Psi Wars: Getting to Grips with the Paranormal
Getting to Grips with the Paranormal
James Alcock, Jean Burns and Anthony Freeman, Editors
At the heart of the parapsychology
(psi) battle are two types of phenomena. One is extra-sensory perception
(ESP), the reception of information without any normal sensory means.
Foretelling future disasters is an example of this. The second is psycho-kinesis
(PK), using the mind to influence physical states without any direct physical
contact - as Uri Gellner claims to do. Ordinary scientists say both are
impossible, and alleged cases must therefore be imaginary or fraudulent.
So parapsychologists with experimental evidence for psi are accused of
bad science or bad faith or both. That is how the battle lines in the
Psi Wars are usually drawn. This collection of essays shows that a straight
division into 'sceptics' and 'believers' is too simple. The real struggle,
for all interested in such claims - is to get a secure hold on the subject
itself. Originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Consciousness
Studies (Vol.10, No.6-7, 2003).
Table of Contents
- Anthony Freeman, A Long Time Coming: A Personal Reflection
- Jean E. Burns, What Is Beyond the Edge of the Known World?
- James E. Alcock, Give the Null Hypothesis a Chance: Reasons
to Remain Doubtful about the Existence of Psi
- John Palmer, ESP In the Ganzfeld: Analysis of a Debate
- Matthew D. Smith, The Role of the Experimenter in Parapsychological
- Simon J. Sherwood and Chris A. Roe, A Review of Dream ESP Studies
Conducted Since the Maimonides Dream ESP Studies
- Adrian Parker, We Ask, Does Psi Exist? But Is This the Right
Question and Do We Really Want an Answer Anyway?
- Stanley Jeffers, Physics and Claims for Anomalous Effects Related
- Christoper C. French, Fantastic Memories: The Relevance of
Research into Eyewitness Testimony and False Memories for Reports of
- Geoffrey Dean and Ivan W. Kelly, Is Astrology Relevant to Consciousness
- Fotini Pallikari, Must the ‘Magic’ of Psychokinesis Hinder
Precise Scientific Measurement?
- P. Brugger and K.I. Taylor, ESP: Extrasensory Perception or
Effect of Subjective Probability?
James Alcock is professor of
psychology at York University, Toronto. Jean Burns, a physicist, and Anthony
Freeman, a theologian, are both editors of the Journal of Consciousness
· ISBN 0-907845-48-7
· Published July 2003 by Imprint Academic · Paperback
· 246 pages · $29.90 ·
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