January 27, 2011 - Brian Greene

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Stephen wonders if ESP exists and asks Brian Greene if there is a universe where people buy books.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: SPEAK FING

PREDICTIONS, FOLKS, LET'S DO

A LITTLE TEST RIGHT NOW.

EVERYONE HERE, EVERYONE IN

THE STUDIO AUDIENCE WHO CAME

TO SEE ME ON MY SHOW I WANT

YOU TO CONCENTRATE ON ME AND

THINK OF A FAMOUS PERSON,

OKAY.

DON'T TELL ME WHO IT IS.

LOOK AT ME.

THINK OF A FAMOUS PERSON.

IS IT ME?

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: OH, WOW.

DID ANYONE ELSE JUST GET

CHILLS?

AND IT APPEARS I AM NOT

ALONE IN POSSESSING SENSES

HINDSIGHT, HEARING AND THE

OTHER ONE.

ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY

CORNELL PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR

DARYL BELL SOONED TO BE PUB

LUSHED IN THE JOURNAL OF

PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL

PSYCHOLOGY THERE IS QUOTE

STRONG EVIDENCE FOR EXTRA

SENSORY PERCEPTION, THE

ABILITY TO SENSE FUTURE

EVENTS.

I KNOW ARE YOU THINKING

STEPHEN, THAT'S BULL

[BLEEP].

BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I KNOW

YOU'RE THINKING STEPHEN,

THAT'S BULL [BLEEP].

(LAUGHTER)

IN HIS LATEST STUDY

PROFESSOR BEM PAID 100

COLLEGE STUDENTS $5 EACH TO

SIT IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER

SCREEN WHICH DISPLAYED TWO

CURTAINS.

THEY WERE TOLD AN IMAGE

WOULD APPEAR BEHIND ONE OF

THE CURTAINS AND ASKED TO

PREDICT WHICH ONE.

IT'S JUST LIKE YOUR

GRANDFATHER'S OL GAME WHICH

HAND IS HIDING THE QUARTER

EXCEPT IN THIS CASE GRANDPA

GETS TENURE.

NOW WHEN THE IMAGE WAS

NEUTRAL, SUBJECTS WERE

AUTOMOBILE TO PREDICT WHICH

SIDE IT WOULD APPEAR ON

49.8% OF THE TIME.

STATISTICALLY RANDOM.

BUT WHEN THE IMAGE IS ABOUT

TO BE REVEALED WERE HE ROTIC

IN NATURE-- EROTIC,

PARTICIPATES WERE ABLE TO

CORRECT THE CORRECT SIDE

58.1% OF THE TIME APPARENTLY

WHEN IT COMES TO PREDICTING

THE FUTURE, WE LIKE TO

WATCH.

PROFESSOR BEM SUGGESTS THAT

SUBJECT APPROXIMATES WERE

ABLE TO SENSE THE SMUT

THANKS TO SOMETHING CALLED

RETROACTIVE INFLUENCE.

MEANING THE PLEASURE OF

LOOKING AT NAUGHTY PHOTOS IS

SO GREAT IT RIPPLES

BACKWARDS FROM THE FUTURE TO

INFLUENCE US IN THE PRESENT.

THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS.

SCIENCE HAS FINALLY DISCOVERED

TIME TRAVEL PORN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> IF THE FLUX CAPACITORS

ARE ROCKING DON'T COME A

KNOCKING.

I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON I

WAS THINKING ABOUT SEX ALL

THE TIME.

CLEARLY PORN'S BEEN

TRAVELING BACKWARDS THROUGH

TIME INTO MY BRAIN.

NOW LET ME TELL YOU BASED ON

WHAT I THINK ABOUT, SOME OF

THE SEX OF THE FUTURE IS

PRETTY FREAKY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: NOW PROFESSOR

BEM'S THEORY OF EXTRA

SENSORY PORNCEPTION IS

HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL.

THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

PSYCHOLOGIST RAY HYMAN CALLS

BEM'S METH FLAWS.

HIS RESULTS UNRELIABLE AND

CALLED HIS ARTICLE AN

EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE ENTIRE

FIELD.

YES, IT IS A TRUE STAIN ON

THE KILLING ANY FIND FIELD

OF PAYING COLLEGE KIDS $5 TO

LOOK AT PORN.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WELL, I SAY

RATHER THAN FEARING TIME

TRAVELING PORN, WE SHOULD

USE ITS POWER FOR GOOD.

WHICH IS WHY I WILL NOW USE

IT TO PREDICT WHOSE'S

GOINGING TO WIN THE 2012

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THE WINNER WILL

BE NATIONALLY PORTMAN AND

MILA KUNIS.

(APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: I ALSO HAVE THEM

WINNING THE SUPER BOWL, AND

PERFORMING AT THE HALFTIME

SHOW.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: POWERFUL STUFF.

I JUST WISH PROFESSOR BEM

WERE HERE TO EXPLAIN IT TO

ME.

WAIT, I'M SENSING A

PRESENCE.

IT'S, YES, JOINING ME NOW,

PROFESSOR DARYL BEM,

PROFESSOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR ABOUT GOING TO

HAVE SPOKEN TO ME.

YOU WILL HAVE BEEN A GREAT

GUEST.

NOW HOW IS THIS WORKING?

HOW IS THIS WORKING THAT

THESE WAVES OF INFLUENCE ARE

COMING FROM THE FUTURE TO

SHOW US THE NAUGHTY PARTS?

>> WE HAVE NO IDEA.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> I GUESS WHAT MADE YOU

THINK TO EVEN TRY THIS?

>> DID YOU JUST HAVE COLLEGE

STUDENTS AND YOU THOUGHT

WHAT CAN I SHOW THEM THAT

WOULD RAISE EYEBROWS IF?

>> NO, THE BELIEF THAT THE

FUTURE CAN BE DETECTED GOES

ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

>> OF COURSE.

>> AND ABOUT 60% OF

AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THERE

ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN DO THIS.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND MOST PSYCHOLOGISTS

SAY IT'S NONSENSE LIKE RAY

HYMAN.

>> RIGHT.

>> SO IT INTRIGUED ME TO

SHOW IN THE LABORATORY

WHETHER WE COULD ACTUALLY

FIND IT AND JUST UNSELECTED

PEOPLE.

>> DUE DID YOU REALLY SHOW

ANYTHING?

IT'S 53%.

IS THAT NOT THAT BIG OF A

DIFFERENCE FROM 50%.

HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ACTUALLY

ARE DEMONSTRATING SOMETHING

WITH THAT?

>> WELL, 53% SOUNDS SMALL

BUT THAT'S EXACTLY THE

AMOUNT THAT A CASINO HAS

OVER YOU IN ROULETTE WHEEL.

>> Stephen: IT'S A 53%

ADVANTAGE.

>> YES, OVER-- YOU WIN 47%

OF THE TIME AND THEY WIN 53%

OF THE TIME IN A ROULETTE

WHEEL.

53% IS WHAT OBAMA WON OVER

McCAIN IN THE PRESIDENTIAL

ELECTION.

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND,

ARE YOU SAYING THAT OBAMA IS

A TIME TRAVELING

PORNOGRAPHER?

THAT'S WHY HE WON'T SHOW US

THE BIRTH CERTIFICATES.

BECAUSE THE DATE IS FROM THE

FUTURE.

>> RIGHT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WHAT IT SAYS, WHAT IT

TELLS US IS PEOPLE DIDN'T

JUST GO INTO THE BOOTH AND

FLIP A COIN BECAUSE THAT 53%

IS ACTUALLY QUITE LARGE.

IT'S ALSO THE SIZE OF THE

COLBERT BUMP, CANDIDATES WHO

APPEAR ON THIS PROGRAM HAVE

A 3% ADVANTAGE OVER THOSE

WHO DO NOT.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: SO 3% IS THE

COLBERT BUMP, YOU SHOW ME

SOME PORNOGRAPHY, IT MIGHT

GET BIGGER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

I GOT TO ASK WHY DID YOU SAY

I'LL SHOW PORNOGRAPHY.

I STILL HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT

WHY NOT SOMETHING ELSE LIKE

INTERESTING LIKE FOOD

REQUEST.

WHY DID YOU SHOW PORN OG

FEELING?

>> IT'S BASED ON PREVIOUS

EXPERIMENTS BY OTHER

RESEARCHERS WHO SHOW THAT IF

YOU ARE SHOWING PEOPLE

PICTURES THEY JUST SIT THERE

AND WATCH THEM AND MEASURE

THEIR PHYSIOLOGY WITH WITH

THE LIE DETECTING KINDS OF

EQUIPMENT.

THAT THEIR AROUSEAL, NOT

SEXUAL AROUSEAL, NECESSARILY,

BUT JUST AROUSEAL OF THE

PHYSIOLOGY, OBVIOUSLY GOES

UP WHEN THEY SEE A

PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE.

BUT ITS AMAZING THING IS IT

GOES UP 2 TO 10 SECONDS

BEFORE THE PICTURE APPEARS,

BEFORE THE COMPUTER IS EVEN

DECIDED WHETHER IT IS GOING

TO BE A PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE

OR NOT.

>> IN YOUR EXPERIMENT.

>> THAT WAS THE ONE THAT

PRECEDED IT.

THAT IS WHY I DECIDED TO DO

PAIN.

>> YOUR BODY WOULD KNOW THAT

PORN WAS COMING.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: BEFORE IT

ACTUALLY APPEARED ON THE

SCREEN.

>> EVOLUTIONARILY THAT WOULD

BE WONDERFUL.

>> Stephen: SO WHY DO YOU

THINK THIS IS HAPPENING?

IF YOU HAD A THEORY, WHAT

WOULD YOU SAY IT IS?

>> ACTUALLY THE THEORY WE'RE

LOOKING TOWARD IS QUANTUM

PHYSICS, YOUR NEXT GUEST.

>> Stephen: BRIAN GREENE,

YEAH, YEAH.

AND ANYONE WHO HAS LIVED

THROUGH THE 20th CENTURY AS

A PHYSICIST IS ACCUSTOMED TO

SEEING PHENOMENON THAT ARE

JUST AS WEIRD AS THE

PHENOMENON I'M SHOWING BUT

PEOPLE ARE MORE INTERESTED

IN PORN.

IT DOESN'T REQUIRE AS MUCH

MATHEMATICS.

>> Stephen: DOCTOR, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

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