February 23, 2007

How To Light £18,000 On Fire

Is it a relief to see that fuzzy thinking and antiscience are not confined to the United States? No. No, it turns out to be only moderately less infuriating because my tax dollars were not wasted on this boondoggle. (They couldn't even get "real" psychics to participate, if you notice in paragraphs 6 and 7 of the BBC report.) But our friends in the UK ought to be really pissed despite the relatively low amounts of money involved. (£18,000 is $(US) 35,324.94 using today's currency rates.) As for me? I get to use two subject tags for this post that I never thought I'd have a chance to put together.


Anonymous said...

I think the reason "real" psychics declined to participate is that they would have been exposed as frauds. In that respect, the study reached the correct conclusion for a surprisingly small amount of investment. The same study in the US would have cost several orders of magnitude more, and reached no solid conclusions, except for needing more study, more money, etc.

zzi said...

And here I thought it was global warmimg