Cornell Professor Emeritus Argues for Existence of ESP; Science Freaks Out

So apparently precognition — that is, reading the future — isn’t entirely the stuff of fantasy. And you don’t even have to be one of those weird, hairless mole people from Minority Report to do it. The power is (purportedly) in each of us!

At least if you believe Daryl J. Bem, professor emeritus at Cornell. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology is prepared to publish a study conducted by Bem that suggests that extrasensory perception is as real as narwhals or professional wrestling. And, what with Bem being an actually reputable scientist — as opposed ESPs more frequent proponents: burnt-out hair salon attendants and Nancy Reagan — this has all the makings of a genuine scientific coup. (Or a total fiasco. Take your pick.)

Trouble first sounded in November, when Bem spoke to the Cornell Sun about his research, admitting that he first became interested in the subject of precognition through:

… his personal experiences as a stage magician.

Excellent! Score one for credibility.

Now, according to the New York Times, scholars across the country are up in arms that a scientific journal of JPSP’s caliber would give credence to a theory that is actually impossible.

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Sex on Campus: Ivies Prudes, Liberal Arts Slaves 4 U

Sex on Campus: Ivies Prudes, Liberal Arts Slaves 4 USex in the champagne room? Not for elite college students, according to a recent study. Apparently, libido’s a lot lower in the upper ranks. Intelligence and sexual drive just simply don’t mix.

Yeah, yeah, knew that, thanks IvyGate. But what if I told you that…

ZERO percent of Wellesley Studio Art majors are virgins?

That’s right. Not. A. Single. One. That’s, like, a whole 20 percent from the next closest major, those randy-ass kids in the Anthropology department. You paying attention, Crimson?

Wait, no you’re not, ’cause 59 percent of you are virgins. And neither are Princeton kids, for that matter — you’re at 56 percent.

Apparently there are a whole lot of people too busy watching Sex and the City and Entourage episodes to, you know, um, actually get down to it. But fear not! Those liberal arts kids are turning the tables, and the sexin’ is happening somewhere in isolation in Tiny Collegetown, USA. The contrasting Wellesley by-major breakdown below:

Sex on Campus: Ivies Prudes, Liberal Arts Slaves 4 U

As someone in the IvyGate office mentioned, “Studio art girls PUT. OUT.”

Not only does this confirm every stereotype in existence about art-school girlfriends — um, and liberal arts colleges (which includes you, Brown), and undeclared majors, and students in the hard sciences (yes, I said hard, get your mind out of the gutter for Christ’s sake) — but that lends so much more insight into Newell’s previous post about a certain presidential hopeful.

Ugh. What was Hillary’s major again? Political science? Nevermind, that explains everything.

Nevertheless, there are all sorts of shockers in this data treasure trove: Neuroscience comes in third? Philosophy is only middling? Computer science comes in fifth, at 40 percent virgins?

Jesus lord. On that note, what the hell’s going on over at MIT? (Actually, nothing — according to the full study, only 65 percent of MIT GRADUATE students have had sex. Oy.)

Maybe some explanation, courtesy of a University of Texas study:

Another idea, consistent with popular media portrayals of geeks and nerds (males at least), is that intelligent people actually want to have sex, but are simply less likely or unable to obtain willing partners because they are disproportionately viewed as unattractive or undesirable as partners.

To bring it full-circle, classic insight from the Harvard Independent into the evolutionary psychology of Harvard dating:

Let’s take the typical Harvard girl and give her the same complementary attributes, and what you have is the ubiquitous problem of the “H-Bomb.” Whether you realized this or not, your acceptance into Harvard eliminated 99.99% of the world’s male population from being your potential love interest. Societal “standards” have deemed that you should date an Ivy-leaguer. And yes, I realize that it’s like some sick, twisted perpetuation of social Darwinism. There are slim pickings, dears, when you look at your pool of candidates. On top of the fact that you have been sucked into the cult of Ivy-cest, the “lower” Ivy males are scared of you like none other. You attend the school they were rejected from.

So what does this all mean? I don’t know, I majored in journalism and I haven’t had my coffee yet. But I swear, they must be putting something in the water up there.

So Ivy women, speak up! Surprised? E-mail with your stories and we might compile them into one big anonymous list of sexual anecdotes proving or disproving our little theory. It’ll be like a digital Tom Wolfe novel, all on your RSS feed.

Oh, and by the way? Extrapolated, it also means there’s are 50-50 even odds on Diane Sawyer’s status while she was there as an English major.

Yeah. Exactly. — ANDREW NUSCA