The MegaREG set of experiments run by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group prior to 2004, found that the response to human intention was positive when the Random Event Generator (REG) bit rate was 200 bits per trial, but negative when the bit rate was 2 million bits per trial. This reversal of the influence could not be explained with the existing theories of psi influence, and for several reasons this avenue of investigation was terminated. Given that this effect might represent a clue to the underlying structure of mind over matter influence, the current study set about replicating and extending the MegaREG experiments by examining the influence of human intention over a range of 10 different frequencies from 200 bits per second to 16 million bits per second, on a new, purpose-built REG machine. The study used commercially available REG’s, covered 127 series of 1000 trials, and was undertaken by 5 operators over a period of 18 months, following protocols largely similar to those of the PEAR study. The results overall indicated no consistent variation of influence with frequency, though individual performances appeared to show idiosyncratic frequency effects at levels just over statistical significance.
In line with the conference theme of expanding the boundaries of science, the discussion extends beyond the findings of this particular study to examine theoretical models potentially most suited to describing the type of influence exhibited in this experiment, and to suggest methods of validating these models.
Bio: After starting out as a school teacher Keith Alexander did an engineering degree and PhD at University of Canterbury. He then worked in an engineering consultancy in Auckland for 6 years, married, then returned to Christchurch to manage the design section at Hamilton Jet. He moved over to the University in 1996. Currently a Professor in Mechanical Engineering, he teaches Mechanical Engineering Design and Product Innovation. He has become known as the inventor of the Springfree Trampoline, a product he commercialised through the University, and which was awarded Child Product of the Year 2010 in USA. He has a variety of patents and research interests including unconventional water craft and flying machines. He has been putting energy into the development of safety standards for trampolines in the USA, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.
Recorded at the Society for Scientific Exploration conference at Yale University, 2017
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Published on December 19, 2018