Research implies that far from being a ploy employed by fairground fortune tellers, many of us are gifted with the ability to see into the possible future.
We can also influence events before they happen which is why I said the ‘possible future, the study by a respected psychologist found.
This publication of the results in a leading social science journal will make for some controversy in the world of science.
They will also start a million discussions about the importance of everyday events, such as knowing who is at the end of the phone before picking it up. Yes we all know that one, but who had thought it’s verifiable or there’s impiricle evidence for it? Daryl Bem, a physicist -turned-psychologist, set out to investigate psi, or parapsychology.
In one of his experiments, students were shown a list of words to remember. They were later asked to recall as many as they could and finally they were given a random selection of the words to type out.
Naturally they were better at remembering some words than others.
But strangely, these tended to be the words they would later be asked to type, suggesting a future event had affected their ability to remember before it happened! This is exactly how we find our possible futures, we go and remember how they happened before they happen.
The students were also shown an image of 2 curtains on a computer screen and told one hid an erotic picture. The students chose the curtain hiding the evocative picture slightly more often than could be explained away by chance, the New Scientist reports.
Importantly, the position of the picture was randomly allotted by a computer which didn’t make its decision until after the volunteer chose one curtain or the other.
To believers in the paranormal, this suggests the students thoughts and connection to all that is , were effecting the results.
Professor Bem, of Cornell University in New York State, performed 9 different experiments involving more than 1 000 volunteers. All but one of these gave results on the side of the psychics.
The odds against the combined result being down to mere chance or being a statistical coincidence are 74 billion to one, says the professor. He said the science world ought to open its mind to the possibility of the paranormal.
One sceptic is ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. Joachim Krueger, a US psychologist, said: “Going over the methodology and experimental design is the first line of attack. But, frankly, everything seemed to be in good order.”
The interesting thing, says New Scientist, will be in whether other scientists can repeat the professor’s previous success.
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