From: Richard Loosemore (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Dec 31 2005 - 14:22:47 MST
I would be delighted to reply to your post, below, in a thoughtful and
scientific way, as I did to David Clark at the beginning of the
discussion with him.
But you are already being abusive and sarcastic.
Given this abusive attitude, which indicates that you have no interest
in discussing the topic as a scientist, I don't think there is any point
in me wasting my time and energy.
If, at any time, you feel like changing your attitude, to something
approximating objective inquiry, let me know and I will immediately
respond to your comments below with as much care as I can.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Richard Loosemore wrote:
>> I agree, the most robust stuff is precognitive. That was the design
>> of the one experiment of mine that came out with an extremely
>> significant result.
>> It used to drive me crazy, with my physics background. I did all the
>> work to collect the "guesses" of my subjects, but what I knew was that
>> the targets that they were trying to guess at would not be determined
>> until after all the data was collected and the pieces of paper were in
>> my sweaty palms.
>> Then I generated the random seed from a previously specified set of
>> global weather statistics, used it to dive into the RAND Corporation
>> Book of One Million Random Digits (the world's most enthralling book)
>> at my start point, then compared about 12,000 binary digits in the
>> tables and in my subjects' responses.
>> A lot of pain later (didn't have a computer in 1984, had to do it all
>> by hand), out pops the predicted correlation between run score
>> variance and self-reported motivation, at the 0.005 confidence level.
>> To those of you not well versed in experimental design, that means I
>> predicted the correlation ahead of time, and the first time I did the
>> experiment, it turned up and if the effect was pure fluke, then it was
>> a 1 in 200 chance.
>> But what a bitchin' result! All those guesses matching up with some
>> predetermined random numbers in a book, with the only degree of
>> freedom being the seed point into the book!
>> Darned if I can make sense of it.
>> Richard Loosemore
> If you can get results significant at the 1 in 200 chance level,
> you can predict lottery numbers well enough to double your money on each
> round. It's the same amount of Shannon information. All you need to do
> is declare that you will generate the winning pseudo-random numbers from
> the seed that is the winning Mega ball, or whatever, and then check in
> advance to see which seed's pseudo-random numbers work best. Think of
> the publicity! You could, using these standard experimental protocols
> that produce robust and repeatable results, settle the parapsychological
> debate once and for all! In a way that no one could possible deny! And
> make a heck of a lot of money on the side! Just keep doubling your
> money on each round until you've got a few million dollars; or poll
> enough subjects to get enough precognitive information to win the
> lottery outright.
> Yet somehow I amazingly predict, in advance of the data, that the very
> *instant* you try to match lottery numbers instead of random numbers in
> a book, the robust repeatible precognitive effect will vanish like a
> beautiful but strictly imaginary snowflake falling into a bucket of
> real, dirty warm water.
> And on some level, you know it too, which is why you tried to match
> random numbers in a book, instead of coming up with an encoding that
> would let you match the same amount of Shannon information about future
> results to the winning Mega ball.
> I too am disturbed by the apparent fact that parapsychological results
> pass every standard test of science - and yet the same results vanish,
> like tiny sparkling droplets of dew evaporating in the searing light of
> the morning sun, as soon as someone tries to use exactly the same
> precognition protocol to double their money in the lottery. It means
> that the standard tests of science are too damn weak, and for all we
> know, a lot of other "statistically significant" science is also junk.
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