Today’s tremendous coverage, including the front page of The New York Times, being given to a paper about to be published by Professor Daryl J. Bem, retired from Cornell University, appears to be on a specific area of Extra Sensory Perception, particularly seeing if an individual is able to sense or repeat accurately random events that were to be then brought up on a computer. This area of quasi -precognitive ESP is to be reported in a paper.
I want to respond to the “outrage” that “some psychologists sense” about the oncoming paper. The apparent precognitive “abilities” of these critics amuses me immensely. They are sensing and predicting outrage before the report appears. Included amongst this array are some long-lasting critics of ESP who are coming out of the woodwork, and some have been retired, but they are reawakening their criticism of the possibility or improbability of ESP phenomena in a scientific way. The position of these has-beens remains stoical, limited, and narrow-minded, retaining their ability to remain immovable. What is remarkable about these so-called “scientific critics” is that they’re criticizing the article before it appears. Obviously, they are implying that they have some paranormal or cognitive ability in the area that they claim such abilities do not exist, since they’re already predicting and evaluating the report. Come on, gentlemen, grow up. Act a little bit more mature. Maybe science needs a shot in the arm. This is not criticizing the ability of professionals to think realistically, but it also shows that they are human beings, or at least quasi-human beings. It would be revolutionary and exciting if paranormal or ESP was substantiated in a scientific setting. I have a feeling Dr. J.B. Rhine, who was doing pioneering research at Duke University in the 30’s and 40’s and receiving scathing criticism is not turning over in his grave, but at least showing a smile on his face.
By the way, let me again make it clear, as I’ve stated throughout my career , that I do not claim all of my presentations are pure ESP, because as an entertainer, I feel the right to embellish what I do with showmanship.
The Amazing Kreskin
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