I am always on the lookout for unusual science-based stunts because I often use them in talks and shows. The other day I came across one that does not seem to be very well known, but is impressive. All you need is a bouncy ball, a wooden floor, and a table.
Whenever I finish a talk, I can always guarantee that at least one person in the audience will raise their hand and say ‘That’s fine, but do you know how to hypnotise animals?’
Imagine that you have an 18 year old teenage son (if you do actually have one, this won’t be especially hard) and he stole a bottle of water from a shop during the riots. You know that if you take him to the police he will be charged and convicted. There is no way that the police will find out about his behaviour unless you take him in.
Would you take him to the police? Vote now!
According to the Metro, lots of people will be feeling down today because it is their first day back at work after the Christmas and New Year break. Always one to try and lend a helping hand, I have come up with an idea.
The success of the Colour Changing Card Trick means that lots of people email me other illusion-based videos. This one came in a few days ago and I rather like it.
Psychologist Jerry Burger has just published his replication of the world famous Milgram shock experiment in the American Psychologist.
Quite a few people have sent the following illusion to me. Basically, as you look at the dancer, she will suddenly shift from moving in a clockwise to anti-clockwise direction. A few sites are suggesting that this is some kind of test of left and right brain thinking, which is obviously rubbish, but it is a nice effect. As yet, I have not been able to find out who actually created it, so if anyone knows, please drop me a line.
At the start of Jan, the nice people who run neatorama ran an article about some of my work into the psychology of luck – yahoo news picked it up and put it on their front page – causing The Luck Factor book to jump into the top 100 on Amazon.com!
Interested in the psychology of love? I have just launched a new survey looking at romance around the world. Participating takes just a few minutes and involves answering a few simple questions about romantic gestures. Take part by clicking here.
In the early 1990s, Mathew Smith, Julie Milton, and I investigated ‘Jaytee’, a dog who could allegedly psychically predict when his owner was returning home. We believed that the results of our study did not support the dog’s alleged ability. At roughly the same time, Rupert Sheldrake conducted additional work with Jaytee, and argued that his findings suggested that Jaytee was able to signal when his owner started to return home from a distant location. RSupert also criticised the study conducted by Mathew Smith, Julie Milton and myself. We subsequently replied to the points raised in this critique, and Rupert replied to our reply.
I am frequently asked about Rupert’s experiments with Jaytee. There is a PDF of my thoughts here.
There has to be an experiment here somewhere. Either way, if you are interested in getting one, the ordering details are here.
In December I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak on the final voyage of the QE2. Apart from running aground, all went well and I am looking forward to being invited back on the ship’s next final voyage.
Last year I announced some initial results from a Quirkology experiment into New Year’s Resolutions. We tracked more than 5000 people as they tried to achieve their aims and ambitions, and found big sex differences for the strategies that proved successful. Here is some advice based on the work, hope that you find it helpful….