The Colbert Report — Daryl Bem


Stephen interviews psychologist Daryl Bem to discuss his theory of “extrasensory pornception.” The interview does have some educational value for an introductory statistics course because:

  1. It does a good job of describing the research methods used in the study.
  2. Colbert calls out Bem because the better-than-average, statistically significant predictions amounted to guessing correctly 53% of the time when chance would dictate 50% of the time.

This change is statistically significant, but not a very powerful finding.

The clip and description come from Jess Hartnett (Twitter):

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