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
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:
> 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
> (on a platonic or Leibnizian shared mental plane) subjected to a lawful
> such as is found in natural selection through evolution
> As an explanation, consider this analogy. They've put hidden optical speed
> 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]>
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