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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

An Experimental Subject

To the Editors:

The September–October 2012 issue of American Scientist evoked many memories for me. The description of J. B. Rhine’s ESP experiments in Howard Wainer’s Macroscope column, “Survival of the Fittists,” reminded me of the time I was part of a test group assembled for Rhine at the psychology department of the City College of New York around 1939. Somebody at a remote location was examining the material we were to divine, and we were instructed to fill out a form with our best guess as to what that person was examining. The test group filled all the seats in a fairly large classroom. I was a skeptic, but I dutifully filled out the form as required.

Through my studies at CCNY, I did not end up with a talent in seeing through ESP; rather, I embarked on a career in computer vision.

Morton Nadler
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Emeritus)
Blacksburg, VA


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