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The Effect of Consciousness on the Physical World

July 2, 2019
Helané Wahbeh, Science

IONSx is a cutting-edge, application-driven research program that demonstrates practical examples of consciousness affecting our physical world. One of the major hurdles to moving beyond our materialistic paradigm is the difficulty of being able to clearly demonstrate to anyone, without the use of scientific arguments, the reality that consciousness directly affects the physical world. We can show examples of this in laboratory studies with statistics, but we have not been able to reliably demonstrate this with a real-world direct experience that anyone could see with their naked eye. IONSx promises just that. One goal of IONSx is to create an ethical, consciousness-dependent switch that responds to a specific mental signal from the operator. By consciousness-dependent we mean that it is not mediated by any conventional technology, electromagnetic or other physical force, and is non-local.

We are exploring various aspects of our ATOM model for IONSx. The “T” in ATOM stands for Target or what the intention is being directed at. Potential targets may include biological (cells), physical (photons, random events, water structure, etc.), or mental (human). We have already begun testing high potential targets in optical physics — plasma ball, double slit, entangled photon, missing photon, and random number generators. The “O” stands for Operator or the person directing the attention. We have an ongoing study examining the genetics of psychic ability and will begin recruitment for talented operators that can reliably demonstrate a psychokinesis ability (the ability of their mind to influence matter). The “M” stands for Moderator or anything that influences the relationship between the operator and the target. There may be any number of moderating factors that influence the target-operator system. Some of the known or suspected correlates include  geomagnetic flux, local weather, lunar cycle, and solar wind. The “A” stands for amplification and analysis or anything that could help strengthen the interaction between the operator and target. We will examine analytical methods for maximizing the target/operator relationship, including, but not limited to, changes in fractal dimensions and chaotic attractors. We also have a beta version of an infrastructure for online mind-matter experiments, accessible by any browser. This will allow us to test various ATOM models and roll out the experiments to a large number of participants and collaborate with other researchers.

After establishing the optimal ATOM system, the third step is to engineer this system, making sure the ATOM is reliable, focused, intentful, and ethical. The final step would be to build a prototype and demonstrate the ATOM system.

There are a number of ethical issues that arise with IONSx. The IONS team is committed to addressing these issues every step of the way to help ensure that the switch can be “tuned” to unique individuals or groups (so it cannot be accidentally operated by anyone else). We acknowledge that it may not actually be possible to create an operator-specific ethical switch — meaning a switch that is able to isolate the intention of a given operator 100% of the time. Nevertheless, we anticipate that focusing on the pragmatics of building such a device will inform us about key factors that influence the role of consciousness in the physical world.

So what happens if we were to reliably demonstrate that our consciousness influences our physical world? First, the idea that our consciousness is limited to our physical world would be refuted. Second, our view of our own thoughts and intentions would need to be completely reevaluated. Would we be so quick to have negative thoughts about ourselves and others if we knew they affected ourselves or other people in some way? Imagine a world where it was a given that our intention/consciousness affected our physical world directly.

 

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