Crystallized Thoughts

The hypothesis that the focused intention of a group of people can affect ice crystals formed in water was pilot tested under double-blind conditions. This question is of interest to alternative medicine--especially for therapies involving intention, because the adult human body is made up mostly of water.

Approximately 2,000 people in Tokyo focused positive intentions toward water samples located inside a room in California. The group was unaware of similar "control" water samples set aside in a different location. Ice crystals formed from both sets of water samples were photographed, and the resulting images were blindly assessed for aesthetic appeal by 100 independent judges. Crystals from the treated water were given higher scores for aesthetic appeal than those from the control water, lending support to the hypothesis that they their creation was altered by the thoughts and intentions of the people in Tokyo.

Image: "Larger nano droplet" by vitroid on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons Licensing.