Consciousness Connections Meeting
Tuesday April 14, 2009 7:00p-9:00p
UnitarianChurch, Room 11
Visitors are welcome, the meeting is free –
Book donations are welcome
Stalking the Wild Pendulum: Remote Dowsing Baseline Studies
In the 1970s, physicist Harold (Hal) Puthoff, engineer Russell Targ, and psychic Ingo Swann were recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to do research on psychic abilities with the general intention of verifying the phenomenon and adapting some methods of eliciting it to military purposes. After several years of research at Stanford Research Institute (SRI), a process termed Remote Viewing was developed and eventually adopted by the United States Army Intelligence service. Based in Fort Meade, Maryland, military remote viewers carried out a program of intelligence gathering which proved quite successful in obtaining information about activities and personnel in known, remote, often inaccessible, locations. An active program was carried on by Army Intelligence for over 20 years.
One aspect of the program proved problematical, however: while information was readily available from known locations, it proved exceedingly difficult to obtain the location of a person or persons known, but at an unknown location. Likewise, it was almost impossible to remote view numbers. A complementary method was eventually developed by the scientists at SRI which allowed the intelligence officers to obtain information revealing the required locations and/or numbers. This method was termed by the military “Remote Dowsing”.
The object of INACS‘ Remote Dowsing study will be to develop methods of understanding the cognitive functions involved in the process, elicit event-related potentials accompanying successful practicing of the dowsing skills and to develop methods of automating the process so that real-time tracking of moving targets may be accomplished. The current presentation will describe the initial portion of that study – baseline analysis. Jim will discuss the rationale behind performing such an analysis and the advantages of having such information available prior to performing the actual dowsing experiments.
NOTE: Dr. Puthoff was one of the founding board members of INACS when it was originally chartered as the Center for the Study of Consciousness (CSC) in 1990, and he is on our Advisory Board. He is currently an advisor on this research project.
Founder and Trustee of INACS– A former realtor and independent computer consultant, Jim has had a lifelong interest in the study of consciousness. His personal research interests currently focus on mental imagery, cortical scanning, remote dowsing and viewing and brain-computer interfaces. He has had a lifelong interest in anomalies associated with consciousness, as well as their implications for understanding physics and the natural world.
Jim received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1972, and has completed 15 graduate level hours in psychology and education. He has 20+ years of experience in data processing, computer programming and technical writing, and has owned his own consulting business. He has also been involved in community volunteer activities, including past and present service on the Boards of Directors of other non-profit organizations.
Jim originated the concept of INACS, recruited the Board of Directors and Research Director, and has enthusiastically championed the project from its inception. He has devoted much time and energy into planning activities, funding, strategic planning, and budgetary matters. Jim considers the facilitation of consciousness research his life’s work and intends for INACS to make a major contribution to the scientific understanding of the human mind.
Project Principal Investigator: James King
Scientific Consultant: Jan Six
References: See the attached – reviewing the references will prepare for a more interesting discussion.
The meeting will consist of a 30 to 45 minutes synopsis of the subject matter, with the remainder discussion and Q & A. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Dowsing and its applications in addition to finding water.
The Art of Dowsing
The Complete How-TO Book on Dowsing
With plenty of expert guidance and inspiration you’ll better your life in dozens of practical ways by dowsing. Locate valuable hidden items, detect harmful radiation in you environment, diagnose and treat ailments, develop your intuition – dowsing’s applications are nearly limitless. You’ll even learn to dowse anywhere for anything in the world without leaving your living room by using the most versatile dowsing technique around – map dowsing. Healing, hidden treasure, answers to difficult questions, discover the many ways dowsing can help you, then put it to work for you instantly. From the book jacket.
My favorite concept in this book is –It is not like the sticks move by themselves. The implication of this is that anyone using dowsing as a diagnostic tool, to find water or to find a particular dysfunction in the body of someone who is ill, already knows where the water or problem is. They are just using the sticks, a pendulum or their hands to amplify what on some level they already know. For more information on using dowsing as a diagnostic health tool see. Kimberley Burnham (West Hartford, CT)
The INACS project will attempt to determine whether dowsing is a real phenomenon, and the effects of a subject dowsing as determined by EEG changes on the brain.
Nerve Center II
In January INACS moved into a new headquarters in Northwest Austin on Research Blvd (183) between Oak Knoll and McNeil. The new NerveCenter II is more spacious and will better serve the needs of INACS. The libraries of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (SAI) and the Jung Society of Austin (JSA), have been moved to the ConsciousnessCenter and will be ready for lending shortly. INACS members are excited about the change and look forward to expanded research and education.
The Center is available for activities to INACS members. The meeting room can accommodate 15 people, a maximum of 20. Use of the space is free for Non-profits – a nominal fee will be charged for use for income generating activity. For information call 258-9878.
International Conference on Science and Consciousness
INACS members Bob Price, President, Owen McAleer, past President, and myself have made several road trips to the International Conference on Science and Consciousness in Santa Fe, NM. In each case we have encountered certain anomalies or unexpected happenings. This would include but not be limited to subtle energies in the body evoked by a Yahweh chant played at one of the presentations, and the unfortunate stabbing at the Conference of renowned lecturer Rupert Sheldrake. The latest trip and conference experience is related by Bob Price.
A Question Answered
As I abruptly awoke to the sound of my chattering teeth and peered out the car window at the still falling snow, I wondered aloud whether this trip would prove worth it. I briefly recalled some of the great talks I had attended at last year’s International Conference on Science and Consciousness in Santa Fe. Then I recalled last night’s journey from Austin—nightfall in Lubbock, the barrage of horizontally hurtling tumbleweeds in Clovis, the first of the snowfall as I turned north at FortSumner, and the rapidly deteriorating blizzard-like conditions on I-40 as the traffic slowed to a crawl and then a complete stop. After an hour the traffic had started to once more creep along on the ice, and I had managed to get off the highway and into the truck stop at Cline’s Corner, but with no motels nearby, sleeping in the car rapidly became the only viable option.
Sunrise was slow to appear as I awoke every 20 minutes to start the car and blast the heater for a few minutes. But it did finally appear, and after brushing several more inches of snow off the windshield, I hit the trail once more. The rutted ice and snow were still treacherous, but once the sun came up, the gorgeous scenic mountains covered in new-fallen snow reflecting the sunlight lent a mystical quality to the remainder of the journey. Within a couple more hours I arrived at the Buffalo Thunder Resort on the northern edge of Santa Fe, and quickly showered before heading downstairs to the volunteer orientation.
Over the coming five days, I would once again attend many excellent presentations by leaders in the field of consciousness—Peter Russell, Judith Orloff, Jean Houston, Russell Targ, Freddy Silva, Raymond Moody, and Richard Moss. I would be inspired to translate their insights into practical research studies examining the nature of human consciousness. I would be entertained by that merrily musing musical mystic himself, Greg Tamblyn. I would dance like my tribal ancestors must have danced around the roaring fire to the ancient West African drum beats of Onye. I would receive the healing quantum energies of Richard Bartlett, and would walk away amazed that the chronic pain in my right arm and shoulder had vanished.
On the last night of the conference, I would watch with tears in my eyes the moving video tribute to the founder of the Message Company, James Berry, who had developed the consciousness conferences and who had succumbed to a serious illness this past year. His brother Ken and Ken’s wife Marcia have decided to carry on the conferences in James’ memory, but it will require much determination, drive, help from other like-minded souls, and a bit of luck to keep the conferences going. (I encourage you all to help out by attending any of the three conferences whenever you can.)
As I made the long drive home to Austin the day after the conference ended, and recalled the question that had formed in my mind that stormy night a week ago, I realized—yes—it had certainly been worth it!
The Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies, Inc.,
Or INACS, is an Austin-based, 501 (c) 3,
nonprofit, scientific, Research, and educational institute,
incorporated in the State of Texas
Robert Price PhD
James B. Beal
President: Robert Price PhD
Vice-President: Miles Lewis
Treasurer: Don Switlick
Secretary: Roberta Shoemaker-Beal
Research Director: Robert F. Price, PhD
Webmaster: Miles Lewis
Education & Executive Director:
Don Switlick, BS
Research Associate: James King
Barry Beyerstein, PhD
Leonard Bough, PE
Ravi Brijbassi, PhD
Betty Sue Flowers, PhD
Raymond Hawkins, PhD
Raymond Hyman, PhD
Stanley Krippner, PhD
Harold E. Puthoff, PhD
Jan Six, PhD
Jason Worchel, MD
Sirley Bonham, PhD
Current Research Projects
EEG correlates of Human Subtle Energy Vibrational States
Robert F. Price PhD
Psycho-Grapho Correlation Study
Raymond Hawkins PhD, Marcus Barnes
QEEG Correlates to Motor Tasks – Baseline Studies
James King, Jan Six, PhD
Finding the Golden Key to Every Kid (Quick Start Grant)
Roberta Shoemaker-Beal, ATR-BC