Scientific Proof That Your Thoughts Actually Affect The Physical World

  • Deena Patrick

    The theory holds true, as the left eye bias with horses, negative pictures shown to the horse indicates a perceive threat and in this case the positive and negative emotions has the same impact on the rice.

    • Prashant

      Horse and rice aren’t the same. Horses have senses. A negative picture means something to them and they have a brain to process this information. Horses see various images every moment and have evolved the sense of sight and the processing in the brain for their survival. Of course they can react in some form to negative images.

      I am not aware of any rice that has been able to protect itself after receiving any sensory inputs. There must be a difference between horse and rice.

      • jenbean12

        Well it’s not the rice so much as it is the water. Our bodies consist of 60-75% water.

  • Prashant

    Sorry, no science here for miles.
    The message about children is useful. However, rice don’t have ears! And they don’t know language!

    There is no sign of even logic in this ‘scientific’ experiment. Even if you believe in positive and negative ‘vibes’ or some kind of waves, all three rice samples are near each other. All three will get the same vibes/waves. It’s crazy to see what ideas are sold and bought in the name of science.

    • mooslinge

      I agree

    • Kevin Fricke

      If the results of the experiment could be repeated successfully then the scientific method can be said to be reliable. If it is consistently clear that the race is been damaged each time in the experimental group, Then you have scientific validity in the experiment. Of course you have to have a control group to rule out other factors that may be causing the rice damage. Since waves of energy are so small, then by relativity , the containers are not very close to each other. One needs not to be so quick to condemn a possibility that might be frightening to certain people.

      • Prashant

        While I would love to see the experiment repeated by someone several times to see if the results are repeated, as you have suggested, I would have no expectations from it. That’s perhaps why nobody has rushed to try it after knowing about this experiment. It wouldn’t cost much time and money.

        The entire hypothesis of this experiment is based on faith-healing, which has never been proven by any scientific studies. This just an attempt by a faith healer to prove that such things work. It would be believable if the hypothesis was made by a person of science after some scientific reasoning. Pseudo-science will constantly try to prove that there is science in it.

        • Resist_Tyranny

          HAHAHA… “faith healing”? WTF dude?:) That’s silly. It is based on the Fact that we live in a conscious universe and everything is connected:) And the experiment has been scientifically proven, meaning, repeatedly.

          • Scarlet Hillary Presti

            In terms of science nothing is ever proven, just supported.

          • Alessandro J. Boggian

            It’s just semantics.

        • Alessandro J. Boggian

          I actually met Dr. Emoto some years ago and he explained his ice crystals and how they are affected by emotions. He didn’t give me the impression of being particularly religious, on the contrary. He is a rigorous scientist, yet he admitted that in order to prove his theories, much more advanced studies are needed.
          Btw, Charles Darwin wrote the same thing on his famous book which most have not read. Scientists are still trying to prove his theory, though it is the most likely on hand until now, evolution hasn’t been proven yet.

          • Michael Jurgehausen

            actually evolution has been proven, at least in some species of animals

          • Richard

            It has never been proven hens why it is still called theory. It will never be proven.

          • johnty1

            that’s not what a scientific theory means.

          • johnty1

            In all species

        • Florentina Ehceru

          Try recreating the experiment at home if you really want to know !!! it is just a fact when you don’t believe you research and test that’s how you’ll know if it is true or not but do exactly what he did.

          • Desiree Bennison

            I believe this experiment could work but not if the beakers are right next to each other. Having them in different rooms would make it possible.

          • Diane Smith

            You would have to make sure that the temperature, light…variables were the same.

          • Greg P Friend

            I thought the same thing. Maybe he did and this just showed what was needed to get the point across. If he’s not smart enough to know to do that, he’s in trouble.

          • Prashant

            The setup of the experiment is so flawed that I have to interest in trying it.

            1. In a room full of people with eyes shut if you say, “you are stupid”, everyone may think the comment was for him/her regardless of who it was intended for.
            Rice has no better way of knowing.

            2. In a room full of aliens if you say, “you are stupid”, nobody will know what it means.
            Rice don’t know language.

            3. In a room full of people with ears plugged if you say, “you are stupid”, nobody will know what was said.
            Rice doesn’t have ears.

            4. If we are considering vibes, why don’t we come to know when the vibes are fake? Emoto really didn’t have anything personal for or against any jar of rice, or did he?

            We can probably find other ways in which the experiment or even the hypothesis is flawed. I really don’t understand why people fall for such sensationalism. With just a bit if scientific thinking you can differentiate between science and pseudo-science in an instance. Please don’t make such people famous. People who show the way to real science deserve the accolades. Listen to them. Me included. 🙂

          • Greg P Friend

            I may try it at home for shits and giggles and to do/introduce a science experiment to my 5 and 2 yr old. Beakers rice and water are about as simple as can be.

            I will definitely separate the 3 jars completely. Also, obviously, make sure their environments are the same.

            Any other suggestions?

            If the outcome is at least similar to this, at worst my kids learn the value of treating people kindly. (scientifically proven or not)

        • Savannah Lynn

          not true…there have been scientific, hospital-based studies showing patients prayed for, even by strangers across the world, recovered more quickly from injuries/surgeries/illnesses than those who were not prayed for.

          • Diane Smith

            Yeppers!! That is a fact. I forgot about this one. It may have been in Scientific American.

          • johnty1

            You need to look further. There have been a huge nember of studies that show no effect, including a recent study by the Templeton foundation, a religious organisation who had a keen interest in showing such a link, but found nothing. Google it.

        • Richard

          I have a dvd regarding this which was put together after the experiment was proven by scientists around the world. It is factual and will give you a copy of the dvd.

          • Prashant

            Please post a link, if possible.

      • Eddita Felt

        T control group his was done in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments. This article is just a brief synopsis of his work. Read Dr Emoto’s books and see his film for more detailed information.

      • Diane Smith

        The scientific method was the first thing that came to my mind too. I don’t know why he doesn’t use the Scientific Method. Maybe he doesn’t care if he gets everyone to believe it. That being said I have some Medium, talk to dead people, and psychic abilities. Runs in my family. I always had some of this stuff. I didn’t try to become a medium or psychic…I am older too and attended Catholic School. I never said a word to anyone about it. It is not my profession and when stuff comes through I will pass along a message depending on who the message is for. I can’t prove my gifts to anyone. People who are around me a lot do though. My husband used to laugh at me when we dated. Now he believes me. And the info I give him is not info I would possibly know about.. Job stuff.. Anyway I wouldn’t believe that people can get messages from dead people unless it happened to me. It seems absolutely crazy. Just try to keep an open mind.

        • Leslie Shear

          Hi Diane, this is totally unrelated to the topic, but I was intrigued when I saw that you have given people messages from lived ones. I lost a long time boyfriend, and the father of 2 of my children unexpectedly a couple years ago. I’ve never had the notion to try to contact anybody about it, but when I read your response had the idea to give it a try. If you can offer any help it would be greatly appreciated and if not that’s ok too!

        • Raquel Garcia

          Hi Diane!
          I know it’s out of the topic but im having a really dificult moment… Maybe you can help me…if you are available… My e-mail [email protected]
          Thank you in ain advance?

    • jakenbox

      Be water

    • Nicole Evans

      buddy learn about the law of attaction before you say anything

      • treblehook

        I’d have to see an extraordinary amount of research and control manipulation before I’d buy anything like this. I’d want to have this test performed with all known variables better controlled and analyzed, namely light, gas composition, water composition, seal integrity, acoustic volume, language, tonal spectrum, rice homogeneity, etc. This has nothing to do with the law of attraction which is in and of itself pseudoscience as often marketed. What is true is that devoting mental energy to positive or constructive things helps re-map the brain in a physical way, the same way we create memories.

        • jonzy28

          Feel free as many times as you like until you are satisfied with your results and get back to me. The only costs are time, three jars, rice and water.

    • Ayatollyahso

      I would like to believe this on face value ; but, were the beakers sterilized before the rice and water were added? They should have been covered to prevent airborne bacteria from contaminating the samples.

    • Leah Goodwin

      There have been similar studies done with plants. Peer reviewed ones, even. Plants don’t have ears and don’t know language either. Like it or not, this type of research is plenty valid. Also, you should do some research yourself on how unreliable “peer reviewed” studies can be. Peer reviewed does not necessarily mean accurate, valid, or reliable. -_-

      I also think it’s cute that you mention whether people “believe” in positive and negative vibes, lol, almost like they don’t exist! They actually do, and that IS science.

    • Florentina Ehceru

      If you pay attention to what they wrote you’ll understand. The rice is placed in water so the experiment shows the effect of water on anything in this case on rice !!! Water shapes ,grows , sustains everything; your (adult) body is 60%water babies 75%water so if the words affect water imagine how the way you speak to yourself the way ppl treat you and the environment you live in can affect you.
      Read again but read to understand not to criticise. No offence intended .

      • Karthik Pullela

        Do you know rice can’t rot or
        ferment into amazing alcohol by itself? We need microorganisms for that….bacteria, fungi (including yeast) for any of that to happen.
        Essentially, what this experiment means to me is that all three jars had
        microbial growth and the first is bacterial growth, the
        next two look fungal to me! So I don’t get what is great about it! Does
        it mean if you speak nicely bacteria grows better and if you speak
        harshly fungus grows better? Water itself can’t ferment the rice or rot
        the rice, correct? (or you don’t believe in microbes? just in vibes?) I
        would have probably called this a success if the rice stayed fresh
        without microbes eating it. I just have to say “Oh God” now!!

        • Rodia Driftwood

          You literally copy&pasted the same comment twice. You are, to my opinion, a fucking nutty. You seem more jaded than convinced of your own belief.

          • Karthik Pullela

            I see people like you, all the time, who fail to come up with logical arguments and settle for pretty come backs like this. Firstly, I copy pasted it twice as i wanted to comment those two individuals directly. I will do it as many times as I wish, until someone refutes it scientifically (opposite to what u did). Secondly, it’s very funny how you thought it was my ‘belief’! Existence of microbes is not a belief that I need to convince myself. I pity your great lack of commonsense!

      • Prashant

        Understood what you wish to convey. Unfortunately, that’s not how scientific evidence works.

        So, people can carry on with their mumbo jumbo, but the only offence taken is on calling this ‘scientific’.

    • Camille Kocsis

      as I posted.. read his books, do your homework.

      • Prashant

        There’s a lot of pseudo science out there in books and movies. Why should we waste our time on such ‘homework’ when there is no doubt that this is pseudo science. Have you read books on Flat Earth theories?

        I am appalled at the acceptance of ‘non-science’ (call it nonsense) all over the world. I have tolerance for it as long as it is not sold as science. This is not what we want to teach our children.

        Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean he/she is right, and just because someone is pointing out a wrong doesn’t mean he/she is trolling.

    • Martin Repeľ

      If you are a soul beingness, you do not need use ears. 🙂

    • Joan Zimmerman

      Did you know that plants communicate among themselves?

      • Prashant

        Yes, but not with ears.

    • klj

      Prashant: It’s the water, not the rice. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments apply here. Water is the environment. WE are 90-95% water. Quantum Physics applies.

  • Marco Le Large

    You can’t go wrong with being nice but this is a load of bollocks

    • Resist_Tyranny

      Why does being nice work then?

      • Randi

        Because we’re social beings and not rice in a jar of water.

  • crabramblings

    Errm. Not completely sure that using a sample size of one for each condition constitutes proof. I just tossed a coin and it came out tails. Which scientifically proves that when coins are tossed they come down tails. Or does it?

  • Resist_Tyranny

    Of course. No surprise here. We live in a conscious universe where everything is connected.

  • Michael A Crawford

    If your children are made up of rice… ignore them and take them to a doctor….

  • Ccpi-The Hub Jackie Meador

    Just curious, does anyone know if this experiment is done with cooked or uncooked rice?

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  • dawnbreakofday

    Ok, so it’s been peer reviewed? Nope, thought not…

    • Leah Goodwin

      Again, just pointing out that “peer reviewed” means almost nothing anymore. It does NOT ensure that the studies are reliable, valid, or accurate. I don’t mean just this study; I mean in general.

      • Michael Jurgehausen

        that is complete bullshit Leah

      • Karthik Pullela

        Forget about the validity of the work. Do you know rice can’t rot or ferment into amazing alcohol by itself? We need microorganisms for that bacteria, fungi (including yeast) for any of that to happen. Essentially, what this experiment means to me is that all three jars had microbial growth and the first is likely to be bacterial growth, the next two look fungal to be! So I don’t get what is great about it! Does it mean if you speak nicely bacteria grows better and if you speak harshly fungus grows better? Water itself can’t ferment the rice or rot the rice, correct? (or you don’t believe in microbes? just in vibes?) I would have probably called this a success if the rice stayed fresh without microbes eating it. I just have to say “Oh God” now!!

    • Benramsey1

      The most peer reviewed example of mind over matter is done constantly in testing medical efficacy. It’s called “the placebo effect.”

    • Savannah Lynn

      It has been duplicated scientifically repeatedly including by myself. You would rely on so-called science? How brainwashed and lemming-like. I’m guessing Snopes is one of your go to sources 🙂

      • klj

        You are the ONLY one who actually applied the scientific method: replicating the experiment. All the others mouth off, just opinions. Thank you.

        And you are so right about Snopes, add Wikipedia

  • Kevin Perrott

    Not science. Don’t pretend it is. If you want to believe that “thinking at things” affects them, that “prayer at a distance” works or any other kind of “consciousness affecting reality by non-physical means” you are going to have to do a lot better than putting some rice in a beaker and watching it ferment/rot… hilarious… It’s like people from 500 years ago were transported to the future and are trying to show everyone how smart they are about science. Why not proper experiments with proper controls? It wouldn’t cost much to set up the experiment properly.. but of course, why be rigorous when you’re preaching to people who already believe in stuff that isn’t real.. it’s an easy sell to the gullible.

  • Stefan Gössler

    Emoto calls his Water Sculptures “Art” and not science. His work could not be reproduced in any way so there’s no scientific basis for your idea here. sorry.

  • Benramsey1

    I’ve done this experiment myself. The results weren’t as visually evident in the first month but the smell was definitive! One year later there is a clear difference visually now.

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  • euqid

    First, there is no such thing as scientific proof. Second, this experiment can easily be replicated by anyone, so it should be fairly easy to do this through a year to check if results are consistent. One experiment is not really evidence of anything, as the results simply could be coincidental. A lot more research would be required to be able to say that there is any evidence of this being true or untrue.

  • DavePrice

    am i the only way seeing how the ” Hate” posts are destroying this post? as the love ones nourish the post. Just like the study itself.. those that actually have a working brain? understand from many other things that positive vibrations, like those of Love, build and make healthy while hate and stress will destroy things..

  • Bill

    Me thinks you’re wasting perfectly good rice.?

  • Kerryn Bennett

    This is a reenactment folks of Dr Emoto’s original work. Don’t condemn his work based on what this appears. I think his work does have a lot of merit and we would all need to examine his actual research to come to any conclusion. Based on what I know about quantum and metaphysics that I study, this sounds quite true. The environment vs nature is an ongoing scientific debate. We examined this in psychology extensively. We can quite literally become a product of our upbringing and our innate persona can be disturbed while we are in certain environments. This is commonsense really. Unless we find the strength to look within and find the power to free ourselves from what other people think- When we care more about what God thinks and more importantly about what we think of ourselves, we can reverse the earlier damage caused from the external environment.

    • Rebecca Strazza

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  • André Scott

    That’s not science, it’s bullshit woo.

  • Cherylann Thomas

    Pretty straight forward, it was Jesus’s message. Entirely. The THOUGHTS are what manifest the FISH and everything else.

    • Camille Kocsis

      Thank you Cherylann. Budda (sp) also said, ” We become what we think” This goes back thousands of years. Like I said. READ all 12 of his books, Mr. Emoto, and a book called The Field, amongst a zillion others.

  • Camille Kocsis

    People… although he is no longer with us.. he as a written over a dozen books, well documented, very strictly controlled REPEATED studies and research.. he was featured in the movie, “What the Bleep do we Know” . Please , before you blow something off do your homework, read the books and also delve into new thought era work which isn’t really new but has been around since Buddha and Jesus and saw a resurgence in the late 1800’s and now. Do your homework rather than trolling. You may just learn something that will help you improve your life.

  • Janelle

    Forget the experiment….if you tell someone they are worthless, or use hateful, negative words towards them, it will affect them. If you use positive, compassionate words and give them positive feedback, it will change their lives… the experiment I did was that an employee who joined my team had very low self esteem, I started to use positive words towards them and gave them challenging work to do and then gave them positive and truthful feedback and I saw a physical difference first, they sat and walked taller. Then I saw the difference in their work, I watched this person who would sit in a corner (so to speak) bloom into a productive worker but also they told me how much of a difference I had made to their work and personal life…because I believed in them. I told them, that it wasn’t a case of belief, but I knew they had it in them.

  • James Leroy Wilson

    I object to “scientific proof” in the headline but the small piece of evidence show help confirm what I think we all know.

  • dixiedragon

    I am of the school that if it has not been proven to 100%, not even 99.9% probability works with me. As long as that .1% is out there I will give it the benefit of the doubt .. it is still possible no matter how infinitely small… which is why I will NEVER serve on a jury … now if they said 1 in a trillion, that is proof enough for me … because there are only 7 billion people on earth ….so yeah I hold out for this to be true.

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  • Yon

    No surprise when one realizes that all things are conscious. Even a rock knows that it is a rock, not to mention that all that is, is energy, regardless of its form.

  • Madelaine Heinemann

    I have seen this experiment demonstrated in different ways while I was physically present. From what I observed it is powerfully valid.

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  • Mitchell Crowsey

    VERY unscientific and poorly executed! I could replicate his results and change what is said to each beaker to pure jibberish yet obtain the same results! This is an experiment on the effects of oxygen and light on moistened rice, NOT effects of words.

    The placement of the beakers, amount of water, and amount of rice were the keys! (Not the words spoken/unspoken). Watch it again and notice the levels of liquid. It appears that he had progressively more rice in the beakers. By the end of the experiment, the pleasantly fermented beaker is covered in liquid, the blackened rice is barely covered, and the ignored beaker is only moist. The second and third beakers did not have a nice layer of water on top to block the effects of oxidation on the rice!

    He needs to conduct his experiment again and measure the amounts of rice/water in each beaker, plus switch the placement of each beaker every day to eliminate differences in evaporation and light conditions. By the end of his “experiment”, all bottles should contain the same ratio of water to rice for his experiment to “hold water”. (lol)

  • Farmer Ted

    Sample size: 3. Scientific validity: none.

  • Rebecca Strazza

    Clearly Everyone Who Commented Here About The Rice, Is Missing The Point… Its About The Water… And How The Water Affects The Rice… Doesn’t Water Have Microbes, And Bacteria??? Yes… So Its Obvious The Comments Positive, Negative, And None… Affected The Water… The Rice Is The Proof… Weather It Be Fresh, And Healthy… Or Rotting And Dead… The Water Is The Vessel… We Are Predominately Made Up Of Water… Which He Clearly States At The Beginning Of His Comments/ Video… People Are Too Quick To Judge, And Criticize… Ultimately Missing The Whole “POINT”… Basically We Are All Simply Energy… Everything Is Energy… Everything Which Is Created Is Done So By Energy… Positive, Or Negative… Personally… I Want To Be Positive Energy, Not Negative… Excellent Point “Dr. Emoto”… B <3

  • Nanker Phelge

    There is a good reason this shit can’t get published in a peer reviewed journal. It is not reproducible. It is not science.

  • Peace Equestrian Park

    <3 this. Have seen this experiment with 2 healthy plantlets, both raised exactly the same but one Plantlet the care giver held it and channeled loving positive thoughts and the other the care giver just gave it the same physical care, but thought very dark negative thoughts while with it.

    The negative thought plantlet died.