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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!

Step 1: 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.

<p>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. </p>
<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0415305934/roberttoddcarrolA/" rel="nofollow">Fagan, Garrett G. <em>2006. Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public. </em>Routledge.</a></p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=1559345233/roberttoddcarrolA/" rel="nofollow">Feder, Kenneth L. <em>Frauds, Mysteries and Myths</em>, ch. 3, (Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1990).</a></p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0879754192/roberttoddcarrolA/" rel="nofollow">Hines, Terence. <em>Pseudoscience and the Paranormal</em> (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1990).</a></p><p>All of which debunk this notion. You don't have to ask NASA to know the world is round. (oblate spheroid) to be more exact</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing the intersting reads. <br>However, they don't seem to prove pyramid energy does not exist. <br>To prove it does not exist one also needs to do experiments, however when starting with the idea that it does not exsist, I don't think anyone will do the experiment carefully and in a controlled way.</p>
<p>They do not have to disprove pyramid energy because the burden of proof is on the extraordinary claim that pyramid energy exists. I will be happy to believe pyramid energy exists when 3 things are met in an experiment. 1) tight controls for confounding variables 2) replicability and 3) large effect size. Of which, this experiment does not have. I do like the this Instructable though. and am happy it was done. I did not start with the idea that it doesn't exist. I started with the idea that this experiment isn't good enough to prove it does exist. </p>
<p>I used the same razor blade for years. It will not sharpen dull blades as some of the tests that &quot;disprove&quot; it, but it will keep your blade cutting if you don't let it get too dull.</p>
<p>Sorry, but I have a very good education in science and that does not mean it does not work. </p>
This is amazing, you did a wonderful job of explaining. A very thought provoking work
Very interesting, you have inspired me to try something similar
<p>As a retired science teacher (chemistry/physics/ecology) I thought this was an appropriate entry for a science fair project. It has provided what I call 'food for thought' but not proof. And as a science fair project I would have liked to see references for other work in this area, both supporting the hypothesis and rejecting it. </p><p>As for sample size, the data on seedling growth indicate a real result though not necessarily a consequence of the pyramid's structure or orientation. (An equation to optimize sample size: N = 4*(rsd/D)^2 where N = sample size; red = relative standard deviation, either expected or from a prior experiment; and D = desired reproducibility expressed as a decimal - e.g., 10% = 0.1). </p><p>Additional controls would be useful as an extension of this exercise: reorienting the pyramids, pyramid on its side, and non-pyramidal structures (e.g., rectangular box). A log of ancillary variables would also contribute. This would include variables such as watering times and amounts, light measurements, and even ambient EM measurements. </p><p>I thank you for doing this experiment.</p>
<p>The Mythbusters tested all of the major claims of &quot;pyramid power&quot; (eg. keeping fruit fresh, keeping razors sharp and keeping milk fresh). Not surprisingly, slapping a geometric shape over an object has NO effect on it whatsoever. The razors did not stay sharp, the fruit did not stay fresh and the milk developed maggots. Why anyone would think that it would is baffling.</p>
<p>The controls were very poor on this experiment. You need to modify your methodology. A larger sample size, and the application of &quot;blinding&quot; 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. </p>
<p>Did you do any tests? If not then you are quoting a suspect source? I did many experiments back in the 70's. Some ran for years and I never saw it didn't work. A lot of skeptics love to be skeptics, but they are not scientists</p>
You don't have to be a scientist to understand the scientific theory or to understand scientific methodology, you just have to be informed and capable of understanding logic.
<p>Well, but apparently you have to be a scientist to be curious enough to think about phenomena that other people just debunk based on what they think, instead of looking at facts. </p>
What facts?
<p>Agreed.</p>
What is your definition of a larger sample size? <br>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...<br><br>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...<br><br>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...<br>With the hypothesis stated, I cannot conclude that the pyramid has no influence, neither can I conclude that pyramid energy exsists.
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.
<p>Thank you for your reply! <br>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. <br><br>Something more about the taste test. <br>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 &quot;Do you tast a difference&quot; and &quot;which one do you like most&quot;. Also there was room for extra comments on the form. <br>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. </p>
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!
<p>No, our observations are attempts to point out THE IMPORTANCE of following accurate protocols when drafting an hypothesis and drawing conclusions from data collection. </p><p>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.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/jbackes/" rel="nofollow">jbackes</a> 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.</p>
wow really? who is bias here really?
<p>Yes, science is a bias.</p>
<p>Complete bunk. Been known for decades. I like how everyone ignores the only person on this thread who posted any actual links. <br><br>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_power</p>
<p>But, when the tests have been done the pyramid works. Just because it is on Wikipedia does not make it true. A lot of skeptics write in Wikipedia, but they are not scientists and they data mine to get an article. I kept a peice of meat in a pyramid for about five years. It never smelled rotten, but became very dry. I took it out of the pyramid and it started to smell in a week.</p>
<p>It is sad how people think this as a pseudo-science. Well first of all what is science? Science is a study of something by experimenting. If this is a pseudo-science then the fact that Newton discovered the so called gravity when the apple felt on his head also must be a pseudo-science right? if this is a pseudo-science then Archimedes floating on his bathtub also must be a pseudo-science right. If this is a pseudo-science then growing Crystals also a pseudo-science right? Right. </p><p>At least the author tried something and respect for that. It could be an inspiration for someone. But saying that this is a pseudo-science is totally wrong. No one has the authority to say that.</p>
<p>Pseudoscience has become a by-word for skeptics who are not scientists</p>
Thank you for your comment!<br>I completely agree. <br><br>As this instructable is written after my experiment, of course it is biased. However, when starting the experiment, I did not believe a pyrmaid should or could have any influence on the results. <br>I think it is most important to at least start the experiment being open for whatever restult comes out. Starting an experiment to prove it does not exist can never work. Why would you do it carefully if you don't want it to work...?
Pyramids are used for collecting energy and magnifying it,it was used for many things.Pyramid technology was first used in Atlantis and it expanded out over different areas of the world.even the gardens of Atlantis were grown in caletas.a lot of pyramids were built under stars with their alignment. Many technologies are being surpressed intentionally to keep society blinded.
<p>Not many realize this though. Many thinks that talk like this is only &quot;conspiracy theories&quot;. People are not aware of the reality they are living in. They are blinded by lies and brainwashed by the media and the society that keeps those kind of knowledge a secret. Yes indeed pyramid technology are suppresed and not many knows about the alignment of those monuments in relation with the stars above us.</p>
<p>I have done an experiment like this some years ago. I've put a lemon inside a pyramid and other very similar, in the other side of the room, with the same light and temperature conditions.<br>The one I've put under the pyramid started to shrink. When opening, after one month, it was dry and clean.<br>The other one, outside the pyramid, rot.<br><br>In my personal experiences, I am yoga teacher, practice buddhist meditation for about 15 years, and I have now a pyramid in my house where I can seat under. I feel that under the pyramid my meditation suffers a kind of a boost, my mind stays calm much faster and I feel good sensations in the body. <br><br>I sat for the first time under a pyramid several years ago, I feel very good when I sit under it, however I know there is maybe no scientific theory for the effects that I feel. I am fine with it too, I think sort of I don't need an explanation, if it makes me good I can have benefit from it and it can be a mystery, or have no explanation at all.<br><br>I appreciate our willing to do this experiment. I think you are making science, for testing your hypothesis, even if you do not reach any conclusion by now.</p>
<p>Egyptian magic is real. I am magic. </p>
I like your approach and gives a good start of more scientific setups for others. Thank you. I noticed that you mentioned &quot;literature&quot; , but I did not see a citation of what literature you used. Much of Les Brown's work describes research he conducted. I would be interested in whatvyou used. In your experiment you mention that the base does not matter, yet the two with bases, wire and wood had slightly higher results. You also mention that you are uncertain if scale has anything to do. It could. As a student of wave and quantum physics slight deviations in wave length and amplitude could be a possible. One thing I noted in Les Brown's work was an alignment to the scale of the earth environment, namely the size of perimeter base of Cheops being in proportion to the number of days in a lunar year, 365 pyramidal units. Having lived in Egypt for a few years and visiting the pyramids, I think also that external climate conditions may make a difference. I have thought of constructing a &quot;healing chamber&quot; and this posting from you may have generated my interest to do a test and get a major r&amp;d facility such as fraunhofer institute and a medical team to help document wave impact and do a scale down to exact size using 3d printing technology. I saw you made mention to the 1/3 height but did you use it? I thought perhaps lying the bottle horizontally at the 1/3 level would be better than vertical as, if true, would put much of the water out of the more powerful energy. You mention alignment to north, but was that magnetic or true north? As that changes.
<p>I'm sorry for not replying earlier. I only read your post now (for some reason instructables did not send me a notification). <br><br>The literature where I got the information about sizes e.g. is &quot;Pyramid energy in practice&quot; by Paul Liekens, as this is the book where I first read about it. It's hard to find good sources for information, which is also why I hope more people want to do scientific research on this topic. <br><br>The part about the base &quot;that does not influence the energy&quot; is also from the book mentioned above, I still wonder wheter that is correct. However, when scaling the pyramid, every angle stays the same, and the base moves up or down in an &quot;infinite pyramid&quot;. So It sounds possible that the base is not part of the shape.<br><br>I wanted to put the center of gravity at 1/3 of the height (however it was hard because of the size). Indeed lying down the bottle horizontally might be a good idea. On the other hand, if the base indeed has no real influence, it might be more logic to think that it needs to be at the symmetrical center.<br><br>Lastly, the alignment was done to the magnetic north (measured at some distance from the house, outside). <br><br>When I have more time, I want to do a larger test with say 20 pyramids and only changing one variable, e.g. the alignment. If there's really some energy, one would be able to see some sort of change peaking where the pyramid is best aligned. This seems very interesting to me, as one could do the test without knowing the magnetic north (blind) and then looking at the results to find wheter there is a difference and in what direction it points...<br><br></p>
<p>I am curious given your educational background, what your thoughts would be on a observed &amp; non observed version of this experiment? I follow what a lot of people would call Alternative Science- purely because for me it offers far better explanations when extrapolating across fields.</p>
<p>I did research back in the 60s, I got 185 shaves from a Gillette double edge blade, skeptics don't bother to comment. I know what worded for me.</p>
<p>I love the thought process....</p><p>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...</p><p>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)...</p><p>science is all about repeat repeat repeat...</p><p>I day redo this experiment over the course of a year and update monthly...or even weakly.</p>
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.
<p>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. </p><p>Great job explaining and being clear. </p><p>Thanks so much for posting!!</p>
<p>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.</p><p>For the rest I recommend you take a ride on the side of a link: &quot;EDEN SAGA&quot; and in this link are looking for: &quot;The pyramid of Tesla&quot;, if you are ing. Electrician, it'll surely you interested in magnetism and Electromagnetism appears to affect the growth of plants.</p>
<p>I'm now trying to ascertain whether you post about &quot;Pyramid Energy&quot; <br>was intended as an &quot;April Fools&quot; joke, or meant as serious research. If <br> the former, well played! You got me! If the latter, I think that you <br>wasted your time, some milk, water, orange juice...hopefully you are <br>able to enjoy the plants.</p><p>Why did you waste your time? Because <br>serious science has disproved your hypothesis (likely many times over). <br> You even allude to this. </p><p>You said that you are an engineering <br>student. I'm sure that you understand if a substance or system begins <br>behaving contrary to long standing practice, more than likely, a problem <br> or error exists, and NOT some &quot;new&quot; discovery. For example, if you are <br> demonstrating the melting point of pure iron and find that your sample <br>is melting at 650 &deg;C, this does not mean that you have found some new <br>way of melting iron at a lower temperature (Iron melts at 1538 &deg;C). You <br> would check your sample (is it really iron?), your equipment <br>(thermometer, etc), your calculations (Celsius vs Fahrenheit, Kelvin, <br>etc). These are just some examples of VARIABLES, by the way.</p><p>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!</p>
<p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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: &quot;more data is always better&quot; certainly applies in this case.</p><p>Probably the single most important variable (factor) involved in perpetuating the belief that pyramids possess &quot;energy&quot; is the expectation <em>that they do possess energy.</em> This belief does not mean that they do. Rigorous science and logic <em>strongly</em> suggest that they do not (you do mention previous work which supports this).</p><p>The ultimate test (assuming all variables have been accounted for) is to repeat this experiment <em>over and over</em> 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. </p>
reminds me of cyclosophie xD
i dont think his work is neither conclusive nor repeatable
<p>Thank you for being so positive! <br>Why do you think so?</p>
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
<p>Hi Psycho,<br><br>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).</p><p><br>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. <br><br>Maybe you can best just say what you think can be improved in this project. <br>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...</p>
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. ;-)

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