An Automated Test for Telepathy in Connection with Emails

RUPERT SHELDRAKE, LEONIDAS AVRAAMIDES

Abstract


Can people sense telepathically who is sending them an email before they receive it?  Subjects, aged from 12 to 66 years, registered online with the names and email addresses of 3 senders.  A computer selected a sender at random, and asked him to send an email message to the subject via the computer.  The computer then asked the subject to guess the sender’s name, and delivered the message after receiving the guess.  A test consisted of 6 or 9 trials.  In a total of 419 trials, including data from incomplete tests, there were 175 hits (41.8%), signifi cantly above the 33.3% chance level (p = .0001). Hit rates in incomplete tests were higher than in complete tests.  There was no significant difference between hit rates with male and female subjects.  The highest hit rates were with subjects in the 20–29-year age group.  The effect size in these tests was lower than in previous telephone and email telepathy tests, in spite of the fact that they were unsupervised.  One reason may be that subjects were being asked to guess who had sent them a message several minutes earlier, rather than thinking about them simultaneously. 

Keywords: email messages—telepathy—ESP—automated test


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