Hi Roger, I'm curious about the experimental setup. Could it be that he's just misinterpreting a probabilistic distribution? Suppose the amount of time it takes people to solve a puzzle follows a normal distribution. As time passes and we ride the slope to the mean, we can get the mistaken impression that people solving the puzzle are causing more people to solve it.
I hope I'm wrong by the way! I love weird experimental results. On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM, Roger Clough <rclo...@verizon.net> wrote: > Hi > > Sheldrake's morphic resonance is based on observations such as this: > repeated operations by people doing the same times crossword puzzle cause > subsequent solving of the puzzle later in the day easier. > > This is ridiculed by scientists. > But IMHO morphic resonance could be understood as modification of random > behavior > (on a platonic or Leibnizian shared mental plane) subjected to a lawful > universe, > such as is found in natural selection through evolution > > As an explanation, consider this analogy. They've put hidden optical speed > detectors > on my neighborhood streets to slow down traffic. If you don't see the > detectors and speed through, the detectors will flash photo your license > plate and electronically issue you a speed ticket. Gradually everybody > tends to slow down to meet the legal speed limit. > > A wild speculation is perhaps quantum mechanics behavior gradually > adapts to einstein behavior in such a way. > [Roger Clough], [rclo...@verizon.net] <rclo...@verizon.net]> > 1/3/2013 > "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." - Woody Allen > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. > To unsubscribe from this group, send email to > everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit this group at > http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.