I Know What You Just Tweeted

Thousands of Twitterers have participated in what’s being called the first ever mass scientific experiment conducted via the microblogging service.

Richard Wiseman, a psychology professor at the University of Hertfordshire, teamed up with New Scientist to test “remote viewing,” also known as extra-sensory perception or ESP.

I know what you’re thinking. Remote viewing is hogwash. But the U.S. government spent millions testing whether extra-sensory perception — the power to perceive details about an object far away through some sort of psychic ability — might be possible.

Prof. Wiseman lodged himself at a secret location on four occasions last week and solicited input from Twitterers around the world to chime in on where they thought he was. After they did that, he tweeted a Web site where participants could choose between five photos representing the correct location and four decoys.

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