Tuesday, February 20, 2007

ESP: Fact or Fiction

Can thoughts alone change physical reality? Can an idea in your head alter human beliefs and behavior? To many this process is known as ESP, extrasensory perception.

Until I read about it in The New York Times on February 10th, I was unaware that, for the past 28 years, Princeton University has had a laboratory — the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab, now closing — that was dedicated to studying ESP and telekinesis (the ability to move something by thinking about it).

Apparently, the Princeton researchers had data demonstrating the power of mind over matter and published that data, but could not get mainstream science to take it seriously. Prominent peer review journals declined to accept the Princeton lab’s papers. Nevertheless, the research attracted major donations from luminaries that included James McDonnell of McDonnell Douglas, philanthropist Laurence Rockefeller and a number of entertainment celebrities.

Whether you think it’s science or science fiction, you’ve probably experienced “ESP” sometime in your life. I certainly have.

A friend or associate acknowledges that he was thinking the same thing you were thinking…at the very same time.

You have an idea and then discover that someone else is already acting on that idea.

Coincidence? Maybe … maybe not!

What if thoughts really can alter the course of events? Can you imagine a PR campaign that includes, as a key program element, large numbers of people communicating behavioral change via thought, as opposed to normal communications channels…and then seeing that change occur?

While I believe that thoughts are the genesis of everything — and it would be great to have thoughts working for us in every persuasive enterprise — thus far, I’ve only observed action lead to change.

As you walk the streets of New York City, realize that every skyscraper was once a thought in someone’s mind. Action converted the idea into reality. On the other hand, who knows whether the thought from Person A to Person B might not have been an enabler...!

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