A Scientific Experiment Between Love And Hate

Years ago, when my youngest son was in the sixth grade and looking for a unique scientific experiment that could be entered in the spring science fair contest I suggested some possible directions.

I had mentioned to him that I had read a book that proposed that plants were sensitive to human emotions. In other words, if a person had kind thoughts towards a plant it would flourish. But if one focused hurtful thoughts and feelings upon a plant it would respond by showing less vigor.

It was decided that such an experiment was quite easy to do and perfectly controllable. Six lima bean seeds were chosen for the experiment because of their large size, which made them easy to plant. The lima bean seeds were planted in six small wax-coated paper drinking cups, each filled with the same growing soil from a bag of organic soil mix.

We lived in a solar home with two second-story bedrooms having a southern exposure and getting the same exact amount of sunlight each day. We put three planted lima bean cups in each of the rooms.

Then we watered them equally over the next several weeks.

Everyday, the seeds in one room would be spoken to with love and kindness. In the other room, hurtful and unkind thoughts and feelings were directed at the bean seeds.

Every few days we took Polaroid pictures to record the process the seeds were making during the experiment. When the experiment was complete, the polaroids were mounted on a large board with appropriate captions under each of the photos.

The result was that the lima bean seeds that were treated with love grew twice as fast as the “unloved” seeds. My son received an “A” for the experiment.

I am most certain that anyone trying this simple experiment would get the same results. So, should such a simple test affect our assumptions about physics or God?

If a God of Love created the world, then it makes sense that all life would be affected by the harmonious influence of LOVE and its various vibratory ratios. Some physicists actually believe that quantum physics points to a science that should be based on consciousness.

But consciousness alone creates nothing—it only represents “awareness.” To understand the secret of agency in the world, consciousness must be guided by a deeper principle, like an emotion, disposition or volitional quality that creates EFFORT and PURPOSEFULNESS within awareness.

LOVE is the ultimate creative force and first causal principle in the universe. My upcoming book “Proving God” will attempt to show that Love is the ultimate science and how it generates all the natural laws and forces of the physical universe!

Any knee-jerk reactions? I will even accept a well thought out reaction!

Website: http://www.provinggod.com


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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8 Responses to A Scientific Experiment Between Love And Hate

  1. fassf says:

    i believe what you said about your “loved” plant growing faster than the other one, but you must be an ignorant bastard to think that it grew more because you loved the plant and showed it your affection

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear fassf,

    For a few pennies you too can do the same experiment. Try it, then write me back with the results. Furthermore, new research in neuroscience is showing that emotion, feelings and intention power the human intellect – focusing the mind’s attention and organizing the ideas of the memory into belief systems.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. estranged says:


    I do believe in the Experiment. But I don’t know anything about the subject. Would you please be kind to explain more non-theologically, and more scientifically why is this so. What about other human emotions dispalyed on such a subject, for example .. doubt, in security, fear etc. in the love emotion? Loving… or love is something extremly complicated if analayzed right? what does your study say about all of this?

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear estranged,

    Thank you for your interest. The title of this blog site is “Love is the ultimate science.” My premise is that LOVE is the principle of agency and causal process in the universe. The subject is indeed so complex that I have written a book (Proving God) to show why this is so. The book provides a scientifically plausible model for how the dynamics of Love take part in the collapse of a quantum wavefunction, explain the mystery of creation and evolution (including quantum gravity), provide a comprehensive theory of the human cognitive architecture (explaining why mental processes cannot be fully explained in terms of physical processes) and ultimately unifies science with theology. http://www.provinggod.com

    Spiritually yours,

  5. Amanda says:

    I can’t wait for the book to come out! I am a God fearing woman, and science and God go hand in hand you can’t disprove Jesus! Thank You so much for everything that you have done for God!!! You are such a blessing for me in my life.
    God Bless you,

  6. thegodguy says:

    Dear Amanda,

    My new book “Proving God” is now available on Amazon.com!

    Spiritually yours,

  7. Hello, I think this sounds like an amazing experiment and I am quite sure that it is true and can be replicated as I have heard of similar examples.

    However there are other belief systems which also base their philosophies on love, with the absence of a personal God, and they also experience many phenomena in a similar vein. Lots of eastern religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism would also agree with your findings, yet draw different conclusions. Many people believe that nature/love/’existence’ (for want of a better name) is what all life is based on, and yet do not see the need to personalise it in ‘God form’.

    It is more useful to present scientific facts as they appear with supporting a hypothesis ‘love helps plants to grow”. From this new hypotheses can be formed, which will help us to establish facts. ‘Religious’ or ‘philosophical’ ideas are much more likely to be taken seriously if we do not make leaps in knowledge and draw conclusions when we do not have the information available.

    I look forward to an age of enlightened thinking about scientific experiments designed to search for the truth (without any underlying bias)!!!

  8. thegodguy says:

    Dear RestlessRunner,

    Thank you for the response, which was quite rational. However, you may have “run past” the bulk of my evidence for why I tie the dynamics of Love to a living God. The purpose of my posts are to draw attention to my new book “Proving God.” I think you yourself would agree that a 400+ page book trumps a 400+ word blog for presenting my argument on a most challenging topic. The book attempts to unify science and theology with new insights in both fields. I would hope that we could continue this important discussion after you read the book – it has won three awards. It is most readily available at Amazon.com

    Spiritually yours,

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