William Bengston, PhD

Scientific Thinking & Energy Healing Research

Scientific Thinking and Energy Healing Research

by William Bengston, PhD

Bill Bengston, is president of the Society for Scientific Exploration, an international group of scientists and researchers who study anomalies. His professional areas of specialization include research design and statistics. Bill comes to us with experience in both the clinical healing world and the world of research. He’s observed or participated in hundreds of healing cases over the years and has done a great deal of laboratory research in healing in the last 35 years.

He has numerous publications in The Journal of Scientific Exploration, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore: The Journal ofScience and Healing, and his memoirs are entitled The Energy Cure published by Sounds True Publishers. Bill has lectured widely in the U.S. and Canada and Europe. He was the first person to produce the first successful cures of transplanted mammary cancer in mice and, if I pronounce this right, methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas in mice with energy healing techniques
that he helped to develop.

He’s also investigated all sorts of correlates of healing such as with EEG equipment and fMRI entrainment and geomagnetic micropulsation anomalies in the healing space.
He’s an incredible person to talk to and he’s humble, and a great scientist, and doesn’t believe anything anyway. He’s what’s called a real skeptic.

Unconventional does not mean it does not work.

Unconventional means it is not in conventional textbooks.

William Bengston, PhD

Scientific Thinking Energy Healing Research

Scientific Thinking & Energy Healing Research

..”Believers are in a tough spot because they have a tendency to want to defend their beliefs. As a result they will try to manipulate the evidence so that it lines up with their beliefs.”

William Bengston, PhD

“The position of a true skeptic is, “I don’t know. Let’s find out. Let’s be open. Let’s be cautiously, systematically, carefully looking at things without a real need defend our beliefs..

William Bengston, PhD

Scientific thinking and Energy Healing Research by Dr. Bengston

Scientific Thinking and Energy Healing Research

by William Bengston, PhD

The conventional medical and unconventional healing worlds parallel one another. For example, a conventional MD uses experience and intuition to figure out what is best for the client. Unconventional therapists do the same thing. (Unconventional does not mean it does not work. Unconventional means it is not in conventional textbooks.) Within both conventional and unconventional worlds there is a split between practitioners and researchers. There is insufficient communication between those who do lab work and those who do clinical work.

A skeptic is someone who questions everything. Believers come in all stripes. Some mindless believers are convinced that “energy stuff” is crazy. Other mindless believers are convinced that all “energy stuff”, at face value, is true. Both types of people are believers. The position of a true skeptic is, “I don’t know. Let’s find out. Let’s be open. Let’s be cautiously, systematically, carefully looking at things without a real need defend our beliefs.” Believers are in a tough spot because they have a tendency to want to defend their beliefs. As a result they will try to manipulate the evidence so that it lines up with their beliefs.

If we can let go of our beliefs and look at the world as dispassionately possible, we will learn that almost everything we think might be true needs modification in one way or another.

Evidence vs. Proof  The word “proof” carries with it the illusion of finality. Another way to talk about evidence is to say, “The data shows this stuff works under some circumstances and this is what we know so far.”  

“I’m still not convinced it’s an energy because healing doesn’t seem to diminish with distance. If we talk about anything approaching what we consider to be energy… if I do, if I shed a light on you from 20 feet away and then shine the same illumination on you from 200 feet away, there’s a diminishment. That’s what energy is.

If I talk to you, it diminishes as I move away. I’ve done a whole bunch of experiments on healing and distance doesn’t seem to matter. If it doesn’t seem to matter, I’m not sure why we call this energy healing. If I talk to you, it diminishes as I move away. I’ve done a whole bunch of experiments on healing and distance doesn’t seem to matter. If it doesn’t seem to matter, I’m not sure why we call this energy healing. So apologies to energy psychologists, apologies to the name of my book for crying out loud, but I am a skeptic. “

William Bengston, PhD

Evidence vs. Proof

The word “proof” carries with it the illusion of finality.
Another way to talk about evidence is to say,

“The data shows this stuff works under some circumstances and this is what we know so far.”  

William Bengston, PhD

Scientific Thinking Energy Healing Research

Scientific Thinking & Energy Healing Research

“The position of a true skeptic is, “I don’t know. Let’s find out. Let’s be open. Let’s be cautiously, systematically, carefully looking at things without a real need defend our beliefs..

William Bengston, PhD