June 2, 2009

Cool new experiment for all Twitter users

Posted in Science, Social media, Technology tagged , at 3:46 AM by moxiemuse


Last week Richard Wiseman announced that he has teamed up with New Scientist to conduct the first scientific experiment on Twitter. Here are the details…

The experiment will examine the possible existence of ‘remote viewing’ – the alleged ability to psychically identify a distant location. Richard says he is pretty skeptical about psychic ability, but the American government spent millions of dollars examining remote viewing and lots of people believe that it is a genuine ability. So, how is the experiment going to work? Well, at 3pm (UK time) each day, he will travel to a randomly selected location. Once there, he will send a Tweet, asking everyone to Tweet about their thoughts concerning the nature of the location. Thirty minutes later, he will send another Tweet linking to a website that will allow everyone to view photographs of five locations (the actual location and four decoys), think about the thoughts and images that came to them in the thirty minutes before, and vote on which of the five they believe to be the actual target location. If the majority of people select the correct target then the trial will count as a hit, otherwise it will count as a miss. There will be trials at 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Three or more hits in four trials will be seen as supporting the existence of extrasensory perception. In addition to these formal trials, there will be an informal trial (to test the procedure) today at 3pm.

As well as being the first ever scientific experiment on Twitter, I think this is going to be the largest ever test of Remote Viewing, so I am excited about the project.

To participate, simply follow me on twitter at: https://twitter.com/RichardWiseman

Richard needs thousands to take part, so feel free to spread the word.