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    Weird Science: Mind Over Matter

    “Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.’ What truth? There is no spoon. There is no spoon?”‘ When I first saw the movie, The Matrix, I was fascinated about it’s philosophy of matter.’ Being the strange geek that I am, I didn’t reject the theory looking at it as if it was some kind of fairy tale; instead I considered it a possible reality.’

    Although we are at a time when new discoveries about the world are being found everyday, we still do not know much about it, therefore we can’t disregard any theory just because it is farfetched.’ Albert Einstein once said, “Do you remember how electrical currents and ‘unseen waves’ were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.”

    Psychokinesis is the production or control of motion, especially in inanimate and remote objects, purportedly by the exercise of psychic powers.’ According to Deja Allison,DD, PhD, MA, Traditional Reiki Master, everything in the universe is energy.’ For instance, one gram of matter contains enough energy to lift a one million ton object 6 miles into the air!’ She claims that you can change the position, form, and elements of a specific energy field with extreme mental concentration.’ Albert Einstein’s E=MC^2 started this frenzy of spoon bending theories since matter is energy.’ ‘ In other words, everything surrounding us is not solid.’ What appears to be solid is actually made up of swirling molecules that are temporarily held in their current patterns by vibrational energy.’ “Everything is energy, including your body… and energy is non-physical in nature.”

    Dick Sutphen, a professional spoon bender states, “thoughts are things and they create.’ Your thoughts can make you sick, or accelerate healing…or they can reprogram your reality.’ And thoughts can bend metal. But our programming tells us this isn’t possible.”‘

    Sutphen, along with Einstein and other scientists believe that many different realities co-exist within the same space but on different frequencies.’ Here is an easier way to grasp this, while you read this article you don’t see any radio waves, but you still know that they are there and that you can turn the radio on and tune into different stations that are on different frequencies even though they still occupy the same space.’ ‘

    In my opinion the topic of spoon bending is really fascinating, but one of the explanations provided by Deja Allison doesn’t add up.’ Mentioned previously in this article was the amount of energy 1 gram of matter has.’ ‘ I would say an average spoon is approximately 115 grams.’ Lets assume that the portion of the spoon being bent is 1/32, which is about 3.6 grams.’ ‘ Now we need to consider the amount of mental energy needed for changing the position of the atoms in the 3.6-gram portion of the spoon.’ Assuming gravity is at a constant, your mind needs to be strong enough to lift a 3.6 million ton object 690 miles into the air. Not even Jean Grey can pull that one off!

    The Internet provides tons of sites that have detailed instructions for bending spoons using “Psychokinetic Energy.”‘ I attempted to do it once, but failed miserably and became two seconds closer to having an aneurysm.’ Maybe my puny mind couldn’t handle it or my attention deficit disorder kicked in, but for all you Star Wars fans out there, we may be one step closer to having Jedi powers. “May the force be with you.”‘

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