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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question
Posted by: Dimitry
Date/Time: 09/07/2003 14:50:47


In addition to personal calibration, and agilely moving from misses to hits -- utilizing the "sitter"'s confirmation bias; cold reading also involves utilizing a collection of little-known statistical facts. You can find such facts in the relatively expensive Cold Reading literature. Such facts include things like: The first letter of male first names is most often a J, and the fist letter of a female first name is most often an M. Knowing this, you shouldn't wonder why John Edward sometimes says things like, "I'm getting a man's name beginning with a letter J." The more specific the description, the more likely it seems to the audience that he didn't just pull it out of thin air -- this is the "Representativeness Heuristic" at work. But he's just using a statistical fact to base it on.

There are other types of facts Cold Readers use, such as: Elderly people are likely to have at least one non-working major appliance in their homes. Most people have scars on their knees from childhood. And so on. It's more like they're calibrating little known social norms of experience, than calibrating the individual.

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TopicDate PostedPosted By
psychic phenomena/coding question03/07/2003 06:18:47Ben W
     Re:psychic phenomena/coding question03/07/2003 19:31:06John Grinder
          Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question05/07/2003 02:50:55Ben
               Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question05/07/2003 14:51:52Zhi Zhi Chien
               Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question05/07/2003 19:00:12John Grinder
          Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question08/07/2003 01:39:21Dimitry
               Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question08/07/2003 03:24:30ben
                    Re:psychic phenomena/coding question08/07/2003 04:06:16Dimitry
                         Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question08/07/2003 12:26:36ben
                              Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question08/07/2003 19:52:45Dimitry
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question09/07/2003 05:27:02John Grinder
                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question09/07/2003 14:50:47Dimitry
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:psychic phenomena/coding question09/07/2003 17:27:41John Grinder

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