Monday, October 8, 2012

Science cannot Explain why a Psi Wheel Turns

This is the fifth post in my series on psi wheels.

In the first post, I discussed how everyone can measure the energy field surrounding their body with a psi wheel and how to use a psi wheel to measure this energy as you bring it into and through your body when you practice spiritual healing. In the second post, I discussed how the phenomenon of the psi wheel shows that the energy in the field surrounding the body is probably the same as the energy that flows through you when you give spiritual healing to another person. In the third post I discussed using qi gong to increase the flow of healing energy (qi) through your body to help develop your abilities as a spiritual healer. In the fourth post, I discussed how to use an Egely wheel (a very sensitive psi wheel manufactured by the Egely Research Company) to demonstrate that healing energy can be stored in inanimate objects.

In this fifth post, I will discuss the scientific research George Egely did that shows a psi wheel does not turn because of any known phenomenon such as heat, air currents, electricity or magnetism. Egely concluded that a psi wheel turns because of a different type of energy he called bioenergy.

George Egely, the inventor of the Egely wheel, worked on problems of energy transfer in nuclear power plants and he earned a Ph.D. in that subject. He later studied the phenomenon that causes the Egely wheel to turn. By conducting many different types of experiments, he ruled out heat, air currents, electricity, magnetism and any other normal explanation for the phenomenon. He found correlations with health and psychological factors which led him to use the term bioenergy to refer to the energy that causes the Egely wheel to rotate. His research on the Egely wheel phenomenon demonstrated the phenomenon cannot be explained by current scientific knowledge. This research is described at the Egely wheel web site in The story of the vitality meter. He also published his research in Experimental Investigation of Biologically Induced Energy Transport Anomalies, KFKI report, 1986-94/K.

The following is a summary of the information in the The Story of the Vitality Meter.

Summary of Experiments and Results

  • Glass boxes were used to isolate the experimental system from wind which showed the rotation is not caused by air currents.
  • Using gloves to thermally insulate the hand from the air, Egely showed that the rotation is not due to heat from the hand.
  • Metal tanks shaped like a hand and filled with hot water did not cause appreciable rotation. This showed heat does not cause the rotation.
  • Results from experiments involving an electrical apparatus that used a colored chemical solution to visualize the rotation ruled out wind, heat, electricity or magnetism as a cause of the rotation. These experiments also demonstrated an unknown phenomenon that caused the electrical resistance of the solution to change.
  • The speed of rotation depended on how tired or fit the individual was. This ruled out heat and air currents because the phenomenon varied with the biological condition of the subject.
  • Egely found weather fronts or worries reduced rotation. Once storm clouds passed, rotation increased immediately. He believed moods improved when this happened which showed the mind influences the phenomenon.
  • Egely found ill people did not rotate the wheel well even if they had a fever which showed the rotation is not due to heat from the hands. People who were healthy and vibrant always caused good rotation. This also cannot be explained by heat or air currents.
  • Egely found correlations with psychological factors such as meditation, scholastic achievement, physical attractiveness, worry, remote influence of one person over another. All these factors rule out normal explanations.
  • Because health and psychological factors affected the rotation, Egely use the term bioenergy to describe the energy that causes the rotation. Egely believed bioenergy is conducted by all materials and that explained why an Egely wheel will not turn well inside a jar. The jar acts like a Faraday cage.

    UPDATE: For ease of reference I have included additional evidence not listed The Story of the Vitality Meter below:

    • Dr Parisetti described his experiences with a psi wheel here.
      • "Perhaps the warmth from my hand was heating the nearest part of the aluminium, which in turn would result in a tiny uplift air current, enough to make the wheel spin. To test that hypothesis, I dipped a spoon in boiling water to heat it up, placed it besides the wheel and could not detect any movement."
      • "...I reflected, air provides very good thermal insulation, and my hand would only be some 15 degrees warmer than the aluminium. So, the heat explanation doesn’t seem to hold up."
      • "I then started experimenting with means to block any possible direct influence from my hands to the wheel. I placed a transparent plastic CD jewel box between my right hand and the Egeli Wheel: this made no difference whatsoever - the wheel would still immediately start turning!"
      • "I’ve seem movies on the Internet in which people place the Egeli Wheel under a salad bowl, blow on it with a blow drier to show that there is no outside influence, and still, when they place their hand besides it, the wheel start turning."
    • It cannot be the hand channeling air flow that causes the wheel to spin because if there were a draft in the room, the wheel would spin when no hand was near it.
    • It cannot be heat from the hand causing a convection current with a horizontal component that causes the wheel to spin because if that were the case, the wheel would not be level. The side of the wheel in the rising air would be higher than the opposite side. Particularly with a home made psi-wheel, which is very sensitive to any air flow, you can tell if it is being affected by drafts or not.
    • When I place my hand near the edge of a table as if I was turning a psi-wheel but without a psi-wheel near it, and I hold a burning stick of incense below the edge of the table, the smoke rises smoothly without any indications of horizontal air flow. If the hand could produce a convection current with enough of a horizontal component to turn an homemade psi-wheel, it should easily influence the much lighter particles of smoke. I know that slight air currents can influence the smoke from the incense because if I then place an Egely wheel near my hand, its turning creates air currents that do influence the smoke.
    • When I place an Egely wheel near a red hot heating element on an electric stove, the Egely wheel barely moves and not in one direction continuously. Similarly, if I place an Egely wheel near a small tub or a latex glove filled with warm water at approximately body temperature, the wheel sometimes moves slowly but not continuously in one direction. When a hand is placed near the Egely wheel, once started, the wheel moves continuously in one direction and much more rapidly.
    • If I am sitting at a table turning a psi-wheel, and I move my hand away from the wheel, the wheel stops moving indicating there is no appreciable air flow near it. If a convection current caused by heat from my hand was causing the wheel to turn, surely the convection current from my entire body a few inches away would be much stronger and the wheel should continue to indicate some air flow by some type of movement. If my breath was causing the wheel to turn when my hand was near it, similarly the wheel should continue to indicate some air flow after I move my hand away.
    • If you are trying to prove that convection currents due to heat from the hand cause a psi-wheel to turn, it is very easy to fool yourself. This is because heat does cause convection currents that will have a horizontal component. As warm air is rises, air will flow horizontally towards the rising column to replace the rising air. Therefore it is definitely possible to construct a device that uses heat to create a horizontal air flow that can turn an psi-wheel. But the fact that such a device is possible does not prove that a psi-wheel turns when a hand is near it because of a convection current due to heat from the hand. You can blow on a psi-wheel to make it turn, but that does not prove the breath of the experimenter causes it to turn when a hand is placed near it.

      Egely made his conclusions that bioenergy moves the wheel partially based on experiments with many individuals. If you want to assert some phenomenon, such as convection currents, cause a psi-wheel to turn, you have to demonstrate that it can make the wheel turn under the same conditions and with the same characteristics (smooth, continuous, rapid turning) that a human hand will turn the wheel. You also have to do it with a the same type of psi-wheel. An experimental apparatus may be able to impart slight motion to an Egely wheel, but can it turn a homemade paper psi-wheel which has much more resistance to turning but which many people are able to turn by placing their hand near it?

      You also have to account for differences in the ability of different people to turn the wheel. If you think it is heat from the hand that causes the wheel to turn, you have to show a correlation between hand temperature in different people and rate of turning. A few people are not able to turn a psi-wheel, are their hands always cold? And you have to distinguish between correlation and causation. If you think heat is causing convection currents you have to prove it is the convection currents that are influencing the wheel, for example, by using smoke to visualize the convection currents without the presence of a psi-wheel to provide evidence that there is appreciable air flow moving in the direction and speed necessary to move the psi-wheel.

      If you don't do controls with humans, if you don't compare the phenomenon caused by laboratory apparatus to the phenomenon caused by a human, if you don't distinguish between correlation and causation, it is very easy to fool yourself into believing that you have found a physical explanation of the psi-wheel, when all you have done is, for instance, demonstrate the principle of buoyancy 2200 years after Archimedes did.

    • I have found that during the hot summer when my hand, the wheel, and the air are all approximately the same temperature, the wheel still turns. This rules out heat and convection currents.
    • I put a cotton wash cloth around my hand to provide thermal insulation and the wheel still turned. This rules out heat and convection currents.
    • If I use two wheels, one near each hand, they turn slower than one alone. If I use one wheel and place my other hand near a second wheel, the first wheel slows down as the second speeds up. This is not explained by heat, convection currents, or drafts.
    • I and many other people have enough power coming from our hands to turn a wheel covered by some type of container. This rules out air currents as an explanation for the rotation.
    • I find that I can "magnetize" a plastic jar so that it will turn a wheel without my hand near it. The direction of rotation is always the same depending on which hand was used to magnetize the jar even though the jar is a symmetrical cylinder. This rules out any normal explanation including heat, convection currents, drafts, electricity, and magnetism.
    • When turning a home made psi-wheel for several minutes by placing my hand near it, I often feel a snapping sensation in my hand and sometimes I can feel the vane on the wheel as it passes my hand even though it does not touch my hand. Others have also reported the snapping sensation. This is evidence there is an unknown phenomenon occurring that has nothing to do with heat convection.

If you want to show a certain phenomenon, such as drafts or heat, can cause a psi-wheel to turn, you should use a certain type of psi-wheel depending on the conditions of your demonstration. If you want to show a certain phenomenon will cause a psi-wheel to turn, you must show that phenomenon can cause a home made psi-wheel made of paper to turn because that is the hardest psi-wheel to turn. If you want to show a psi-wheel will not turn under certain conditions, even with a hand near it, you must show an Egely wheel will not turn in those condition because an Egely wheel is the easiest psi-wheel to turn.

Any theory that tries to explain what causes a psi wheel to turn by means of some ordinary phenomena such as heat, convection, or drafts must also explain all the evidence that shows none of those explanations are possible. Some people will find a condition where the wheel does not turn and proclaim that condition prevents, for example, air currents. This is not proof that air currents cause the wheel to turn. There may be another phenomenon the same conditions inhibits that is the real cause of rotation. Unless they can explain all these forms of evidence that show it is not air currents, they have not proved anything.

Overview of Experiments by George Egely

Egely believes the energy that causes the rotation, which he calls bioenergy, is conducted by all materials. That is why if you cover the Egely wheel with a jar, the jar acts like a Faraday cage, the bioenergy is conducted by the jar, it does not penetrate inside it.

Egely first started experimenting with water in a dish and put small pieces of aluminum foil on the surface of the water. The aluminum would rotate when a hand was placed next to the dish. He tried wearing gloves that would reduce heat transmission from his hand. The aluminum would rotate even if there was no temperature difference between the surface of the glove and the air. This ruled out heat transmission as an explanation of the phenomenon.

In the mid 1980's Egely developed the Egely Wheel and had dozens of friends try his apparatus. Most people were able to rotate both the water apparatus and the Egely Wheel. He found, "The speed of the rotation depended on how tired or fit they were and how much they could or could not concentrate." This shows that the phenomenon is not due to air currents, it varies with the biological condition of the subject.

Egely found the temperature of the hand did not influence the speed of rotation. Then he tried using hand shaped metal tanks and found that putting hot water in them did not cause rotation beyond 10% of what a real hand could cause. This also ruled out heat transfer to explain the phenomenon.

Using a complex electro-chemical apparatus that allowed him to visualize the movement inside the liquid by a change of color, he showed that the phenomenon could not be caused by wind or heat. He also found that during the phenomenon the electrical resistance of the liquid changed. This cannot be explained by any known phenomenon.

Egely used glass boxes to isolate the apparatus from the wind to show that air currents were not the cause.

Egely did experiments with 500 high school students the liquid rotated fast with one third of them. Another one third could rotate the apparatus slowly, and another 1/3 could not rotate the apparatus significantly.

Other experiments showed that a weather front or worries could inhibit rotation in people who would otherwise rotate the system very well. Good weather, and good moods correlated with good rotation. After rain and clouds passes, he says, people cheered up, and the results improved immediately, before any appreciable change in humidity or hand temperature could occur. This showed there was something in the human mind that effected the phenomenon.

Calculations showed that electricity and magnetism could not explain the rotation.

After all these experiments the real nature and cause of the rotation still remained a puzzle, I just could not decide what kind of an energy transfer might be the reason for it. I made calculations, but for the liquid to reach an angular speed of one revolution per minute, which is a good result, it would have to be very salty. The magnetic field would have to be a hundred times stronger than that of the Earth, or the person must have submerged his/her hand in the water, and a direct current of lethal power would have had to flow between his/her fingers. But, none of these four conditions were met during experiments. So, to find the answer to this problem some hypothesis had to be drawn about things unknown so far.

Egely found, "Extrovert, positive thinking, active, leading-type students had much higher vitality levels, and could maintain this level for a longer period than their quiet, restrained, silent, negative thinking, shy classmates. Experience showed the interesting fact that good-looking teenage girls were influenced by their beauty. Probably, they got more encouragement, or positive signs than their less lucky mates, so they had higher scores."

Egely also found, "In a strange way, vitality did not strongly depend on grades. Although students with good grades had vitality values generally above the average and this tended to be even higher if they were playing sports, the most outstanding results were achieved not by the good pupils."

After testing thousands of people and recording written records of about 1100, he found that seriously ill people could not rotate the wheel well, even if they had a fever which shows the phenomenon is not due to heat from the hands.

Healers or successful businessmen would get good rotation. sick people could hardly move the wheel and vibrant healthy people always had good rotation. These observations were consistent over many, many observations and could not be explained by chance.

Other observations included:

I experienced the highest vitality values, above 100%, with students who could not always fit in with the tight school regulations, but showed great interest towards the different forms of meditations and had close relation to their friends, took care of them, and had charisma. If they were a few meters from the one who just measured, the results were definitely better. To tell the truth, they could also make it worse if I asked them to do so. In this case, the vitality value of the one measuring himself/herself decreased to a great extent. To produce this result they did not have to touch the other person, it was enough to use their willpower. This was again an important reason for me to accept the reality of this phenomenon. It showed also that many people have known and all of us used this energy, even without knowing it, for a long time, still it has remained unexplained. We have also tried to see if two, three or more people together could reach a higher score than separately, i.e. if their vitality sums up. To some extent the resulting vitality level was really higher, but not significantly. As if discharged batteries were connected parallel. In some cases two or three people together reached a lower level of vitality than separately, when they did not know or did not like each other. Interpersonal relation, the mere fact of somebody standing beside or behind us, may influence results considerably.

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