Scientists are really cross that no one seems to believe them when they say that ESP is not proven.
According to the journal Current Research in Social Psychology, which we get for the spot the personality disorder competition, boffins at the University of Maryland research team led by sociologist Heather Ridolfo, showed 160 people a video.
In the video an individual is remarkably successful at a card-guessing game and it appeared that she had some sort of sixth sense. After they were shown the video participants completed a series of questions, including whether they believed in ESP.
They were then broken up into four groups. One was told that 25 percent of the public believes in ESP, but the scientific community rejects the concept. Those in group two were told that more than 90 percent of the public believes in ESP, but the scientific community considers it bogus.
Those in group three were told that 25 percent of the public believes in ESP, and the scientific community is becoming more open to the idea. Those in group four were told that more than 90 percent of the public believes in ESP, and the scientific community is starting to agree.
Apparently people were more likely to believe in ESP if the rest of the great unwashed believed it than they were if scientists thought it. In fact those surveyed completely ignored the rational scientific arguments completely.
Sometimes participants believed that if a scientist rejected a claim, they were more likely to accept the clam as true. What this seems to tell the boffins is that no one trusts them any more.