Statistics Professor Jessica Utts shared the results of her statistical studies in remote viewing and parapsychology. Serving as a statistician for the Remote Viewing research program at SRI, and later as consultant for a government evaluation of the program, she concluded that "psychic functioning has been well established." Her findings showed that when chance would dictate a 25% accuracy rating, subjects delivered a 33% rating, which is considered statistically significant.
Utts also tested a number of aspects of remote viewing, and came to the following conclusions:
- A sender (someone who concentrates on sending out an image) does not increase the accuracy of readings by viewers versus an unseen target.
- Precognition does work. (She suggested that some have access to probable futures-- though the exact future is not predetermined.)
- It is very difficult to locate missing persons through remote viewing. It's easier to describe what the missing person is seeing.
In the latter half of the show, Utts reacted to callers' accounts of their psychic and extrasensory experiences. She also encouraged people to explore their psychic abilities through online experiments at sites such as gotpsi.org. Utts will be a presenter at the Remote Viewing Conference this weekend in Las Vegas.
First hour guest, author James Redfield spoke about the new movie based on his book The Celestine Prophecy. An independent film, made outside the studio system, it captures his book both visually and emotionally, and offers viewers a kind of "soul remembrance," he said.