A Comment on Can Our Mind Emit Light at 7300 km Distance?
A Pre-Registered Confirmatory Experiment of Mental Entanglement with a Photomultiplier', published in Neuroquantology in September 2016 , claims a significant effect for mental action at a distance (or something similar) onto a physical system. This author re-analyzed the experimental data with a Monte-Carlo method estimating the background distribution from random permutations of the experimental data. While the authors of find a Bayes factor of 9.6x10^10 for one of their main results, this author finds the result of the Monte-Carlo simulation to be not significant: The probability to find the data (or more extreme data) as observed (under a null hypothesis of no mental influence) is p=0.074 and p=0.30 for two pre-specified conditions, respectively. The error in the claiming of the high significance in probably stems from the assumption that the statistics of the data is binomial distributed, which, as will be argued, seems to be an incorrect assumption.
Tressoldi P, Pederzoli L, Matteoli M, Prati E, and Kruth J G, Can Our Minds Emit Light at 7300 km Distance? A Pre-Registered Confirmatory Experiment of Mental Entanglement with a Photomultiplier, NeuroQuantology 2016; 3:447-455.
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