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The protocols for the following experiment were designed by Jim Brown. Jim is an experienced researcher who has expertise in a wide range of anomalous subjects, including UFOs and the paranormal. You can read about a wide range of topic on his web site: The Crushed Arch Pages, So we urge you to check it out!

Do Plants respond to human emotions? Find out for yourself by carrying out the experiment below!

1. Prepare 3 identical containers (size, color, etc.) by placing an equal amount of soil in each. The soil should first be mixed together then measured out to insure its composition.

2. Plant seeds from the variety of plant you choose to use. The variety should not make any difference, but this is unknown. (Perhaps it could be a subject of a future experiment.) The seed ideally should come from the same parent plants, but at the very least the same seed packet / code number. Plant two seeds in each container, making certain the depth and orientation are identical in each case.

3. Place the containers together and water as needed. Allow germination to occur, and monitor growth. Be sure growth is as close as possible to identical in each container. If there are discrepancies, repeat from step1 above.

4. Once growth has been established, separate the three containers, placing each in a different room. They must have the same light, temperature, air flow, and humidity conditions. You also need to take into account whether or not the room is normally occupied. Ideally is should not be, but if it is, choose locations where occupancy is about equal.

5. Determine which specimen is to be talked to, prayed over, etc. and label it "A". The one to be threatened is labeled "B". "C" is the control and other than providing for its physical care, you should have no contact with it for the duration of the experiment. You, or no else, should have contact with ANY of the plants, except as outlined below to provide the emotional state required.

6. Talk to specimen "A" twice daily for 5 minutes. Encourage its growth. Be thankful for its existence. Anything positive. DO NOT THINK ABOUT SPECIMEN "B" WHILE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO "A"

7. Threaten specimen "B" also twice daily for 5 minutes. You may also take another plant near specimen "B" and destroy it. Anything to induce a threatening environment around "B". You should resolve that at the conclusion of the experiment you will actually destroy "B" as well since it may be possible for "B" to sense it is in no mortal danger if you do otherwise.

8. Alternate approaching "A" or "B" first each time you do step 6 and step 7. This should help balance the state of your thoughts as you conduct the test.

9. Water the plants as needed, but DO NOT water at the same time you perform the threats or encouragement. Clear your mind when watering so you do not influence either one way or another. Another option is to have a third party perform the care. This person should be unaware of the nature of the test which would prevent any influence they may have over the plants as well. They should be instructed to not talk to or otherwise influence the plants, but only provide their required care.

10. Monitor growth rate of each plant and record this data. If the plants bloom, or seed, note the size and color as applicable. If seeds are produced, you may want to plant these and note the effect on a second generation of the plant. Consider the stem and leaves, noting the coloration and leaf count. anything else you observe should be noted.

11. Depending on the stage of growth of the plants, at this point you may want to destroy specimen "B" in close proximity to "A" and / or "C" and note if either reacts to this over several days.

12 Summarize your observed data.


Examine the results of an experiment conducted by Penelope!

And don't forget these next two important links:

The Crushed Arches

The Cognitive Science Laboratory