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Topic: AUSTRALIAN SKEPTICS PRESIDENT REFUSES TO DO THIS PARANORMAL TEST!
Replies: 56   Last Post: Apr 9, 2011 12:29 AM

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 BruceS Posts: 153 Registered: 8/23/05
Re: AUSTRALIAN SKEPTICS PRESIDENT REFUSES TO DO THIS PARANORMAL TEST!
Posted: Apr 9, 2011 12:05 AM

On Apr 8, 6:56 pm, Graham Cooper <grahamcoop...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Apr 9, 4:09 am, BruceS <bruce...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>

> > On Apr 7, 10:46 pm, Graham Cooper <grahamcoop...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > > how come this random noise doesn't affect Zenner Card tests guessing 1
> > > > > > card from 5 options?

> > > > You beat me to it, Brad.  That's pretty much it, Graham.  The one in
> > > > five is *very* subject to random noise, whether it's one guess from

> > > WHAT ODDS PER TRIAL DO YOU ACCEPT EXACTLY?
> > I've told you repeatedly that I'd be glad to support a test using the
> > 1:50 odds you kept bragging you could do repeatedly.  With those odds

>
> WOAH let's stop right there.
>
> Haven't I repeatedly told you that my paranormal bias is approx. a
> CONSTANT +50% over the expected score.
>
> e.g. HALF RIGHT FROM 3 OPTIONS
>
> 1.5/50 from 50 options.

You've made a *lot* of claims, many not consistent with others. You
had been claiming that you could regularly guess a number from 1 to
100, or do the equivalent. IIRC, you claimed you could do this
successfully more than half the time. Later you said you could do it
with two guesses per number, and also talked about guessing a number 1
to 50, which is equivalent.

> A 3 options test would take 20 trials to be significant
> A 50 option test would take 2000 trials to be significant

This is only the case if you're completely lacking in significant
psychic abilities. Which we all (you included) know that you are. If
you really had the abilities you have claimed to in the past, a 50
option test with 10 trials would show about 5 hits, and everyone would
be amazed. With 20 trials, you'd have about 10 hits, and nobody would
be able to explain your amazing magic powers. Here on Earth, you'd
have maybe one hit, maybe even two, and the few who paid any attention
would yawn.

> I've told you 20 times that the consistency drops with more options.

Meaning that you don't have any special ability. Got it. Just making
sure everyone knows you don't have any special ability and that you've
confirmed this fact on Usenet.

> And I've told you 20 times the 100 number options was an illustrative
> protocol example.
>
> Why do you keep ignoring this Bruce?

You claimed to be able to do the guessing a number, then claimed to be
able to do the equivalent, since numbers are super-special antimagical
things, acting like cold iron to your fairy powers. OK, so make
*some* attempt to demonstrate something remotely comparable to the
guessing a number from 1 to 100, or even 1 to 50. You can't? Then

> There's going to be 20 or more trials to break 1000:1 preliminary odds
> no matter how you do it.
>
> However, if you can MAXIMIZE THE CONSISTENCY then that MINIMISES the
> number of trials needed.
>
> So basically we should be using a "comfortable" range for the number
> of options.
> i.e. the range in which the subjective positives are most easily
> distinguished from the subjective negatives.
>
> So the 'correlation' of any random phrase to 'match' any random 'word'
> seems to be about 1 in 5.

Go ahead and write a protocol for Randi's group, explaining how you
can make a 1 in 50 guess, and get it right half the time. Include in
your protocol that there will be twenty trials, and that you will
succeed in guessing the correct item at least nine times out of the
twenty. I bet they'll accept a well-written and objectively
measurable protocol that meets these criteria. They won't complain
about the numbers being comfortable. They'll just provide you with
some metaphorical rope. OTOH, tell them that you can be given three
options, and can provide a vague quote from a book that you'll later
be able to correlate with the correct option (after you've been told
which of the three that is) in a way that you personally find quite
compelling, and I strongly suspect they'll ignore your entry.

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