Archive for July, 2012
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I’m proud to say one of the most thrilling developments I’ve seen in recent decades took place here in the state of New Jersey this past week. The New Jersey Supreme Court, which deserves a reputation for being a national leader, has initiated strong protective conditions to prevent innocent individuals from being falsely accused by witnesses of a crime.
For over 30 years, I have stated and demonstrated in my public performances, especially those before universities, that just about the most unreliable evidence in a criminal trial is eye witness testimony. In both dramatic and sometimes humorous scenarios, I have shown how normal, intelligent human beings can be caused to have false or highly distorted memories…the message being that our memories are extraordinarily unreliable.
In recent years, DNA evidence has revealed tragic cases in which individuals were wrongly sentenced to prison, and in at least one case the sentence being 60 years. Not only were they totally innocent of the crime, but witnesses who pointed them out had misremembered or had a distortion of memory recall.
I shudder to think at this very moment how many hundreds or perhaps thousands of people in prison are innocent.
I am proud of the New Jersey Supreme Court for being the first in the nation to release new jury charges on eye witness identifications.
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Yours truly has had brought to his attention a rather impressive newsletter, Wellness Letter, that is released from medical experts whose editorial board is from the University of California, Berkeley. Their headline story is titled Wheatophobia which talks about the half truths that have been proliferated suggesting that grains are bad and that modern wheat is the worst, etc. etc. They balance such alarmist remarks with facts that seem to counter such ideas.
My reason for bringing the Wellness Letter to your attention is a rather dramatic piece they’ve done titled Hypnosis--hype or hope?, and it is an interesting read that needs some clarification in order to set some of the facts straight rather than some of the misinformation that they have suggested in this piece. In the article it states, “Hypnosis achieves a state of heightened suggestibility and deep relaxation.” It continues to proliferate the false information by suggesting that the hypnotic state is similar to the “relaxed alertness or altered consciousness achieved through meditation, tai chi, and yoga.” Just so you may know, my dear readers, if you haven’t seen my public demonstrations of entertainment that have some educational factors to them, hypnosis has nothing on the face of the earth to do with relaxation except that some hypnotists have suggested it and hypnotized themselves into believing that one of the factors of the hypnotic state is deep relaxation. Years ago a psychologist from Colgate University Dr. George H. Estabrooks in an early 1940’s book titled Hypnotism warned the scientific community that if they didn’t get their asses out of their offices and did not attend a stage hypnosis performance, they would continue to make the same damn mistakes. People who are responding to heightened suggestion can be standing, wide awake, or as people have seen in my program, moving around and not relaxed for one moment. The only reason hypnotic subjects appear relaxed is because that is what the hypnotist is implying or indirectly suggesting.
The hint of a continuous misinformation regarding hypnosis is in a paragraph where they admit as far as studying the benefits of hypnosis scientifically that it’s very difficult to put together a quality investigation and it’s hard to set up a “control group” to see if the benefits are “more than just the placebo effect.” To be honest with you, folks, that is what most of hypnotic mumbo jumbo is, a placebo effect, a belief that in the ceremony, whether it be metaphysical, outer space, or in some psychiatric setting, all of which is filled with pseudo scientific factors that the whole experience and time spent may be the healing factor, not the hypnosis itself.
The greatest misconceptions are dealing with pain management, and they suggest areas such as headaches, backaches, burns and arthritis. They state “hypnotherapy can help people stay calm, concentrate on sensations other than pain, and detach themselves from it.” That’s the key. Again, hypnosis has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with the pain management, but in analyzing and discussing with individuals who can handle pain, and it turns out that what they were doing is disciplining their thinking to concentrate on other sensations other than pain or detach themselves from it. That’s the real key. In the area of smoking, the amount of people that quit smoking is the same percentage as those who do it without hypnosis. In the area of weight loss, since I first entered the hypnotic field over some 65 years ago, people involved professionally in the therapeutic areas would confide in me that hypnosis as a treatment for weight loss is a major, major disaster.
Oh, there’s one more point that is not found in this article, an article which helps to shroud and perpetuate some of the misconceptions, and that is what they should have stated is that there is absolutely no evidence on the face of the earth of a specific state or condition that can be defined as hypnosis, because in order to define such a state or condition, you have to show what can be done with that condition that cannot be done without that condition. I have news for you, folks, there’s nothing, and I repeat nothing. The bottom line is if I had written this article, I would have made it clear that the key to the whole phenomena is pure suggestion, no trance, no deep relaxation, etc. etc., but pure suggestion.
In 1986, yours truly went on trial in the state of NJ, because a hypnotist and her psychiatrist witness felt they could prove the existence of a hypnotic trance and win the $50,000 offer I made for such proof. They never won the money, and the case was thrown out of court. Since then, I have raised my offer to $100,000 for proof of the existence of the special trance condition of hypnosis. There are conditions surrounding that offer, and they’ve been made very carefully so that I don’t have to worry about would-be kooks, pinheads, and what have you, and don’t you know in the past 30 some years, not a single hypnotist, psychiatrist, or psychologist has made an attempt to collect that money.