proof we all have psychic powers …?

A psychologist in Britain has finished a study that provides the first scientific proof that psychic powers actually exist.

While some will claim the results of the study by Professor Daryl Bem could come down to chance, the mathematic probability of his findings being a statistical fluke are one in 74 billion.
via Proof we all have psychic powers | Space, Military and Medicine | News.com.au

The study referred to in this article is hardly the “first scientific proof” of psi ability. Hundreds or even thousands of studies have been done before that produce results like these. I recently read a book called Entangled Minds which referenced many such studies. The thing about psi research is that while results are not what you would call good in terms of impressing someone with your psychic skills, they are consistently much better than would be expected by random chance. The question is not whether we have access to information from sources other than the five traditional senses, but rather how and how we can improve our reception and interpretation of that information.

So while psychic powers may exist, evidently research powers are in short supply at news.com.au. I was vaguely amused by the article We’re sorry for claiming Captain Kirk was in command of Captain Picard’s starship, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek apology to Star Trek fans for getting some facts wrong in an earlier article. This didn’t make them feel the need to double check that things were correct in the apology article, however. I noticed at least one big mistake (Enterprise E is not Galaxy class) that they repeated more than once, and commenters were quick to point out others. Now on the one hand, yes, it’s Star Trek, it’s fiction: it’s not world shattering if they make a mistake (or few) about some details. On the other hand, they’re a major commercial news publication, and they should be able to be relied upon to get things correct – especially such easily verifiable details. I’m not sure if the further errors in the apology were intended as part of the humourous rebuff to the obviously passionate and indignant response they got from Trekkies about the original mistakes or if they were geniune additional errors. Either way, it has to make you wonder what is going through the minds of those journalists. One explanation means that they were intentionally provoking readers who have already demonstrated that they won’t tolerate errors about their favourite show; the other rather ironically highlights their incompetence in that they do not even get the facts correct in an article about getting the facts correct.

I guess this is why I don’t usually use news.com.au as my preferred source of news.

proof we all have psychic powers …?

being a picky geek

I saw this article linked to from trekmovie.com: Sexy Aliens: 17 Heavenly Bodies from Sci-Fi and thought it sounded interesting so I went to have a look.

That dude seriously needs to learn how to check his facts. There were a couple of glaring errors that I noticed, and I am not even familiar with all of the shows/movies on there, so there could be more. First, on Christopher Eccleston. It states him as being on Doctor Who from 2005 to present. Um, no. There have been another two seasons of the show with Mr. Eccleston’s successor since then. (And though it is of course subjective, I would rate Mr. Tennant as a much sexier Doctor.)

This is the one that really annoys me, though. Jadzia Dax. “This tall drink of synthehol is a symbiote — which, in Star Trek-ese, means that she’s got a little slug living inside of her. And that’s a joke I’m just gonna let sit right there, unmolested.” To start with, she is not a symbiont, she is a Trill. The “little slug” is the symbiont. If you want to talk about a symbiote you need to get into the Stargate universe. That is how the Goa’uld and Tok’ra are referred to when making the distinction between the host and the parasite, and they are quite different from symbionts. The symbiotes can make the host’s eyes glow and voice sound different, which is something that the symbionts can’t do; but on the upside, the symbionts are all quite nice docile creatures, whereas the majority of symbiotes are.. not.

And it’s not so much an error as an oversight, but there was no mention of Worf’s four years on DS9 after TNG finished. And I’d say that the nicer First Contact style uniform he had from then on made him and his warrior braid look even better.

being a picky geek

disappointed

It seems that an actor has been cast to play Scotty in the upcoming Trek movie..

The search for a Scot is over… and it’s an Englishman! Variety is reporting that British actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg has won the role of Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. The 37-year-old beat out a number of others who were up for role of Trek’s most famous engineer, including Stargate’s Paul McGillion.

I was hoping that McGillion would get the part, I think he’s great and I was very sad when they wrote him out of Atlantis. It’s great, though, that the efforts of lots of fans to make their voices heard have been taken note of by the Atlantis PTB and he’ll be returning for at least a couple of episodes in the fourth season.

disappointed

the final frontier

For the “die-hard” Trekkie, you can now get a permanent reminder of your love for Trek to house your remains once you’re gone:

STAR TREK ™ Line of Urns and Caskets
For the millions of fans on our planet and beyond, our new line of STAR TREK urns, caskets, monuments and vaults will be an important discovery indeed. After ten movies and five television series, phrases like “Live long and prosper,” “Resistance is futile” and “Space: the final frontier” have become part of our global vocabulary.

While I don’t think they are the kind of thing I’d choose — were I into having my body buried or my ashes sat morbidly on Daniel’s bedside — I think they could have been a lot worse. They’re a lot more attractive than probably about at least 50% of the post-life accessories I’ve ever seen. (Check out the “Cat Fancier’s” urn for your dearly departed feline friend — that truly is a monstrosity.)

the final frontier