Statistics of Test For ESP June 1999 Paul Cooijmans De Wolwever 39 5737 AD Lieshout Netherlands
The Test For Extrasensory Perception was published in various IQ journals and is on http://www.eskimo.com/~miyaguch/esp.html. The scores achieved between early 1997 and June 1999:
Raw Frequency 0 24 .5 4
A new estimate of each score's probability:
Raw Probability (1/x) 0 1.15 .5 8 1 30 1.5 1 000 2 30 000 2.5 3 000 000 3 1 000 000 000 3.5 100 000 000 000 4 >100 000 000 000 4.5 >>100 000 000 000 5 infinite
As no correct answer has been given, the test will continue for another two years. It is below.
Test For ESP Does Extrasensory Perception exist? Let's find out once and for all. In a chest of drawers, standing in a corner of my office at the Paul Cooijmans In- stitute For Advanced Study, I keep five postcards.
1 What number is written on the first? 2 The name of which historical figure is on the second? 3 What English word is on the third? 4 What geometrical figure is drawn on the fourth? Answer by drawing it. 5 What object or organism is drawn on the fifth? Answer by drawing it.
On face value, the chance of answering one of these questions right (when attempting all five) is about 1 in 30. The chance of two right is 1 in 30 000, and of three right 1 in a billion. If all humans would answer these questions at random, the highest score would probably be 2. If anyone scores 3, I start doubting about the existence of ESP, and if anyone scores 4 I consider it proven beyond reasonable doubt. If anyone scores 5, ESP exists. If you submit answers and enclose US $3, you will receive a score report within two weeks. The deadline for submitting answers will initially be Jan. 1, 2001. If no correct answers received by then, the test will continue for another two years, and so on. After withdrawal of the test the correct answers will be published and available on request. They have been le- gally registered early 1997. A statistical report on the project will be published with the answers. The drawings should be clearly recognizable but do not have to be accurate to the millimeter. Repeated attempts and discussions with others are allowed.
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