Friday, July 14, 2006

Bob Park on Adam Dreamhealer and John Quinones

On July 13, 2006, John Quinones of ABC presented a story on Adam Dreamhealer, a 19 year old Canadian who claims to heal with his hands.

Adam says when he is trying to heal a person he sees a "quantum hologram" — a representation of the combined energy of everyone in the room.

The "science" of the healing appeared in the last third of the report:

Adam says what he does can be completely explained by science. Edgar Mitchell — who walked on the moon during the Apollo 14 mission — says he recognizes the science behind Adam's work. "It's about channeling energy and resonating with the person," says Mitchell.

Mitchell has spent the last 30 years exploring the science of the paranormal. "The principles of quantum physics explain many of these intuitive mystical aspects of attention and intention," says Mitchell.

Other scientists don't agree. "I'm sure he's wrong, because that's not the way science works," says Bob Park, a physicist at the University of Maryland. "Whether Adam is a fraud or not, I don't know because I haven't tested him."

Bob Park noted at WN on July 14:

When I was first contacted by ABC about Adam Dreamhealer, a producer asked how I would respond to Adam's claims? "I would ask for the test results," I replied. But of course, there are no test results. That's the point. And it's the only point ABC needed to make.

Of course, ABC did not talk about "test results."

Bob Park also noted:

How does it work? "Quantum mechanics." An over-the-hill physicist said scientists "groan" at that explanation. He said more but it was cut. Dr. Edgar Mitchell of Apollo 14 fame came on and agreed with Adam that it must be quantum mechanics. (...)

Why am I telling you this? Because I was the "over-the-hill physicist" who allowed himself to be used. I will perform any penance WN readers feel is appropriate.

In case you were wondering, Edgar Mitchell obtained a Doctorate of Science degree in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. I don't know how many quantum mechanics courses he took to get his degree, or the work in quantum mechanics he has done subsequently.

Additionally, John Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. [As noted elsewhere, Brian Williams of NBC did not graduate from college.]

If anyone ever wondered how Hwang Woo-Suk tricked people, you need look no further.

Also, from flatearthers:

Adam sees his unmasking as a natural progression and hopes the [ABC] program will help draw greater attention to his seminars and his book Dreamhealer, which is being released this month [July] in the U.S. by Penguin Books.

[IPBiz post 1775]


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