The psychic experiment conducted at Cornell University that claimed to show that present events could transmit information backward in time is receiving a great deal of press this week as the paper by Daryl J. Bem goes to press in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Outlets such as the New Scientist and MSNBC's Cosmic Log have covered the story this week, and both report that at least one attempt to replicate the experiment failed to reproduce the original experiment's results. Bem notes that the replication attempt was made online instead of in-person, potentially compromising results. Nevertheless, more replications are underway, and we shall soon know whether there is anything to the claim that events in the present can affect the past. My money is on "no," but hey, you never know.
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