2 Cousins Productions presents
The Joy of Sox:
and the Power of Attention
Dr. Eric Leskowitz's
provocative Op-Ed in the Boston Globe has jumpstarted the production of the
documentary film, "The Joy of Sox: 'Weird
Science' and the Power of Attention." The film will touch all
the bases from Western science to Eastern metaphysics -- Dr. Leskowitz
will explore the physics of the home field advantage, the power of
Red Sox Nation's attention from a distance, and the phenomenon of "conditioned
spaces," that is, Fenway Park.
Visit the Joy of Sox Movie website for more information.
The "Joy of Sox" documentary illuminates
the overlap between the seemingly separate worlds of subtle energy
science and baseball fandom. Several esoteric scientific concepts – intercessory
prayer, the power of attention, and the memory of water – are
made real by focusing on their applications to the sports phenomenon
of the “home field advantage”.
Using the story of the Boston Red Sox as an example, the Joy of Sox
combines interviews with leading-edge scientists, noted baseball commentators,
fans, and the players themselves to show how the interactions between
fan and player are far more subtle, and far more profound, than we’d
In production now: Having shot one day at Fenway, we are planning
additional shooting throughout the winter, during spring training and on Opening
Day. We've obtained tentative commitments
from Dr. Larry Dossey, author of "Healing Words"; William Tiller
PhD, Emertus Professor at Stanford University and commentator on "What
the Bleep?", Rollin McCraty PhD, HeartMath Institute and Peter Gammons
2 Cousins Productions is
comprised of, yes, two cousins. Cousin Eric, of Needham, MA,
and cousin Joey, originally from Bethany CT, took very different
routes to finally merging their talents in the making The Joy of
Sox movie. Eric traveled the path of medicine and branched into alternative
medicine, while Joey dived in the deep end by transcending daily
living in an Indian ashram, and then returning to build a successful
video production company.
Cousin Eric Leskowitz, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist with
the Pain Management Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
He has an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical
School, directs the hospital’s Integrative Medicine Task Force, and has
organized several conferences on the topic of Complementary and Alternative
Medicine in Rehabilitation. He edited a recent text of the same name (Churchill
Livingstone, 2003), and has written and lectured widely on the field of energy
Cousin Joel Leskowitz is an award-winning producer
who's worked with Al Gore, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Joe Namath, and
many other authors, athletes and healers. His work has appeared on
PBS, the major networks and cable stations. He has produced shows ranging
Veda: The Science of Life," and "Gandharva Veda: The Traditional
Music of India," to "Poets Against the War," “On
Creating Health,” and "SMILE!," a customer service
training program for Fortune 1000 companies. Before embarking on his
career in film and video, Joel traveled the world as a teacher of meditation.
More about Joel at his
Here's the Op-Ed that spurred our documentary production.
The Boston Globe
Can 'weird science' save the Sox?
By Eric Leskowitz | September 26, 2005
DESPERATE TIMES call for desperate measures, and with this year's Red Sox season
in real danger of unraveling, it's time to get help from previously unrecognized
sources. We can use some arcane research to pull this one out of the hat by
utilizing the latest findings in the ''weird science" of subtle energy
medicine and nonlocal phenomena. In fact, there's good scientific data to show
that last year's World Series MVP was not Manny Ramirez, but Red Sox Nation
and the magic of Fenway Park. It all comes down to the home field advantage
and how you, the couch potato reader, can use science to maximize that edge.
Statistics show that the home field advantage is real but small, averaging
1.3 points in the NFL, and a 54 percent winning percentage in baseball (rising
up to 58 percent in the World Series). But it's not just friendly faces or
lack of jet lag. There's a well-developed science of intangibles that involves
concepts like distant intentionality, the memory of water, intercessory prayer,
and conditioned spaces. Let's look at these phenomena, and see how they might
translate from the laboratory onto the playing field.
That odd feeling of being stared at? It's not a coincidence -- lab studies
of remote attention show that the human nervous system reacts when someone
is looking at you (even if you're blindfolded). That's why most of us freeze
in front of a crowd. We can't handle all that energy unless we're named Curt
and can actually feed off negativity. The flip side is that when positive thoughts
are directed at the lab subject, his EEG brain waves become more coherent and
balanced. Maybe that's what 35,000 Fenway fans do for the Sox's brain waves.
Then there's Dr. Wasaru Emoto's studies in Japan. His photographs document
that the crystalline structure of water molecules can be changed by the directed
positive thoughts of people nearby. It sounds corny, I know, but data are data
(see the movie ''What the Bleep Do We Know?" for details). Remember that
the human body is 65 percent water, and think again about the impact of fans'
good wishes and fervent hopes on all of those Soxian water molecules on the
As for those ''fans," it's fitting that the word is short for ''fanatic," which
comes from a Latin word meaning ''possessed by a demon or a deity."
So why not harness this untapped energy? That's where the research on distant
prayer comes in. If so-called intercessory prayer from people hundreds of miles
from the hospital can help cardiac patients recover (as at least one controlled
study has shown), then what happens when the members of Red Sox Nation begin
to pray at their local branch of the Church of the Carmine Hose? Maybe players'
physiologies are affected as much as heart patients'; maybe batting averages
are enhanced as much as electrocardiograms.
The last set of studies helps to explain the specialness of Fenway Park itself.
Stanford physicist William Tiller showed that certain chemical reactions --
the rate at which salt crystals precipitate out from saturated solutions --
are altered if the experiment is done in a room where people have recently,
and frequently, been meditating (even when temperature, humidity, and the like
are controlled ). He calls this the phenomenon of ''conditioned spaces":
physical settings (yes, like Fenway) can somehow carry the imprint of past
events and prior human experiences. Tiller's quantum physics explanations leave
me in the dust, but the idea that certain places carry a special quality is
intuitively appealing, especially if you've ever felt the rocking energy of
Fenway during a big game.
So whenever the Sox get on a roll, something unusual's going on. I think these
revelations from the new field of energy medicine have to be invoked to explain
these mysteries. So, skeptics, go Google these studies and then get off your
duffs. Join the rest of Red Sox Nation this week as we focus our heart-felt
attention and pray our prayers for our boys. We need to change their biochemistry
and activate their water molecules like we did last year. Weird science can
help the Sox win again in 2005.
Dr. Eric Leskowitz is a psychiatrist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital,
where he directs the Integrative Medicine Project.
© Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company
Dr. Leskowitz is available for workshops, lectures and consultations to clinicians
and organizations about these issues.
Eric and Joel
with Dan Shaughnessy
with Jerry Remy
Dr. Larry Dossey
author of Healing Words
William Tiller, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor, Stanford University and commentator on "What the Bleep?"
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.
Rupert Sheldrake , Ph.D.
"The Sense of Being Stared At"
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