Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mind May Affect Machines

For 26 years, strange conversations have been taking place in a basement lab at Princeton University.

No one can hear them, but they can see their apparent effect: balls that go in certain directions on command, water fountains that seem to rise higher with a wish and drums that quicken their beat.

Yet no one hears the conversations because they occur between the minds of experimenters and the machines they will to action.

Using random event generators -- computers that spew random output -- they have participants focus their intent on controlling the machines' output. Out of several million trials, they've detected small but "statistically significant" signs that minds may be able to interact with machines. However, researchers are careful not to claim that minds cause an effect or that they know the nature of the communication.



Blogger Seeker said...

"balls that go in certain directions on command"

Heh ;)
I can do that.
Heh ;)

Good post Shaggy!

July 19, 2005 4:22 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow, this was a really interesting post. That would be a badass experiment to be a part of.

July 19, 2005 11:05 PM  

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