[ExI] Capitalizing on "Life Extension"
thespike at satx.rr.com
Mon Nov 3 00:19:33 UTC 2008
At 04:52 PM 11/2/2008 -0700, John Grigg wrote:
>Damien, being that you believe on some level psi actually does exist,
On some level? That would be on the level where I've published two
books providing evidence that it does.
>do you think at least a few of these faith healers may have a
>psionic ability (however weak) to heal others?
I don't know, but there's a vast literature in nursing and medicine
on what's called (ugh) "therapeutic touch" or "therapeutic intent"
that does seem to suggest this; double- or triple-blinded tests that
appear to show effects going beyond placebo or self-induced immunity
augmentation, etc. At least one recent study claimed that patients
prayed for *did statistically worse* than controls. Bad stats? Let's hope so...
[See e.g. "Therapeutic Intent/Healing
Bibliography of Research"
Compiled by Larry Dossey, M.D., and Stephan A. Schwartz
linked at Paprs & Reports
I make no representations for the soundness of any of these papers,
just their existence]
But look--if psi is accepted as a batch of real phenomena that have
evolved in conjunction with senses, effectors, metabolism, behavioral
biases, etc, you'd certainly expect it to help optimize health.
People respond physiologically when a cat comes to visit; why not (if
psi is real) when someone distant is wishing them well?
Lie down, John Clark, and place a cold compress over your forehead
until the impulse passes.
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