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Super People - In honor of the late, great Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen, aka Qian Xuesen



Written By: Danielle Graham

My generation was captivated by “super-technology” through the compelling visuals of T.V. shows like The Jetsons and the original Star Trek. Those programs did not embody or represent “super-people” – only “supertechnology.” Captain James T. Kirk lead his posse in what was back then an uber-cool, muscle-spaceship equipped with outof- the-ethers food materializing machines and powered by time-and-space bending hyper-drives. Wow! But alas, Captain Kirk himself was not a “super-person,” but a cocky, 20th century style man among men.

Super People - In honor of the late, great Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen, aka Qian Xuesen

And the Jetsons? Despite their capable but clunky robots, humming anti-gravity cars, and that sky scraping, spaceneedle apartment, theirs was a family blissfully entangled in common domestic issues. In both instances, the staging was futuristic mechanization, but the characters were bound by interpersonal dramas generally accepted as “human nature.”

In the past forty plus years, the media’s focus really hasn’t changed all that much. The perpetuated fantasies of “supertechnology” continue, as does the genre of “super-heroes,” (a very select few who possess special skills and abilities way beyond the average Joe). However, “super-heroes” are quite distinct from “super-people.” The former represent an elite class of human-like beings that exist above and beyond the common person, whereas the latter conveys a universal depiction of everyone naturally expressing powerful, innate abilities.

Nowhere in our media exists a presentation of everyday “super-people.” Nor is there any mainstream elucidation of a future in which every person is fully adept with innate “superpeople- powers,” and certainly not in the same way that we regularly view images of potential “super-technology.” At least, not yet.

Evidence of “super-people.”

Once upon a time, I created a journey into a rabbit hole, not unlike Alice’s. To make a long story short, I published a bit of physics data that had been recorded while a group of about 1,000 people were practicing the “super-people” skill of teleportation – the ability to move a material object from one physical location to another without physically touching the object. These people sat still and focused on accomplishing this feat with their minds only. Even though the data were quite extraordinary, and the American Institute of Physics saw fit to publish, not that many scientists in the U.S. really “got it:” There was simply not enough established precedence in the west for the average physicist to discern the far-reaching implications.

Super People - In honor of the late, great Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen, aka Qian Xuesen

But then something quite unexpected occurred: I was handed a book, China’s Super Psychics, and within its pages I learned about scientists in China who had been studying “super-people” – those who exhibited “exceptional human functions,” aka “EHF’s.” One of the special “super-person” skills demonstrated by some of the EHF’s? Teleportation. Was it possible that the physicists there understood something that their western counterparts did not?

EHF “super-people” are known and revered in China, and spend a good deal of time in experimental labs where the best and brightest of China’s young investigators attempt to come to terms with the inevitable conclusions regarding “super-people” ability. I eventually made contact with these researchers, traveled to Beijing, and presented my data to this group of scientists who do indeed grasp the ramifications of such study.

The person who originally initiated an examination of “superpeople” abilities in China was Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen, or in pinyin, Qian Xuesen. NASA and CalTech commonly refer to him as H.S. Tsien.

For those unfamiliar with this man, Dr. Tsien was one of the founders of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He helped to develop the United States’ early rocket systems. His mentor, the revered aeronautical giant Dr. Theodore von Karman wrote, “By the age of thirty-six, Tsien was the undisputed genius whose work provided an enormous impetus to advances in high-speed aerodynamics and jet propulsion.” His scientific creativity was so advanced and far-reaching that decades later his ideas would lay the foundations for the U.S. Space Shuttle.

It’s a long and unfortunate story in American history as to how and why he was forced back to China. Let’s just say that America’s “communist” scare during the 1950’s made Tsien’s life in the U.S. unbearable. When Chairman Mao Zedong heard of his plight, Mao negotiated Tsien’s relocation, and neither the U.S. nor China would ever be the same.

Once deported into the Chairman’s keeping, he really didn’t have much of a choice about what he was going to do next. The country was in shambles, the educational system almost nonexistent, and Mao wanted him to bring China’s technology into the 20th century. The trade-off was that Tsien was allowed a significant amount of authority and autonomy, and he used that power wisely.

At some point Tsien was given a “super-people” demonstration by some of China’s EHF’s. He recognized instantly that the mere existence of these abilities exposed gross inadequacies within existing physics theorems, and immediately set up pockets of inquiry within select universities. For decades he encouraged and protected that research while his birth-country’s industrial revolution and modern technology began to emerge and develop. Unfortunately, previous colleagues from CalTech thought he had “lost it” and wrote him off as “disappeared for good,” unable to appreciate Tsien’s evolved insights.

On Halloween evening, October 31, 2009, at the age of 97, Dr. Tsien Hsue-shen, aka Qian Xuesen, passed. His extraordinary mind was unlimited enough as well as forward thinking enough to understand that the future holds more than the promise of “super-technology:” Tsien knew that life to come was filled with the promise of “super-people” and he was one of the very rare scientists anywhere in the world to be observant enough to see it.


When I threw in with SuperConsciousness Magazine at the very beginning of its creation, I seized an opportunity to help create a magazine that represented and articulated the “super-people” potential in each and every person. We intentionally set out to create a publication that did not idealize any single person, but would always point to the latent “super-qualities” that are innate within the everyday, uncelebrated person – you and me.

Our standards are high: We would NOT publish and distribute “new age,” feel-good philosophy. Instead, we would present solid, evidence-based knowledge that either described or pointed to those potentials in every person, rigorous concepts that are rarely if ever presented by the general media. And as we labored to create SuperConsciousness Magazine, we recognized that it was the only periodical “out there” with this focus, this intention, and this passion. I have been honored to be a part of such an ambitious project.

Dr. Tsien Hsue-shen was the embodiment of a “super-person-hero,” not because his rocket science would serve as an early precursor for today’s portrayal of futuristic high tech, but because he possessed a mind great enough to appreciate the scientific significance of “superpeople” abilities. Despite the fact that the world-at-large had not yet begun to comprehend the direction science was inevitably headed, this man perceived that such abilities would precipitate cutting-edge insight and become a harbinger for superior technology. Today, the research Tsien initiated and cultivated in “the mysterious east” remains inaccessible to the west.

It is a privilege to honor the extraordinary mind and life of Dr. Tsien Hsue-Shen within the pages of SuperConsciousness Magazine. He truly deserves the moniker “Super-Person of Super-Consciousness.”

Danielle Graham Science and Spirituality Blog Author Bio

About the Author:
Danielle Graham is a founding editor and current Editor-in-Chief of SuperConsciousness Magazine, and is a published (American Institute of Physics) experimental researcher. She is primarily interested in contributing to and advancing scientific understanding generally, and evolving the field of physics specifically — relational to human mind.

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