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Sensational Study Shows Proof of Psychic Powers

{jcomments off}An amazing new scientific study conducted at Cornell University in New York State shows that human beings seem to be able to predict events, and even influence them. The results are so conclusive that the possibility of the results being down to chance, or some kind of fluke, are an astonishing 74 billion to one.


The study was conducted by Professor Daryl Bem - a physicist, psychologist, and former part-time magician (the entertaining kind).  He carried out a series of nine tests on more than one thousand volunteers under strict laboratory conditions. In one test, people accurately predicted which words they would be asked later on in a memory test. In another, they were shown an image of two curtains on their computer screens. Told one hid an erotic picture, they were asked to pick which curtain concealed it. The position of the picture was randomly selected by the computer, which decided where to hid it after the volunteer had made their choice. Results could not be explained by mere chance, suggesting that people were actually influencing the outcome ahead of time.  They were, it seems, influencing a computer!


Psychic powers can be notoriously difficult to test in this methodical way, partly because it's thought some of the tests used in the past have been very boring and repetitive. While scientific methodology requires that an experiment must be repeatable, psychic abilities seem to lose their edge when the subject cannot see the point of an experiment. They are, after all, abilities we use to help ourselves, or one another. Such abilities often seem to depend upon making a link with another person, or being motivated to help them in some way by warning them, or helping them unravel a difficult problem in their lives.


Of course it's easy to be sceptical. But here's the response of one respected academic:


"My personal view is that this is ridiculous and can't be true," says Joachim Krueger of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, who has blogged about the work on the Psychology Today website. "Going after the methodology and the experimental design is the first line of attack. But frankly, I didn't see anything. Everything seemed to be in good order."


Professor Bem's experiments, conducted over a number of years, used ordinary students. This suggests that everyone has some psychic ability. But wouldn't it be fascinating to see what results a group of professional psychics might achieve?

 

 

 

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