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13065Proof of ESP ?

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Jul 5, 2004
      Prickly feeling makes sense
      Fro The Daily Telegraph

      By ANIL DAWARin London

      July 2, 2004

      IF you have ever felt that someone is watching you, sending prickles
      up your neck, it might not have been just your imagination.

      Scientists have found evidence to suggest we do have a sixth sense and
      can tell when we are being watched, even through CCTV.

      This shows humans could have paranormal powers, say researchers at
      Germany's Freiberg University.

      Dr Stefan Schmidt and his team carried out two experiments a thousand
      times and believe they have finally proved the reality of the sixth sense.

      The first, called "remote staring", consisted of a volunteer in a
      sealed room watching a second volunteer in another room via CCTV.

      The second volunteer was hooked up to electrodes which recorded the
      "prickle" or electrical activity of the skin. This was compared when
      the volunteer was or was not being watched.

      In the second experiment, called "direct mental interaction", the
      first volunteer concentrated on making the second feel uncomfortable
      or relaxed from within the sealed cell.

      The German team used a complex statistical scale to grade the studies
      according to reliability and paranormal effect recorded.

      In other experiments, the starer tried to make the other feel either
      uncomfortable or relaxed. Again, the electronic monitor proved
      repeatedly that it could be done.

      In the British Journal of Psychology, Dr Schmidt noted that the data
      was ambiguous but found that "for both data sets there is a small but
      significant effect".

      While the findings will please believers in the paranormal, they are
      not enough to convince the sceptics.

      Psychology professor Richard Wiseman, of Hertfordshire University,
      said: "The number of times you turn around and find someone not
      looking at you far outnumber the times when you do but you only
      remember the times you turned round to see someone looking."

      Back in the 1960s Czech psychologist Milan Ryzl did a series of
      experiments with two supposedly telepathic people who were many
      kilometres apart.

      The "sender" was asked to try to make the "receiver" feel
      uncomfortable by imagining that he had been buried alive, and
      succeeded in inducing a crippling attack of asthma.

      Mr Ryzl was inspired by a colleague, Stepan Figar, who had proved that
      when one person concentrates on another, it can actually cause a
      measurable rise in blood pressure.

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