Mind over Matter (5)

1 Name: Sling!XD/uSlingU 2005-07-19 21:46 ID:i93l5L5m

"Researchers at a Princeton University laboratory believe they've demonstrated that peoples' thoughts can have a miniscule but measurable effect on machines' output."
"Gender matters as well. Men tend to get results that match their intent, although the degree of the effect is often small. Women tend to get a bigger effect, but not necessarily the one they intend."

2 Name: Sling!XD/uSlingU 2005-07-19 21:48 ID:i93l5L5m

"Results are also greater if a male and female work together, but same-sex pairs produce no significant results. Pairs of the opposite sex who are romantically involved produce the best results -- often seven times greater than when the same individuals are tested alone."

3 Name: Mad Scientist 2005-07-20 01:23 ID:Heaven

So that's why my computer plays up all the goddamn time... GRRRR :@

4 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-07-20 15:26 ID:Ra8WbO5u

The Princeton PEAR lab is a huge fucking joke. They're nowhere near scientific. And Wired are showing once again that they're just a bunch of trend monkies with no idea what actual journalism is by publishing such sensationalist article. They make a minimal effort to let in a skeptical voice at the end, and then dismiss it just like that.

Some further reading on PEAR: http://skepdic.com/pear.html

And on Radin, who seems to always show up when the media writes about this: http://www.skepticreport.com/psychics/radin2002.htm

5 Name: Sling!XD/uSlingU 2005-07-20 19:29 ID:EQYRaaoM

I don't like too much the Skeptic, his articles strike me as being often too shallow. Basically, he takes one subject and as soon as he finds stuff that doesn't make sense to him, he writes it off with a hollow laugh. Articles from, say, the Wikipedia or The Straight Dope are much more in depth and balanced.

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