Purpose of the RPK Experiment

(Updated May 22, 2013)
The blog posts below are a running account of an experiment that began on August 14, 1965. It has taken this long to get it this simple and for technology to be available.

The present design is a descendant of the 1980s "PK Party" (spoon bending) developed by Jack Houck. Its purpose is to experience and explain the phenomenon of remote psychokinesis and to understand its uncertainties.

We are attempting to produce an NCR (non-consensus reality) event in a CR (consensus reality) frame of reference in order to learn how to apply what physicist/psychologist Arnold Mindell calls The Edge between Physics and Psychology in his seminal work Quantum Mind, published in 2000. We believe that this process will lead us to a more mature understanding of our physical and psychological capabilities, which will in turn help us develop deeper social responsibility for our planet in terms of raising our individual and collective awareness. We believe that this will help transform societal attitudes from ideological needs to subdue, dominate or control each other or other beings of all kinds (animate and inanimate). We believe that this can happen only by partnering and supporting each other in raising our mutual awareness in creative ways.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

RPK Experiment Ready for "Phase Norma"

Original Post: 17 January 2010
Updated: 24 January 2010

RPK device in light-tight box with door open.
Note monitor below + DVR PC to its right.
Note also the painting in the background.

Close-up of monitor image showing two hanging objects viewed by two dome cameras mounted at right angles.

Sunday, 17 January 2010
The DVR (digital video recording) equipment is up, running and ready for phase two of the RPK experiment. When Norma is ready in whatever way she feels is appropriate, the PC hard drive will be cleared of all past test recordings. We will then launch "Phase Norma" and give Norma an agreed upon time to do her thing, say two weeks, during which time she will keep email contact with us here in Los Alamos. Depending on the results of this second phase, we will modify the second phase and/or design a third phase activity.

Incidentally, the light trap box was built by son James out of Baltic birch, which is light enough in color not to need to be painted white. He thought Baltic birch had symbolic significance for me, which makes me smile. "The birch tree" is the name I use for my favorite Russian folk song, which I love to sing a Capella and which is the melody that inspired Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Today I reviewed all previous incidents video-recorded on the DVR PC hard drive for any movement that looked anomalous. This was IN CASE Norma's practice attempts had been successful. .

In all there were 63 separate recorded incidents beginning on 11 November 2009, through this evening 19 January 2010. All incidents seemed due to lighting changes and/or mechanical adjustment upgrades that activated the record mechanism. To eliminate lighting changes affecting the experiment, we have installed the RPK cylinder plus two dome cameras at right angles in a "light trap box" as shown above. If the sliding door of the box is opened to expose the interior system, even though there is a constant interior bright LED light attached to the lid of the cylinder, the recording mechanism is activated.

Next operation is to copy the 63 HD video recordings mentioned above onto a data disk and then erase the HD. We will then be ready to activate Phase 2 with Norma.

Good news! Victoria Alexander has just emailed me her willingness to participate in Phase 3. We'll design and cross that bridge after Norma has completed Phase 2 to her satisfaction.

Isn't this great fun!!!??

Thursday, 21 January 2010
Norma and I have communicated by text message today and will talk on Saturday about Phase 2, Stage 1. After we flesh out a mutually agreeable strategy, we will implement it next week beginning Monday, 25 January..

Sunday, 24 January.
Norma and I have talked and agreed on a strategy for RPK Phase Two, Stage 1. (See following post.) Before Norma and I came to agreement yesterday, I invited my young LANL physicist friend Quinn, whom I first met at St. Dimitri's a little over a year ago and who was our local witness to Phase One of the experiment, to visit the newest experimental setup and discuss my intended current strategy. I had wanted to do this before speaking to my Crystal Group friends the next hour and before my conversation with Norma. It was my Crystal Group who helped me shape the new strategy after the unexpected results of Phase One, RPK Party. Quinn is an interested skeptic and the perfect on site technical witness. He is familiar with the equipment and technical challenges of the current setup and had an important suggestion about a third camera view.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eugene, like Henry, never knew what hit him.

(Click on images to enlarge)

With thanks to Gary Larson's The Far Side.

When Birgitta gave me this birthday card last November, I laughed out loud and recalled the first time she had appeared in my dreams. It was in 1977. We had met in Pasadena the previous September 1976 on the eve of her return to Sweden after a singing tour in California. I felt then that she would be important to me in the future. Shortly after our meeting we began a many-year correspondence. Then we married in 1993, after I had moved to New Mexico from California, was hired as a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and flew to Sweden to propose.

The first three paragraphs in the scanned document below describe that 1977 dream. The rest of the scan is what I tried to make of it at the time, having rejoined the Mormon Church in 1975 after a ten year absence.

These days my focus is on getting the RPK experiment operational and brought to closure. See here for details.

(click on letters to enlarge)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Implications of the RPK experiment

Initial post: 3 Jan 10
Updated: 21 Jan 10

Preliminary design light box containing RPK device with two surveillance cameras mounted at right angles to the cylinder on a base plate.

This RPK thing is far more than mere scientific curiosity for me. It is my path for pursuing "Truth". As my first poem began to compose itself in November 1964, before I was aware of where I was heading, I wrote: "He stands upon a hill, surrounded by a mountain. Trembling, yearns for Truth to ponder...."

What did the fledgling poet mean by "Truth" with a capital T back then? It was more of a feeling, which he could not describe beyond the compelling experience of writing verse. To most it probably means "scientific" truth or "consensus reality" (CR). To others it means "spiritual" truth or "non-consensus reality" (NCR). For me these days that word "Truth" includes all reality: physical, spiritual and potential. This includes all ideologies, traditions and experience. It is all that is, was and will be. It is anything in time as well as beyond time. Some would speak of the Isness and the Isnotness. Others, such as in Orthodoxy, refer to the Infinite, Unfathomable Father. Still others speak only of the Ultimate Source.

These ideas update my credo poem "As if time existed" written on October 20, 1965. They include three words that have come forcibly to mind in new way during the past few weeks. I have not yet used these words in poems, but I believe they are at the heart of this RPK enterprise. The words are: Life, Light and Love, which are words most commonly used by philosophers, poets, mystics, ecclesiastics and religionists of all kinds.

That said, allow me to share an aspect of this journey that brings me the most hope and satisfaction. It is working with family and friends. As I journey towards an uncertain future with wife Birgitta, various families and friends, sometimes stumbling and sometimes falling into pits, I need the stabilizing help of others, such as my second son James. Allow me to post a recent letter to him, which he says he does not mind my sharing, so long as he is able to add disclaimers. ;-)

[New Year's Day]

Dear Jim,

I want to write something for the record that just occurred to me, as you and I work out practical details for getting the RPK experiment up and running.

It is exciting to me to have you interested and involved! Your suggestions and questions are helping me advance this project in significant ways. I have always needed an intuitive technician to help me with my experiments and projects, whether at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Atomic [La Jolla], Brunswick Defense [Santa Ana and Costa Mesa], Hot Section Technologies [Ventura and Santa Paula]] or the Los Alamos National Laboratory. And to have you, my own son, become one of these technicians gives me a deep sense of satisfaction.

I am not generally good with the nuts and bolts of things, as you know, except for the two times I had to demonstrate my capacity to be a technician on my way to becoming a professional engineer and research scientist. These were at UC Berkeley, when I was a paid undergraduate technician to graduate student Bill Scott and built the first hard vacuum system in the Department of Mines and Mineral Industries in the School of Engineering that didn’t leak. You were about one year old. The second example was at the U of Utah when I built a hot stage microscope system to demonstrate an intuitive NCR (non-consensus reality) flash I had had about my doctoral thesis subject during the very first quarter of graduate school. You were then almost three. It took me almost three additional years to produce CR (consensus reality) results to an NCR experience--an image--that I would not dismiss or allow to be marginalized. During those three years I had to learn how to describe the behavior of the mechanism I had envisioned in mathematical terms and then build reliable equipment to test it experimentally.

That is what we are doing here, even though the time between the first dream image and now is almost 45 years!

I do not know if or how the results that I am seeking in this RPK thing will play out, but this is the only way I can envision to produce CR results to give an objective opportunity to capture my long-go NCR experiences of 14 June 1964, 17 July 1965 and 14 August 1965, which your younger brother Michael and others dispute as anything more than delusion.

When I made my first attempt to check out the 14 August 1965 NCR experience in my laboratory at General Atomic, I was given one chance and it failed. That destabilized my position at GA. I was not given an opportunity to adjust my thinking and modify my approach before all hell broke loose in my professional life and then in the life of our family. I was put under house arrest in my office until I agreed to be taken to see a psychiatrist at UCLA. All this, of course, is an old story to you.

Nevertheless, I believe that had I been allowed to pursue this line of experimenting back then, as we are at present, I’m confident it would have come to closure. Either I would have discovered that my path was leading nowhere or else it would have led to some more interesting result. I hope what we are doing together will lead to more interesting results. The worst that can happen is nothing. And if nothing keeps happening as we proceed through the experimental stages that have now become clearer in my mind, eventually we may simply give up before I die. NOT! (Come to think of it, we are already doing something interesting in terms of relationship building!)

Thank you, my dear son Jim, for sticking with your strange dad and helping him move into and through his determination to check out the NCR end of a rainbow!

Love, Dad