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.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

RPK Phase 5 (Alain Nu: More than a Mentalist!)

Original contact: 27 June 2010; Updated: 1 May 2011

On June 27, 2010, I wrote to Alain Nu at the suggestion of Victoria Alexander. He replied in a few days and we began a correspondence. 
Any friend of the Alexanders is a friend of mine. I have been interested in serious scientific anomaly testing for some time now. Yes, I am a speaker/presenter/author whose center of focus revolves around demonstrations that refer to the possibilities of invisible energies that connect us, as well as other hidden super-potentials. I was excited to meet Jack Houck for the first time this year at the SSE conference in Boulder.
Over many years of my doing this, and by my having created my own style which is developed around varied uncertainty demonstrations, I have experienced enough times that something marvelous occurs that taking part in a serious study brings about much curiosity and excitement in me. Outside of my own programs, I have not participated yet in any formal remote testing experiments, though I do seem to have a mysterious knack for affecting things at times and am excited at the prospect of trying my best to affect your silver target.
What is your protocol? I am on Eastern Standard Time. Ideally, I would like to choose the "right time" for myself to focus on the silver target. I could record a log, then notify you that I had just done it after the fact, or notify you just before, but again, if I could just simply be given the flexibility of trying to affect your target on my own time (given a window of time that you could perhaps provide), that would be more compelling for me simply because I live a pretty busy life (on top of having a four year old girl) and I would feel more confident if the "right time" be determined by me in improvisation...
I look forward to having a look at your blog when I get a free moment. I wonder if you have ever yet recorded one pendulum swinging without the other? Because that would indeed be interesting!
Thank you for contacting me. I am intrigued and open minded to your experiment...
Eugene answered on July 1.
Great News! I’m glad you met Jack! To cut to the chase and answer your last question: No, to date no one has ever made one of the objects in my RPK device move like a pendulum without affecting the other. If you can do it, dear sir, you will be the first and it will make scientific history!
I must add here that during the IRVA conference last week, I met Robert Knight, a documentary film maker, who had screened an unfinished documentary about the celebrated (notorious?) Ingo Swann. I had gone to the conference to give informal reports on the RPK experiment to a few selected people of which Knight was one. He said my experiment and more had already been done long ago by Swann and offered to contact Swann in NYC the next day to inquire if he would be interested in my experiment. He did contact Swann, but Swann would have none of it, claiming he had already performed such feats many years ago and was now he was retired... Well, Swann may indeed have performed such feats years ago, which I am inclined to believe, but there is no documented scientific evidence of it that I know of.
So, to repeat: if you can move the silver-colored hanging disk in my RPK device without affecting the red one, you will be the first and it will be well documented.
To work out the protocol details, I need to know a few things.
First, have you seen the device on my website? If not, go to RPK Phase 3, which shows early and more recent photos of it and tells the history behind its development, including Victoria’s early participation with it. You see that it is very simple! (But it didn’t start out that way!)
The device (RPK cylinder with hanging objects) is now housed in a light-tight wooden box in which two surveillance cameras are focused on both objects at right angles to the cylinder and running 24/7. Also, there are two additional external web cameras, one of which is focused on the wood box and the PC monitor screen, which is set to activate and record when the surveillance cameras activate. The red object is on the left side of the split screen window in both views.
The second external webcam is connected to a stand-alone second PC and monitor, which is connected to the internet. This allows a live look at the overall surveillance setup. You will notice that there is a time difference of about 10 to 15 seconds between the date and time bars on the surveillance monitor and the stand-alone monitor. Obviously the electronics take those seconds to feed the video signal from my house to the internet server and back to a given PC.
Thus, all the more advanced equipment is now up and running 24/7 and ready for you as I write...
You don’t need to tell me precisely when you do your thing until you do it, since the two recording cameras are operational and will activate and date any movement above the threshold level.
What I need from you for the scientific community is for you to tell me when you make your attempt. Only then will we examine the electronic record here and report our findings on the on-going blog.
When we agree on the time period you choose, I will give you the user name and password so that only you (and we here) can see the RPK device live on the internet...
On July 5, 2010, Alain responded:
Alright then... As of now, I have focused on "tuning myself in" to your location and the target object both yesterday and today.
July 4th: 8pm to 8:30pm (prior to the anticipation of fireworks)
Meditating on the movement of your silver target, my mind keeps moving to the disaster in the Gulf, and the notion that if it is ever completely proven or shown on this "physical" a level that thought may manifest an affect by remote transmission, how a global call for "energetic thought transmission" may not only promote the most healing affect on such large scale disasters, but also may physically even manifest natural "sublimation." In some instances, it is my curiosity, if even outright "anomalous miracles" may occur if the proper focus is directed (especially by enough serious individuals). Indeed, we are coming to a point in the Gulf crisis that an outright miracle is frankly just what the doctor is ordering.
July 5th: 10:30am to 11:30am
Here, I simply am continuing to "reach the object" through the distance to develop a relationship with the target. Feeling that this is much harder to do with such a small target that has no history outside of this experiment, but nonetheless challenged into seeing if some way of tuning into it can be acquired. Perhaps through the conscious process of the experiment itself. I've often wondered if my thoughts or feelings might understand or somehow tune-into the uncertain expectations of things by quantum correlation or clairvoyance, or if not either, then is it really possible to direct energy through mere concentration?
I also began tuning myself into the silver disc on Friday July 2nd in the evening, but I can't remember exactly when. It was on the late side, around 10:30pm to 1am July 3rd, but exactly what time is hazy.
So far, I quickly scanned your blog, but didn't have enough time to read through the any full details. I did get a chance to see the set up you use, and am very interested in if we can discover anything through this experiment. I am particularly interested in seeing what the shaman might produce, as I know they are true "consciousness travelers." My first attempts have been "light" but now that I know we'll be moving forward, I can begin to schedule regular attempts, starting this week.
re: the title you use for my participation in your blog, I would prefer it to not use the word magic or magician, as my career is that of a "mentalist". "Alain Nu-- more than a mentalist" would be preferred, since mentalism refers to only demonstrations of mental powers but does not usually own up to them. Here, you can see that I am truly putting my "conscious potential" to the test, and thus I am owning up to not only my true interest in this subject matter but also the possibility for the discovery of something real.
Thanks for your patience with me as we get started with things here...
Eugene replied the same day (July 5):
Thanks for coming aboard!...
How you have reported your attempts so far will work! It would be nice to have a scan of a page from your log so that the scientific community knows that it exists and what it looks like. The fact that you will generally report your attempts to move the object before we examine the electronic record while in your own place of comfort is what is useful.
I have not examined the electronic record since May 25. This is because I generally wait to view it together with my physicist colleague Quinn M from LANL and he signs off on my log what we have or have not seen. The electronic record can always be reviewed in case we missed something. Quinn has been out of town and ill since that date, but is planning to come over tomorrow evening to catch up.
If you have managed to inspect Norma’s Phase 2 experience, you can see that we are charting unexplored territory and have been letting Norma take the lead in how she approaches the red target. Sometimes she inadvertently did not focused on a single target or record those efforts and that complicated things. When she realized that, she revised her approach.
I see that you are disciplined, which gives me confidence that we can move ahead systematically. You will doubtless teach us new things as we proceed.
Your ideas about the Gulf disaster are relevant in terms of potential practical applications. That is a grand vision! At present, of course, once we learn how to affect a single small target in a specific way, we can grow our knowledge and experience from there. (Science precedes engineering!)
Thanks for the explanation of the difference between “magician” and “mentalist”. I’ll make the change.
Yes, patience is a watchword. We want a “partnering” relationship versus a “dominating” one.
So, the next several weeks, until July 28, are yours to work the system as you choose. Feel free to report via email at any time during that period.
I hope to have the BFT option for live viewing the system available in the next day or two, once we fix a website glitch. Then I will give you an id and password. Regards and good “mentalizing”!
Alain reported several attempts over the next several days while we had technical problems (not involving the surveillance cameras).
For the past couple of days:
July 6th: 9am to 12:30pm had an intense migraine. At sporadic moments during this time, I tried to use self hypnosis to visualize moving the pain of my migraine as a force that would cause your silver pendulum to move. For some reason, I visualized it either spinning or bouncing, but did not bother trying to get it to swing. My migraine wasn't allowing me to completely think straight.
July 7th: 12:30pm to 1pm was my first "formal sitting." I sat cradled in my reclining desk chair, and opened up the photo of the discs you have on your blog so that it was in full screen on my computer. Then, while tuning in to the silver disc at the same time trying to tune out the red disc, I visualized the silver disc swinging. I also imagined the red disc next to it, so that in a "mentally spacial way" I might better tune into the silver one (a decision I made earlier as well). I rocked back and forth, imagining that the silver disc would swing, while also imagining that my energy would ripple outwards and become more powerful with distance so that it by the time it was received that it might transform into movement of the disc itself. My rocking became more intense, and I was able to build up to a focused point at around 12:45/ 12:50pm when I screamed "Swing!" as loud as I could, while holding out my hands as if the energy emanated from them. Strangely, during the time I was in deep meditation, I felt very itchy in different parts of my body and head but ignored scratching, rather using that sensation to build on my energy to focus on the silver target. What happened seemed strange because I kept feeling different parts of me feeling itchy until it seemed my entire body was itchy, and then a strange calmness fell over me. It was at that moment that I felt compelled to scream "Swing!!!" with as much intensity as I could muster. One thing is for certain. I sure am glad that there was no one else in the house at that moment. At any rate, I held my arms outstretched as if I had just won an enormous challenge, and I felt in my hands a odd vibrating. So there I sat with my arms outstretched while in my reclining desk chair, vibrating, and trying to visualize your silver target swinging to and fro, trying to achieve a graduate level scholarship from the Jack Houck school of PK intention. Now I must wonder... Did anything come from any of that?
Eugene replied later the same day (July 7):
Yes, by all means do keep a separate log outside of these e-mails. I asked you to scan a page from it so we know it exists and what it looks like. More than that we don’t need at present, but that separate log will be essential when something anomalous happens!...
I hope you keep track of your physical and psychological (including emotional and spiritual) condition as you keep your log. All that is important information as we move in uncharted inner and outer territory. 
Last night Quinn M came over and we examined the record up through 2100. (Let’s use military time from now on!) Nothing anomalous yet except a puzzling slight horizontal movement of both targets on May 11 at 20:10:56. But we also noticed that the recording mechanism has been triggered more often than the objects move when activated by overly heavy steps or jumping on the floor. We have scheduled to do a “System Maintenance” next Wednesday (7/14) evening. This means we will shut down the system, rearrange and adjust the cameras and hopefully improve the sensitivity of the system. Until then we will proceed with our current setup.
About your attempt earlier today, we won’t get to the electronic record to look at it until next week. However, we have the biofeedback (BFT) system about ready to let you and Norma know the id and password. This will allow you to actually view live (almost) view of the objects. As previously stated there is a 10 to 15 second delay between the real time event and the signal transmitted to the PC screen. I hope you can figure out how best to get around that delay. At least you will have almost immediate feedback.
I’ll keep you posted. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation!
PS. BTW, have you looked through the reports of Phases 1 and 2? There are some considerations about attitude in approaching the targets that might interest you. That is, persuasion versus force, partnership versus domination. Please do read that stuff if you can—especially Joseph Dillard’s comments--and let me know what you think AND how you feel. Of particular interest to me are your dreams. I hope you keep track of them in your log. We may find important information and guidance there!
Alain replied on July 8:
OK, I will keep a separate journal. I understand-- it only means somethings to you if something happens, so I will from now on just send you dates/times of interaction, and meanwhile just fool around with approaching it in different ways for myself.
I also understand what you are saying by not using "force or domination" over the object. Actually, I have bent metal for years without force or domination that the PK parties that Jack Houck had reported early on seemed like an odd approach for a scientist. I was quite taken however with Michael Crichton's "Travels" and his recounting of his experience with Mr Houck's PK event therein. When I tried to re-create the PK party experience for the Capital Fringe Festival in 2008, I achieved "greater than kindergarten bends" from my audiences of 100 (in the spirit of the ecstatic element behind the Houck experiments) by raising the audience's expectation to concentrate only on making their spoon/ fork bend beyond their wildest imagination that by the time we chant "Bend!" their ability to achieve amazing results is clearly manifested.
I will keep my log private. I understand your need not to get people too excited. Looking forward to fooling around with the BFT.
Eugene replied on July 10:
Thanks for agreeing to keep a separate (hard copy?) journal. When you get it started please scan a page or two when you feel comfortable and send it to me. That will give me an image for the record. You understand that “CR” (consensus reality) is what the current scientific community values as “real” and that “NCR” (non consensual) stuff isn’t yet so valued, such as our RPK experiment. We are simply trying to cover all the CR bases we can in our experiment in order to speak a language the current scientific community understands and accepts. When (not if!) one of our two hanging objects moves without disturbing the other, then we shall have captured an NCR event that our CR bound colleagues will not be able to explain in any standard way.
I am delighted by your enthusiasm and participation. I am also intrigued by your thinking, so please do not misunderstand what I am asking. I hope you will continue to wonder in print about what we are attempting to do.
It would be great if we could talk from time to time. That would be an added factor in this RPK “equation” we are trying to develop.
[BTW, I don’t know your mathematical background, but I like to express things mathematically when possible. For example, Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle can be written ∆x●∆p≥h/2pi where ∆ is uncertainty, x= location of a subatomic particle, p = its momentum and h = Plank’s constant. This equation developed from fundamental physics principles by 25-year old physicist Werner Heisenberg revolutionized physics in 1926, and it has not been the same since. My corollary is ∆Σ●∆E ≈ K, where Σ = experience and E = explanation. This means that if you must explain something, you will do it at the expense of experiencing it. Does this make sense to you?]
Your “fooling around” is your personal experience, which we don’t ever want to invalidate or put into a “certainty” box. We don’t want to mess with, marginalize, dismiss, ignore or otherwise disrespect what it is you do or how you do it. The why or the explanation part comes later and I am personally resistant to premature rationalizations about NCR events.
About the late Michael Crichton: Jack Houck told me that before publishing his book “Travels” Crichton sent Jack a draft of the spoon bending chapter to proof read. Jack said that was the first time someone of that stature gave him such respect. In like manner I am very interested in your experience with the Capital Fringe Festival. You have clearly understood a deeper principle, which allowed you to offer a slight variation and improvement to Jack’s approach. That attitude is to be greatly valued and cherished! It is heading in the right direction and gives me added confidence in you! I am most interested in your experiences!
On July 11 and 12, Alain reported:
July 8: interacted at 2:30pm - 3pm and 5:30 - 6pm 
July 9: interacted 2:30am to 3am, 8:30am - 9am
July 10: interacted 2:30am to 3am, 9am to 9:30am
July 11: 11:30am 11:45am (I'm interested in this one)
June 12: 10:30pm to 10:50pm
On July 13 Eugene wrote:
We finally are up and running with BFT!
On July 14 Eugene wrote:
Please verify receipt of my email of yesterday, which gave you the ID and Password to access the BFT stage of RPK Phase 5.
Our maintenance work was completed last night, so you are free to experiment as much as you choose until midnight on July 27.
BTW, when LANL physicist Quinn M and I examined the electronic record last night from where we last reviewed it a week earlier, there was no indication of any anomalous movement by either target.
On July 16 Alain wrote:
Sorry I've been so out of touch. The past few days were spent visiting Bob Jahn and Brenda Dunne at the ICRL in Princeton. I've also been super busy with preparing for a tour I am going on which will take me from Phoenix through Albuquerque, then on to Denver / Colorado Springs where I have multiple lectures, workshops, theatrical shows, TV morning show appearances, and even an association event for Foundation Drillers at The Broadmoor.
I have been in receipt of your emails but have just not had any time to try it or even log in to have a look. I also skipped a day or two of focusing on your pendulums. But after playing with some of the REG devices at Bob and Brenda's facility I came home inspired as I found I was able to control my ability with their devices in a particular way and although my time spent playing with each of their experiments was limited, I found I developed some sort of an "understanding"(?).
So yesterday July 15, I had remote interactions with your silver pendulum at: 6:25am to about 6:50am; 10:30am to 10:45am; 12:25pm to 12:45pm; 2:30pm to 2:40pm; 3:30pm to 3:45pm; 5:30pm to 5:55pm; 7:15pm to 7:30pm; 8:50pm to 9:05pm
each time, using my "new method" which has to do with hearing music in my head that moves me emotionally. I tended to try different styles of music each time to see if one worked better or fluctuated from actually listening to music to just hearing it in my head. I was too busy to sit in front of the computer at all, so none of the interactions were through using your live set up.
My last interaction was made just before falling asleep. I awoke at about 4:30am this morning and by about 4:55am I set off to try a "midnight interaction" with your pendulums.
At 5:03am, it was still dark and I was meditating in the middle of my studio. Suddenly everything started rattling all around me, but I was tranced-out and my conscious mind was confused into believing that it was my subconscious synchronizing with a low flying plane from above. But then, the whole house shook, which literally shook me out of my trance. Confusing matters more, I suddenly saw flashlights shining in my window and grew quite concerned. Then I realized it was my wife, who was also awakened by the house shaking, looking for me. We both rationalized it to be an airplane until I just found out it was an actual 3.5 magnitude earthquake in Montgomery County, Maryland!
Could that have been me? What an amazing coincidence! And more importantly, was your pendulum affected in any way?
On July 16 Eugene wrote:
...We won’t know until next Wednesday (7/15) if your attempts affected our RPK device last night or earlier this morning. That is when Quinn comes to the house to review the record with me (he knows how to operate the remote control, which I don’t yet). But, the live BFT setup now allows you to see for yourself within 15 seconds if anything has happened.
Your account of the synchronicity of the Montgomery County 3.5 earthquake is intriguing!
If you don’t mind, I want to post excerpts from our email exchanges as a quasi-official record for the scientific community. That way, if you can’t manage an entry into your own written log, we’ll have something, albeit less convincing (“it could be doctored”), for rigorous skeptics. Your narrative is clever, informative and joins us in pioneering this subject..
I didn’t have much time at the recent IRVA conference to talk to Bob and Brenda, although we were introduced by Paul H. Smith. I’d like to discuss your experience with them if you have no objection. Their entry into this process could accelerate it.
On July 17 Eugene wrote:
BTW, the Maryland earthquake made all the headlines yesterday! We’ll find out next week if anything happened here. If you read the Phase One section of our RPK experiment, you will see that we had unexpected results (which your earthquake brought to mind) that affected Jack’s water heater in his house instead of our RPK device here. That was our first attempt at RPK, where we used the “PK Party” approach. That is why we abandoned the “party” approach.
On July 18 Alain wrote:
I finally had a moment to try to access the BFT, but couldn't even get onto the website. I should be able to try again if you want to send me another link.
BTW, I skipped yesterday (3 yr old birthday party for a friend's kid lasted longer than expected), but today (7-18) tried to interact with the silver pendulum at 3:23pm to about 4:50pm.
After a couple of days of technical problems accessing the BFT internet site Alain wrote July 19:
BTW, I tried to again interact with the pendulums today July 19, 2010 at: 9:14am to 9:30am, and again around 10:15am to 10:30am
Later in the day (Monday, July 19) Alain wrote:
I'm on! I started looking at it around 3:23pm and it moved a little almost immediately (I wrote it down, but didn't see the exact time).
Eugene replied:
This may be a milestone! Quinn and I will be sure to go slow to inspect the electronic record on Wednesday PM. In the meantime, keep it up as you have opportunity and can amplify the movement. Exciting news! You remember that there is a 15 second or so delay between an actual event and seeing it on the monitor.
Still later the same day Alain wrote:
well, it didn't move so much that I would call it a milestone, it sort of turned a little as I recall.
And later that evening Eugene replied:
OK. So, is it something you feel you can amplify? Will you have access to the internet while on your trip? You have until midnight on July 27 to mess with it however you choose during this round...
The following morning (July 20) Alain wrote:
I might be able to amplify this feeling- I guess we'll see. I wrote down the time of what it said on it's screen when I saw it turn, but I'm not sure if it was 3:23pm or not because somehow the paper got misplaced in the commotion of packing. I hope that was correct. interestingly, I did see it was still for about 15-20 seconds before it turned. I hope I got the time right though!
I won't be back home for a week, but will have Internet access (albeit with limited time). I'll do my best to try and steal some time away to play with it the most I can. Unfortunately Most of my time for the next few days will be driving... But I'll send you a report as soon as I have a moment!
Eugene replied an hour later (July 20):
Wow! We may have a breakthrough after all! I’ll be on the edge of my seat until your next report!
On July 22 Eugene wrote:
...I wanted you to know that Quinn and I viewed all the events recorded since Tuesday a week ago (7/13) through Wednesday (7/21) and saw nothing we couldn’t explain. All movement of objects was explainable by our maintenance and upgrading activity, much of which unfortunately happened at the time you reported many of your attempts. This was before the BFT system was activated. We were especially careful to note your attempt last Monday (7/19) where you said you saw the object “turn” 15-20 seconds after your attempt. Was the movement you call a “turn” actually a pendulum-like “swing”? I hadn’t considered a twisting movement before, but that would work if it is vigorous enough to trigger the cameras. You were a little uncertain about the time, so we looked carefully before and after. This does not mean the object didn’t move, but if it did, it was so slight that it didn’t trigger the cameras. We have to determine the threshold activation movement.
Between July 22 and August 21, a conflict between busy schedule, bad weather and an auto accident prevented Alain from focusing on the BFT system. On August 21 he wrote from Washington State:

Anyway, I'm in Washington State tonight at WSU. I'd like to try a little more if possible, since I got (literally) sideswiped by my recent incident, but if you have someone waiting in the wings, just let me know when I can have a week or so to try again.
Eugene replied that he will give Alain unlimited access until next Saturday (August 28), after which he will re-examine results and negotiate a new schedule.

RPK Phase 4 (Spooks)

This is a place holder for a few guys I spoke to at the June 2010 International Remote Viewing Association  conference in Las Vegas, NV, when and if they participate in the experiment.