Sunday, July 23, 2006

Virtual worlds to test telepathy

A BBC article titled 'Virtual worlds to test telepathy' discusses how a virtual world has been designed at the University of Manchester in order to test human telepathy - a meeting of science-technology and matters of the spirit(?):

'Pairs of participants enter separate virtual rooms in the game and try to select which virtual object they think the other is interacting with.

The designers of the system say it overcomes some of the problems associated with real world studies.

Critics of previous tests say they are easily manipulated to create an effect that looks like telepathy but is not.

"By creating a virtual environment we are creating a completely objective environment which makes it impossible for participants to leave signals or even unconscious clues as to which object they have chosen," said Dr Toby Howard, one of the team that designed the system. '

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