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Mental Deflection Of Cascading Spheres

"9,000 polyethylene spheres, 3/4" diameter, cascade downward through 360 nylon pegs to be collected in 19 bins each equipped with real-time counters and LED displays. The 'Baseline' distribution of terminal bin populations is found closely to approximate Gaussian, so that normal statistics can be applied. Operators attempt, on volition or instruction, to shift the distribution mean to the right or left of the baseline value. Results, plotted as cumulative deviations of the mean, display comparable levels of significance and similar individual 'signatures' of achievement to those obtained by the same operators on our microelectronic random event generator."

(Jahn, R.G., et al; "A Psychokinesis Experiment with a Random Mechanical Cascade," The Explorer, l:7, November 1983.)

Comment. The abstract does not come right out and say it, but some subjects do, with high degrees of statistical significance, slightly alter the cascades of falling spheres. These experiments were conducted at Princeton and constitute some of the best modern evidence for the reality of psychokinesis.

From Science Frontiers #32, MAR-APR 1984. 1984-2000 William R. Corliss

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