7 thoughts on “There’s a 50/50 Chance You Knew I Was Going to Write This”

  1. These university programs were started in the Cold War, believe it or not, to counter anything “psychic” the USSR might come up with. UVa was not the only place to take the funding and hire staff.

  2. Amusing article, and I’d love to see the actual survey they took. I’m going to make a psychic prediction that this is coming from the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVa?

    Now, if 50% of us were psychic, don’t you think we’d know by now? And have some really great evidence all around? Not to mention, life might be a bit boring and predictable.

    Great title, btw :-)

  3. Just to be clear, Weekly World News is a tabloid. They make stories up. As a joke. You know, “Elvis is Alive,” “Aliens Abduct President,” etc.

  4. You mean, “various types of extrasensory perception (such as telepathy), apparitions and deathbed visions (sometimes referred to as after-death communications or ADCs), poltergeists, experiences of persons who come close to death and survive (usually called near-death experiences or NDEs), out-of-body experiences (OBEs), and claimed memories of previous lives” ?


    Also, Raymond Moody’s bestseller on near death experiences, “Life after Life”, was a big deal here in the 1970s. I thought he had some association with UVa, but Wikipedia says he just got his PhD here in 1969 and moved on.

  5. goes to show that if you lower the bar enough, half the people can get over it. I just know it!

  6. Actually this study was done in the mid-1970s by Dr. John Palmer who was then at UVA and published in 1979 in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. So the percentage is more than 30 years out of date. So much for up-to-the-minute reporting!

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