What is the advantage of doing MMI in a group?
Kenneth Batcheldor was one of the first investigators to get raps and table
movement a séance type of setting. Batcheldor thought that there are
three big reasons why mind-matter interaction (MMI) might succeed or fail. They are:
- BELIEF: Even the slightest doubt can make it hard to results when you're in a skeptical environment.
- OWNERSHIP RESISTANCE: A term Batcheldor used to describe
people's reluctance be responsible for mind-matter interaction.
- WITNESS INHIBITION: The fact people are sometimes very
uncomfortable watching mind-matter interaction, no matter who is responsible for it.
Batcheldor felt the best way to get around all three of
these problems is to use a group party atmosphere. Often he would have
one person "prime the pump" by faking an event to get around the need
for belief to get things rolling. Ownership resistance was less of a
problem because no one knew who in the group was actually responsible
for the PK. Perhaps most importantly, he used laughter, singing, and a
light party-like atmosphere to cut down on witness inhibition. This
method was used by the Toronto group in their table tipping experiment
that became a paperback book, Conjuring up Phillip
. This research
suggests that the unconscious knows how to do psi -- it just needs to have
a set goal and a way to keep the conscious mind from interfering with the
production of mind-matter interaction.
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