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October 14, 2011

The New-Age Conspiratorial World of Gregg Braden


I started listening to Coast to Coast AM somewhat regularly when I started to “get into” modern science-based skepticism. I wanted to know what the “true-believers” thought and to learn about all sorts of ideas that are out there. Often, the ideas are anti-“establishment,” which is why they are a supporter of Ron Paul or “alternative medicine.” Often they’re “new-agey.” Sometimes they’re both.

Sometimes they’re so over the top that you have a difficult time believing people actually think that. Sometimes the people on the show (often, actually) will distort the actual facts to support their claims. Sometimes they will make them up.

This long rambling introduction is to point out all of the things that various C2C guests bring. The one I’m going to discuss here brings in all of them. This is a somewhat long post, but there is a lot to say about Gregg Braden. If you’re wondering who this person is, I’m not going to give a short bio section, rather I’m going to illustrate his views through time throughout this post, like dipping a candle in successive colors.

Through Time

I first got curious about this person last weekend when I was looking at the C2C schedule for the week ahead and saw he was on. I did a search through the ~135 gigabytes of episodes I have of C2C for the past two decades. His name popped up not infrequently, so I started to listen to him starting with his 1999 interview conducted by Art Bell. (Note that he had been on earlier shows, at least dating back to 1992, but I do not have those.)

I listened to about 16 hours of interview, and then I re-listened to about half of them to pull out the quotes and points I wanted to use for this (and maybe an eventual podcast).

The “Early” Years – Pre-2001

Okay, technically I only had one episode from February 5, 1999, and then the next was in 2006. But based on later material, things changed for Braden in the few years after Sept. 11, 2001. I’ll talk about that later.

During this earlier time, Braden comes off as your standard new-agey anti-establishment person: Darwinism is evil, consciousness rules. There really wasn’t much unique about his message.

He was an avid advocate of “free energy” devices, claimed there was copious evidence that our DNA was currently evolving rapidly even though he doesn’t “believe” in evolution, that through consciousness we can “activate junk DNA” and do kewl stuff, and generally ranted for four whole hours on how scientists won’t let the “real” knowledge out to the general public. Fairly run-of-the mill, really.

May 6, 2006 Interview

In this interview, I noticed something of a shift in Braden’s attitude. While he was still hawking his books and advocating his ideas, he seemed to have shifted more towards alleged evidence for his claims and “research” he was doing. This was much more evident in the later interviews (next section).

January 6, 2008 Interview

Now we really got into the idea of “let’s throw out some sciencey stuff that sounds more real than what I peddled a decade ago” (no, he didn’t actually say that, that was my impression).

He makes a few interesting claims. The first I noted down is during hour 2 of the program at 17 minutes into the hour, he states that Nature (one of the top science journals in the world) published a study by Silvertooth in volume 322, August 26, 1986, page 590. It’s actually August 14, but I’ll forgive that. (Here’s the “study,” subscription required.) Problem is that this was not an article Nature “published,” it’s a letter that they included that spans less than 1/3 of a page. In it, Ernest W. Silvertooth claims to have conducted an experiment that proved there is an “ether” through which light propagates, disproving General Relativity, and the famous Michelson-Morley Experiment (conducted where I got my undergraduate degree … a century earlier).

Interesting. It’s a letter to the editor. Not peer-reviewed. Silvertooth’s name shows up on Anti-Relativity.com. And the only way he got a paper out is by publishing it himself. And yet Braden claims this is undeniable proof that scientists won’t let the secrets of the universe out and that this guy irrefutably showed that the standard ideas are not real.

However, he takes this a step further to say that the “ether” is not just a medium through which light travels, rather it’s the general consciousness field in which we all exist.

Later in the interview, in hour 3, starting at 8:25 in, he states:

“What our own science has found is that our heart is the strongest electrical field generator in the body, and it is the strongest magnetic field generator in the body, and the reason that’s important is our physical world hinges largely on electric and magnetic fields. … [In atoms,] if we change EITHER the electric or magnetic field, we can change and influence the way that atom behaves, and our heart creates BOTH, not just one or the other. …

“(9:37) And this is why feelings in our heart are so much more powerful than thoughts in our mind, because our own science now is telling us that our heart creates electrical fields that are 60-100x stronger than the fields of our brain. … And magnetic fields 5000x stronger from our heart than those of the brain, and that explains to us why thoughts aren’t as powerful … and it’s much easier to heal and create peace and alter our physical reality from our hearts than it is through our thoughts, and our hearts are where we have the feelings, and the beliefs, that communicate with this field and connects everything.”

Got all that? I warned you he’s a new-ager. But he made some specific statements. The easy first one to check on is the field strength of the heart and brain. According to this source, the brain’s value is on the order of 0.1-1.0 pT, or picoTesla (10-12 = 1 pico). And according to this source, the strength of the heart is around 10 pT. So he’s sorta right in his first statement that at the extremes, the heart’s magnetic field at the surface of the body is 100x stronger than the brain’s. But not 5000x as he states a few sentences later. And it bears mentioning that Earth’s field is on the order of 10-4 T at Earth’s surface, or 107 times stronger than the human heart’s as measured from the surface of the body.

He also was talking about how magnetic and electric fields are different, which I really don’t want to get into in this post, but basically he’s stretching the truth.

The kicker comes about 14 minutes 55 seconds into the episode where he states:

“This is how science is kinda backing into the fact that we are connected with our world. They’re seeing that the human heart – literally – can change the physical stuff our physical world is made of through this electric and magnetic fields. And they’re also finding that we’re literally tuned to layers of the atmosphere of the Earth through these fields.”

Yeah. Please show your work.

March 17, 2009 Interview

At this point, he is invested more fully in the idea of his Institute of HeartMath and Global Coherence project and he starts to bring in alleged evidence for his claims. This was where I really got interested, and frankly it’s about the only part that really gets into the topics I discuss on this blog (astronomy, physics, geology).

Its within these that he adopts the standard “amateur science” motif that we ridicule in skepticism: He misinterprets basic data and misrepresents other data (one could call it lying, but that implies I actually know that he knew he was doing these things, and I don’t — at the very least, he is sorely mistaken and data-mines).

I already addressed the whole atom an magnetic field and electric field and heart-brain fields with the 2006 interview. And evolution with the 1999 interview. He also talks about 2012 in this one, but there’s really nothing new he contributes to the mythos so I don’t want to go into it here.

He also makes a specific reference to another Nature paper about the Milky Way’s black hole and energy shooting towards us, saying it’s by “Rhode and Miller” in volume 434, October 2004. Problem is that volume 434 is for March-April 2005, and October 2004 is in volume 431. I searched all and could not find it. So much for that.

He even carries on again with a basic rant 15 minutes in about how the ancients knew everything and we know nothing. But I’m not going to go into that, either

Nay, the one I want to talk about here comes from this rather lengthy quote from the March 17, 2009 interview:

“2001, scientists were measuring the geomagnetic field of the Earth, from two satellites, one int he Northern Hemisphere, one in the Southern Hemisphere, called GOES … . Every 30 minutes they send back a signal that tells the strength of the magnetic field … and it fluctuates, but it’s always within this range. And in 2001, all of a sudden, there was a big spike in this field, and scientists said, ‘Well, you know, what happened to the magnetic field of the Earth to create this change?’ They overlaid the data onto the calendar, and it’s probably no surprise to our listeners, that the date was Sept. 11, 2001. And it was 15 minutes after the first plane struck the first tower in the World Trade Center that the magnetic fields of the Earth showed this big spike. …

“That led to a series of studies that showed that it was the collective emotions of humans on this planet that had such a profound effect on the magnetic field of the Earth that our satellites, 22,000 miles above the surface, detected this change, and these scientists said, ‘Woah! That means that we are literally … part of the field that sustains the life on Earth.’ That led to a series of experiments that showed that when many people learn to create this quality of emotion inside of their hearts that the magnetic fields of the Earth convey this change to all life on Earth, and that is what I think the opportunity of our time in history is all about.”

In fact, he has this in print, in his book Fractal Time a short excerpt I found on scribd.com:

“September 2001, two geostationary operational environmental satellites (GOES) orbiting the earth detected a rise in global magnetism that forever changed the way scientists view our world and us. The GOES-8 and GOES-10 each showed a powerful spike of Earth’s magnetic-field strength in the readings they broadcast every 30 minutes. It was the magnitude of the spikes and the time they occurred that first called them to the scientists’ attention.

“From a location of about 22,300 miles above the equator, GOES-8 detected the first surge, followed by an upward trend in the readings that topped out at nearly 50 units (nanoteslas) higher than any that had been typical for the same time previously. The time was 9a.m. eastern standard time, 15 minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center and about 15 minutes before the second impact.”

Yes, those were long. The bottom-line claim here is that Earth’s magnetic field was altered by human emotion during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City. This is similar to claims by the Global Consciousness Project, but different. The nice thing is that this is highly objective data that’s easy to find and check. Which I did. I even contacted the institution that runs the GOES to get a bit of help and information (thanks to Dan Wilkinson and Ted Haberman).

For brief background, GOES are and have been many different satellites, and they are periodically launched and decommissioned as one wears out and technology advances. We’re now on GOES 11 and 13 as the main two, though GOES 12, 14, and 15 are in orbit. In September 2001, GOES 8 and 10 were in operation (it looks like there were some issues with GOES 11 at that time).

These satellites orbit at about 6.6 Earth radii from the planet, and our magnetic field extends to about 10 Earth radii, so it is correct that they can measure the magnetic field, and they do contain instruments to measure magnetic fields at their location. Though they send back data that’s binned in 5-minute intervals, not 30-minute intervals.

The data that Braden and others present at their Global Coherence Institute is the exact image below (I’m directing to their web site so you know I’m not making it up).

Global Coherence Image for GOES Data on Sept. 11, 2001

Global Coherence Image for GOES Data on Sept. 11, 2001

Looks kinda interesting. The field is varying between about 50 and 125 nT (nanoTeslas) in the four days leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, and then it spikes to 173 nT as seen from one satellite and 153 nT as seen from another. Then it seems to vary slightly more than it had in the few days after. Do we have something here? Are they making these data up?

Actually, they’re not. The data do show that spike. You can view it for yourself here for GOES 8 or here for GOES 10.

So now the logical question in evaluating this claim is, “They’re showing a week-long window. What does the field look like at other times? What’s the normal variability?” And let’s avoid any idea they might claim of contamination from the craziness of that month.

To answer that, I chose a random month and I skipped back to June 2001. The data I show below (all data is on that site, specifically downloaded from here) show that the normal variations for the magnetic field are about 60-125 nT (so that agrees with the Sept. 2001 baseline), but in this random month of June, there were spikes all the way up to 186 nT (higher than Sept. 11, 2001 by about 15 nT). Hmm.

GOES Magnetic Data, June 2001

GOES Magnetic Data, June 2001

In fact, since I have the data in my grubby little hands, I can actually do some basic statistics. The average from GOES 8 during June 2001 was 113 nT, and from GOES 10 it was 97 nT. The standard deviations were ±10.6 and ±14.6 nT, respectively. In September 2001, the averages and standard deviations were 109±14.2 nT and 95±20 nT. So they agree with each other. September 2001 was not an odd month at all.

I then chose a different random month and year, January 1998 (the Global Consciousness Project people would probably say they’d expect at least two significant events during this month, one for the new US Congress taking office and one for New Year’s Day). Or November 2007. Both of those months’ data are displayed below. The maxima were 173 for GOES 9 in January 1998 (but a minimum of only 22 nT!) and 188 nT in November 2007 with GOES 11 (there was some data drop-out in the last week of the month from GOES 10).

GOES Magnetic Data, January 1998

GOES Magnetic Data, January 1998

GOES Magnetic Data, November 2007

GOES Magnetic Data, November 2007

The inescapable conclusion at this point is – as I said before – at best it’s “window-shopping” or data-mining. At worst it’s willful deceit of their audience. As is clearly shown by these data, the September 11, 2001, “spike” in Earth’s magnetic field is not an abnormal “spike,” but rather we see fluctuations even larger than that several times a month.

Final Thoughts

This actually brings me back a bit to what I consider “fair game” in terms of skepticism and this blog. I’m okay if you want to be a creationist, a UFO believer, a new-ager, or whatever (so long as you don’t try to force your beliefs on me). But when you actually start to point towards observable, checkable evidence for your claims, it’s totally fair game. And as I’ve shown here, Braden would be much better off sticking to his random new-agey claims than trying to use science to back them up.

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  1. I have covered Gregg Braden briefly before and I will write a short post of an article he has written in an anthology: http://haecceities.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/2012-prophet-of-nonsense-2-gregg-braden/

    Guess who commented on this post? Mr galactic alignment himself.

    Comment by Johan Normark — October 15, 2011 @ 2:09 am | Reply

    • Impressive the Jenkins actually posted a reply! It’s interesting – his use of really big words in his insults is reminiscent of purveyors of nonsense who’ve come across my critiques of them, too. I wonder if that’s part of the test you take when you want to get your membership card to that li’l club.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — October 15, 2011 @ 3:02 am | Reply

    • Braden once claimed that the “Angel of wind” was an ancient way of saying the “electromagnetic force of wind”. Total BS.

      Comment by E — October 29, 2013 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

      • Right now occurred to me that you don`t might need to join science with spirituality as a new era topic to study. ‘Spirituality is already a scientific object of study in psychology for example: the mind, emotions, values, etc’. I was send to study Gregg Braden for my license in psychology but now I`m not interested in something that is not proven scientific based.
        Thanks for the email.

        Comment by ana — October 29, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  2. How are objective data nescient?

    Comment by Autymn D. C. (@alysdexia) — October 16, 2011 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  3. Gregg Braden is apparently “a leading scientist” and he will speak at some forum tomorrow and the day after (Jenkins is also included). You can watch it for free: http://wisdom-forum.com/home.php

    I will not spoil my weekend by looking at this but perhaps you are interested?

    Comment by Johan Normark — October 21, 2011 @ 2:22 am | Reply

  4. […] the heart’s magnetic field is indeed greater than that of the brain! Ok, it’s only 100 times greater, and not 5000 like Braden claims, but still this is quite an event. Braden has exaggerated it by a […]

    Pingback by Blogging “The Power”: A Critique of Rhonda Byrne – Part 6: Gregg Braden « Spirituality is No Excuse — June 6, 2012 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

  5. What you didn’t include in your article are events of the world that would have caused spikes in elevated magnetic readings on the days of the charts from 1998, 2007, 2011… look up international news that occured on the days where spike levels elevate and there are news events of great proportion at those specific times. When you correlate the information from the spikes in the collected data with international catastrophe events, it only further defines the very essence of Braden’s work.

    Comment by Blake Mauney — July 16, 2012 @ 11:42 am | Reply

    • I chose those months/dates at random with dice. If what your are saying is any randomly selected time period is going to have a spike in the data because of a non-pre-defined “significant event,” then this is not a useful test of anything because any time can be retrofitted. So I would ask you three things at this point to start to back up your claim.

      First, what are the significant events during the random months I selected that you claim caused effects GREATER THAN the field spike caused by our “collective consciousness screaming out” on September 11, 2001? Second, what do YOU consider, a priori, a significant event that you predict would cause a spike that I could then look at the data for to test? Third, what months would you say can be used as a control in which there would NOT be what you consider a significant event to see what the “background field levels” would be?

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 16, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  6. Gregg Braden has been sprouting pseudo-scientific nonsense for years, his book/video Awakening to Zero Point is a case in point. Chris White does a great job of exposing Gregg Braden for the idiot/charlatan (take your pick, he’s one or the other) in a Youtube video called ‘Gregg Braden Debunked’

    Comment by PalmerEldritch — July 23, 2012 @ 11:16 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks for your research, was looking for this since they use this exact “911 spike at” the global coherence initiative as well.

    Comment by Badooka — October 23, 2012 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  8. hey guys I do not much know about 911 spikes …but what do you say about Dr Emoto’s work on water crytals …any bebunks there too?

    Comment by aditya — December 12, 2012 @ 1:49 am | Reply

    • I read somewhere that all was faked and the “experiment” wasn`t made in the strict experimental condition like controlling the environment, the elements, etc.

      Comment by midori — August 31, 2013 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  9. Thank you for this, especially the data from GOES. A friend recommended Gregg Braden because ‘he is an astro-physicist just like you.’ Oh dear, I must be bad!

    Comment by Robin Ahlgren — April 29, 2013 @ 6:20 am | Reply

  10. Gregg Braden’s work explains the theory behind the alleged “Law of Attraction” that was portrayed in the movie ” The Secret” with the participation of some prominent success coaches in the context of Business and Success Principles like Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield and many more. If you have watched that film, you would probably asked how it could be possible and Gregg works clearly answers the “WHY’s and HOW’s behind the Law of Attraction. Not only the ” The Secret Principles” but also the book ” As the Man Thinketh” by James Allen, “PsychoCybernetics” by: I forget the Author :D, and the thoughts behind the books of Napoleon Hill..if you will spend time on knowing whats behind all of these stuff, your search will be over if you read the book of Gregg Braden ” The Language of Devine Matrix”

    Comment by Anonymous — June 13, 2013 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  11. The great sages, the Rishis of ancient India had revealed similar knowledge than Gregg Braden and i suppose all the traditional wisdoms are also speaking about the same “facts” which could and cannot never be proved by the rational mind which is quite limited compared to the vast realms of the Spirits that only a few wish to discover. i think that to understand what G.Bradden is saying there has to be a shift-consciousness which can be achieved through different yogic disciplines. The gift of the openness of the heart is not something everyone is born with and probably G.Bradden was one of these lucky one to have kept feelings and heart, though he lives in the US, a country which is more brain-made than heart-orientated.
    i do hope if you want to sustain your research on truth that you will look at the knowledge contained in the science of the chakras, it might give you a key to open both, your heart and your spirit,
    Regards, Sat

    Comment by Satyam Rajmat — July 9, 2013 @ 8:03 am | Reply

    • Sat – I note that you did not actually address any of the factual statements I made in this article. For example, some of the “best” evidence that Braden has pointed to for the last decade is the 9/11/2001 GOES data. I showed he was wrong. Would you care to address that?

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 9, 2013 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  12. I never think about right or wrong except for my own thinking and doing. Actually, our instrument of understanding, the Intellect, was never given to judge others’ affairs as Bety Kyron says in her wonderful Work, except our own affairs, our own life.
    Are we using it in a constructive, creative way? for the benefits and the evolution of all life on this planet? Or only to destroy, to judge, to blame, to put our nose into the affairs of others.
    In India we say that when just a single finger points out to others, the four others are going to point towards oneself.
    The law is accurate, eternal, universal and merciless.
    But i can observe that the guy you are defaming with so many bad feelings, hatred, is having a very rich, interesting Life.
    Have you? Are your relationship in order? your family life? your health? your creativity?
    People who have a beautiful, creative life have no time to put their nose into the affairs of others, doing that always smell, and leave a corpse in the cupboard.
    To finish, i will leave something similar to what Gandhiji has always said:

    Far to many souls waste Time and Energy blaming the wrongs in the world on everyone else instead of recognizing that they can do something about it when they start within themselves. Start putting your own house in order first.
    When a stone is thrown into the centre of a pond, they start from that stone, they start from the centre.
    Start with yourself.
    Then you can radiate Peace, Love, Harmony and Understanding out to All souls around you. Get into Action Now.
    You long to see a better world, then do something about it, not by pointing your finger at everyone else but by Looking Within, searching your Heart, Righting your own wrongs and finding the answer within yourself.
    Then you can move forward with Authority and be a real help for your neighbors and to all those you are in contact with.
    Change starts with the individual, then goes Into the community, the town, the nation And The World.

    Comment by Satyam Rajmat — July 12, 2013 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

    • I would turn around and ask if Braden is doing what you say: is he using his intellect in a constructive way? No, he is not, he is simply grossly mistaken in his facts and using them to bolster his own preconceived non-demonstrable and non-scientific beliefs, or he is lying about the data to support his same ideas. That does harm not only to the people he fools and buy into his products or don’t seek real medical care, but it brings the collective intellect of the world down.

      I am not “defaming” him. The definition of defamation is:

      Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.

      Rather, I am pointing out that he is factually wrong. Something objective, not subjective. And my life is quite fulfilling and happy, thank you for your concern. I suggest that you stop thinking that everyone can spout what they want and play fast and loose with science, but instead recognize that some people are simply wrong and out to scam people and make money off of others’ stupidity.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 13, 2013 @ 9:13 am | Reply

    • Greg Braden is all about making money. his claims only keep people from the truth. People who believe him are victims and not evolving and that is their choice.Intelligent people who are looking for truth, look and see his distortion of things known to be true and they view anything he says as a lie. There are a few things he says that have some true, but they will get lost AMONG HIS MANY LIES.

      Comment by Bill — December 27, 2013 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  13. Do you realize that criticizing another tells more about you than it does them? “Those who can — do. Those who can’t — criticize.” -Unknown Source
    If you are truly brilliant, educated and gifted why are you not out on the leading edge of science helping with a new discovery? What hope or solutions do you offer mankind? Why are you not drawing crowds of thousands like this man? Why are you not loved like this man? Your envy is obvious and your insignificance disturbs you. You remind me of a cur dog who nips at a fireman’s pants leg on his way to put out a fire. If you are engaged in brilliant research as you say and truly “on your way to put out your own fire” why would you stop in the middle of that great work to pose as a cur dog for the next fire truck?

    Comment by Linda — August 22, 2013 @ 10:55 am | Reply

    • Making things up is much easier than real science, Linda. I find it fascinating that you chose to insult me when you’re saying that I’m doing the wrong thing by criticizing someone. Try actually addressing the rebuttal I made about his claims. Try some actual investigation. Or, continue to insult people and accomplish nothing.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — August 22, 2013 @ 10:57 am | Reply

    • Hey Linda, I’m not sure if you know Mr Braden personally or not, but if you do could you please ask him for an update on that whole “3 days of darkness and then the Earth will start spinning in the opposite direction” prediction which he made in Awakening to Zero Point for late last year? It’s just that I’m planning my holiday, and as I’ve only got 5 days obviously I don’t want to book it if it’s going to be pitch black for 72 hours. Thx.

      Comment by PalmerEldritch — August 22, 2013 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  14. I think we all have to learn discernment, to search for our own truth. Whether we find our truth from a religious teacher, new age guru or scientist or our parents or indeed a combination of these sources, ultimately we have free will and choice of what we believe.

    From Gregg Braden I learn to live from my heart through love and compassion. My heart can send my love to others…whether it is through a field of connected consciousness or simply through my daily life actions. However I too questioned his sources and I was led to this posting. I agreed he needs to use correct reporting of studies if he is going to use them to strength his teachings. Personally, I think he should leave them out of his seminars. It is fine to explore ancient wisdoms, but we have all the tools, paint and canvas to create what we want in this present moment. If we are truly experiencing new energies, then we need to create new ways of creating a peaceful world. This is what I believe Mr. Braden is trying to do, but he needs to keep it simple and without dragging in bits and pieces of scientific data that are not accurately explained.

    Through science, we see new information being revealed and data recorded and then it is challenged and then new information revealed and recorded etc. It is interesting how the magnetic field is in constant change and how it dips and spikes. To take part of what is recorded and to not show the whole study is not fair to the reader/audience of Gregg Braden. I do not see Stuart Robbins as being critical but someone who is exploring ‘the truth’ from his point of view. I thank him for being discerning, speaking up and exploring data rather than believing everything a speaker says.

    However, I also agree with the writer Satyam Ratyam that we find our truth within and from there we can share our authentic self in a peaceful way. Each of us has the opportunity of discovering a ‘way’ or truth that makes our life meaningful, happy and peaceful. Each of has a right to our own truth and it is not about having others agree with you but simply to live in your truth to create a better life for all.

    Comment by janebooth — August 26, 2013 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  15. My question is not about Gregg Braden is about the EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Is the EFT a pseudoscience? I`ve practiced it everyday and it works, at least it gives me back the energy I need to continue with the work at home, for a few hours gets rid of my backache,etc.
    I didn`t know that acupuncture was a pseudoscience (read on RDFRS) so I think it must be good because y massage myself with the tapping and what works too is the things ones says to yourself likee …and I completely and deeply accept myself”.

    Comment by midori — August 31, 2013 @ 8:56 am | Reply

    • Our health insurance company pays for acupuncture and it’s at a $15 copay same as a general practitioner. We have a major insurance company, so that must say something about the effectiveness of accupuncture.

      Comment by Annie — August 10, 2014 @ 7:01 am | Reply

      • Since insurance companies are always on the forefront of science and will only cover what is medically sound? This is an argument from authority fallacy (insurance covers it, therefore it works), and not even a good authority at that.

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — August 11, 2014 @ 7:09 am

  16. From all the comments i read, it seems that “Janebooth” has got the message. No judgement, thats the mantra. She is very eloquent in expressing a support for Stuart Robbins and her own views and why should we be open minded in everything that comes across us. Way to go Janebooth.

    Comment by Rub-and-draw — November 18, 2013 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  17. Good honest science has helped me escape my childhood of indoctrination with fundamentalist Christian beliefs like young Earth creationism. It’s so sad to see ‘science’ misused by so many other weirdos. Thank you Stuart for your patience in this unenviable task of checking each pseudoscience claim against the hard evidence.

    To the people upset by this blog post I would say: I do want world peace, love and compassion just as much as you do, and I’m sure Stuart does too. I think we should all work together and build on solid evidence to increase our knowledge of the universe to achieve these goals, and if someone wants to believe something crazy, that’s not ideal but it’s not too bad so long as they don’t try to teach it to other people as if it was proven fact.

    The big problem with people like Braden or Chopra is that they encourage people to abandon scientific medical practices that have repeatedly been proven to work, and cause people to invest a lot of time trying to communicate with stuff that probably doesn’t exist. Worst of all they twist the truth about human origins and human impact on this planet, encouraging people to just enjoy life and not worry about what our planet will be like in a few centuries’ time. Many people like to hear this and buy the books, meanwhile our planet is slowly destroyed.

    As for me, having escaped my childhood indoctrination of Christianity at the age of thirty, there’s no way I’m gonna be fooled by any other crazy preacher, even if he does have a giant halo of grey hair!

    Comment by Richard the Piano Tuner — April 21, 2014 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  18. The purpose here isn’t to say “Braden is wrong”, but that his scientific facts either prove nothing or stretch the truth. It’s not an attack on the theory.

    I am always stunned when people condemn critical thinking (the pre-requisite of intellectual evolution and invention, and which Braden uses plenty). When facing legitimate arguments against their theory, instead of addressing the arguments, they ask you why you are questionning the theory. Whatever the answer to that question will never set the arguments to rest.

    This blog post questions Braden’s arguments, not his theory. Here in the comments, contradictors assume the opposite, and violently respond. People, you are entitled to believe what you want, but there’s nothing harder to connect to science than spirituality. So if you’re gonna back your beliefs by scientific data, you better be ready to accept fact-checking. Now, it’s up to Braden to come up with better scientific proof or data, or to carry on merely theorizing.

    Comment by Frederic Meyer — August 23, 2014 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  19. I believe in the power of thoughts… even the words. Thousands of years of history is there to proof that. Cultures that most people don’t even know today. Nothing is new. We knew a long time ago that our body is mostly water… and our atoms are 99% “nothing” and we have the power to change anything or find the connection with that “nothing”. But scientists are trying to translate that to an understandable, technical human language… to those who believe only in numbers. Every hundred or so years they have better equipment to find those numbers. Most of the time they find out that they were wrong before but now they really get it. They designed equipments what their eyes can see and ears can hear. All that 1%… what the human eyes see and hear from the full spectrum. Translated to numbers… what they also designed to make it “clear” to them. So basically what I think is that those people are searching for something what is invisible and not understandable to a normal human. Only the heart can see and hear it. ;)

    Comment by Tamas Barany — August 25, 2014 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  20. Your blog is simply an attack on Greg. On both scientific and spiritual levels , this guy is no new age at all. This is why I am happy I am a scientist that understands spiritual matters as well and no one can confuse or deceive me. I can think things through myself and make up my mind both objectively and subjectively. Yes the evidence may not be spot on but believe me, just as science cannot prove evolution or the big bang theory, its hard to prove many spiritual things scientifically. But for one that already understand spiritual matters , you know immediately that he is saying the truth about the things he speaks about.

    Comment by Mvino — August 27, 2014 @ 1:47 am | Reply

  21. I love this! This is a great post/thread. I have to admit I’ve been reading Braden for years among many others along similar topics. I do agree with the author of this post in that so many millions of people completely accept things they read as truth without question or independent research. Even as a minute example, people unwittingly regurgitate quotes like, “money does grow on trees, its paper”. But money is not paper, its cloth. The masses have very little if any independent thought or judgement and are in such desperate need of a leader/guru that they blindly believe anything without question. Like lemmings, over the cliff they go. Now all that being said, I am a very spiritual person and I believe that the only way to find truth is to go within. We each have our own truth and our own purpose, no one can find that for us, and those who say they can are selling something. If an outside person had the answer there would be no more need for the self-help book, we’d all know exactly what to do with our lives by their direction. It is not my intention to get into a debate over modern science and ancient spirituality, they each have their place and I think mixing them is like mixing gasoline and fire. I’m just saying, OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE, use your own brain stop blindly following false prophets and making them rich in the process. You are the master of your fate why put it in someone else’s hands?

    Comment by patriceellen — November 19, 2014 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

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