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Publication of ESP study causes furor

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Ithaca, N.Y. (UPI) Jan 8, 2011
A U.S. psychology journal is publishing a paper asserting that people may be able to see the future, angering some scientists.

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology plans to print "Feeling The Future" by Daryl Bem this year, The Daily Telegraph reports. Bem, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y., said experiments he carried out on students suggest humans can predict random events.

His work, though peer-reviewed, has been scorned as "pure craziness" and "an embarrassment for the entire field" by some who say it is seriously flawed and extrasensory perception is a myth.

In one experiment, students were given 48 nouns. They were then given a random selection of 24 of them and told to memorize and retype them. Their answers to a surprise test showed students tended to "remember" words they had later been given at random and deliberately memorized.

"The results show that practicing a set of words after the recall test does, in fact, reach back in time to facilitate the recall of those words," he concluded.

Charles Judd, the journal's editor, said the study had been reviewed by four "very trusted people."

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