Friday, February 19, 2010

Rupert Sheldrake and the Extended Mind lecture

We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. And people's intentions can be detected by animals from miles away. The commonest kind of non-local interaction mental influence occurs in connection with telephone calls, where most people have had the experience of thinking of someone shortly before they ring. Controlled, randomized tests on telephone telepathy have given highly significant positive results. Research techniques have now been automated and experiments on telepathy are now being conducted through the internet and cell phones, enabling widespread participation.

In this conference, Rupert Sheldrake presents some of his lastest findings.


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  2. I liked the Sheldrake lecture very much, but one thing bothered me. He claimed a 45% hit rate in one of his charts on telephone telepathy, without making it clear that this was only achieved by "stars" like the Nolan sisters. From what I've read, the average hit rate he gets is 33%, against an expectation of 25%.

  3. You're right Roger.

    I think that, in general, we can expect that the rate for "normal" people be lower that the rate of "stars", because we're dealing with human abilities and skills.

    It seems to apply both to psi as to sports and similar activities where human skills is a key factor.