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Extrasensory Pornception: Doubts about a New Paranormal Claim

Does new research prove paranormal precognition or normal postcognition?

Perhaps they missed what psychologist James Alcock of York University in Toronto found in Bem’s paper entitled “Writing the Empirical Journal Article” on his Web site, in which Bem instructs students: “Think of your data set as a jewel. Your task is to cut and polish it, to select the facets to highlight, and to craft the best setting for it. Many experienced authors write the results section first.”

Bem has responded (www.dbem.ws), but I have a pre­monition his precognition was a postcognition.

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