We live in a world of limitless opportunities. Even though it may not always feel like it, the creative potential that pulses throughout the humanity of Planet Earth is at its highest ever. Why? I attribute the high creative energy on Earth to the amount of information that is available to each and every person who cares to search. Anybody, whether they have been formally educated or not, can access information about virtually any subject. Therefore, any science student with enough curiosity and creative flare has the resources to create a truly innovate science fair project.
One field of study which I feel particularly inspired by is the field of noetic sciences. Scientists who study noetic sciences study the science of consciousness. They will make theoretical and experimental inquiries into questions such as: “what is consciousness?”, “what place does consciousness have in physical reality?”, or “does consciousness have any untapped powers or abilities?”. And because every single thing that we perceive in our world is by-default touched by our consciousness, there is an endless space for experiments in consciousness. Now, the phrase ‘experiments in consciousness’ does sound a little bit vague. What type of experiment might exemplify an innovative, informative, and exciting inquiry into the nature of that strange yet all-pervasive quality we call “consciousness”?
Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, performed experiments which tested the influence that our thoughts have on water molecules. His results were fascinating. Dr. Emoto found that positive thoughts directed toward the water molecules will create beautiful, snowflake-like patterns within the fabric of the water molecule. However, when angry and violent thoughts are directed towards the water molecules, the very fabric of the water molecule becomes chaotic. (The Messages of Water by Masaru Emoto). Dr. Emoto found that the molecules embodied the energy that was being directed towards them.
Many science fair projects are possible that exemplify and test the same hypothesis that “thoughts ARE energy”. For example, a student can create different neutral looking pictures of characters. They can create about 20 characters, and then have people direct positive or negative thoughts towards these characters. Information will be recorded about whether these characters received positive or negative thought energy. Then, the student can have other people react to these characters. They can either write stories about these characters (and they are welcome to portray the characters in whichever light they would like to), or simply state how the characters make them feel. The hypothesis of the experiment is that ‘thoughts are energy and are constantly creating ‘energetic fields of perception’ about different objects, people, or even fictional characters’. To prove this, the experiment will show consistent results that the characters who received positive energy were consistently portrayed in a positive light, and the characters who received negative energy were disliked and were often the antagonists of the stories. (And remember, these were very neutral characters at the beginning).
Another experiment with more tangible results that can be performed relates to growing plants. Sprouts would be the ideal subject as sprouts grow very rapidly and this would allow for more extensive experimentation. The hypothesis of this experiment would be ‘positive thoughts quicken the growth and improve the health of plant life’. Basically, a student would grow many versions of the same sprout, and measure the progress of the sprouts that were being bombarded with positive thought energy (such as love, appreciation, gratitude, enjoyment, encouragement) versus the sprouts that were being bombarded with negative, chaotic energy (such as anger, hatred…). It would also be interesting if the student can acquire a good quality microscope and observe whether there are any noticeable differences in the inner-fabric of the “happy” and “unhappy” sprouts.
I am personally very interested in the possibilities that *everything* in the universe is conscious, and that consciousness does not require a brain in order to be. Many thinkers and scientists have expanded upon this idea, and theories have popped up which suggest we live in a universe of many invisible dimensions brimming with an infinite amount of intelligences. In that case, are the things that make up our universe a lot more intelligent that meets our eye? We must take into account that we are only seeing the world through four dimensions. (Three that are space and one that is time). What if trees exist in a nine dimensional world, and simply do not bother manifesting their full intelligence into a measly four dimensions? Now, such ideas are admittedly “far-out” and are not so simple to test. However, I am hoping that ideas such as these will be the inspiration for science fair projects of the future.
The possibilities for creating experiments that test the powers of our thoughts our truly endless. We have access to so much information that ideas are dancing and singing wherever we care to look. Therefore, look, we must! And fascinating new insights about the nature of consciousness will begin to be revealed to us curious ones more and more quickly, and will continue to inspire within us a deeper and deeper awe about our own nature. I see science fair projects as the “grassroots” movements of science. They are free of pretension and bias, as they are free of the expectations of orthodoxy that are put upon many practicing scientists. If you are currently searching for ideas about what to do for your science fair project, my advice to you is this:
Be courageous, and trust your intuition. Be willing to test out the seemingly ridiculous notions that boggle your mind yet captivate your heart. You might be surprised at what you will discover!