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A&M Tackles The Pressing Animal-ESP Issue

What is Texas A&M's vaunted research department up to these days?

The pressing issue of whether pets have ESP.

"The question has been asked for decades: Do animals have ESP?" says an Aggie press release.

We say the question has been asked for minutes: Who the hell's been wondering whether animals have ESP?

Someone, apparently. For the answers, let's go to the appropriately named Dr. Bonnie Beaver of A&M.

No, not the appropriately named Dr. Bonnie Beaver who is a California gynecologist. Let's keep things respectable here.

Unhappily for the sake of A&M's reputation, such as it is, the press release says "It's been suspected ESP exists in humans, but not unequivocally proven." (We guess "not unequivocally proven" is Aggie-speak for "it's absolute bullshit.")

More happily for A&M's reputation, such as it is, Beaver pretty well scotches the theory that animals have extra-sensory perception.

"A lot of the unusual phenomena that deals with animal ESP can be explained as something else," she says.

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Predicting earthquakes or storms? Animals can sense early, light tremors or changes in barometric pressure. Sensing a seizure in their owners? They can perceive subtle shifts in owner behavior.

So it's back to the drawing board, all you animal-ESP advocates. (Your precious Puddles probably could have predicted that.)

We're just glad A&M had the guts -- and the time -- to settle this pressing question.

-- Richard Connelly

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