Yeah, that was the one where they did the brain scan of the guy, but he was a straight up mentalist? My friend and I tore that thing apart, it was really stupid.
I think part of it is just the nature of the field attracts craziness and credulity, and it takes a lot of internal mental balance and strength to be able to sort through it all, and see if there is any real effect underneath all the fakes, frauds, coincidences, noise, and mistakes.
But someone's gotta do it.
Also, to really grind out any last bit of that silly "Psi disappears when you use proper controls" argument, here's one more doozie: An Experiment in Covert Ganzfeld Telepathy
Here's a basic overview of the controls employed:
1. Subjects had no idea it was a psi test (no chance of fraud/magicians)
2. Material was rated using a standardized rubric for several parameters
3. Full randomization of target selection, plus post-hoc analysis of thoroughness of the randomization and balance
4. The entire process was done on computers, this eliminates the "VHS wear and tear" issue entirely, as well as automating the process, further removing the experimenter from the experiment, and recording all the data automatically
5. Rooms with subjects were isolated (obviously), physically, acoustically, and electromagnetically
6. After the experimenter begins, the only connection between the rooms is by digital communication between computers and closed-circuit TV
7. Experimenters communicate with each other through phone calls, and controlling experimenters never directly interacted with any subjects at any point.
What is your retort to that, really??
Hey, you there. Yes, you. Read more journal articles.
If what I say sounds like the teacher from Charlie Brown (Wah wahh woohh wuh waah), then you should try college. It's fun, and only costs you your soul and several tens of thousands of dollars.
“I agree that by the standards of any other area of science that remote viewing is proven“ - Richard Wiseman
Let's make directional hypotheses, test them repeatedly, replicate experiments, and publish results! Yay, science!