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RobertoOrtiz
07-18-2006, 01:11 PM
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"Scientists at The University of Manchester have created a virtual computer world designed to test telepathic ability.
The system, which immerses an individual in what looks like a life-size computer game, has been created as part of a joint project between The University's School of Computer Science and School of Psychological Sciences.
Approximately 100 participants will take part in the experiment which aims to test whether telepathy exists between individuals using the system. The project will also look at how telepathic abilities may vary depending on the relationships which exist between participants.
The test is carried out using two volunteers who could be friends, work colleagues or family. They are placed in separate rooms on different floors of the same building to eliminate any possibility of communication."

>>LINK<< (http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/virtual-reality-gaming-system-to-test-for-telepathy-11024.html)

-R

CupOWonton
07-18-2006, 01:48 PM
I hate to break it to em, but theyre going to have to do way more than 100 tests.

Teyon
07-18-2006, 07:09 PM
As I was reading this I was thinking, "It won't work if they're complete strangers...there's no point of reference to appeal to another's mind." Now that I've finished reading your post though, I'm intrigued to see what, if anything, comes of this experiment.

Quatermass
07-19-2006, 03:10 AM
From the description, this just sounds like the old card test where one has to guess whether there's a cirlce, square or wavy lines etc... . Its not actually a new form of test.


"By using this technology we aim to provide the most objective study of telepathy to date. Our aim is not to prove or disprove its existence but to create an experimental method which stands up to scientific scrutiny."


Did the card test stand up to scientific scrutiny?

noisewar
07-19-2006, 03:59 AM
I don't see how this will replace the most scientifically precise ESP test available. (http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/esp.html) :p

Mu
07-19-2006, 07:31 AM
nice, noisewar....

this had me thinking for two tries...:D

Stahlberg
07-19-2006, 08:37 AM
Agh! LOL
Yeah it took me 2 tries to figure it out too. :) Reading people's explanations is funny.

mv
07-19-2006, 08:46 AM
Yeah lol, same here.

hotknife
07-19-2006, 09:07 AM
I knew Bill Murray was on to something in Ghostbusters ! if only they hadn't pulled his funding....

PyRoT
07-20-2006, 09:27 AM
They treat this as if it's some newly hypothesized ability..
This kind of stuff has failed to stand up to proper tests for a long time. Possibly hundreds of years. This is just a waste of money that will lead to non-significant results.

Just a little thought, if someone had some kind of telepathic ability..which was better than chance even a fraction of the time, they could clean up at the casino over a long enough time period....

eMeisel
07-20-2006, 12:11 PM
nice, noisewar....

this had me thinking for two tries...:D
how does it work? What is the simple explanation?

JeroenDStout
07-20-2006, 12:26 PM
how does it work? What is the simple explanation?
The simple explanation, as for everything, is: "It's super-natural".

Mu
07-20-2006, 12:50 PM
how does it work? What is the simple explanation?

the simple explanation would spoil it all, wouldn't it?

:D

concentrate on what you don't concentrate on...:D

eMeisel
07-20-2006, 12:57 PM
The simple explanation, as for everything, is: "It's super-natural".


That was an eye-opener for me into reality.
Thank you very very very much.
Silly me.

eMeisel
07-20-2006, 01:02 PM
the simple explanation would spoil it all, wouldn't it?

:D

concentrate on what you don't concentrate on...:D

No, it would't spoil for me - I promise. I will not tell it to my kids. This I will promise too.
Thank you for your concerns.

BaronImpossible
07-20-2006, 01:06 PM
Sorry to be negative but it sounds like a gimmick to use up the last of the academic year's funding. There are 1001 better ways to test for telepathy without complicating it with "virtual worlds", which can only confuse the results.

Kaostick
07-20-2006, 01:35 PM
it sounds like a gimmick to use up the last of the academic year's funding.

I agree.. how exactly is this different then showing an image on a TV in one room, and 3 images on a different TV in another room?

marcusss
07-20-2006, 04:50 PM
That was an eye-opener for me into reality.
Thank you very very very much.
Silly me.

a quote from the site:
Quantum mechanics may permit synchronicity of thought and computer software. I suggest that, on the quantum level, you were able to predict the card I selected even before I selected it. It is also possible that my brainwaves may influence your software. Although this seems far-fetched, we know that brainwaves are detectable with SQUID (superconducting quantum interference devices.)

oh my... is this even real... some people do think that?

And I did better than you... I spot the gimick on the very first try...

funny "experiment"!


Mark'Huss

Geta-Ve
07-21-2006, 01:47 AM
haha that is hilarious, i just got it, took me about 10 minutes of pressing back and forward.. hint to those that want to understand.. take out a real deck of cards and try the trick, follow the website when you do though :D funny stuff

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