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Author Topic:   Scientific Study of Consciousness-Related Physical Phenomena
happy_atheist
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11-25-2004 7:02 PM


Princeton University has a study called PEAR (Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research). This group use various machines that under normal circumstances produce random results, and claims to have statistically signifigant evidence that human conciousness can affect to outcome of these machines. One example of this would be a cascade device that allows balls to cascade randomly into slots at the bottom, and the human intervention forces the balls to fall in a non-random way. The URL is http://www.princeton.edu/~pear/2.html

I have a number of questions about this. Firstly, is anyone here familiar with this group? Is it good science (ie are the results obtained are accurate and meaningful, no errors with the studies etc), and if so what are the implications of the results? If it's not good are there any rebuttals of the groups findings?

Alternatively if the science is sound and the results are valid, what do you think the implications of it are?


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happt_atheist

Firstly, is anyone here familiar with this group? Is it good science (ie are the results obtained are accurate and meaningful, no errors with the studies etc), and if so what are the implications of the results? If it's not good are there any rebuttals of the groups findings?

http://skepdic.com/pear.html

This site will discuss some of the info you are looking for.


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I had a feeling there would be something up with it, but was willing to at least give it a little extra thought than I normally would due to it being associated with a university. If it had just been an anonymous website I wouldn't even have given it a second thought.
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