On Apr 3, 10:53 am, "A B" <a...@a.uk> wrote: > "Graham Cooper" <grahamcoop...@gmail.com> wrote on 3rd April: > > > [PETER BOW-DITCH] > > AUSTRALIAN SKEPTICS INC. FORMER PREZIDENT > > "I know you can't do it, but please try to understand this. > > I have never flipped back and forth on this. You have yet to suggest > > any test which can detect any form of paranormal ability. > > If you admit that > > you are guessing it is not paranormal. If you provide the list of > > words from which the guesses are derived it is not paranormal. If you > > require someone else to give you line and page numbers out of some > > unspecified book to help you guess the answers it is not paranormal. > > If you want to keep guessing until you get something almost right it > > is not paranormal." > > Shouldn't get involved really, but... if this is really what Peter Bowditch > said, only the last one stands up. I can't see how the others have any > bearing on the question. > > If someone can CONSISTENTLY tell you something that they couldn't have known > by any normal means, at least more often than they could by chance, then > it's paranormal - however eccentric their methods. > > (I'm being hypothetical. Herc's never so far done that for me personally. > There have been odd incidents, but they've all been one-offs separated by > many fluffs.)
I think you and I are on the same page. If he could consistently guess correctly at levels significantly above random chance, *that* would mean something. In an early test with me, he *did* perform better than chance, but that was a one-off. Unfortunately, every time he's given a chance to demonstrate consistent ability, he finds one excuse or another to either bail out when it doesn't go his way, or refuse to even start. See other threads where I've offered to do tests for him to demonstrate guessing ability, and he's refused. I've repeatedly modified my test protocols to suit his objections, but he continues to refuse. It no longer looks like he's merely deluded, it now appears that he has no belief in special abilities himself. He presents himself as a complete fraud, incapable of doing anything to demonstrate his claims.