Psychic test cards were actually invented to make psychic tests easier

Earlier this week we did a post on survivorship bias, and how it could trick people into believing in psychic ability. It turns out that the most famous test of psychic ability was made expressly to allow for this kind of bias. » 11/10/13 8:00am 11/10/13 8:00am

Sigourney Weaver will be your anti-psychic friend

We're beyond intrigued about Sigourney Weaver's next movie, Red Lights. Especially since she's playing the resident skeptic, on a mission to disprove a famous psychic. Let's hope it's John Edwards himself! » 5/26/10 8:00am 5/26/10 8:00am

The Real Psychic Soldier Behind The Men Who Stare at Goats

When Jim Channon authored the First Earth Battalion manual, he was hoping to bring warfare into a more humane, modern age. In a new series of columns, he talks about the film and why harnessing the paranormal is so important. » 11/05/09 9:00am 11/05/09 9:00am

The Mad Mentalists of Pre-Golden-Age SF

Paving the way for Vulcans, Slan, Espers, Professor X and Babylon 5's Lyta Alexander, SF writers of the Pre-Golden Age (1904-33) dared to imagine how normal people might react if telepaths were discovered among us. » 4/15/09 9:00am 4/15/09 9:00am

Pseudo-Science Pays Well - Until You Go to Jail

Today a San Francisco "psychic" named Lisa Marie Miller (pictured) was sentenced to two months in jail after convincing a woman she had a "curse" that could only be cured by buying Miller a Corvette. » 12/10/08 3:30pm 12/10/08 3:30pm

Harvard Neuroscientists Investigate ESP

This may come as a shock if you're one of the fifty percent of Americans who believes in ESP, but it turns out that psychic powers don't show up in fMRI brain scans. A group of Harvard researchers scanned the brains of people who were receiving mental imagery from their relatives in another room, and discovered that .… » 1/04/08 10:34am 1/04/08 10:34am