Tuesday, February 12, 2008

BBC Horizon program

Last year I was interviewed about presentiment for a BBC Horizon program on decision-making. You can see a brief clip of the show here.

15 comments:

O J said...

Interesting Horizon program. Would be interested in seeing full data on this experiment.

Dean Radin said...

I have a chapter on this experimental paradigm in Entangled Minds. There are a half-dozen journal articles published on this as well, available in abstract form via places like PubMed, but I cannot place the full articles online because of journal copyright restrictions.

sue1958booth said...

i would be interested in how many people showed this phenomenon

Karl L Le Marcs said...

Dean,
I was fascinated by your appearance on "Horizon" the other night and was particularly happy to discover this blog.
I wonder if you are aware of the work of Anthony Peake and his remarkable book "Is There Life After Death - The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When You Die."
The title is somewhat misleading as the book is about consciousness, quantum theory, deja vu and his own theory of what happens to our consciousness at death.
I was constantly struck whilst watching the Horizon programme at the relevance that your work could have to Tony's theory and vica versa.
PLEASE take a look at Tony's website: www.anthonypeake.com but moreso take a look at his blogsite (where I post some of my own theories and research amongst others) where I fell certain you will find much of interest and I know Tony is keen to contact you so hopefully we can facilitate such.
http://cheatingtheferryman.blogspot.com/
A Dark Philosopher
Karl L Le Marcs

Dean Radin said...

sue1958booth said... i would be interested in how many people showed this phenomenon

Roughly 1 in 10 to 15 people in the laboratory show a statistically significant effect (at p < 0.05) in the predicted direction. Like many subtle psychological effects this is not a massively powerful phenomenon, but based on the statistics after running 150+ people, and colleagues running 200+ more people with similar results, I have little doubt that it is a real effect.

Tor said...

Dean Radin said:
Roughly 1 in 10 to 15 people in the laboratory show a statistically significant effect (at p < 0.05) in the predicted direction.

Are you able to consistently reproduce the effect with these people? (E.g. do they get independently significant results if you run them in a later trial also?)

Dean Radin said...

Not much work has been done on measuring the test-retest reliability within this experimental design. Nearly all of the subjects I've run did the experiment just once, to help enhance the emotional contrast in their responses to the stimuli. A few people I've run many times do seem to show roughly the same results each time.

sue1958booth said...

i am a general practitioner in the uk and my husband is a priest, i have a lot of personal experiences of precognisance which i have never discussed with anyone other than my immediate family for fear that i would be thought absolutely mad!

the strongest one i have had recently is whilst travelling in bolivia in a bus as a passenger. i knew with absolute certainty approximately 1 minute before the coach crashed into a cliff that it would happen and exactely how it would happen. no one was seriously injured apart from the man sat in the front left hand seat which was where i was sitting up to about 1 hour before and decided to move to the other side of the bus!

i would really like to be able to work on this "ability" (??) of mine, not to win the lottery or anything but just because my husband and i find it so fascinating, and it happens to me so often that i would like to investigate it a bit more, have you any suggestions please

deidre said...

Hi,

yesterday I saw the bbc programm on television. And I was fascinated by your experiments.

Since I am a child, I sometimes know, what will happen in future. It doesn´t happen very often, but when, I knew it for certain.

It is nothing, I can speak about with friends or familiy. But I would like so much to find some peolpe, who have made similar experiences and learn more about this and other abilities, that I have.

So I´d be very thankfull for any suggestions. (I´m from Germany and my English is not the best, sorry)

David Bailey said...

To Sue1958Booth

People working in science or orthodox medicine are extremely reluctant to discuss Ψ, but the internet provides the opportunity to communicate anonymously, so I hope you will tell us more about your experiences.

I wonder if you would get a high score on Dean Radin's presentiment experiment.

sue1958booth said...

to david bailey
i would love to be in deans experiments but we are in the uk presently!
would you be interested in more of my precognisance experiences?

David Bailey said...

To Sue1958Booth

I am sure everyone reading this blog would be interested in reading your experiences.

Citizen said...

I can't believe I've missed the existance of this blog. I just finished watching the Horizon that I downloaded on the BBC iPlayer, and was surprised to see you pop up. I've read "The Conscious Universe", and have had a long interest in the field due to various personal experiences, including precognitive dreams that I've had for as long as I can remember.

Keep up the good work.

J.Fincannon said...

Dr. Radin,in an article "Unconscious Decisions in the Brain" at
http://physorg.com/news127395619.html
they discuss a study in Nature Neuroscience (April 13th, 2008) regarding how several seconds before we consciously make decisions, the outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain. Can you explain how this relates to the presentiment tests as discussed in your book "Conscious Universe"?
It seems similar in some respects.

Dean Radin said...

... a study ... regarding how several seconds before we consciously make decisions, the outcome can be predicted from unconscious activity in the brain. Can you explain how this relates to the presentiment tests ....

That paradigm differs from presentiment because in the latter the future stimulus is external and completely unpredictable, whereas in the former the response is driven by internal processes. It isn't too surprising that the brain is engaged in unconscious information processing prior to conscious decisions, but it is very surprising that the brain (or some aspect of the nervous system) is also processing information about a randomly generated stimulus that will be shown in the future!