Alcock noted that this is not the first time that a scientist has claimed to have found solid evidence of psychic abilities. For example the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group, led by Princeton's Prof. Robert Jahn, claimed to have found evidence of psychic abilities during its nearly 30 years of existence, but shut down in 2007, never having scientifically proven their claims.
Bem has replied to his critics and stands by his findings. Ultimately, of course, either the findings will stand the test of time and be replicated by other researchers, or they won't.
While the new study may indeed finally offer groundbreaking evidence of psychic powers, history suggests that his claims are likely to fizzle under close scrutiny.
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