Originally posted by alfa1
Yeah, what about Mitchell?
Mitchell, a sweet and very open minded man, has been on the fringes of
science for decades, since his famous 'ESP experiment' on Apollo-14.
His credulity for fringe topics is endearing, but perhaps overdone. He was
apparently flummoxed by a standard parlor trick by Uri Geller, and then had
a personal medical experience that persuaded him that a psychic cured him
from a thousand miles away. For forty years he has repeatedly announced that
his 'Institute of Noetic Sciences' is on the verge of proving the scientific truth
about ESP, but the goal continues to elude him.
His 1971 spaceflight ESP experiment is the best example of claims
outrunning evidence. The raw statistical results of that experiment,
which he and others tout as a great success in proving the existence of telepathy,
actually look like random guessing. Only after repeatedly changing the success-scoring
criteria AFTER the results were gathered did Mitchell find ONE scheme that suggested
statitical signifiance, and THAT required the guessers to have been trying to
get it WRONG every time and also to have used precognition [seeing into the future]
on some of the runs.
The test results were published in an obscure journal in 1971, but have never been
posted on the Internet. This may suggest a desire to prevent anyone else from
performing scoring analysis. I have a pdf copy for anyone who wants to look at it.
The guy's a national hero, with great personal bravery and intelligence. But his judgment
is as open to question as any other person's. And if making a moonwalker an automatic
expert on anything is legit, why don't people quote astronaut Jim Irwin, Apollo-15, who devoted
his later life to locating Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat? Astronauts are human, after all.