The results are in for the latest preliminary test in the JREF’s million dollar challenge. A psychic gave ten personal readings for ten volunteers. The ten volunteers picked the reading they most identified with, from all of the ten readings given.
None of them picked the reading that was psychically tailored for them personally. The applicant, Mrs Patricia Putt, had accepted all the protocols ahead of time, and agreed that they were fair and would not be biased against her abilities. She attributed the result to the failure of her own powers.
I don’t suppose many people would seriously reconsider their position faced with a disconfirming result like this, if they’ve had years of unscientific, unreliable, informal, anecdotal results previously that seem to confirm what they want to think. And maybe somewhere there’s someone who shouldn’t abandon their belief in their psychic abilities, because they really possess such powers, and will continue to exhibit them under more careful observation. I really don’t think it’s ever going to happen, but the test results are more important than my own non-psychic prognostications.
So, magic brain-powers still appear to be entirely fictional. Hands up who’s surprised?
(I’ll try and post something next which isn’t just a link to a recent JREF post.)
Edit 09/05/09: Why am I not surprised?