The video I first saw is here:
Masaru Emoto's Rice Experiment
So, three jars, rice in each, cover with water - then negative words to one, positive words to a second, and completely ignore the third. Sounds simple enough, right?
Together, we also watched a second video that attempts to debunk Emoto's original. That video is here:
Debunking Rice Experiment (part 1)
My first issue with the debunking video is that he does not do exactly what we see Emoto doing with his containers. He starts out with the premise that the bacteria must be introduced to the containers in a different way with the negative jars. Problem is, he goes ahead and kills all chance for bacteria to grow - the point of Emoto's experiment is that bacteria WILL grow in the negative ones, and that positive thoughts will inhibit the growth of bacteria in the positive jars. So there has to be bacteria present in order for the experiment to be successful.
Secondly, the debunking video does not add water to the jars, as is explicitly stated in the original Emoto video. Emoto's experiments are on WATER, not the rice, so right there this guy has invalidated his experiment. He isn't recreating the Emoto experiment at all.
Because of the problems I saw in the debunking video, I decided to go ahead and have my kids partake in an experiment where we recreated Emoto's as closely as we know how to do. The kids are helping me track our progress throughout, and they are also the ones doing the negative/positive input.
I'll be adding our progress here periodically.
First we've taken three glasses and put rice and water in each. We took all the rice from the same bag, put it in a bowl of water, then measured that rice and water from the common bowl,so that each glass has theoretically the same potential for bacterial growth.
We started this experiment on February 1, and so far I actually haven't seen much difference in any of the jars. They all seem to be very stable.
The room I have them in is rather cold though, and while we are in southern California, it has been cold for us. It could be that the jars are being kept too refrigerated to show much difference so far.
If I see no change at the end of 30 days, I'll move all the jars to a warmer location, and start again.
As of February 12, this is what they look like: