Originally Posted by Calculusaurus
I feel bad for parapsychologists. Parapsychology must be, hands down, the most frustrating profession today. If you publish positive results no one takes you seriously. Your methods are criticized down to a pulp. And if funding and grant proposals weren't bad enough for normal
scientists, imagine what it's like for parapsychologists!
I'll ask you an honest question, MattFYF: how many hours have you spent reading:
- the Journal of Society for Psychical Research
- the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
- or the Journal of Parapsychology
Excuse me if I'm being presumptuous, but I'm going to guess zero
, suggested by the mere fact that you thought these journals were not peer-reviewed.
You wrote that all parapsychology experiments were flawed. I'm guessing you gathered this conclusion from other skeptics, who also gathered it from other skeptics, etc.
The problem is that no one with a pre-disposed bias against
parapsychology really wants to sit down for hours analyzing the million nuances of statistical psychology results. It's easier to just make a few one-ended observations and call it a day.
I read my sic-induced post as if I had the hiccups!
I should have made myself clearer; when I wrote that, I was mainly purely referring to actual psychics - such as Erin - who channel spirits, as well as 'paranormal' events such as OBEs. I also was referring to hard, concrete proof that's validated by mainstream science that says "OBEs are a real phenominon" or "Psychics who claim to channel beings from a higher plane are real".
I've not read any of those journals. I've heard of them, of course.
And while you're picking on what I said, I said the research is "almost always
flawed" - not
100% always flawed.
The reasons I listed are the most common flaws. I'm sure there are a few genuine research papers out there that point towards proof that people have the ability to be psychic (or there are psychics out there), but I haven't heard of it. Maybe I should read those journals!
Does anyone have links to published papers on psychic phenomenon that we can review from credible sources?
I second Erin! Does anybody have any links like that? Or perhaps links to interesting studies done that have been validated by science?