Psychology has long been considered a ‘soft’ science, due to the fact that psychological constructs cannot be measured as accurately as objects in motion, for example. But researchers have now uncovered what they believe to be a behavioural “law” which has been used to successfully explain – and predict – human behaviour. So far it has been tested in 41 trials covering a range of human behaviour, and has shown remarkable predictive power in each test.
Researchers believe this calls into question the concept of free will. The behavioural law is explained through an equation, which I have copied below from the new Journal of Behavioural Law, first issue out today. Hopefully I’m not breaking any copyright laws by copying this:
Originally investigated as part of a research drive to help patients suffering from addiction, the wide application of the formula was discovered by chance.
“I knew my wife was cheating on me.” Said Dr Noverdad, lead researcher on the Behavioural Law Project. “I just couldn’t prove it. Me and some of the team were goofing around, and one suggested I apply the behavioural law formula to my wife. It gave a 100% chance that she was cheating. I was gobsmacked.”
When Dr Noverdad got home that night, he found his wife in the arms of another woman. “I didn’t see that one coming! But really, the predictive power of this thing is unbelievable. I think this is going to take over from the magic 8 ball as my favourite decision making tool.”
This equation could revolutionise what we know about the universe, free will, God and physics. More details as I learn more, but until then, please spread the word about this incredible finding!
(PS Happy April Fools’ Day!)