Masaru Emoto raised a lot of eyebrows in 1999 with the publication of his book Messages From Water and his controversial claim that water that is exposed to positive messages and intentions will freeze into more attractive and symmetrical crystals than untreated water or water treated with negative messages.
Dr. Dean Radin and Dr. Gail Hayssen of the Institute of Noetic Sciences worked with Masaru Emoto and Takashige Kizu to evaluate these claims with a double-blind controlled experiment. First, two bottles of water were selected for remote intentionality and two were left alone as controls. Then the water was sent to Emoto's team in in Japan which used the treated and untreated water to create ice crystals and photograph them. Emoto's team was blind to which samples were control and which were treated. Finally the photographs were evaluated by 100 volunteers for their aesthetic value, who were also blind to the control versus treated crystals. The results were highly significant and have just been published in the latest issue of Explore Journal.
Here is the abstract from this paper:
DOUBLE-BLIND TEST OF THE EFFECTS OF DISTANT INTENTION ON WATER CRYSTAL FORMATION
The hypothesis that water “treated” with intention can affect ice crystals formed from that water was pilot tested under double-blind conditions. A group of approximately 2,000 people in Tokyo focused positive intentions towards water samples located inside an electromagnetically shielded room in California. That group was unaware of similar water samples set aside in a different location as controls. Ice crystals formed from both sets of water samples were blindly identified and photographed by an analyst, and the resulting images were blindly assessed for aesthetic appeal by 100 independent judges. Results indicated that crystals from the treated water were given higher scores for aesthetic appeal than those from the control water (p = 0.001, one-tailed), lending support to the hypothesis.