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ESP experiments conducted over 10 years

Posted on Saturday, 8 January, 2011 | Comment icon 15 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Evidence collected from over a decade of experiments allegedly bolster the idea that ESP exists.

Professor Daryl Bem believes the results suggest that humans are able to predict random events at least on some level. Nine experiments were carried out involving a series of prediction scenarios in which students appeared to be able to offer an accurate prediction more often than a wrong one.

"Professor Daryl Bem claimed that evidence gathered across nine experiments conducted on Cornell students over the past decade bolstered his argument that extra-sensory perception existed."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Realityless on 8 January, 2011, 15:36
Really? Has it? From what I gather, the "tests" basically relied on memorization of words as well as relying on plain old guessing. This is not ESP or any supposedly psychic skill. Maybe I am missing something but I fail to see how these tests proved anything...it was more like a study on what words people were more inclined to remember or chose. I think you have missed the point. The results show that practicing a set of words after the recall test does, in fact, reach back in time to facilitate the recall of those words, If you take two groups of people, roughly equal and give them a memory ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ryu on 8 January, 2011, 15:41
Again this seems to point to nothing more than memory recall especially if all the words are related in some manner. At any rate this test proved nothing and if these scientist want to study that validity or lack thereof of such "skills" then they need to employ better methods that do not rely on memory recall or word associations.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Realityless on 8 January, 2011, 15:49
At any rate this test proved nothing and if these scientist want to study that validity or lack thereof of such "skills" then they need to employ better methods that do not rely on memory recall or word associations. How can you test for factors that influence the outcome of memory recall, without testing for memory recall?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ryu on 8 January, 2011, 18:05
But they did test memory recall..it was mentioned several times in the article..how about lines like this: "They were then given a surprise memory test, in which they had to recall as many of the words as possible" or this: "The results show that practicing a set of words after the recall test does, in fact, reach back in time to facilitate the recall of those words," I could cite more but the gist of this article and test seems to center around recalling words they were exposed to earlier..memory retrieval is not psychic in the least but simply relies on normal brain functions. The article em... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by electro13 on 8 January, 2011, 23:12
Well, it wasn't just a memory test. The students were predicting with a higher frequency, words that the computer gave at random.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Virtual Particle on 8 January, 2011, 23:48
But they did test memory recall..it was mentioned several times in the article..how about lines like this: "They were then given a surprise memory test, in which they had to recall as many of the words as possible" or this: "The results show that practicing a set of words after the recall test does, in fact, reach back in time to facilitate the recall of those words," I could cite more but the gist of this article and test seems to center around recalling words they were exposed to earlier..memory retrieval is not psychic in the least but simply relies on normal brain functions. The article em... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ryu on 10 January, 2011, 23:52
I guess I am just an idiot then because I have read and re-read the articles as well as the PDF file that was linked and I still fail to see how some tests based mostly in randomness is proof of anything. Because all these tests are done with computers then it stands to reason that results can be fudged; the result the participant sees may not be the same "result" that the researchers record for themselves...after all it can be done. Sorry..I...just don't see it.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Virtual Particle on 11 January, 2011, 3:03
I guess I am just an idiot then because I have read and re-read the articles as well as the PDF file that was linked and I still fail to see how some tests based mostly in randomness is proof of anything. Because all these tests are done with computers then it stands to reason that results can be fudged; the result the participant sees may not be the same "result" that the researchers record for themselves...after all it can be done. Sorry..I...just don't see it. Ryu the reason they were shown the images before hand is probably because of certain hormonal changes that occur in adults, when sho... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ryu on 11 January, 2011, 3:28
.The test showed that when pleasure is involved people seem to be psychic... Hmm..the key word here is "seem". Yet what does hormonal based arousal truly have to do with psychic skills? After all if such a thing exists, not everyone is going to be feeling "aroused" before they can do whatever it is they claim they can do. Anyways thanks for your reply. The vid was neat but..no offenses intended, what relevance does it have to the issue?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Virtual Particle on 11 January, 2011, 3:40
Hmm..the key word here is "seem". Yet what does hormonal based arousal truly have to do with psychic skills? After all if such a thing exists, not everyone is going to be feeling "aroused" before they can do whatever it is they claim they can do. Anyways thanks for your reply. The vid was neat but..no offenses intended, what relevance does it have to the issue? A release of adrenaline can affect Psi ability...one day I was crossing a major street and there was this guy with some friends...I was about 2 blocks from where he was standing but I knew what he was planning...he was body builder and ... [More]


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