A simple explanation of Sheldrake's morphic resonance observations

2013-01-03 Thread Roger Clough
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]
1/3/2013 
Forever is a long time, especially near the end. - Woody Allen

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Re: A simple explanation of Sheldrake's morphic resonance observations

2013-01-03 Thread John Clark
I have a even simpler explanation of Sheldrake's morphic resonance
observations, Rupert Sheldrake is a simpleton and a crappy scientist.

  John K Clark

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Re: A simple explanation of Sheldrake's morphic resonance observations

2013-01-03 Thread Telmo Menezes
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
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