Sunday, July 15, 2018   4:23 PM

Convention Spotlight: Replicating the Correlation Matrix Method

There is an ongoing debate among scientists who are interested in mind–matter interaction—what is a sufficient conceptual definition of the process? Where are the limits drawn on the acceptance or rejection of the concept of mind matter interaction? Ana Flores, Ian Tierney, and Caroline Watt from the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, are reporting two experiments that attempted to replicate experimental results achieved using a new methodological paradigm, the Correlation Matrix Method (CMM). The method claims that some of the more-than-expected significant correlations between psychological and physical variables that are observed in correlation matrices of the experimental data are non-local entanglement correlations that occur when there is a conflict between local and global observables. The CMM allows for the testing of predictions from the model of pragmatic information (MPI) and generalized quantum theory (GQT), which permit the experimental observation of mind-matter correlations, and ultimately may address the replication problem in parapsychology. Additionally, the theory allows for psi studies to be explained by changing the perspective used to handle psi effects. Flores and her team ran two studies at the University of Edinburgh and found that the correlation between psychological variables collected from a participant while interacting with a physical system, an RNG as output, created more significant correlations than compared with a statistical permutation running 10,000 sessions as control. The experiments demonstrated that in an environment where physical and psychological variables are subject to intention, more significant correlations occur than in the control data.

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