Was this a fair experiment? Perhaps the laboratory setting suppresses psychic abilities. The BBC reports:
The test by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, tried to establish whether mediums could use psychic abilities to identify something about five unseen volunteers. The results, carried out under test conditions, did not show evidence of any unexplained powers of insight.
The experiment asked two professional mediums to write something about five individuals who were concealed behind a screen. These five volunteers were then asked to try to identify themselves from these psychic readings – with a success rate of only one in five. This was a result that was “entirely consistent with the operation of chance alone”, said Professor French.
But one of the mediums, Patricia Putt, rejected the suggestion that this showed any absence of psychic powers – saying that she needed to work face-to-face with people or to hear their voice, so that a connection could be established. “Psychic energy” was not likely to work in the setting created for the experiment, she said.