Can you explain more about the purpose of Spindrift?
Bruce Klingbeil said: "Our research is concerned with the interface between science and religion.... If Spindrift can interest scientists and society in doing further research of prayer and consciousness, this exploration would be a great accomplishment."
If Spindrift or someone else fails to argue reasons to understand the subtle effects of prayer, the future should be bleak for prayer research. Religion and some who are spiritually skilled will find they are living on an island away from modern science and modern society.
Charles Steinmetz, the father of modern electricity, may have spoken of Spindrift's purpose. Charles Steinmetz stated:
I think the greatest discovery will be made along spiritual lines. Here is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest power in the development of men and history. Yet we have been merely playing with it and have never seriously studied it as we have the physical forces. Someday...the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of God and prayer and the spiritual forces which as yet have hardly been scratched. When this day comes, the world will see more advancement in one generation than it has seen in the past four.
"The person who thinks there can be any real conflict between science and religion must be either very young in science or very ignorant of religion." -- Joseph Henry, early American physicist
Beginning in 1969, through trial and error, the Klingbeils worked on some seventy experiments. From these experiments Bruce and John developed several dozen into tests of prayer and consciousness. These modest healing experiments involved the imprint of thought on simple organisms such as yeast, beans, and inorganic test subjects such as electronic circuits, random number devices, and card guessing to limit the variables found in more complex human studies.
In the future, some paranormal effects should be found to be genuine. Will some prayer effects also be found to be genuine? The answer might emerge, if science expands its tents and the paranormal includes the prayer-a-normal.