[ExI] heaves a long broken psi

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 00:06:26 UTC 2010

On 22 January 2010 21:42, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> This misuses the word. If ESP is real, there is no reason to suppose that it
> functions by abrogating the laws of physics; far more economical to suppose
> that we do not yet fully understand all those laws.

Moreover, any different concept would be a thinly secularised version
of the idea of "divine" laws, since "natural laws" is just a human
metaphor of how things actually go, not as they "should" go according
to the will of some kind of legislator.

Accordingly, a human law can be breached, while remaining valid. A
"natural  law"  cannot be breached, in the sense that it would not be
valid any more if any exception thereto exists.

Having said that, I am quite persuaded that if you try and guess a
billion time a playing card you guess slightly more often than would
be statistically warranted (I am much more sanguine on other fancier
alleged ESP phenomena). Only, I am much less sure that whatever the
reason of that may be, it has anything  to do with quantum mechanics.
This kind of "explanation" seems to me a far-fetched attempt to
explain something of which we do not know much with something else
which understand rather poorly.

Stefano Vaj

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