Yesterday – can you think that troubled past away? (sorry, Paul)

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So many people wrote in to say how hard it is to get their minds around retrocausation – the idea that present thoughts can influence past actions - that I thought I’d share an even more mind-warping experiment.

This was simple experiment carried out by the Oxford University physicist Vlatko Vedral who decided to use Bell’s inequality, the famous test of non-locality – that spooky entanglement between quantum particles. Bell demonstrated that two quantum subatomic particles can remotely influence each other, even over vast distances, which completely ‘violates’ our Newtonian view of separation in space.

Could this same test be used to show that limits governing time can also be violated, they wondered? Brukner enlisted one of his colleagues at the University of Vienna, Caslav Brukner, to design a thought experiment (an experiment essentially just carried out mathematically).


Entering hyperspace

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Dear Readers,

I’m in the midst of studying what exactly happens to the participants of my Intention Experiments and Power of Eight groups for my next book, and it’s led me to the work of Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Wisconsin’s Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience.

Davidson is an expert in the communication between the brain and body. Several years ago, his work even came to the attention of the Dalai Lama, who wished to understand more about the biological effects of intensive meditation.

Davidson is fascinated by what goes on in the brains of monks. He and his associate Antoine Lutz have worked with more than 100 monks and Buddhists, studying the effect of meditation on the brain and on brain plasticity. They’re particularly interested in which parts of the brain change depending upon the particular type of meditation and how these changes relate to the object of conscious focus.


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