View Full Version : Telephone "Tagging" is real

Dick Allgire
2006-Sep-07 Thu, 17:13
NORWICH (Reuters) - Many people have experienced the phenomenon of receiving a telephone call from someone shortly after thinking about them -- now a scientist says he has proof of what he calls telephone telepathy.

Rupert Sheldrake, whose research is funded by the respected Trinity College, Cambridge, said Tuesday he had conducted experiments that proved that such precognition existed for telephone calls and even e-mails.

Each person in the trials was asked to give researchers names and phone numbers of four relatives or friends. These were then called at random and told to ring the subject who had to identify the caller before answering the phone.

"The hit rate was 45 percent, well above the 25 percent you would have expected," he told the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. "The odds against this being a chance effect are 1,000 billion to one."

He said he found the same result with people being asked to name one of four people sending them an e-mail before it had landed.

However, his sample was small on both trials -- just 63 people for the controlled telephone experiment and 50 for the email -- and only four subjects were actually filmed in the phone study and five in the email, prompting some skepticism.

Undeterred, Sheldrake -- who believes in the interconnectedness of all minds within a social grouping -- said that he was extending his experiments to see if the phenomenon also worked for mobile phone text messages.

Glenn B. Wheaton
2006-Sep-09 Sat, 00:32
I have read the article and found it very interesting. Jason recently acquired a video that is now in the library that I think adds another brick to the wall of understanding. Thunderbolts of the Gods is about the realization by science that Universe is a giant plasma soup of sorts and the Earth regardless of its physics there is more to this 4th state of matter than was previously believed. The next few years should see the emergence of EM Theory into the greater field and acceptance by more of the community.

It would have been better if Sheldrake had expanded the volume of his test subjects by a factor of at least 10, but I think he made his point. Science will no doubt rebuff him.


2006-Sep-10 Sun, 10:49

Interesting. I have this happen alot with my Son and my Aunt. My Aunt lives a few states away. When I have not called for awhile and then out of the blue decide to give her a call, she almost always says, I WAS JUST THINKING about you. Come to think about it, there have been a couple bill collectors who have said that too! (:-)

2006-Oct-15 Sun, 16:01
Another way to improve Sheldrake's research would be to have subjects supply ten names and phone numbers, or twenty ... as many as reasonably possible, in order to lower the odds of random guessing significantly.