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Back in the days when I was a teenager, I read a book about pyramid energy. The book really intrigued me, because little is known about this subject.
As described by several books, the pyramid of Cheops would have special healing and conservation powers. Food stored in the pyramid was conserved for ages. Experiments have shown that this is also the fact for scale models of the pyramid. Some people also say that the pyramid helps remedy headache and RSI.

I was inspired to do my own research, and started by putting milk under a pyramid scale model. I also put a same ammount of milk at another location in the same environment. This gave surprising but no conclusive results.
More recently I also experimented with other subjects like growing small plants and testing the influence of the pyramid on water and orange juice.

In this Instructable I desrcibe how I did my research and show you the results.

With this instructable I hope to inspire people to start experimenting with pyramid energy in a scientific way and show the results to the world!

 
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Step 1: Research questions and hypothesis

Picture of Research questions and hypothesis

Questions

According to literature about pyramids, they influency many things from razor blades to petrol and food.
For this project I restrict myself to the following questions:

"Does a pyramid influence the growth of plants?"

"Does a pyramid influence the taste of orange juice and/or water?"

Hypothesis

In the literature research that I did, many influences were stated. For example, razor blades stay sharper when kept under the pyramid and people were cured by drinking pyramid water (water that has been under the pyramid for some time). Unfortunately most of the research that is done, hasn't been done in a scientific way (with control groups and in larger numbers).
What I do know is that a small test I did earlier with milk under a pyramid scale model, turned out pretty promising. In the image above, two cups of milk are shown. The one on the right has been under the pyramid for two weeks, while the one on the left had been at the other side of the room. The right one did still smell like milk, while the left one smelled sour.

With this knowledge my hypothesis is that the pyramid will influence the growth of plants and the taste of fluids in some way.

craftclarity7 months ago

I appreciate deeply the fact that you went to the trouble of testing this hypothesis, rather than pointing at a "group of studies" (which people who usually make this claim never seem to want to cite, or bother naming) that "disproves" the idea.

eddevine7 months ago
This is amazing, you did a wonderful job of explaining. A very thought provoking work
JonasCole7 months ago
Very interesting, you have inspired me to try something similar
ZaneEricB3 months ago

I love the thought process....

What about setting up the same example in a more controlled environment...such as a dark room, (so light, sun or artificial can be controlled), temperature controlled environment, etc...

I am sure there are reasons , explainable or not, that people prefered, or plants prefered, one water/juice over another BUT...such as what did the people consume before testing, any medications?(some meds change how we taste)...

science is all about repeat repeat repeat...

I day redo this experiment over the course of a year and update monthly...or even weakly.

Noble_Knight4 months ago
You never mentioned what the amount was of water each planter got. You didn't acount for sunlight and how much each planter got. You didn't say how much dirt and what kind of dirt and if it was taken from the same bag, cause miracle grow works miracles. You didn't have a log of the plants. For there to be any electricmagnetic force to take place you either need a battery or th pyramid needs to be moving constantly to create a flow of electricity. There is some pretty flimsy evidence to call this a legit experiment.
ProjectPlace6 months ago

I can't get over how good I think this Instructable is. I find it extremely fascinating that all results pointed to a difference between pyramid treated and not pyramid treated.

Great job explaining and being clear.

Thanks so much for posting!!

0491 michel7 months ago

I found your interesting work, it would be undoubtedly fantastic the day or would be of scientific archaeology, we surely discovered things interesting and surely applicable to our daily life.

For the rest I recommend you take a ride on the side of a link: "EDEN SAGA" and in this link are looking for: "The pyramid of Tesla", if you are ing. Electrician, it'll surely you interested in magnetism and Electromagnetism appears to affect the growth of plants.

jbackes7 months ago

The controls were very poor on this experiment. You need to modify your methodology. A larger sample size, and the application of "blinding" is necessary to come to a sound conclusion. This is just a case of pseudo-science and an experimenter who has obviously, although maybe not intentionally, biased an outcome.

Douwe 66 (author)  jbackes7 months ago
What is your definition of a larger sample size?
It is of course true that a larger sample size is always better, but at some point doing large-scall experiments is not a thing to do at home...

About blinding you are also true, problem is that I cannot do blind experiments while working on my own. Although the drinks experiment was totally blind because I didn't even taste te drinks...

Last of all, It's a bit contracting you call this pseudo-science and call me biased? But in fact you are biased by saying that this outcome is not a possible outcome...
With the hypothesis stated, I cannot conclude that the pyramid has no influence, neither can I conclude that pyramid energy exsists.
jbackes Douwe 667 months ago
If you labeled the bottles and/or asked the percipient the questions about which is better then it was not properly blinded. Experimenter bias is one of the easily things to do with out even know you are doing it. As for not saying it is possible, I never said it wasn't possible. It is is just highly unlikely given apriori scientific knowledge. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The statistical effect size needed to claim that this worked based on prior Bayesian probabilities would need to be very large. As a statistician, I would be happy to help you design this study better to help control for experimenter biases and errors.
Douwe 66 (author)  jbackes7 months ago

Thank you for your reply!
Reading all the other replies I want to do a more thorough research on this subject. The problem is that it should be done at home or in the backyard. It would be really great if you could help me design a better experiment that is still manageable.

Something more about the taste test.
The cups were filled before the group of test persons entered the room. The cups were marked A and B. The participants (students) needed to fill in a form with the questions "Do you tast a difference" and "which one do you like most". Also there was room for extra comments on the form.
For the water taste test the cups marked A were from the pyramid, for the orange juice test the (new) cups marked B were the pyramid ones.

You are all missing the most obvious point. This is called, Instructables a huge collection of normal everyday people doing DIY projects that anyone can do in a manageable controlled setting such as your living room, kitchen, or back yard. You are all condemning him for not doing university size testing for his conclusion. Science isn't science until it is! I applaud his trial and also find his results interesting that would merit more people to try there own SMALL scale testing at home. Because that is what this website is about. DIY. To all of you that are belittling his experiment maybe you are just to small minded or just pissed off because you know his experiment is better than the one you came up with for this contest entry. You have my vote. Awesome job I can't believe I had to write out the above. When will people just start being people again. Everyone condemns and swears off what they don't understand. Great Job!

No, our observations are attempts to point out THE IMPORTANCE of following accurate protocols when drafting an hypothesis and drawing conclusions from data collection.

This experiment, under well-controlled circumstances actually could be performed with a small group of test subjects and be conducted reliably and the results, although different from his, would be completely valid.

jbackes is actually NOT biased, because science has disproven your hypothesis many times over. The fact that you fail to understand this shows a basic failure on your part to fully comprehend experiment design, and a basic understanding of the Scientific Method.

DrHoule86 jbackes7 months ago
wow really? who is bias here really?

Yes, science is a bias.

I'm now trying to ascertain whether you post about "Pyramid Energy"
was intended as an "April Fools" joke, or meant as serious research. If
the former, well played! You got me! If the latter, I think that you
wasted your time, some milk, water, orange juice...hopefully you are
able to enjoy the plants.

Why did you waste your time? Because
serious science has disproved your hypothesis (likely many times over).
You even allude to this.

You said that you are an engineering
student. I'm sure that you understand if a substance or system begins
behaving contrary to long standing practice, more than likely, a problem
or error exists, and NOT some "new" discovery. For example, if you are
demonstrating the melting point of pure iron and find that your sample
is melting at 650 °C, this does not mean that you have found some new
way of melting iron at a lower temperature (Iron melts at 1538 °C). You
would check your sample (is it really iron?), your equipment
(thermometer, etc), your calculations (Celsius vs Fahrenheit, Kelvin,
etc). These are just some examples of VARIABLES, by the way.

As for further help in designing accurate SCIENTIFIC research experiments, the resources are numerous. Might I suggest your own college/university? No doubt you would also impress your instructors!

With all due respect, while you have developed an hypothesis, constructed an experiment, and collected data, consistency with the scientific method of enquiry ends there.

Your small sample size, adequate controls, and confounding variables, and lack of prior research studies are all more likely than not to explain your results. In other words, given these limitations, you really cannot (and should not) attempt to draw any conclusions from your study. For example, the differences in plant growth that you observed can probably be attributed to study factors (variables) other than the water which affected plant growth. Without a more detailed and complete description of the environment under which the plants were grown, I cannot hypothesize what those variables might be.

As for the differences in your subjects' perception of taste, it is possible, for example, that a variation in individual taste sensitivity could explain your results (regardless of the outcomes). To control for this, you would need to repeat the taste experiment several times with the same subjects (in a blind manner, of course) with the same liquids over the course of many repetitions. The maxim: "more data is always better" certainly applies in this case.

Probably the single most important variable (factor) involved in perpetuating the belief that pyramids possess "energy" is the expectation that they do possess energy. This belief does not mean that they do. Rigorous science and logic strongly suggest that they do not (you do mention previous work which supports this).

The ultimate test (assuming all variables have been accounted for) is to repeat this experiment over and over until your data show consistent patterns or results. This is known as test reliability, and the only way you can show that your results (and conclusions) are valid.

reminds me of cyclosophie xD
i dont think his work is neither conclusive nor repeatable
Douwe 66 (author)  Psycho4Ever7 months ago

Thank you for being so positive!
Why do you think so?

to be a bit more productive here you find a nice article i just found http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/04/02/a-rough-guide-to-spotting-bad-science/ tomorrow i'll look for a tutorial i made when i started studying electrical engineer about how to make scientific research/experiments and how to draw conclusions or test hypothesis
Douwe 66 (author)  Psycho4Ever7 months ago

Hi Psycho,

I know how to do research, because I'm like you (apparently) an electrical engineer. I'm also doing research for the university, so I know how to do research (for what that means).


The problem here is that these phenomenon cannot be explained with todays logic. Also it's pretty controversial, so most people don't even want to accept any other outcome than the one they think is right.

Maybe you can best just say what you think can be improved in this project.
I also know this is no perfect research, but at least I took the effort to find out wheter this myth is based on more than just speculation...

Maybe you should go to the James Randi Educational Foundation they have a wager for such phenomenons. Further more next week I'll try to copy your experiments but i highly doubt that i get positiv
results. I think there is no real evidence of such pyramid energy. ;-)
Douwe 66 (author)  skippershoneywell7 months ago

That is exactly why I ask others to start their research too. If someone can prove that pyramid energy doesn't exsist I'm equally pleased with the result, but this is probably as hard as proving that it does exsist.

For now I see it as an interesing case, not as a proof that pyramid energy exsits!

About the difference in plant growth:
The plants were put in plastic cups with an equal ammount of cotton whool from the same package. All cups had an equal weight of seeds, uniformly spread over the cotton. The cups where placed all five together at the same tray.
If there is a way to get rid of even more external variables, please let me know!

BARKing7 months ago

Question about testing.

When you served the water and orange juice did you use the same style of glass?

As a wine guy I know when you change the glass you change the flavour. If you serve the same drink from the same bottle in a wine glass, water glass and a coffee mug, it will taste different in each.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery either believes it makes a difference or knows a great marketing tool when they see one.

I've heard anecdotes about Belgian beers, to the effect that they have a different glass for each brewery?
This is a fascinating discussion, simply due to the presence of such overwhelming subjective factors.

No need to get into the fact that not everyone's taste buds are equal, so some will notice more difference than others. It is a fun game to play.

Take and line up your different glasses, fill the first glass and swirl / roll it to make sure anything that is in the glass ( dust, water) is in the drink. Pour that into the next glass and repeat until all the glasses have had the drink in it. Then divide the drink between all the glasses, have a sip out of each side by side and ask your self 3 questions.

Do you notice a difference?

Which glass do you like the taste better out of?

If the only thing you have to do to enjoy your drink more is to use the right glass why wouldn't you?

There is a reason that red wine glasses are not the same as white wine glasses or tea cups vs. coffee mug.

The thickness of the rim and shape of the bowl, either hide or accentuate different characteristics and aim the drink to a different part of the tongue and give a different perception.

Have fun.

Ignorance is bliss

Knowledge is power

Take control of your life and enjoy it.

Douwe 66 (author)  BARKing7 months ago

I used plastic cups that I just bought in the supermarket. For both the drinks I used exactly the same ones (white, same package). This way I knew for sure there wasn't any smell/taste left in the glasses (as you would notice when using the dishwasher), apart from the plastic taste they all probably had...

JonasCole7 months ago
Have you considered other unseen energy such as your thoughts?
Douwe 66 (author)  JonasCole7 months ago

Thank you for your reply!
I didn't consider other energies, as pyramid energy is already very controversial. But indeed this could as well be a cause for the outcome.

MonkiMan7 months ago

no. problem solved

cudy7897 months ago
They tested this on Mythbusters, interesting that they got opposite results
Douwe 66 (author)  cudy7897 months ago

I saw the Mythbusters episode about pyramid powers, I was also surprised by the result, especially because I saw it after I got my results...
But when you look at it critical, their experiments are not really scientific.


First of all they only used one pyramid per experiment and one control group, so the outcome is not compareble. Thats why I used 2 control groups and 3 pyramids (in one experiment).
Second I don't hear them say anything about the orientation in north-south direction of the pyramid, altough this is said to be a critical aspect.

The reason I used bottles of water, was to get exactly the same environment for the seeds. I put 1 control group, 3 pyramid groups and then the 2nd control group in a row. So if there would be a difference in the environment, it would result in a large difference between the two control groups.

efahrenholz7 months ago
Nah, the cars don't have pyramids in the trunk. Those were perpetual motion engines.
medossa7 months ago

https://openlibrary.org/books/OL5250500M/The_secret_power_of_pyramids

Douwe 66 (author)  Psycho4Ever7 months ago
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