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B ut in 1977 a grad student asked Jahn, then dean of the Princeton School of Engineering and Applied Science, to serve as her advisor on a project involving mind over matter. He said yes, thinking it would teach her a lot, but at the end of the two years it was Dr. Jahn who was holding his head in his hands, asking, "Why me?" To Jahn, it became clear from the project that people could intentionally a ect electronic equipment. What did that say about the integrity of missile si- los, aircra cockpits and other highly sensate computer-based systems? And so, the Princeton Engineer- ing Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab was born. Dr. Jahn, along with lab manager Brenda Dunne and a small team, studied the e ects of mind over matter—using random event-gener- ating computers—for 28 years, closing only in 2007 when they retired. ey wanted to know: Could regular people in uence computer programs—by intention only— to pro- duce numbers higher or lower than 100.00? ey did millions of computer runs with hundreds of di erent volunteer operators and found that people were able to a ect the numbers generated, simply by intent. It took thousands of trials to see the e ects, but the probability that they were chance occurrences was one in a billion. People even in uenced the base line, generating numbers too perfectly close to 100.00 to be random. Jahn and Dunne also found that each person has a unique in uence on reality, a kind of signature, in the same way that you can tell that a painting is by a particular artist. From their point of view, this signature style is a manifestation of conscious- ness. Furthermore, Jahn and Dunne found that if you team up two people, you get a pattern that shows a unique conscious- ness, not just the sum of the two individual styles. Intriguingly, the PEAR studies showed that the in uence people could have—creating the intent before the machine was turned on or, even, a er it was turned o —transcended time. Like- wise, distance didn't seem to exist. If an operator ran a test from Paris while the computer was in Princeton, N.J., the result would be the same as if he or she were in a room with the machine. ese results are uncannily like the experienc- es of healers who can do healing at a distance. Ultimately Jahn and Dunne found that the most success- ful test results came from people who experienced a sense of "resonance," or union. ese people literally talked about T R A N S C T I M E & D I S TA N C E NOT JUST SELF-HELP JARGON, SCIENCE PROVES MIND INFLUENCES MATTER BY DIANE GOLDNER FOR MOST OF HIS CAREER, ROBERT JAHN, PH.D., S P E C I A L I Z E D I N A P P L I E D P H Y S I C S — P L A S M A DYNAMICS, IONIZATION KINETICS, ROCKETRY AND ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS. NASA AND THE U.S. AIR FORCE FUNDED SOME OF HIS RESEARCH. 24 wholelifetimesmagazine.com

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