Telepathy: Origins of Randomization in Experimental Design

@article{Hacking1988TelepathyOO,
  title={Telepathy: Origins of Randomization in Experimental Design},
  author={Ian Hacking},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1988},
  volume={79},
  pages={427 - 451}
}
  • I. Hacking
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Psychology
  • Isis
PSYCHIC RESEARCH may seem an implausible place to study the emergence of a new kind of experimental methodology. Yet it is there that we find the first faltering use, by many investigators, of a technique that is now standard in many sciences and mandatory in much sociology and biology. Indeed randomization is so commonplace that anyone untroubled by the fundamental principles of statistics must suppose that the practice is quite uncontroversial. That is not so. Before I proceed to my story, a… 

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