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?