Forer Effect

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The observation that people give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that are said to have been tailored specifically for them, but which are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. The Forer effect partially explains the widespread acceptance of astrology, fortune telling, and some types of personality tests
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The CLSI guideline C28-A3 (12) allows for subjective validation of a reference interval by laboratory assessment of population demographics and preanalytical and analytical parameters.
By default, the assessment of the usefulness of the remote viewing in the operational arena is decided entirely by subjective validation or what May and Utts call prima facie evidence.
Even psychologists who should know better underrate the power of subjective validation.
This phenomenon of subjective validation is pervasive, compelling, and powerful.
Unfortunately, all the so-called prima facie evidence put before us is tainted by subjective validation.
Even allowing for subjective validation, the possibility that a viewer might accurately come up with secret code words and a detailed description of a particular gantry is quite remote on the basis of common sense and sophisticated guessing.
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