Respected Cornell Professor’s Study Shows Evidence That ESP May Exist
January 6, 2011
(ChattahBox Science News)—Psychologists are abuzz recently with the news that The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a respected scholarly journal, will soon publish a paper that shows strong evidence that ESP (extrasensory perception) exists. The study’s author, Daryl J. Bem, is a prominent emeritus professor at Cornell who performed studies on over 1,000 subjects and found evidence that they could accurately sense random events in many of the experiments, The New York Times reports.
Many in the psychology community are outraged that the paper is being published, noting that its results defy the laws of science and weren’t subject to enough scrutiny, the Times notes. The Journal intends to publish rebuttals alongside the ESP paper.
Some statisticians charge that the paper lacks credibility because it does not utilize a “null hypothesis,” which would start the experiments out by saying that ESP does not exist and then analyze the outcomes based on that hypothesis. Bem, however, insists that he used traditional scientific methods to achieve his results, the Times reports.