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Original Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 12:26:41 -0800
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ISSUE 2019 Monday 4 December 2000
1,000 minds aim to think alike in a telepathy test
By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent
SCIENTISTS are putting the paranormal to the test this week in
Britain's biggest telepathy experiment.
Around 1,000 people will try to transmit an image projected on to a
building into the mind of a volunteer in a sealed room. The
experiment, designed by Dr Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, is an
attempt to discover whether extra sensory perception, or ESP, can be
boosted by a large number of people.
Despite decades of scientific research, the evidence for telepathy
remains weak. Just a handful of studies around the world claim to have
found evidence of psychic phenomena. The most famous was carried out
at Edinburgh University a couple of years ago, but has been impossible
The new attempt, which takes place in London on Thursday, is the
largest ESP experiment since a series of six concerts by the rock
group the Grateful Dead in New York in 1971. Then, 2,000 people
attempted to transmit an image to two sleeping volunteers who claimed
to have telepathic abilities. The results were inconclusive.
Dr Wiseman, of Hertfordshire University, will repeat the experiment on
Thursday by projecting images to a crowd. The audience will be asked
to concentrate on the image and transmit it to volunteers inside a
nearby office block.
To prepare for the test, the receivers will get into a relaxed,
meditative condition commonly used in parapsychology tests, known as a
"Ganzfeld state". Halved ping-pong balls will be placed over their
eyes, their faces will be bathed in red light and they will listen to
white noise on headphones.
The first eight trials will take place inside the Museum of the
Unknown on the South Bank. The final two images will be projected on
an outside wall after 6pm.
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