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Dr. Caroline Watt on parapsychology

Posted on Nov 22, 2008 in Parapsychology, Research | 1 comment

Dr. Watt

Dr. Caroline Watt is a parapsychologist in the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU) at Edinburgh University. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow (acting Head of KPU).


An Edinburgh online newspaper wrote an article about her and her work. Parts of the article are about ghosts research which I believe is of less interest to most readers of Mind-Energy. What I have fount interesting are some quotes of hers about parapsychology. On a question if she’s a believer she answers:

“I believe in science,” she laughs. “I would say I have probably become more skeptical over time but I am still on the fence. What I have learned is that the quality of the research is very good, probably better than mainstream psychology because you’ve got to bend over backwards to think of normal explanations and rule them out.

The article also describes the problems of the state of parapsychology research:

Resources are, of course, the big stumbling block, with parapsychology departments reliant on private finance. This means that Caroline and her colleagues are just scratching the surface and far from any meaningful explanations for paranormal experiences.

Dr. Caroline Watt join the Koestler Parapsychology Unit in 1986, and she was one of the founding members. She has published over 50 articles on parapsychology. Interestingly, many of the articles she published jointly with Dr. Richard Wiseman, a known psychologist and skeptic of paranormal.

They’ve even published a book together, called simply Parapsychology (International Library of Psychology), about 500 pages about different aspect of parapsychology.

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