i am inspired to run a metaphysical experiment to gather data related to the hypothesis "music is capable of activating DNA in order to facilitate
and advance individual "enlightenment,"
with enlightenment being defined as "music is capable of activating DNA in order to facilitate and
advance individual "enlightenment,"
anyone who is interested in participating is humbly begged to do so and can do so by sending me an U2U.
the study will require only a few things from each participant, with the UTMOST importance being afforded two things. the first is 100% honesty on
the part of the examiner and each participant.
if you volunteer to help with this study but then, at any point during the experiment, find that
your personal input has been somehow contaminated and would no longer be considered as pure, then please let me know right away. i will need to know
the results of all who participate, even if the study is not completed, for whatever reason. the other, equally important, requirement is absolute
confidentiality for the duration of the study
; no discussion WHATSOVER of the study, its activities, or anything else, at all, should occur
between participants and their friends and families, or amongst themselves. this also includes any discussion with me, the examiner, except for what
is required in the case of a participant's discontinuance in the study. anyone that is unable to complete the study is also requested to follow the
same confidentiality until after the study is completed. i will let everyone know when the study is over, including those no longer participating.
after the last participant returns their completed post-study survey, the study will be finished and i will send out notifications.
the only personal qualification to participate is never having heard, so far, the particular music track that i chose for this experiment. if it turns
out there are many interested that have already heard this song, then i will either modify the experiment by adding an alternative song or by
conducting a second survey of the same exact structure but with a different music choice. when you notify me of your interest, i will reply to you
with the name of the song i have chosen and the link at youtube where it can be heard. those who then hear this song for the very first time will be
enrolled in the study and will then receive the pre-study survey to complete. those who know the song will be notified of my decision, as mentioned
above, as soon as i decide upon a course of action. and then the same process will ensue for those applying.
the remaining requirements are few:
- a pre- and post-study survey not longer than 25 multiple choice questions; either 4 choices of varying possibilities or a gauge of the
"never, sometimes, frequently, always" sort.
- listen daily, for a specified time span (probably more than two weeks and less than 7 weeks), to a certain music track that is available on
the song i've selected is classified, by TPTB in the world of GENRE, as "new age" but i would also personally think of it as "world music" as
well, since it is a combination of a cultural tradition going back several centuries, if not more, and employs the instruments used by an ancient
mystical culture than we currently know so little about but are generally fascinated with, as the human race.
it is a little less than 3 minutes long, and the audio quality of the clip at youtube is very good. the images shown on the video are lovely but
whether or not they are viewed while listening is, for this experiment at least, irrelevant. if anyone just absolutely falls in love with this song,
which is also an irrelevant factor within the context of this experiment, and decides to purchase it the CD or otherwise legally obtain their own copy
of the song, then it is perfectly acceptable to listen to the song as they so desire; in the car or home stereo, mp3 player, etc. however, during the
study, EVERYONE must only listen to the song once a day and NO MORE, regardless of chosen mode of playback. if circumstances dictate that there is no
opportunity, on any given day, for that single required play, then just document the date(s) in which this is the case and let me know when the study
is completed. i will provide a form for doing this, in the post-study survey.
i don't want to give it away but i also want to let anyone interested in helping me as much as i possibly can in order to make it easier to decide
whether or not to participate. if you are a passionate and unconditional music lover, as i am, i am sure you will enjoy this song. if you are a music
lover with more specific discernment or selection, and this sort of music isn't on your "list," then please still keep an open mind and give the
track just one listen. if you absolutely do not like the song in even the smallest portion, feel free to decline participation. but keep an open mind;
any song can "grow on" any listener, and part of what i'm seeking in this study is the exploration of transcendental power in music, and more
i will publish the results right here on this thread at ATS as well as send a full report of the study and all associated materials, probably in PDF
and/or DOC and/or TXT format, too all participants, successful in completion or otherwise. anyone else wanting the whole shebang can U2U me to request
the files and i will send them asap.
i'll keep requests open until 20 participants are collected unless that number proves unrealistic for any reason. if i change that number, i'll post
my changes to this thread and to anyone else who's expressed interest in participating.
thanks in advance
[edit on 12/26/2009 by queenannie38]