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Parapsychology conference in Vancouver featuring Nobel laureates

The author of The Trickster and the Paranormal, George P. Hansen has started a new blog, The Paranormal Trickster Blog. His only post so far is about a conference that will be held in Vancouver, BC. The conference, called A meeting of minds should have taken place on July 15-16, 2007. Jonathan Schooler and Dean Radin are co-hosts. Hansen lists the invitees that include psychologists, neuroscientists, members of scientific community, members of the skeptic community and more people. The list in more detail in Hansen’s post. What’s interesting in the conference is the purpose: The expressed purpose of the conference is to explore why academia so actively avoids the paranormal despite the wide interest by the general public. To acquaint the visiting scientists with the field and to facilitate discussion, parapsychologists will present evidence for the existence of ESP and review theoretical problems of the phenomena. George Hansen then comments that in his opinion this conference will change nothing and that the parapsychologist should blame themselves for this. Here’s quite a long quote of his commentary: Will this effort succeed? Let’s remember, it’s been 125 years since the founding of the SPR (Society for Psychical Research). Parapsychologists have published their work continuously since that founding. Innumerable scientists have learned of the research through books, journal articles, and conferences. Yet the field is now no closer to respectability than it...

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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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