Sunday, April 29, 2007

Fraud-proof experimental design demonstrates PK effect. . .

The entire paper is available from this site.

Here is the abstract:

The author summarizes five experiments in which he studied the psychokinetic (PK) effect (the mental influence on the outcome of chance processes) under tight supervision by independent observers. Through the use of prerecorded random events as targets, the observers could evaluate the results independently, without having to trust the reliability of the author or his equipment. The total of these five studies, which represent all the work done under external supervision, produced an effect deviating by 3.67 standard deviations from chance expectancy. The odds against such an outcome are about 8,000 to 1. Thus, the results support the extstence of a PK effect on prerecorded random events, in agreement with previous experiments. The observed PK effect is inconsistent with current quantum theory. It shows that the theory is not correct when applied to systems that include human subjects. Furthermore, the existence of a weak mental effect on the outcome of chance events cautions the physicist to be careful in the interpretation of results that are based on relatively few chance events.

This is very impressive. Schmidt designed a protocol which allowed outside observers, including a skeptic of the phenomenon, an essential role in demonstrating the PK effect.

1 comment:

Book Surgeon said...

And the skeptics will still find a way to pick this apart. Sad.