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Comments on Monday 15 April 2002:
A couple of people spoke to me about ESP things yesterday, which caused me to formulate my view of such things into a very succinct form. I believe in many of the effects attributed to ESP, but I don't believe they are ES. I fiddled around a bit last night attempting to demonstrate my contentions, and came up with a rather excellent example which nicely demonstrates that it is possible to detect a person behind you, using only vision. In a room with only one light, hold up your hand so that the palm faces directly away from the light. Now put something either black or white a foot or two away from your hand, in the unlit palm-side direction. Watch the effect on the light-level on your palm. I was expecting something bordering on imperceptible, something you could pick up only subconsciously, but the effect was remarkably easy to observe. Add to that the other available subtle cues of scent, sound, air disturbances, and body language and you can explain almost the entire repertoire of functional 'ESP'. [18:31]

Kevan
Isn't the ESP trick more about the feeling that someone's looking directly at you (even in a crowded place), rather than moving around behind you in a white shirt?

I suppose there is some space for sensory perception of eyes through subliminal reflections and things, though - we've spent plenty of time evolving black-on-white eyes as a communication thing, after all.

But mostly it's just people remembering and communicating the memorable, and forgetting - or not even registering - the meaningless. "Hey, everyone, I looked behind me the other day because I thought someone was looking at me, but nobody was!"
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