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Postby Suncross74 » 13 Apr 2012, 13:16

Greetings! Myself and IceAges14Aces are teaming up to carry out a study to see whether, in fact, it does seem possible for a person to collect information from afar using non-physical means. The subjects will be free to do this by any means - scrying, remote viewing, astral projecting to the location where the information is etc. We are looking for:

- Volunteers to attempt to view the targets

- Believers AND skeptics for Checking (will explain below)

- Two skeptics to help design and run the experiment to ensure it's reasonable to the skeptical line of thought (these two may NOT also be checkers)

The target will attempt to view pictures placed in the house of one of the runners (one of the skeptics or myself or IA14A - it doesn't matter, but I guess it will give the study more credibility if the skeptic holds the pictures). In order to ensure that there is no subjective "oh yeah, that description sounds like it could fit this picture" - or at least, reduce it - we will have a group of people comprised of both skeptics and psi-believers to read the descriptions and give guesses about what it might represent. Now, these people will probably not be able to give exact descriptions of the pictures as information received in this manner is often rather vague (an example was that a picture of an aircraft carrier with an explosion in the sea beside it would be perceived as "metal, oblong, water below, air above, nearby energetics" or something), but they WILL serve as a kind of check-and-balance, to see how clear the information really is to people who don't know what they're looking for - the final decision on whether a target is accurately described or not will still end up with the experiment runners.

Skype is REQUIRED for this experiment (no need to voice or video, but we will need to type). PM me your Skype contact handle if you wish to be added, and let me know which position you are seeking.

See you in science-land! :)

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 13 Apr 2012, 13:32

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 13 Apr 2012, 13:53

For those who are interested in participating in our study, here is a list of the following criteria you might follow and which we might use:

-You are free to decide how many trials you wish to conduct and how many decoys you wish to add in the judging process. Please note that p-values, z-scores, and effect-sizes will be dependent based on your decision of trials/decoys.

-Our experiments will be done under "double-blind" conditions. In other words, neither the experimenter (either me or Suncross) nor the receiver (participant) will know the actual target. The only one who will know the actual target is the one who is not sending two or more possible pictures to the test-subject for the judging process. This is an effective way to ensure no conscious/unconsious bias inflates the hit rates.

-All studies will be done independently by each participant and we will ignore the use of meta-analyses. I (not sure if Suncross agrees) decided that we will conduct the studies where each study consists only 1 test-subject. For example, if Rodney joined our experiment, only his trials/hits will be recorded in that study (even if we tested another subject). The reason why I decided to use this as our standard criteria is to eliminate heterogenity which some skeptics believe is not a legitimate statistical approach.

-Test-subjects must reach at least a 0.05 significance level in their study to show evidence. I, as well as Suncross, decided to reject the null-hypothesis (no psi) if the test-subject can reach at least a 0.05 significance level (where p<0.05 and a 5% chance of Type I error)

-Our study will be two-tailed. Unlike one-tailed testing, a two-tailed testing is a legitimate approach for testing psi abilities since it takes the psi-hitting/psi-missing into consideration.

-p-values, z-scores, and effect-sizes will be reported in each study which are based on my statistical calculations.

-What we consider a hit/miss will be based on your ranking. A rank of 1 indicates a hit while a rank of 2 or greater will indicate a miss. We will try to make each picture less ambiguous as possible compared to the other pictures during the judging process.

Good luck psychics :mrgreen:
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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby Arouet » 13 Apr 2012, 21:14

I'll have to read all that in more detail, but what kind of time commitment are we talking about? Also: I recommend cross-posting this over on skeptiko. More of a base.
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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 14 Apr 2012, 01:27

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby Arouet » 14 Apr 2012, 01:36

It looked like you were asking for volunteers- how long would it take?
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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 14 Apr 2012, 02:44

The time for the volunteers to apply is 24/7.

By the way, I already posted this thread on skeptiko http://forum.mind-energy.net/skeptiko-p ... study.html
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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 14 Apr 2012, 02:55

Well actually we are not fully done with the "procedures", so I still need to discuss to Suncross before we start experimenting...
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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

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Postby _Ice_Ages_14_Aces_ » 14 Apr 2012, 15:06

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby Suncross74 » 15 Apr 2012, 03:25

There will be no time commitment from experiment runners or checkers except to plan and to check the results. The psychic volunteers will need to view the target, which I see no real reason to place any time constraint on (this isn't the Randi challenge, lol). When we're ready, we'll set up the first target, and ask them to come back when they have a description (obviously we'll have some kind of limit so they can't just go away on us - 3 days maybe, after which we'll assume they're no longer interested in doing the experiment and remove them from the roster). The only time commitment needed from runners and checkers is to discuss the setup, find volunteers, agree to the protocol, and then decide if a given volunteer's description of the target is an acceptable match to what the target actually is. The checkers will only need to look at the volunteers' descriptions and then try to guess what it might be (to check how good the description is to people who don't know what is being targeted).

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

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Re: Remote viewing/astral projection study

Postby Craig Browning » 16 Apr 2012, 00:23

Exsqueeze me, I had to butt in here. . .

True "clairvoyant" types (the original name for "Remote Viewing" which btw, isn't the same as Astral Travel) can be quite accurate and detailed, the catch is that the ones that volunteer to get tested are typically egotists that want to make a name for themselves . . . at least that seems to be the perception from within psychic circles, in which we've seen exceptionally few, if any of the better renown personalities willingly participate in this sort of silliness. It's simply not part of what they are here for or why they do it.

This is the thing that all the "researchers" either tend to ignore or simply push off to the side; the fact that most psychics of whatever sort, aren't out for publicity and worldly recognition, they believe that their abilities are meant for a higher purpose and I can assure you, it ain't to get rich. Most of these people don't charge for what they do though they often receive gratuities in the form of gifts; which range from home cooked meals to nice crystal and even a tune-up for their car (if they even have one).

So long as "scientists" insist on testing the random volunteer that wouldn't pass a psychological screening when it comes to ego and one's lust for luxury and worldly success, there will never be any sort of accurate and 'true" revelation -- it's impossible to accomplish when using "faux" psychics (in the Psychic culture anyone that chases after fortune & fame is seen as a fake).

I'm reading a book right now by Lisa Barretta entitled "The Street Smart Psychic's Guide to Getting a Good Reading", one of the most ill-informed compositions I think I've ever waded through when it comes to someone inside the Psychic Industry trying to "educate" the consumer. She is totally oblivious as to what a "debunker" is and in massive denial when it comes to the fact that some folks (like me) know the psychological shenanigans that can be exploited in this sort of work as well as the trickery. In short, she wrote the book to get her name out to the public and it shows her naiveté in spades. She's not alone, but she's one glaring example of the type of "psychic" that will participate in a challenge of this sort; one that's out to prove themselves vs. living the more modest and austere path of the "wise ones".

The Clairvoyant can use trance and gazing methods in order to "see" the hidden or unknown, this is what gives us the classic Crystal Ball or Pool of Water type icon when it comes to such work. Native American Shaman to this day, use a technique involving a spider's web and usually a Hazel or Chestnut so they can check in on those they are treating. Then again, you have the Edgar Cayce type who detect things in dreams or "deep trance". But in such instances memory becomes an issue and the best way I can explain this is for you to see a full 90-120 minute film that you've never seen before and know absolutely nothing of in less than 15 seconds and from that "glimpse" describe in full detail the events and message (plot) of the film, who was who, specific names and places, etc. I'm betting no one has that ability and yet cynics would expect a psychic/clairvoyant to be able to do just that. For that matter, I'd love to see anyone relate a dream they've had in precise and accurate detail; typically we will only recall a handful of feelings, issues or articles even if we practice vivid dreaming techniques and recall exercises.

The Bottom Line is Simple. . . so-called researchers are getting inaccurate data because of the lower-level psychics they test and the fact that these psychics are driven more by their audacity and dreams of carnal obtainments than serving the more humanitarian calling such gifts are actually intended to be. Secondly, researchers fail to recognize the fact that they can't even fulfill their own requisites when it comes to recalling exact details when given very simple challenges that parallel the psychic experience, such as the motion picture example I gave above. So again, what they include in their research negates the reality of the situation.

And Before it's Brought Up Again. . . yes, psychics do get paid for doing certain aspects of the work, they must survive in the real world after all. Very few outside those chasing the Brass Ring, see personal incomes that exceed $30k a year with most living at the poverty line. The exceptions are the book writers, lecture circuit speakers, etc. those seeking a higher profile sense of reputation. . . and yes, I fall into that niche given my show biz background. But, I use my legit background alongside the theatrical so as to challenge as well as educate the public, which is quite common when it comes to old school Mentalists. ;)
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