench in randomness theory arises when there is significant conscious (and/or unconscious) intent. Such intent seems to significantly alter the situation and often overrides mathematical probabilities and randomness formulas.

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