ESP Test: A Personal Experiment

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I found this test while searching for techniques to "enhance" telepathic ability, if such a thing is possible. I did an experiment and my results are recorded below. I would love to see other peoples scores!

Link to test: http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/ap...index.html

Setup: I chose the "Predict a card unknown to you" option. I'm not really sure if this option would even count as telepathy, but oh well Wink . I then chose the "symbols" cards and the question number is "25". I took a ten minute break in between each one.

First Try: 44%-11/25

Second Try: 32%-8/25

Third Try:  40%-10/25

Fourth Try: 44%-10/25

Fifth Try: 36%-9/25

Sixth Try: 40%-10/25

Seventh Try: 40%-10/25

Eighth Try: 44%-11/25

Ninth Try: 36%-9/25

Tenth Try: 36%-9/25

I then did ten trials of random guessing. Below are those results.

First Try: 16%-4/25

Second Try: 20%-5/25

Third Try: 16%-4/25

Fourth Try: 12%-3/25

Fifth Try: 20%-5/25

Sixth Try: 20%-5/25

Seventh Try: 20%-5/25

Eighth Try: 16%-4/25

Ninth Try: 20%-5/25

Tenth Try: 24%-6/25

I'm not sure if the test is indicative of anything psi related, but nonetheless I had fun taking it!
“And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming.”

 

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(2018-06-20, 11:03 PM)TheRaven Wrote: I found this test while searching for techniques to "enhance" telepathic ability, if such a thing is possible. I did an experiment and my results are recorded below. I would love to see other peoples scores!

Link to test: http://psychiclibrary.com/beyondBooks/ap...index.html

Setup: I chose the "Predict a card unknown to you" option. I'm not really sure if this option would even count as telepathy, but oh well Wink . I then chose the "symbols" cards and the question number is "25". I took a ten minute break in between each one.

Raven, I don't mean to be dismissive of the cumulative results from your first ten runs of 25 trials (the ones you did in precognitive mode), but the odds against chance of your having done so extraordinarily well (or better) are something like 160 billion to 1:

http://vassarstats.net/binomialX.html
(where n=250, k=97, p=.2)

Are you sure you didn't accidentally click "50" as the "Length of Test" parameter? The total number of your hits is consistent with a run length of 50 trials, whereas it's nearly twice as large as the expected number for runs of 25 trials.

If you did in fact choose 25 trials per run instead of 50, then I say you obtained a cumulative outcome that is so awesome as to border on the miraculous, and you are even more special psychically than your psi accounts would suggest. In this case, you might consider registering for the "GotPsi?" tests run by Dean Radin et al at IONS:

http://psiresearch.com/

A great feature of these tests is that the results for each of them are posted daily to one of several "halls of fame", where members can see how well they did and compare their scores to those of others who did the same test that day. There also used to be monthly and yearly halls of fame for each test, but with the unfortunate demise of Richard Shoup, Dean's original partner in the venture, the code he wrote to maintain those halls of fame apparently couldn't be used on the new platform Dean moved the tests to.

Anyhow, if you could consistently score very well on an easy to analyze test like the Card Test, you might be able to attract the attention of some well-known parapsychologists, like those at the University of Virginia. Ed Kelly's always talking about how he and his group are looking for psi-talented individuals to study. It would be nice to see if he really means it. Smile
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I've actually not studied the results yet. However, there is a phenomenon colloquially known as "beginners luck" also manifesting as the "decline effect" so that may play a role.
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(2018-06-21, 09:16 AM)Doug Wrote: Raven, I don't mean to be dismissive of the cumulative results from your first ten runs of 25 trials (the ones you did in precognitive mode), but the odds against chance of your having done so extraordinarily well (or better) are something like 160 billion to 1:

http://vassarstats.net/binomialX.html
(where n=250, k=97, p=.2)

Are you sure you didn't accidentally click "50" as the "Length of Test" parameter? The total number of your hits is consistent with a run length of 50 trials, whereas it's nearly twice as large as the expected number for runs of 25 trials.

If you did in fact choose 25 trials per run instead of 50, then I say you obtained a cumulative outcome that is so awesome as to border on the miraculous, and you are even more special psychically than your psi accounts would suggest. In this case, you might consider registering for the "GotPsi?" tests run by Dean Radin et al at IONS:

http://psiresearch.com/

A great feature of these tests is that the results for each of them are posted daily to one of several "halls of fame", where members can see how well they did and compare their scores to those of others who did the same test that day. There also used to be monthly and yearly halls of fame for each test, but with the unfortunate demise of Richard Shoup, Dean's original partner in the venture, the code he wrote to maintain those halls of fame apparently couldn't be used on the new platform Dean moved the tests to.

Anyhow, if you could consistently score very well on an easy to analyze test like the Card Test, you might be able to attract the attention of some well-known parapsychologists, like those at the University of Virginia. Ed Kelly's always talking about how he and his group are looking for psi-talented individuals to study. It would be nice to see if he really means it. Smile
 
No, I know for a fact that I clicked on 25 not 50. I plan on running more trials with different setups in the future(like listening to white noise while taking the test etc.), so only time will tell if these results are worth taking seriously. Also, I don't think it was precognitive mode that I chose. The card was already chosen for me, then I had to "guess" what card was chosen. Unless I'm missing something?
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In this post I'll get into the details about my setup, which I was too lazy to do yesterday Big Grin 

I did the trials on a laptop, sitting on my bed. Because I used to practice candle magick when I was a wiccan/pagan, I have A LOT of candles. I lit two purples ones, which stand for psychic powers, spirituality, wisdom, and peace. I also lit two blue ones which stand for meditation, communication, and inspiration. I have no idea if these affected my results, just thought it might be important to know.

While taking the test, I tried to get as relaxed as possible. I let go of the tension that I had in my muscles and let my eyes droop a little.


As I stated in my original post, I took a ten minute break in between each one.
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(2018-06-21, 06:25 PM)TheRaven Wrote: No, I know for a fact that I clicked on 25 not 50. I plan on running more trials with different setups in the future(like listening to white noise while taking the test etc.), so only time will tell if these results are worth taking seriously.

Despite your graciously allowing the possibility of having done some runs of 50 trials in the pre-edited version of your post, I too think it's far more likely that you consistently did the same number of trials per run throughout your experiment. In so doing, you defied absolutely staggering odds. The only shame of it is that the website most likely has no record of your results...

Best wishes for future forays into forced-choice guessing experiments! Smile


Quote:Also, I don't think it was precognitive mode that I chose. The card was already chosen for me, then I had to "guess" what card was chosen. Unless I'm missing something?

My mistake about suggesting precognitive mode. You clearly wrote that you chose "Predict a card unknown to you" (in this case, clairvoyance mode), yet I still managed to confuse myself into believing you chose the first option. I guess that's because I thought you chose different options for the two sessions. My apologies for the misunderstanding.
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(2018-06-21, 08:41 PM)Doug Wrote: Despite your graciously allowing the possibility of having done some runs of 50 trials in the pre-edited version of your post, I too think it's far more likely that you consistently did the same number of trials per run throughout your experiment. In so doing, you defied absolutely staggering odds. The only shame of it is that the website most likely has no record of your results...

Best wishes for future forays into forced-choice guessing experiments! Smile



My mistake about suggesting precognitive mode. You clearly wrote that you chose "Predict a card unknown to you" (in this case, clairvoyance mode), yet I still managed to confuse myself into believing you chose the first option. I guess that's because I thought you chose different options for the two sessions. My apologies for the misunderstanding.

The more I thought about it, I became more certain that I did in fact click on the 25 option. I actually remembered that my aunt came in when I was done, and did the test once. I asked her if she remembered how many questions there were, and she said 25.  I didn't reset the perimeter, I just clicked the "start over" option, which didn't reset the number. I don't want it to sound like I changed it to make me "look better", rather I am pretty much certain that I clicked 25. I think the next time I do the test/trials, I'll do it on my phone so I can screenshot my results. I didn't even think about it until I was 3/4 of the way done with my trials. I'm pretty much putting this up to "beginners luck" for now. I don't really want anyone to take these results too seriously, which I don't think anyone will anyway. Also, thanks for the link! I'll run different trials with these test as well. I'll keep posting my results/experiments on this thread, so stay tuned!
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(2018-06-21, 09:11 PM)TheRaven Wrote: I don't really want anyone to take these results too seriously, which I don't think anyone will anyway. 

If you really got those results, it's a lot more than serious. It's absolutely staggering and not something I would imagine was possible for any person to do, ever. I would imagine that's a stronger effect than has ever been demonstrated in any lab experiment, ever. Certainly no one has ever displayed that talent in any experiment before, as far as I know. No chance in hell that could just be "beginner's luck". Way too many hits for that. Just a jaw-dropping display of precognition and simply no way it could have been luck. I mean, obviously it wasn't done in a controlled setting, but if you really got those results, it's absolutely unbelievable!

Not to mention that you crushed 100% of your trials. All of them.
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(2018-06-21, 11:40 PM)berkelon Wrote: If you really got those results, it's a lot more than serious. It's absolutely staggering and not something I would imagine was possible for any person to do, ever. I would imagine that's a stronger effect than has ever been demonstrated in any lab experiment, ever. Certainly no one has ever displayed that talent in any experiment before, as far as I know. No chance in hell that could just be "beginner's luck". Way too many hits for that. Just a jaw-dropping display of precognition and simply no way it could have been luck. I mean, obviously it wasn't done in a controlled setting, but if you really got those results, it's absolutely unbelievable!

Not to mention that you crushed 100% of your trials. All of them.

I just wouldn't draw any conclusions from it quite yet. Like I previously said, I plan on doing more trials hopefully soon and then we can draw accurate conclusions from them. To be entirely honest, I didn't think the results were that impressive in the first place. I am not read up on Ganzfeld or Zener cards in general, so it is quite a shock to see people calling this impressive. I thought "above average" would be higher.
“And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming.”

 

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(2018-06-21, 11:52 PM)TheRaven Wrote: I just wouldn't draw any conclusions from it quite yet. Like I previously said, I plan on doing more trials hopefully soon and then we can draw accurate conclusions from them. To be entirely honest, I didn't think the results were that impressive in the first place. I am not read up on Ganzfeld or Zener cards in general, so it is quite a shock to see people calling this impressive. I thought "above average" would be higher.

As Doug said, the odds against doing that by chance are 160 billion to 1. There's nothing to do but draw conclusions from that.
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