Reality Check (8th)

My Reality Check series has so far dealt with individual thought.

There’s also group thought, which has at least the potential to function the same way as individual thought.

Has anyone thought to study this?

Glad you asked.

As it happens, rather much experimentation has been devoted to this subject.

Measuring thought requires belief that thought can have precisely measurable impacts on something.

A physical being—perhaps species homo sapiens?


In a nothing-special human body composed of, say, 50 trillion cells, there are septillions♦ of chemical reactions occurring every second in every thimbleful of our cells.

How do you control all possible variables in such a system?

You don’t try.

Any measurements could be massively contaminated by complex variables beyond enumeration or control.

Enter Acetabularia, a species of Caribbean and Mediterranean algae.

It’s a single-celled plant, growing to a length of two inches, thus visible to the naked eye. 

If one measures the output of this cell before and after sending it a thought, you can be sure any change was caused by the thought.

The trick is to measure the right thing—for example, the cell’s photon output.

No joke—an organism’s photon output varies directly as its level of stress.

How would one measure the photon output of a single-cell plant?

With extremely sensitive photocount detectors, capable, for example, of measuring the light output of a single candle burning several miles away.

A German scientist, Fritz Popp, designed and conducted an experiment.

The plant’s photon output was first measured.

Then people based in London sent the plant, housed in Fritz Popp’s laboratory in Germany, a thought of good health, measurements of photon output being taken in coordination.

Result?  A precise experiment suggesting that group thought has impact for good or ill.

More on this later.

♦ One septillion = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

This post is based on information found in Lynne McTaggart’s The Intention Experiment, ISBN 978-0-7432-7696-2  McTaggart in turn credits Fritz Popp with designing the experiment.

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