03 February 2007

Clever Hans

A fascinating story from a century ago, and a useful cautionary tale for our own time. It's an example of a situation which occurs frequently in the field of alleged supernatural, "psychic", or other paranormal phenomena. Nobody involved was being dishonest or even biased, yet due to a subtle misunderstanding of what was happening, many became firmly convinced that they were observing and demonstrating a phenomenon which did not, in fact, exist.


Blogger mendip said...

Cool article - thanks for posting the link!

03 February, 2007 12:52  

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