Victorian wants ‘physics-defying’ ability explored

A Victorian man who believes the way he spins his body in a pool can defy the laws of physics is determined to have his “gift” studied despite scepticism from the scientific community.

Peter, a 48-year-old from Traralgon in Gippsland, claims that he can perpetually spin around in the water using only the power of his mind.

With the support of former Monash University academic Dr Vladimir Dubaj, who is president of the Australian Parapsychological Research Association, he is pushing to have his ability studied by scientists.

Peter, who is interested in “alternative healing”, said he became aware of his talent when he jumped into a pool on Australia Day last year.

“I hopped in the pool and spun around and I thought ‘what the hell had happened?’,” he said.

Peter said he had honed his ability since then and, unlike most people, did not sink in the water and could stop mid-revolution and change the direction he rotated.

“There is certainly a force or energy that I’ve got control of,” he said.

“Just by having a thought I start moving.”

Dr Dubaj was intrigued when he came across Peter’s talent and wanted to study it further.

He said research was needed to determine what was causing Peter to rotate in the water but there were some factors he was prepared to dismiss.

“One of the confounding factors is buoyancy. We thought it was to do with buoyancy but when we applied weight he still spun,” he said.

“There doesn’t seem to be any active muscle activity… we thought it may be movement of his back but he can do it with a back brace on.

“I’m happy to eliminate those variables but there are other things it could be.

“The one that jumps to mind is some kind of subtle twisting activity that could cause a change in the centre of gravity but we don’t have the camera systems set up for that.”

Peter said he wanted to be the subject of a scientific study because he believed the movement defied the laws of physics.

But despite his and Dr Dubaj’s efforts scientists have declined to take up the offer.

“A lot of people in the scientific community have shown disbelief, some have been polite and some have not even bothered to reply,” Dr Dubaj said.

University of Melbourne post-doctorate research fellow Dr Wenming Chen, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, viewed videos of Peter rotating in water with his arms across his chest and said it was “interesting” but far from inexplicable.

“What I am sure of is he is not violating any laws of physics,” Dr Chen told ninemsn.

“We have seen a lot stranger things than that happen, like a person jumping out of water like a dolphin and there are ways that we can explain it within the laws of physics.”

The scientist, who watched videos of Peter’s aquatic antics along with a number of his colleagues, said the group believed Peter’s arm movements kept him rotating.

“The change (in his arm movements) could be very small and you may be unable to tell just by looking at the video,” Dr Chen said.

“He may not notice himself that he is using his arms.

“Our body is not like a piece of material that is fixed, if you move it changes your geometric properties so resistance to movement also changes.”

The academic added it would be necessary to study the movement with underwater cameras to learn more.

Sources: Peter, Dr Vladimir Dubaj, Dr Wenming Chen

Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Fiona Willan




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