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Posted in JREF by Skepdude on March 7, 2009

ou say you don’t believe in the power of Psi? That’s P-S-I, not P-S-Y. Psi is defined as “supposed parapsychological or psychic faculties or phenomen” by the Apple Dictionary, and while the entry thankfully says “supposed,” others say there’s a simple demonstration that can make you a believer.

Swift reader Austin wrote to ask what I thought about psiballs. Psiballs are balls of energy that you create between your hands with the power of your mind. With practice, it’s reported that you can program these balls to do “complex tasks,” but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

According to WikiHow, here’s one way to make one of your very own:

1. Gather your energy. This could be from your own body or from another source. You could visualize the energy entering and filling every part of your body from the Earth through your feet, or from the sky and the sun through your crown chakra. Some people imagine energy coming into the body on the in-breath and out through the hands on the out-breath.

2. Hold your hands steady. When you feel like you have enough energy hold out your hands. You can either hold them like you hold a basketball, you can cup them like you are holding a baseball, or you can even hold out one hand. Do whatever feels natural to you.

3. Picture a hole appearing in your hand. Picture a trapdoor cover opening and letting the energy flow out. Imagine a hose in each of your palms slowly emitting psi. It doesn’t have to be very fast, or have very much pressure, it just has to naturally flow. Don’t let it out of your hands.

4. At this point you should be able to sense the psi. It could feel like heat, pressure or tingling. When you feel this, move your hands closer together a bit – if there is resistance (even a little) you will know you’re sensing it.

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Obama To Reverse Funding Ban On Stem Cell Work

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on March 7, 2009

[Originally posted at: NPR]

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order on Monday reversing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

The long-expected move is likely to stir up not only the promise of scientific breakthrough, but also the controversy over where government crosses a moral line.

Obama will hold an event at the White House to announce the move, a senior administration official said Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy had not yet been publicly announced.

Under President George W. Bush, federal money for research on human embryonic stems cells was limited to those stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001. No federal dollars could be used on research with cell lines from embryos destroyed from that point forward.

Obama’s move is expected to lift that restriction. The official said the aim of the policy is to restore “scientific integrity” to the process.

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