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rhydra
14-06-2009, 11:53 AM
Link. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jQItW1o9LqqWmiru-MqAIzaCoRgQ)

A psychic experiment conducted on Twitter has cast doubt on the reality of "remote viewing".

More than 7,000 people took part in the study designed to test people's ability to "see" distant locations.

During the 1970s the CIA spent 12.5 million looking into remote viewing with a view to conducting "psychic spying" missions against the Soviet Union.

But the "Twitter" experiment led by psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire, found no evidence that such an ability exists.

During the study, the first to be carried out via the instant messaging service, Prof Wiseman travelled to four target locations in the UK and asked participants to "Tweet" their thoughts and impressions about the spot he was visiting.

Volunteers were then messaged with the address of a website on which they could see photographs of five locations - the target location and four decoys. People were asked to vote for the location they believed to be the one visited.

If any kind of psychic ability emerged from the group, the chosen location would be the right one more often than by chance. But this did not happen, said Prof Wiseman, who has a reputation for "debunking" psychic phenomena.

He said: "In the first trial I was looking at a striking modern building, but 35% of the group thought that I was in some woods. On another trial I was sitting under an unusual looking canopy but only 15% of the group selected this option, with 24% thinking that I was in a graveyard. The same pattern emerged on all four trials."

Once people knew the location, those who believed in the paranormal were more likely than others to be convinced there was a high level of matching between their thoughts and the target. Among the group, 31% of "believers" indicated a considerable correspondence between their thoughts and the target, compared with just 12% of sceptics.

"This type of creative thinking might make people see illusory relationships in the real world, and could, for example, help convince them that there are uncanny matches between their dreams and subsequent events," said Prof Wiseman.

First of all, people got them all wrong, which was in itself a negative result, according to chance at least one result would have been correct.

Secondly, look at the results and their significance. The respondents chose the forest when it was actually a modern building. Trees, homes for creatures, ancestors, shelter etc.
The glass canopy he was sitting under when the respondents chose the graveyard has other symbolic implications, being underneath.
In an experiment not mentioned in the article they chose the foot of the stairs when it was a playground. A playground, the bottom of the stairs leading to adulthood etc. Replace symbolism for observational and it seems to become more convincing.
The conductor of the experiment was also conducting the trial from a hostile perspective, aiming to debunk rather than a genuine interest in collecting evidence, there would probably have been part of his subconscious which was sending out conflicting and confusing information.

disorder2k8
14-06-2009, 12:08 PM
Maybe we did have the ability, and that is why they are dumbing us down and screwing up the pineal gland?

asha loka
14-06-2009, 01:52 PM
You could the same study with a calculus problem to prove that people can't do calculus.

Maybe people with training and experience would do better - as they do in most things?

lottie
14-06-2009, 03:42 PM
Its hardly surprising using subjects who use twitter! Do you get anymore 'dumbed down'?! :rolleyes: