Study showing that humans have some psychic powers caps Daryl Bem’s career
By George Lowery
It took eight years and nine experiments with more 1,000 participants, but the results offer evidence that humans have some ability to anticipate the future.
“Of the various forms of ESP or psi, as we call it, precognition has always most intrigued me because it’s the most magical,” said Daryl Bem, professor of psychology emeritus, whose study will be published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology sometime next year.
“It most violates our notion of how the physical world works. The phenomena of modern quantum physics are just as mind-boggling, but they are so technical that most non-physicists don’t know about them,” said Bem, who studied physics before becoming a psychologist.
Publishing on this topic has gladdened the hearts of psi researchers but stumped doubting social psychologists, who cannot fault Bem’s mainstream and widely accepted methodology.
Whoops! That hasn’t aged so well.
P.S. I was curious so I searched Cornell Chronicle for articles about Brian “Pizzagate” Wansink. They had lots of articles on this guy, and many of them were written by Katie Baildon, “a communications specialist for the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.”
There’s nothing wrong with hiring a public relations writer. But it’s interesting to see the diffusion of responsibility:
– Cornell is a well-respected university.
– Cornell, like other such organizations, hires people whose sole job is to write positive things about the institution.
– But sometimes the Cornell public relations department delegates its job and runs articles written by public relations writers hired by individual Cornell professors.
If I was the president of Cornell, I’d be kind of annoyed at all the stupid things being written by people working at my institution.
But I guess none of these items are quite as stupid as the claim that “The replication rate in psychology is quite high—indeed, it is statistically indistinguishable from 100%.” That one came from two Harvard professors who might have benefited by checking with the statistics department before mouthing off like they did.
Also from the Cornell Chronicle, this beauty:
Are your attitudes toward certain foods shaped by peer pressure rather than science? Recent research conducted by Cornell suggests that’s the case.
While some ingredient food fears are justified by objective evidence, others have demonized ingredients and damaged industries. . . .
“High fructose corn syrup avoiders expressed a stronger belief that the ingredient gives you headaches, is dangerous for children, cannot be digested, is bad for skin, makes one sluggish and changes one’s palate,” the researchers reported. . . .
Educating consumers might also do the trick. The researchers noted that participants’ views toward ingredients “became more positive when they were either informed about the history and functions of the ingredient, or informed of the wide range of familiar products that currently contain the ingredient – all factors that contribute to familiarity with the product.” . . .
“To overcome food ingredient fears, learn the science, history and the process of how the ingredient is made, and you’ll be a smarter, savvier consumer,” said Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink, lead author on the report.
Oh, and one other thing:
The study was funded in part by the Corn Refiners Association and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
All right, then.