If you have been a long time listener of the show, then you already know that Tim and I love Halloween. The season begins the second we turn over the Goats and Ghosts in Boats with Hall & Oates Drinking Root Beer Floats calendar to October 1st. That's when we will begin the daily Halloween blog posts here, playing Halloween music and Judson Fountain Radio Dramas, and counting down the days til Grind-Fu Cinema. This year we are going to try something new throughout the month of October, and we invite you all to participate. Tim and I will be conducting E.S.P. tests over the radio in order to determine how psychic our KMSU listeners are.
In 1937 Zenith Radio Corporation debuted a show called Telepathy Hour in which they performed a series of tests using Zener cards to test listener's E.S.P. skills. Listeners would tune in, take the test and then mail in their responses. It was a huge success, and after the first week they had received over 40,000 entries from listeners. The head of the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory, Dr. Joseph B. Rhine, acted as a consultant for these tests and collected the data. I know I wanted to attempt to recreate the E.S.P. Radio tests after reading about it in the book Unbelievable: Investigations Into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena from the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory by Stacy Horn.
Here's what gets me excited about this - YOU GET TO BE A PART OF THIS! We need as many people as possible to participate in this experiment. The more samples that we receive, the more reliable our data will be. Fortunately for us, technology has come a long way since 1937. Tim has developed a test sheet that you will fill out as you take the E.S.P. test. The form will be found here each week on our blog, and when you are finish the test you simply hit submit. In fact if you saw the multiple choice question we did a few weeks back "Who Sings It Better?", it will be just like that (except for the length). So long story short, this test is going to be simple to take and you don't need to be a computer pro to participate.
We will be performing these tests six different times. Each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. starting October 11th, October 18th and October 25th and each Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. starting October 13th, October 20th and October 27th. I can't state this enough - you can take all six tests. If you can't tune in every time, please try to participate as much as your schedule allows. We will be using cards that have either 4 different colors or 4 different shapes. For each test there will be a series of ten questions, in which either Tim or I will pick a card and ask you to use your extrasensory perception to guess what card we are holding. You will have ten seconds to do this, and then we move on to the next question. After you finish the last question you hit submit and you are done. Even I can do the math - the test itself will take less than two minutes to take. That way you can get back to your morning routine without much of a bump in the road.
We will gather together all of the data that we collect, and then share it with you all on Halloween during the morning show. We are approaching this project with a great deal of respect. We want to be as transparent as possible as well, so we will be filming every test that we give, as well as live streaming the test in real time. We have been consulting with MSU faculty in the Psychology Department, and we intend to follow the scientific procedures to the best of our ability. Our thesis is simple. We think Shuffle Function listeners are psychic. Why you ask? You'd be surprised how many times we will play a song and then immediately get a call or email from a listener telling us that they were just going to request that song. It happens almost weekly, and sometimes almost daily. Here is our chance to test you and find out. We will be talking a lot about this on the show, so be sure to tune in, but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , leave a comment below, or call us while we are on the air. Mark your calendars now with the test dates, and look for more posts on our E.S.P. tests here.