Water has psychic powers, according to Gwyneth Paltrow ex-wife of Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin. She made this and other pronouncements about water at her “lifestyle” website, GOOP. Paltrow is taken with the writing of Masuru Emoto, a Japanese doctor whose books espouse the belief that the structure of water can be physically altered by human consciousness.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, blogged that she has a copy of Dr. Emoto’s book, The Hidden Message in Water, that relates “how negativity changes the structure of water.” Apparently, “words or music” — either one, take your pick, or possibly even both together — have an effect on “how molecules behave,” and can have a negative effect on them.
Paltrow, who co-stars with Robert Downey, Jr., in the Iron-Man franchise of films, wrote that she was “fascinated” by what she termed as “the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter.” The theories of Dr. Emoto are against the basic laws of physics, but that has not stopped Gwyneth Paltrow from writing about them in a newsletter.
The news that Paltrow believes the structure of water can be effected by human consciousness follows on the heels of another controversial remark the actress made just last week. She made the comment that reading abusive online comments was similar — in her words, “almost like” — going to war. Both are “bloody, dehumanizing,” and, with both war and reading online comments, “something is defined out of it.”
In what ways can water be negatively changed, according to Gwyneth Paltrow and Dr. Habib Sadeghi, a friend of hers?
Though Dr. Emoto’s theories have been universally criticized by his peers, one of Gwyneth’s friends, Dr. Habib Sadeghi, has stated that when Dr. Emoto placed water into vials labeled with phrases that were hurtful or carried negative connotations — for example, “I hate you” or “Fear,” and a day passed by — the water froze, but not in the usual way water freezes. Instead of ice crystals, the substance resembled “grey, misshapen clumps.” When the good doctor labeled polluted water with sentiments like “Peace” or “I Love You,” this water also froze after 24 hours. Rather than looking like gray clumps under a microscope, the water formed “gleaming, perfectly hexagonal crystals,” according to Sadeghi.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a fine actress. Everybody has his or her little foibles and belief systems, though those of some people are perhaps a bit more grounded in science than those of others. If Gwyneth writes remarks on her blog/newsletter, GOOP, like how being mean can change the structure of water, that is certainly her right and prerogative, whether it goes against the laws of physics or not.
It could be possible that there is an actual “energy of consciousness” and that there is “science” behind it, as the actress writes. However, the vast majority of scientists would likely take issue with these beliefs, and with the claims of Gwyneth Paltrow and author Dr. Emoto that “negativity” somehow “changes the structure of water” and causes the molecules of water to “behave differently.”
In the interests of advancing science, it might be interesting if everyone who read this article tried out Dr. Emoto’s experiments with labeling water for his or herself. Simply label vials of water with the same words that Dr. Emoto says he wrote, and then check them out after a day has passed and see if there have been any noticeable changes to the water. Then, leave a comment below, noting the results and if you have managed to duplicate Dr. Emoto’s results. Do it in the name of science, in the name of Gwyneth Paltrow, or…maybe just out of boredom.
Written by: Douglas Cobb