MW: 2015-3

Issue 121

Worldview Explorations (WE) is an educational program developed by the Institute of Noetic Science. It is a research-based experiential program for middle school, high school and college students. The curriculum was published after six years of development, pilot testing and refinement. The twenty-two lessons include self-reflective practices and project-based group activities that can be integrated into existing classroom subject areas. According to IONS, their “research suggests the most powerful step people can take toward achieving their highest potential is the willingness and ability to understand new perspectives. By making youth aware of the lenses through which they experience the world we prepare them to become compassionate and self-aware leaders of a global society.”

One-tenth grade student wrote, “I learned to think about things in a whole new way. It made it seem as if we are all the same but we all have different ideas. And if we come together, we can combine our beliefs in ways that allow us to learn and find ways to be peaceful. See: noetic.org/education/worldview/overview/

Crowd Wisdom: British paranormalist Ron Pearson is conducting an experiment to see if “… the wisdom of crowds [can] predict when the Yellowstone super volcano will erupt.” He notes that individuals tend to be poor predictors, but that the average of many people’s predictions tended to be astoundingly accurate. For instance, in one study 160 people were asked to guess how many jellybeans were in a jar. The answers ranged from a few hundred to about 60,000; however, the average of the guesses was 4,200 which were within 0.1 percent.

Pearson is conducting a study to test the predictive ability of crowds by asking people to submit a guess as to when Yellowstone will erupt. As it happens, in geological time, the super volcano is way overdue. You do not need to be psychic to submit a guess. Just go to Yellowstone.cfpf.org.uk and fill out the form.

From: Pearson, Ron, “Crowds and Catastrophes,” Paranormal Review, Winter 2015, spr.ac.uk

Does Time Exist? David Sunfellow NDE researcher says while time unfolds in a linear way in this world, one of the core truths presented by near-death experiences is that time does not actually exist as we experience it here. From the perspective of NDEs, time not only doesn’t exist as we experience it, but everything—past, present, and future, along with every possible reality—Is actually happening right now. One of the mind-tweaking ideas that emerge from this perspective is that we are not only in constant communication with our past and future lives (both our lives and the lives of others), but that we can change past experiences and affect future ones now, resulting in better, happier, more connected lives right now.

From: NHNE Near-Death Experience Network, nhneneardeath.ning.com

PreBirth Experiences: Sarah Hinze has spent more than two decades researching PreBirth Experiences. This research indicates that there is a continuity of self, that the “same you” progresses through each of the three life stages. The one we know best is the one we are currently experiencing: Earth Life.

Near Death Experiences (NDEs) have given us a glimpse of the life that comes after this one, our Life After Life. PreBirth Experiences or PBEs are giving us a glimpse of the life we lived before this one, the life our unborn children are living now—the Life Before (mortal or earth) Life. In a typical PBE, a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent, etc., receives communication from a child before the child is born, or in many cases, before they are even conceived. These unborn children at times can warn, protect and enlighten us through the veil. The Prebirth Experience is compelling evidence of the eternal nature of our souls.

See: sarahhinze.com

Can Tweets Predict Heart Health? A new study out of the University of Pennsylvania says they can. Your tweets reflect your current state of mind, and certain emotions, like anger, stress, exhaustion and frustration and can increase your likelihood of cardiovascular disease. How do you measure a population’s mental state? Researchers are doing it by looking at Twitter. Billions of people use Twitter to vent, exclaim, complain, rejoice and share. So there is a lot of data showing what people are feeling.

Researchers looked at tweets by geographic area, focusing on both positive and negative key words like “hate” and “wonderful” and mapped them. They then compared their findings with heart disease rates in the same areas. They claim Twitter was better able to predict mortality from cardiovascular disease than a traditional model which looks at demographic, socioeconomic and health risk factors combined. This is certainly a reminder that we should watch what we are saying.

From: “Can Your Twitter Predict Your Heart Health?” Yes Five, 1-23-2015, yesfive.net

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Anomalistic psychology is more and more in the paranormalist news these days. For instance, a recent SPR Journal includes a research report concerning how people decide something is paranormal. The test subjects were first given a questionnaire to determine their beliefs: prone to believe in things paranormal or inclined not to. They were then shown a series of pictures and asked to decide if each was about something paranormal or not. As you might expect, people who believe in things paranormal more often identified a picture as paranormal.

The problem with this kind of research is that it ignores the influence of actual paranormal experiences on a person’s thinking. A picture of an apparition should be considered paranormal if you have reason to think survived personality exists. If you believe in the paranormal, then you are likely more open to a picture of a UFO being about something paranormal.

Anomalistic psychology is all about seeming to study paranormal subjects in an affirmative way—are they real, how do they happen, what do they mean—while actually seeking to show how the believer is delusional. In effect it is a very clever form of debunking.

From: Irwin, Harvey, Paranormal Attribution for Anomalous Pictures,” Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, January 2015, spr.ac.uk

Parapsychology or Psiology: Rhine designated parapsychology as a subject for academic study. “Para” means alongside, but you cannot study an alongside of anything unless you can name and define what that alongside happens to be. “Ology” is a suffix meaning a branch of learning, so without ambiguity the branch of learning concerned should be identified. Prefixing “para” to “psychology” does not define a branch of learning. “Para” is meant to somehow stand for telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis and so on. But these are mental processes and as mental processes comprise the subject of psychology and must be integral to it not “para” it.

Rhine coined the term extrasensory perception (ESP) for non-sensory acquired information and psychokinesis (PK) has remained the term for the effect of mental intent upon matter. ESP and PK are assumed to be the activities associated with a mental faculty called psi. As parapsychologists are agreed that psi is what they are actually studying, “psi-” is the correct prefix to attach to the “-ology” suffix. Psiology then, is the correct name for an academic discipline that studies psi.

From: Charman, Robert A. “Prefix to Suffix – Parapsychology should be replaced by Psiology,” The Paranormal Review Issue 68, spr.ac.uk

Resource for Widows and Widowers: Soaring Spirits (soaringspirits.org) creates and maintains innovative peer-based grief support programs for widowed men and women. Based on the powerful connections created by shared experience, they endeavor to ensure that no one need grieve alone. The group offers understanding, friendship, inspiration and encouragement.

Widowed people created Soaring Spirits because they discovered that connecting with other widowed people made the challenges of surviving a spouse or partner a little easier to manage. Soaring Spirits communities, online and in person are diverse, inclusive, secular, and positive. They share resources, ideas, energy and hope. They offer programs that connect widowed people around the world providing both online and in-person opportunities for finding peer support. You can access our programs from the comfort of your own home, or you can meet up with other widowed people in person … whatever works best for you.

Benefits of Altruism: We have often heard that it is better to give than to receive and now we know that this is backed up by research. Studies show that altruism is good for your emotional well-being and can measurably enhance your peace of mind. Studies also show that what goes around generally does come around. More specifically, when people make altruistic personal sacrifices, they end up reaping what they sow in the form of favors from others.

Helping others in need, especially those who are less fortunate than you, can provide you with a sense of perspective on how fortunate you are to have what you do in life—be it health, money, or a safe place to sleep, and help you focus less on the things you feel you lack.

Helping others with their problems can also help you gain a more positive perspective on the things in life that cause you stress. When you do something nice for someone else, often the positive effects go beyond just you and that other person, influencing your whole community. When you feel stressed and overwhelmed, you may feel like you’re least able to give. However, acts of altruism can be a great form of stress relief. Studies have shown that the act of giving can activate the area of the brain associated with positive feelings, lifting your spirits, and making you feel better the more you give. And given that altruism can lead to lasting emotional well-being, a more positive perspective, a positive effect on others and better social standing, altruism certainly does the job as a healthy means for relieving stress and increasing life satisfaction.

From: Scott, Elizabeth M., Benefits of Altruism, stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/altruism.htm

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