Reasons to Doubt Joseph McMoneagle

 

The host of “Put to the Test” narrated this testing of remote viewing. Upon first considering many of the statements concluded from McMoneagles attempt, this showing of remote viewing may seem very convincing. However, if you really consider each observation McMoneagle draws, you can see that each was much more general than we think.

A blogger from skeptoid.com did a very estute analysis of what actually might have happened in this experiment. As mentioned above, the researchers narrowed down the possible locations to four: a water slide at an amusement park, a dock along the river, a water wall, and a cement water fountain structure. McMoneagle observed that the location was near a river; not only is Houston famous for its rivers, but this observation would have applied to both the waterslide and the river dock. The next claim McMoneagle made was that there were perpendicular lines at the site, but in reality, most sites have perpendicular lines. He also claims that there was a pedestrian footbridge, which much more closely matches the description of the tree house and the waterslide. Spectators were also impressed by his guess that there was something large nearby that wasn’t a building–a statement which could be applied to any of the four drawings. And these are the statements that were emphasized in comparing his claims to the actual site–the television program failed to mention the statements which didn’t line up. McMoneagle predicted the woman at the site was on an incline, and that the dock was flat; he also mentioned a platform with a black stripe that is similarly nowhere to be seen. (Skeptoid, 2010)

As skeptoid points out: “Those were the only statements of Joe’s that they broadcast. Strangely, at no point did they ask McMoneagle to identify the location; they did not even ask him to choose from the four possibilities. Instead, they simply took him to the actual destination where the target person was, which turned out to be the dock, and the set out about finding matches to the actual destination.” (Skeptoid, 2012)

What I’m trying to get at here is that often times, people look for evidence when they want to believe something. This is a psychological tendency known as the confirmation bias.

 
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