Is ESP research a dying trend
An article in technicianonline.com posted an article titled ESP research a dying trend. In this article they first present an interesting case of twin telepathy:
Since age 6, Bryan and James Williams, twins, have been able to read each other’s minds—to an extent.
Bryan, sophomore in agricultural education, said if asked to choose a number between one and 10, his brother will guess it correctly every time.
In addition to this, he said when his twin is struggling, he can sense it.
“If he’s ever in a bad situation, I can feel something,” he said.
James, a sophomore in chemical engineering, agreed and said he gets a “weird feeling” when his brother is in trouble, but nothing as specific as sudden knowledge of a certain injury.
Then, they write that it seems that ESP research is a dying field with prominent labs being closed (PEAR lab, doing mind over matter research in Princeton University, closed last month).
The article refers to the beginnings of ESP research by J. B. Rhine at Duke University from the 1920ies and his book “Parapsychology” published in 1957 to define PK and ESP.
The article also quotes Douglas Gillan, the psychology department head at N.C. State, which states that the department focuses on “normal everyday perception” in its research and instruction, and said he is not an expert in the field of parapsychology. Yet Mr. Gillan tries to explain that some seemingly paranormal events can be explained by the notion that “humans by nature tend to ascribe causes to events they see happen and assume personal responsibility for them”. He also said that “We’re good at coming up with stories to explain the world around us—to explain our role in those events.”
Gillan also points that research protocols should be looked at very closely for possible errors that may suggest that ESP exists.
My guess is that if you would ask Dean Radin, leading scientist of the Institute of Noetic Sciences which does consciousness research, he’d say that ESP research is dying since it was already proved positive and thus, less interesting to research. Instead, the explanation for their existence and way operations is what more interesting.
My way is in the middle. I still want to see good proof for the existence of Extra Sensory Perception and have launched the Psi Experiments to try myself in this field and give people the opportunity to participate.
For more on telepathy see my previous articles:
Telepathy experiments with identical twins