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
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
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
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.
Yes, there is garbage astrology out there. But finding the astrological baby and discarding the bathwater is not that difficult. Too many think it all bathwater. |
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