Can intentions influence the physical world around us?

Dean Radin, PhD, CHI Scientific Advisory Council member and Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, along with a group of fellow researchers designed a study to explore if a medium made with water influenced by human intention would enhance the growth of cultured human Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are among the most frequently used cell type for regenerative medicine. A large number of studies have shown the beneficial effects of MSC-based therapies to treat different pathologies, including neurological disorders, cardiac ischemia, diabetes, and bone and cartilage diseases.

The motivation to perform this study was based on previous work exploring whether samples of wine and chocolate, also treated by focused intention, would produce subjective improvements in mood. A previous experiment even suggested that consumption of intentionally treated tea influenced subjective mood under double-blind, controlled conditions. All these studies reported significant effects in the predicted directions, supporting an “intention hypothesis.”

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Dean Radin, PhD

Dean Radin, MS, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude and with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For a decade he worked on advanced R&D at AT&T Bell Laboratories and GTE Laboratories.

For over three decades he has been engaged in research on the frontiers of consciousness. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at Princeton University, SRI International, and other academic and industrial facilities. He is author or co-author of hundreds of scientific, technical, and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, and four best-selling books including The Conscious Universe (recipient of the Scientific and Medical Network’s 1997 book award), Entangled Minds, Supernormal (recipient of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award), and Real Magic. Dr. Radin’s books have been translated into over a dozen languages.
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