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I Sense Something Amusing… My ESP Test

Posted in From the Hosts, Psychic Phenomena with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by The Paranormal View
Vector drawing of the five kinds of Zener card...

I had the pleasure of participating in a formal ESP testing session yesterday with the lovely folks from Richmond L.O.R.E. (League of Occult Research and Education). Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Seriously, no play on words there – this critical minded sleuth of psychic phenomena actually bellied up for a test and, surprisingly, was not disappointed.

The testing director was very thorough with all parts of the setup and even made sure we had nice, rigid blinds between us test subjects and those recording the data. He had us set for 100 attempts with both the standard Zener cards and a set of cards with colored dots. According to all of the data I was able to scratch together, 12 accurate predictions or “readings” out of 100 is considered the same as chance.

So, how did I score? Let me first tell you that I thought this would be a breeze – just roll in and guess what’s on the cards and roll out. By the time I was about 3/4 of the way through my test with the symbols and before I’d even started the color test, I was exhausted. I felt like I’d run a mental marathon with no one there to even thrust a cup of water at me as I stumbled by. I started seeing spots after a few more minutes, but eventually made it through unscathed.

For the curious, I scored higher than 12. My results were 23% accurate to be exact. Do I think I have some special gift of “seeing” now? Hardly. One thing my tester said when I wrapped up did strike me as strange, though:

“More than half of the time, your response would match the next card flipped, not the one in my hand.”