Two words: sharpshooter fallacy.

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi <use...@rudnyi.ru> wrote:
> On 20.06.2011 21:13 meekerdb said the following:
>>
>> On 6/20/2011 11:05 AM, selva wrote:
>>>
>>> it is proved in noetic science that our thoughts(only thoughts and
>>> not the actions due to those thoughts)affect our physical
>>> environment.
>>
>> Where are these proofs published?
>
> I was trying to understand what noetic science is (my first thought was no
> ethic, but it happens to be wrong). Along this way I have found some strange
> paper (see below). What do you think about it?
>
> Evgenii
>
> Correlations of Continuous Random Data with Major World Events
> Nelson, R. D., Radin, D. I., Shoup, R., and Bancel, P. A. (2002).
> Foundations of Physics Letters, 15, 6, 537-550.
> http://media.noetic.org/uploads/files/FoPL_nelson-pp.pdf
>
> The interaction of consciousness and physical systems is most often
> discussed in theoretical terms, usually with reference to the
> epistemological and ontological challenges of quantum theory. Less well
> known is a growing literature reporting experiments that examine the
> mindmatter relationship empirically. Here we describe data from a global
> network of physical random number generators that shows unexpected structure
> apparently associated with major world events. Arbitrary samples from the
> continuous, four-year data archive meet rigorous criteria for randomness,
> but pre-speci ed samples corresponding to events of broad regional or global
> importance show signi cant departures of distribution parameters from
> expectation. These deviations also correlate with a quantitative index of
> daily news intensity. Focused analyses of data recorded on September 11,
> 2001, show departures from random expectation in several statistics.
> Contextual analyses indicate that these cannot be attributed to identiable
> physical interactions and may be attributable to some unidenti ed
> interaction associated with human consciousness.
>
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