Vital Psigns is a social experiment that seeks to address individual mind power and the potential for human/plant communication.
In recent years, there has been great public interest in ESP in general, and the behavior and psychic aspects of plant life in particular. Although people have been communicating with plants as far back as Moses, the scientific study of psi (the "neutral" term used by researchers to cover all manner of parapsychology topics) took root in the 1960's. In 1966, Cleve Backster, a former interrogator for the CIA and a leading authority on lie detection, conducted experiments in plant ESP, using polygraph techniques. His experiments supported the idea that plants are sensitive to human thought. These conclusions, linked with growing interest in cybernetics, and well-established evidence regarding plant sensitivity to environmental changes, spurred additional research interests. In 1970, defense engineer L. George Lawrence remarked, " a few stunning discoveries of excellent promise [have] prompted those most active in this field to predict that, in time, parapsychological methods might well rival the orthodox communications arts and sciences currently in use." (Electronics World, April, 1970).
Today, most plant research is focused on genetic modification, pharmaceuticals, and industrial applications. However, Vital Psigns continues to examine the nature of consciousness and the consciousness of nature. The experiment we conducted in Vital Psigns is, of course, only a shadow of rigorous science. But as with any good experiment, one should approach it with a sense of open-minded objectivity and without expectation of desired results.
To date, Vital Psigns has been re-created in several different contexts, but always with similar results:
In addition to the above-mentioned social experiment, Vital Psigns has expanded to include a performance/lecture/demonstration and a seed distribution project.
The performance explores the magic and mystery of human/plant communication. Ranging from Moses' consultation with a burning bush to the Pentagon's recent development of "sentinel plants," the lecture provides a brief history of plants as purveyors of knowledge. Audience members also participate in a live demonstration of extra-sensory perception mediated through the cooperation of living plants.
The Vital Psigns Seed Project consists of packets containing organic peacevine cherry tomato seeds and instructions on how to set up a DIY (do-it-yourself) experiment in psychobotany in your own home, school, or workplace.
For more information, checkout out psychobotany.com (co-sponsored by the Center for Tactical Magic & Machine Project)