Their first project was to make a geranium leaf glow. "We wanted to start from the ground floor," says McTaggart. "First we had to establish that we could have an effect—any effect. This type of study would enable us to record every single hair's breath of difference—even by a single photon."
The first experiment was carried out using the attendees of a conference in London on March 11. The 400 delegates were asked to send intention to increase the light emissions of a geranium leaf 6,000 miles away at the University of Arizona— to make the leaf "glow and glow."
The University of Arizona's lab had prepared two matched leaves, so that one could act as the control. Images of each leaf were simultaneously sent over the internet from Tucson to London. The audience flipped a coin to choose which leaf to send their intentions to, and the scientists were only told which one after the experiment was concluded.
While meditative music played, the audience sent intention to the leaf to "glow and glow" for 10 minutes. After the intention period, the leaves were placed in a biophoton imaging system and photographed for two hours.
The results astonished the scientists. "The results of the glowing intention were so strong that they could readily be seen in the digital biophoton images," says Dr. Schwartz, who analyzed the leaf compared to the control. "In addition, the increased biophoton effect was highly statistically significant."
If one sets aside one's natural skepticism about such matters, this is a very interesting result. One would want to dig a little deeper, and perhaps try to reproduce the result a few times with different labs participating. Maybe use a rhododendron next time, or a fern.*
But not the Intention Experiment! Fresh off their make-a-plant-glow-so-dimly-that-it-cannot-be-detected-by-the-human-eye success, their next "experiment" is to combat global warming:
The next Intention Project will be a big one: to change global warming by using group minds to lower the temperature of the earth. McTaggart says, "If we find we have a significant effect, the implications of it—that our collective thoughts could tackle global warming—will be extraordinary."
God help us if they have actually harnessed a true, measurable effect, here. What if they do manage to significantly "lower the temperature of the earth? Do they have a team of climatologists on staff running computer models to figure out what effects a sudden cooling might have? I fear for our planet.
Our only hope is to counter their cooling vibe by burning as many fossil fuels as possible!
* UPDATE: A little browsing on their site reveals that they've tried it a few times, and at least once they used string beans.