Twitter Remote Viewing Test Results – Fail 2.0

Remote Viewing Test Results:


Read all about it, the Twitter Remote Viewing experiment by New Scientist and the University of Hertfordshire has failed – 2.0 style.

If you haven’t heard about this psychic experiment conducted over the popular social website, Twitter, the University of Hertfordshire and New Scientist came together to do research about whether people could actually remote view.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Prof. Wiseman lodged himself at a secret location on four occasions last week and solicited input from Twitterers around the world to chime in on where they thought he was. After they did that, he tweeted a Web site where participants could choose between five photos representing the correct location and four decoys.

Most got it wrong. “In the first trial I was looking at a striking modern building, but a majority — 35% — of the group thought that I was in some woods,” he said. “The same pattern emerged in all four trials.”

Interestingly, Prof. Wiseman says those who believed in the paranormal (38% of the Twitter participants) were more likely than the skeptics to “convince themselves there was a high level of correspondence between their thoughts and the target.” He says that sort of creative thinking may be what’s necessary for someone to believe in the paranormal.

Even more than the study results, he thinks the study showed the potential for Twitter and other social-networking sites to conduct research.

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In my opinion, the research done was a waste of time and money by New Scientist and the University of Hertfordshire. It shed no light on what remote viewing really is, but conducting a trivial scientific study with a terrible approach. Perhaps Richard Wiseman, the Research Group Leader of this psychic experiment, could do a better one which would treat Remote Viewers with respect – where they would actually do a real scientific study on this amazing and powerful skill.

Twitter can be a powerful system as it is very popular, but like everything – scientific proof and reasoning should come from a solid base. No wonder it was an epic failure, Web 2.0 style.

What do you think about these results?

9 Responses to Twitter Remote Viewing Test Results – Fail 2.0
  1. Naomi
    June 13, 2009 | 6:52 am

    I totally agree. I don’t know why the University of Hertfordshire and New Scientist chose to spend money on research that doesn’t have any real scientific basis. The money could have been better used on *real* research instead of some “scientific study” that has flaws in its research methods.

  2. Bambie
    June 20, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    When one is ready for what is real they will create the experiment which will test actual remote viewing, otherwise this one should be called a social, web exercise. It’s not even worthy of being called an experiment.

    The power of the web, the power of remote viewing, the power of the collective consciousness all deserve and demand more then this to allow their potential to unfold effectively.

    When the collective is practiced, trained and clear in remote viewing, then this could be interesting. Research must come from a serious place to be taken seriously.

  3. stephanie
    July 14, 2009 | 3:32 pm

    the only thing this “experiment” proves is that the majority of twitterers cannot remote view. Which leaves us to question whether the people who selected the right answer actually could remotely view him or if it were just luck.

    A good follow-up might be to study the people who guessed right.

  4. Ida Wallace
    July 15, 2009 | 2:24 pm

    This twitter experiment was not a complete failure. It seems to show how little faith people have in their own imagination. Perhaps we need some courses in expanding personal awareness on a high school level to get people ready for the future of life on a higher level.

  5. Me
    October 26, 2009 | 7:09 pm

    A lot of obvious flaws in this study…. In fact the study basically is a flaw. I’m not sure I even believe it occurred, because the results clearly couldn’t have any meaning. Then again what is expected of study conducted on twitter…

    It makes me mad when people like professors have the appearance of intelligence and then do something so stupid, likely just to “prove” their own opinion.

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