Post by Dominic Clarke on Sept 11, 2012 5:37:54 GMT -5
I would like to use this thread to collect peer-reviewed journal articles that show evidence for and against any aspect of the paranormal that is of interest.
If we collect the papers here, we can keep a running discussion going, but if anything begs for more analysis we can move it over to the reading group and discuss it in-depth.
What I'm interested in is attempting to establish a groundwork of scientific evidence, with the same rigor as any other piece of scientific research. Then we can look at exactly what phenomena we have this evidence for. And I would ask that the criticism applied to each paper be of the same standard as a reviewer for a scientific journal - good experimental methods, good statistical methods, no fudging.
While this may not be the whole story for many of you guys and girls (anti-scientism, anti-materialism etc.), i think it is important to have this stand seperately for proper study, because it is only through submission to scientific standards that anyone outside of this field is going to take the phenomena seriously.
Post by Jack Hunter on Sept 11, 2012 6:00:27 GMT -5
Perhaps to start off with a paper that is currently attracting a lot of attention, with both successful and failed replications, here is Daryl Bem's paper "Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect," published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology:
Post by Jack Hunter on Sept 11, 2012 7:00:29 GMT -5
Here's a paper with evidence for PK (psychokinesis) from Dean Radin and Roger Nelson. Published as "Evidence for consciousness-related anomalies in random physical systems" in Foundations of Physics, Volume 19, Number 12 (1989), 1499-1514:
Post by Jack Hunter on Sept 11, 2012 7:13:35 GMT -5
Here's one from Michael Persinger et al. suggestive of some form of consciousness entanglement between two individuals at a distance from one another. The paper is entitled "Enhanced Power within a Predicted Narrow Band of Theta Activity During Stimulation of Another by Circumcerebral Weak Magnetic Fields After Weekly Spatial Proximity: Evidence for Macroscopic Quantum Entanglement?" published in Neuroquantology, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 7-21:
Post by Jack Hunter on Sept 11, 2012 15:37:34 GMT -5
Julie Beischel and Gary E. Schwartz's paper "Anomalous information reception by research mediums demonstrated using a novel triple-blind protocol" published in Explore, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2007), pp. 23-27:
Post by Jack Hunter on Sept 11, 2012 16:10:53 GMT -5
Debora Delanoy on "Experimental evidence suggestive of anomalous consciousness interactions" published in Dhanjoo N. Ghsta (ed.) Biomedical and Life Physics. Proceedings of the Second Gauss Symposium, 2-8 August 1993, Munich:
I've noticed all links in this thread (until now) are from psi-proponents. So here's a link to a skeptical take on psi, for those interested. It's a good read to get started on the skeptical side of things:
Alcock, J. A.. Give the Null Hypothesis a Chance: Reasons to Remain Doubtful about the Existence of Psi. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 10, No. 6–7, 2003, pp. 29–50.