For Parapsychology, this 100% failure rate across the entire gamut of laboratory studies is nothing less than catastrophic. Parapsychology appears to have lost its way. A more fruitful approach is necessary. Ideas about this will follow.
Category Archives: Paranormal
‘That Dude’ Strikes Again
That Dude has struck again. A second review of another of my books appeared on Amazon on 14 April 2021. On this second strike, this author is making a little progress: ‘That Dude’ actually awarded my book 2.0 out of 5 stars instead of just one! I graciously accept this 100% increase in my book’sContinue reading “‘That Dude’ Strikes Again”
An Anomaly of Ceaseless Wonder
Psi is an anomaly of ceaseless wonder and mystery. The psi hypothesis remains neither confirmed nor disconfirmed but it connects us to our fellow beings, to nature and the cosmos at large. David F Marks, Psychology and the Paranormal, 2020, p. 313. A recent post featuring Adrian Parker shows the openness of a thought leaderContinue reading “An Anomaly of Ceaseless Wonder”
Psi as a Spontaneous Phenomenon
Originally published by leading parapsychologist ADRIAN PARKER as ‘Informal Psi Tests’ in the Paranormal Review 96, 16. Adrian is President of the Society of Psychical Research, London, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The veteran psi-critic David Marks has recently published a book Psychology and the Paranormal in which he has taken aContinue reading “Psi as a Spontaneous Phenomenon”
The Paradoxical Nature of Coincidence
I am no mystic. By nature, I believe that I am inclined towards scepticism. Occasionally, however, events have occurred that appear to defy reason or scientific explanation. Coincidence is a good example. The traditional scientific explanation holds that coincidences are inevitable within the laws of chance. An alternative explanation entertains the possibility of an as-yetContinue reading “The Paradoxical Nature of Coincidence”
Hans Eysenck and Carl Sargent’s Dishonesty in Parapsychology
Context I write this blog as a long-term investigator into psychology and the paranormal. This post concerns a saga of intellectual dishonesty by the late Cambridge University psychologist, Carl Sargent, and his mentor, Professor Hans J Eysenck, of King’s College London. A diary of events weaves a dark story that many wish the world wouldContinue reading “Hans Eysenck and Carl Sargent’s Dishonesty in Parapsychology”
Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal
From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”
Psychology and the Paranormal
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” So the well-worn saying goes. Are there? If so, what are they? And how does one obtain solid evidence? These questions have taxed human beings for millennia. A zetetic approach I approach psychology and the paranormal in a spiritContinue reading “Psychology and the Paranormal”
Reality or Illusion?
This post was updated on 17 August 2022. I have provided accounts of five striking coincidences over my lifetime. The five events individually have odds in the range 10-9 to 10-18. What are the odds that all five coincidences could happen to one individual? The answer is that the odds are way off the end ofContinue reading “Reality or Illusion?”
One person’s coincidence another person’s yawn?
I recently came across the late Michael Thalbourne‘s ‘A BRIEF TREATISE ON COINCIDENCE’. Fascinating! Especially notable in Michael’s account is the huge gap that exists between the impact of a coincidence on the experiencer and an outsider perspective on the very same event. This fact is revealed in his own experiences of sharing coincidences andContinue reading “One person’s coincidence another person’s yawn?”
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