[EM] Approval Strategy for the Average Citizen

Forest Simmons fsimmons at pcc.edu
Thu Jul 18 15:33:39 PDT 2002

On Wed, 17 Jul 2002, Narins, Josh wrote:

> In numerous studies repeated at academic institutions around the world, coin
> toss studies, even allowing for the highly contentious
> "ignore-coin-if-you-want" option, resulted in lower test scores than for
> those who actually studied.

A much more relevant study would compare coin tossing with and without the
"ignore-on-a-hunch" option.

In other words, once you have done all of the studying, research, and
consultation of the experts, and still have some unanswered questions,
does the "ignore on a hunch" option give you any edge over straight coin
tossing for those remaining questions?

Perhaps it does nothing more than contribute to peace of mind.

On the other hand, let's not underestimate the value of tapping the powers
of the subconscious mind; many subliminal cues are wont to whiz right by
the conscious mind to register only below the surface.


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