Re: psi

Damien Broderick (
Tue, 12 May 1998 12:11:50 +0000

At 09:37 PM 5/10/98 -0700, johnkc wrote:

>I don't know enough about the Zenith study to comment specifically but in
>general I do know that if I flip a coin a million times the probability I
>will get exactly half a million heads and half a million tails is almost

Correct. But if a significantly large excess of heads over tails found in
the first pre-announced set of a million flips is repeated in the second
and the third and the fifth of five, you are talking about something akin
to the results detailed in the major parapsychology meta-analyses.

This comment of John's is the kind of handwaving `rebuttal' that rightly
infuriates habitues of this list when it's applied to the prospects of AI
and nanotechnology (as Stix did in Scientific American, say). I have
posted several relevant urls to peer-reviewed papers dealing with these
claims for psi, but all I see here in response are people telling me that
by gum they are *not* going to waste their time looking through that
damfool telescope.

Damien Broderick