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After decades of failure to find a reproducible
demonstration of any paranormal phenomenon, PEAR, the
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory,
is shutting down, reportedly due to of lack of
funding. Robert G. Jahn, founder of the lab that for
so long embarrassed Princeton, had this to say: "If
people don't believe us after all the results we've
produced, then they never will."


http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/10/0820225
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Professor Jahn seems to think that they've proved enough. Or is that just how I read it?
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Slim,

I think you read it correctly.
To read the entire NY Times article, you can register
online...or visit http://www.bugmenot.com in order to
borrow someone else's account id and password.

(I just used "microsoftfanboy" as login id
and "microsoftblows" as the password. They worked
just fine.)
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Smile Smile
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The first and most generous donor was his friend James S. McDonnell, a founder of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.


James S. McDonnell, the same person who donated half a million dollars to the Washington University's Project Alpha. You know the rest of the story; after four years of extensive rigorous research, they proved that Banachek has supernatural powers Smile

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In one of PEAR’s standard experiments, the study participant would sit in front of an electronic box the size of a toaster oven, which flashed a random series of numbers just above and just below 100. Staff members instructed the person to simply “think high” or “think low” and watch the display. After thousands of repetitions — the equivalent of coin flips — the researchers looked for differences between the machine’s output and random chance.

Analyzing data from such trials, the PEAR team concluded that people could alter the behavior of these machines very slightly, changing about 2 or 3 flips out of 10,000. If the human mind could alter the behavior of such a machine, Dr. Jahn argued, then thought could bring about changes in many other areas of life — helping to heal disease, for instance, in oneself and others.


I'm trying to be polite, but I can't. These guys are a bunch of idiots. No need to spend millions of dollars for this. If anyone would like to try the experiment, just send me an email. I will send you a simple program that prints random numbers close to 100, and you try to influence it just like the experiment above. Good luck.


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“It’s been an embarrassment to science, and I think an embarrassment for Princeton,” said Robert L. Park, a University of Maryland physicist who is the author of “Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud.” “Science has a substantial amount of credibility, but this is the kind of thing that squanders it.”


Exactly my views. There should be room for science fiction only in the university's department of literature...
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[quote]On 2007-02-12 19:14, Omid wrote:
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I'm trying to be polite, but I can't. These guys are a bunch of idiots. No need to spend millions of dollars for this. If anyone would like to try the experiment, just send me an email. I will send you a simple program that prints random numbers close to 100, and you try to influence it just like the experiment above. Good luck.





Sounds personal...Smile
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Millionaire idiots Smile ??????
Who's the idiot?' If they finally found something Paranornal, they would have made even MORE millions.
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