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Idiots Pretend to Do Science, Get Fooled by Magician

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8 comments to Idiots Pretend to Do Science, Get Fooled by Magician

  • TomWoolf

    What a brilliant drawing by the magician! It could be:
    – a chopped up rectangle/square
    – a bird
    – a house (overlapping shingles/siding)
    – a neighborhood
    – a downtown
    – a flag….

    Great way to maximize a possible match to the researcher’s pic.

    The guy knows his shtick!

  • Jim Shaver

    But TomWoolf, Gerard’s drawing is definitely similar (I would even agree with the term “strikingly similar”, under different circumstances) to the original drawing, and the similarity has very little to do with Gerard’s ability to be vague. As Rebecca said, he’s a magician, performing a magic trick! His drawing is similar to the original, because he secretively had a peak at the original, one way or another. That’s how the trick works — he’s not guessing.

  • IPVlazy

    OK so first of all, those pictures look nothing alike, and secondly I don’t understand why every time scientists do an experiment testing psychic powers it is always not as controlled as it should be. Maybe it is because they really really want psychics to be real when they know that it is impossible.

  • Traveler

    How you you learn anything from an fMRI study of just two people? It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for psychic powers or arithmetic skills. With just two people in a single trial you don’t know that the differences in their scans weren’t the result of one of them being distracted by thoughts of his girlfriend while the other was distracted by thoughts about lunch.

  • Chris Noble

    “…and secondly I don’t understand why every time scientists do an experiment testing psychic powers it is always not as controlled as it should be.”

    What do you mean? They controlled for the phase of the moon! That’s better controls than most scientific experiments!

    “Both the subjects were scanned on the 3 rd day of the lunar cycle and at the same time of the day (1400 hours IST) separated by a three-month interval.”

    Although the Sun was in a different star-sign

  • The Blind Watchmaker

    Hmm, the reaserchers may want to read page 28 of Corinda’s “13 Steps to Mentalism”.

  • DLC

    I’m getting an image here of a man . . . did you by any chance have a grandfather ?
    And did your grandfather wear pants ?

  • patrik.e

    I totally love that title, Rebecca! =) Anyway, TomWoolf already said what I was thinking.

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