The ESP task will consist of moving a pen around a grid divided into squares like a checkerboard. For each trial, the idea is that the intuitive mind will guide the participant’s hand to the square randomly selected by the computer as the target for the trial. There will be 36 trials in all. This type of performance is referred to in parapsychology as “motor automatism” because your body makes the guesses unaided (or, as I would put it, unhindered) by conscious thoughts or images. In parapsychology, the best example we have of a motor automatism is the “automatic writing” displayed with great success by the famous trance mediums of the late 19th and early 20th Century. A modern example is the Ouija board. Note, however, that the ESP test will in no way involve conjuring spirits.

What's Happening at the Rhine Lab?

A panel presentation by Jim Carpenter, Bill Joines, John Palmer and Christine Simmonds-Moore moderated by John Kruth recorded on December 3rd, 2010 at the Stedman Auditorium.