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Is the media afraid of parapsychology research?

Today I’ve read another chapter of Dr. Dean Radin’s book Entangled Minds : Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, where he performs analysis of past research in the various fields of parapsychology. This chapter, titled “Unconscious Psi” dealt with the various researches where the existence of various psi phenomena, mostly the ability to affect other person’s autonomous nervous system and the central nervous system over distance, without known sensory methods.

His meta-analysis of over 50 different studies shows a significant statistical significance in the overall research. He also quotes one of the groups that performed a research (led by Stefan Schmidt in 2004) where they say that ”…the existence of some anomaly related to distant intentions cannot be ruled out”. Radin then emphasizes the this is a conclusion of enormous importance since it shows that psi exists and compares it to the following imaginary TV news broadcast:

This is a little like watching the evening news on television, where the news reader drones on about what’s happening in the latest war, what the President is up to, what the baseball scores are, something about aliens landing at the White House, and then the weather report. What? What was that about aliens? Oh, nothing important.

My questions is: Is the media, scientific and general afraid of reporting the results of such studies, similarly to the way you might hear about a research testing the effect of coffee on some area of your health? Are they afraid of being ridiculed or is there another reason that I miss here. What do you think?





  1. Lots of people don’t want telepathy to be true and wouldn’t want to see it become public knowledge. That is not to say that it is not true. I and my family have telepathy. But it is on a ‘need to know’ basis and not an exact science. It seems to be one of those things that need an ’emotional’ basis to work mostly. Can you imagine what the crooks would do if they came up with a device or a discipline that could read minds and no one could tell a lie and get away with it or even keep a secret??? They would go nuts…and perhaps dangerously so. One of the reasons they used to keep ‘occult’ knowledge from the common people I would think.

  2. There has been quite a few experiments — formal and informal — on “fear of psi”. These have been conducted by people outside of parapsychology as well as within. They have demonstrated that just about everybody is afraid (or at least nervous) about psi. People deal with it in different ways. Some just deny it even in the face (in some cases) of strong evidence. Some externalize it (“its not *me* it is God acting with me as a channel”). Some believe (rightly or wrongly) in various beliefs that help them to accept it as safe (“if you ‘will’ wrong on someone than that wrong will rebound on you”). Some accept its reality and deny its implications (“Yeah, sometimes I know who’s calling before they call, but that’s just ‘intuition’, it doesn’t mean anything”). And some of us try to control it by trying to understand it better whether we use scientific, non-scientific or unscientific methods.

  3. The comparison to space aliens seems apt. There are multiple independent reports of those too. If you listen to the UFO and alien abduction believers, it’s much the same story. They’ve set up their systems so that no evidence could prove them wrong.

    Maybe the good evidence is just around the corner. Maybe the latest Parapsychology experiment will be solid and repeatable; then the world will have to take notice. Not impossible, but it hasn’t happened in six or seven decades so that’s not the way to bet.

  4. This information is not important to your culture, because it has no tangible benefits. It is not scientific, because it is not controllable. Which is not to say that it isn’t real, but science=reality in your culture, therefore it will be rejected or casually dismissed. This is not a cynical statement about your shared way of thinking however. There are reasons why these limitations are in place, which influence all cultures.


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