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The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a 45-year-old monthly magazine that's one of the psychology world's most respected journals, will soon publish a paper presenting strong evidence for extrasensory perception -- the ability to sense future events -- reports The New York Times. And it's causing outrage among peers in the scientific world.
“Several top journals publish results only when these appear to support a hypothesis that is counterintuitive or attention-grabbing,” Eric-Jan Wagenmakers, a psychologist at the University of Amsterdam, wrote by e-mail. “But such a hypothesis probably constitutes an extraordinary claim, and it should undergo more scrutiny before it is allowed to enter the field.”
You misspelled "merely" but that's not why they're upset. They're upset because incorrect statistical methods were used, they claim the author should have used Bayesian statistics instead.
Originally posted by iSHRED
Scientists are mearly upset because that can't fathom something being true that you cant get physical evidence of.
The article the OP linked to says the first three attempts at replication have failed. Isn't that some cause for skepticism? At least until some replication efforts are successful?
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
If scientists are being skeptical about the results than we should be doubly skeptical of them.
Originally posted by Somehumanbeing
reply to post by SaturnFX
"Science is FINALLY recognizing something that was ONCE deemed supernatural!" Is that a better thread title for ya?
Originally posted by 19rn50
The bible tells about the supernatural 2000 yrs., ago.
Now scientists, just beginning to see the light!
Originally posted by kode
I noticed in the NY Times article they used a tired old excuse...
"if ESP exists, why aren’t people getting rich by reliably predicting the movement of the stock market or the outcome of football games?"