[ExI] psi yet again
possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 29 07:10:14 UTC 2010
John Clark wrote:
Delightful, I wait with eager anticipation reports of venture
capitalists, those most pragmatic of human beings, having invested
billions of dollars in new start up psi profit making companies, or even
millions of dollars, or even thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of
dollars, or even one dollar.
I do wonder if a corporation would attempt to create a remote viewing
program, akin to what the United States and it's rivals did.
Corporate intelligence and espionage can tend toward extreme behavior
to get an advantage.
I think that if "psi" does exist then there are obviously genes for
it, and so we can identify them, and then find ways to use genetic
engineering to magnify their currently very limited power levels. We
will finally have individuals who can do things straight out of
science fiction novels about wild talents.
On 6/28/10, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> On 6/29/2010 12:55 AM, John Clark wrote:
>>>> Damien does that book explain how in the past 20 years those lotteries
>>>> have somehow managed to produce huge and CONSISTENT profits
>> Delightful, I wait with eager anticipation reports of venture
>> capitalists, those most pragmatic of human beings, having invested
>> billions of dollars in new start up psi profit making companies, or even
>> millions of dollars, or even thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of
>> dollars, or even one dollar.
> Do concentrate, John. I just agreed that lotto companies manage to be
> very profitable, despite the reality of psi. I was hoping you'd explain
> to me how and why you thought it would be otherwise.
> Here are some clues:
> "If $20 million is bet on a Lotto jackpot, the state will take between
> 40 and 50 percent out of that figure immediately. From the half left,
> smaller prizes are deducted. In most cases, you're left something like
> $5 to $8 million for winning a 14 million to 1 bet."
> So up to half the money goes in taxes *immediately*. How could psi
> winners modify that?
> Additionally, the companies take out their share *from the top*. How
> could psi winners modify that?
> Eventually, you might suggest this: if everyone has amazing psi powers
> and always guesses the right winning numbers, then everyone will share
> the major prize, which will (by design) pay only some 40 or 50% or less
> of what each ticket cost. So people will stop betting, and the companies
> will have to close. Boo hoo.
> Because we live in the real world, we actually can tell fairly easily
> that this story doesn't make any sense. Everyone *can't* predict the
> winning numbers all the time. Does this prove that psi does not exist,
> and in fact is impossible?
> Do some calculations. Think for a moment about what would be involved if
> such an impossible skill as precognition actually existed. How would a
> thing like that modify your betting behavior?
> Suppose you have to guess 6 numbers out of 44 or 49. Suppose psi
> enhances one guess in 1000, and either confirms your choice or causes
> you to switch to another number. How many extra division one winners
> would you expect to see in any draw? For full credit, please show your work.
> Damien Broderick
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