# Can psychics really see the past/future?

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19. ### Ivan Seeking

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I want to see proof of the money.

20. ### Overdose

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First of all when i talk about documented evidence bare in mind that im not just talking about this case, this case is just the tip of the iceberg.

Well this is the crunch, how much detail needs to be there to be a 'direct hit' ? At what point do you say...right, this is just too much of a coincidence, this person has seen the future; no question. The problem is there never comes a point like this, you can always invoke coincidence...
This is the problem of researching ESP, the seperation of prediction from chance. All you can do is try to statistically work out how likely or unlikey it is that someone could get a prediction right. This in essense is what was done in the Mandell's case, and the conclusion was that he was certainly 'over the odds'.