Professional Psychics Fail Scientific Experiment

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.

28 Comments on "Professional Psychics Fail Scientific Experiment"

  1. It Romney’s fault.

  2. 2 psychics and 5 volunteers? I dont believe in psychics either but come on…you couldnt put togethr a slightly larger sample???

    • VaudeVillain | Nov 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm |

      Probably the only 2 psychics who were willing to put their powers to a test, and the only 5 subjects who were willing to waste their time on it.

  3. I think if a person on the other side of the glass wanted to either kill me or have sex with me, I would be able to predict that with near 100% accuracy.

    Also in another vein if it were say a close family member, like my Mother of Father, mixed with random people, I think I could predict if the person sitting there was a close family member or a stranger with probably better accuracy than chance.

    I think most people are “psychic” and that it involves really primitive parts of the brain and that people use it for survival, that’s why its seen in animals.

    As far as telling what the person is wearing or what is on the card in their hand etc. In a clinical setting with people sitting there with kind of a blank look on their face and not emotionally engaged, I see it being hard to test.

    • Kevin Leonard | Nov 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

      good distinctions.

    • Calypso_1 | Nov 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |

      What if they wanted to kill you & have sex with you…in no particular order.

      • Then they would definitely register. I just tap into peoples energy and find out information about them. Some people don’t have very strong energy, they seem to blend into the back ground. Quiet introverts with no expression on their face riding the bus etc. I think what it is when people don’t register is that they are off in their own world. Its not necessarily that they are introverted. If a person is aware of my presence then they register. Most middle class white people that are highly socialized hardly register. Because everything in life is spelled out for them and they simply passively follow. Get up, go to work, do what you are told. Do the appropriate social things, make the appropriate purchases.

        Criminals, street people, also very dominant people, like business owners usually have strong energy. Sex and aggression show up the most, also hostility. You have to assert yourself against the world to have any type of magnetism if that’s what it is.

        So people alive and in the present moment have stronger energy. So if a pretty outgoing person with strong energy, was sitting across from me I could probably tap into their energy and describe things about them, especially if they were interested in the study. Some boring person, on auto-pilot, wouldn’t register and would have nothing.

  4. Ricky Jazzercise | Nov 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm |

    Here’s the thing: all successful research into psi-phenomenon (like remote viewing) indicates that a light altered state is necessary in gathering cogent information (magickians and shamans use things like psychedelic drugs and sex to induce these states). So this study is basically, let’s ignore what has been shown to work and do something that we know doesn’t work, so we can “prove” that psychic phenomenon doesn’t exist. Absolutely retarded, and sadly, like the fourth or fifth time I’ve seen scientists apparently getting paid to do this utterly worthless and arguable damaging “research” in the last year or so.

    Not surprising, materialist scientists are in complete denial about the fact that altered states of consciousness have any value whatsoever. Notice I said fact, not opinion (Apple computers, the discovery of DNA, etc – things that are linked to gathering information via altered states). This is how the discussion of these things needs to shift. Whether your dreams or inner states of consciousness are “real” or not is a pointless argument that you’ll never win with a materialist. They have value, that’s what’s important. No one can logically deny that they don’t as so many scientists and artists alike attribute some of their most important ideas to them.

    • Not all altered states mean wisdom or divine viewing-most are simply editorializing of hallucinations.

    • David Howe | Nov 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm |

      here we go again with the druggy foolishness. for the last time, drugs only give you the illusion of telepathy.

  5. Hadrian999 | Nov 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

    if you really were psychic would you really do what professional psychics do?
    I would hang around wall street and blackmail bankers.

  6. BuzzCoastin | Nov 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm |

    I already knew this outcome
    I did a remote viewing of the experiment

  7. iwanttobelieve | Nov 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    The degree to which psychic ability works is exactly consistent with bullshit. Hits and misses, people who can do it, people who can’t… all exactly as would be expected if it were bullshit. If telepathy or anything like that were real, there wouldn’t need to be studies to convince us. It’s horseshit.

    • The degree to which psychic ability works is directly related to the life expectancy of a psychic in a world that likes to keep secrets. The only publicly safe psychic is a fake one.

      • iwanttobelieve | Nov 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

        I want to believe, truly. You’re suggesting that anyone and everyone with the “gift” inherently knows that to reveal themselves would be dangerous. Clearly, it would be easy to anonymously make a prediction that defied explanation, in this age of internet communication. What you’re alluding to would have to entail counter-psychic ops. A group of highly trained psychics, in service to The Man, whose job it is to psychically predict when someone is about to reveal to the world that psychic abilities are real, and snuff them out before they do something incontrovertible. I can’t deny that it is possible. Highly implausible, though, that the cone of psychic silence would be so overwhelmingly deafening.

  8. Brought to you by the same company that tried to convince us lemmings commit ritual suicide. Also the same company that tried to convince us Jimmy Saville was fit for children’s TV.

  9. lucifer69 | Nov 2, 2012 at 11:43 am |

    I wish they test me.

  10. bobbiethejean | Nov 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm |

    There is a billion mile long list of reasons why testing a psychic could fail because the idea that psychics can do psychic things is not falsifiable.

    1.) It didn’t work because I was being observed!

    2.) The testing equipment interfere with my vibes!

    3.) It just doesn’t work that way!

    4.) The power wasn’t with me today.

    5.) Someone in the room was emitting negative waves.

    6.) You put me on the spot! My powers don’t work if you put me on the spot!

    7.) I can psychic but only when no one is looking.

    8.) The gods did not want this to happen.

    9.) You didn’t believe so it didn’t work.

    10.) I did not meditate enough before hand.

    11.) I have a procedure and due to the nature of the test, I was not able to carry out my procedure properly.

    12.) Maybe the other world is trying to protect itself by preventing this from happening!

    13.) My power center was off.

    14.) The test was unfair!

    15.) I was sabotaged by a nonbeliever!

    16.) The test was not designed properly.

    17.) I was really uncomfortable and was thus unable to concentrate.

    18.) I felt an unknown force barring me from performing adequately.

    19.) Quantum physics!

    20.) It really did work! Your perception is off.

    The point in all that? The list of excuses is endless. The list of proven psychic phenomena that could not POSSIBLY be chance, could NOT have been faked, and could NOT have some naturalistic explanation….. NADA, NOTHING, NULL, NOPE, NUH-UH, EMPTY, 0%, NO CIGAR, ZILCH, ZERO, AND ZIP-ALL.

  11. If experiments in the sciences only had this kind of rigor, we’d still be in the dark ages. I’m surprised this pathetic experiment was covered by the BBC.

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