The Secret Life of Water and Masaru Emoto
Masaru Emoto is a Japanese writer and photographer. He published six books, including The Secret Life of Water, that shows consciousness affects the structure of water and ice.
In The Secret Life of Water,1 Emoto describes his methodology. Emoto takes a sample of water and distributes amongst 50 petri dishes. The water is then frozen following a prescribed procedure. Emoto then assigns a number ranging from 1 to 8 that describes the beauty of the resulting crystal formation. From the 50 petri dishes, Emoto chooses one that he feels best describes the attribute being investigated.
He writes that his procedures are “not in strict accordance with the scientific method”. This is an optimistic assessment. It is simply not a valid way of selecting a representative sample. It is obvious that there is not a representative sample to select. Every sample is unique.
Emoto gives an example of how this works. He collected two samples of water: one from a polluted part of the Honmyo River near where it reaches the Ariake Sea and another from the pristine waters near its source.
Below are the results.
|2. Rather beautiful||4||0|
|3. Hexagonal pattern||0||0|
|4. Radial pattern||4||2|
|5. Lattice pattern||8||6|
|6. Indefinite pattern||29||29|
|7. Collapsed pattern||3||2|
|8. No crystal formation||0||11|
As Emoto states:
He states the the water has the potential to form beautiful crystals so this is why he chose one of the only two beautiful crystal samples to represent the pristine waters. There were 32 samples that were labelled Indefinite or Collapsed pattern. He chose an Indefinite pattern sample to represent the polluted water. There was the same number of Indefinite samples from both the polluted water and the pristine water.
Whilst there is no doubt about Emoto’s passion for his subject, by his own admission, “photographing crystals is a subjective science”.