Over the past few months a number of people (who don't know each other) have been telling me that I should try a "power of thoughts" experiment that's also known as "the rice experiment." They're confident, that through this experiment, I'll "see the light" of how thought can affect our physical world despite my skepticism.
In searching YouTube, I found a number of videos about this by searching for "rice experiment," such as this one:
Rice Hado Experiment Masaru Emoto
The idea is to set up two jars containing some cooked rice, and then, every day, say only nice and encouraging things to one jar of rice, and insulting and hateful things to the other jar of rice.
After a certain period of time (which seems to vary from months to years), the jar with the "hated" rice should be the only one that goes bad and rots.
Positive Thinking Power - The Rice Experiment
More Evidence From Dr Masaru Emoto On The Power Of Thoughts
Slightly more recent experiment
Are there credible studies that prove or disprove this? Any explanation of what might actually be going on here (e.g., why the "hated" jar of rice goes bad earlier) would also be interesting.