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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...

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Interview with Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko poscast and Open Source Science project

Alex Tsakiris is a high-tech entrepreneur turned Podcaster based in Del Mar, California. After short stints as a research associate at the University of Arizona, and a member of the Texas Instruments Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Alex founded Mind Path Technologies (now a part of InFocus Corporation). Earlier this year he turned his attention to science Podcasting with the launch of Skeptiko.com and OpenSourceScience.net (doesn’t exist anymore). You host the Skeptiko podcast about controversial issues of science, such as parapsychology research. I must say it’s one of the best podcasts I’ve heard and certainly a leading one on the subject. Could you elaborate on the idea behind the Skeptiko podcast and how you came to opening it? Well, thanks for those kind words, Jacob. I guess Skeptiko grew out of my love for learning while listening. I’ve been a books-on-tape junkie for years and used to download radio shows before podcasting took off. Knowledge really is power. When I turned my interest to science and parapsychology I often felt like there were questions that just weren’t getting asked and answered. So, I started Skeptiko to get some answers. What’s your background regarding parapsychology? What caused your interest in this subject? I’m a complete lay-person when it comes to parapsychology and science in general, but I’ve tried to use that to my advantage. I come at these topics with a fresh...

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Seeing the future is possible, research shows

An article in This is London (linked from Dean Radin’s blog) summarizes several researches done about the “gut feeling”, or premonition, in people. It first tells of several facts and stories about the 9/11 attack, stating that there were about half the passengers than usual in each of the crashed plane. Many people suddenly couldn’t make to the flight. The article quote several Nobel Prize winning scientists from the fields of physics and psychology who research this phenomena and support it. In fact, even Einstein described the distinction between the past, present and future as ‘a stubbornly persistent illusion’. The article then presents research started by Dr. Dean Radin and then continued and verified by other universities which is meant to verify the existing of the phenomena, the ability of ordinary people to get glimpses into the future. His experiments and of others, who duplicated it were successful and show that the phenomena does...

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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...

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Short history of psi research

I currently read a great book by Dr. Dean Radin titled Entangled Minds. I’ll post a complete review when I finish it but, for the time being, I found one chapter to be really interesting. It’s the chapter on history of parapsychology (psi) research. As it looks from the book, much of the scientific research advances came as an interest in research various psi phenomena, such as telepathy and clairvoyance ,starting from early 17th century. To give you a little taste of what psi research history is, I’ve compiled some of the more interesting examples from this book into a relatively short list. The book doesn’t contain all research done (for example it doesn’t contain work by Rupert Sheldrake) but I guess that it’s impossible to fit all of it in one book and Dr. Radin had to choose what to include. To fully enjoy the history, buy the book and read chapter 4 in the book. I’m sure you’ll find the rest of the book interesting as well. So, here is a short collection of psi research. Ancient China, about 1500BC, Shang dinasty. “Oracly bones” – oracle’s prophecies compared to outcomes. 1627, Sir Francis Bacon publishes “Sylva Sylvarium: A Natural Historie in Ten Centuries”. Proposed using cards and dice in psi experiments. Also foreseen the use of statistical analysis. Also proposed that meaningful targets (people) are better than...

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