Paranormal Phenomena





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Published on Jan 21, 2013

This 55 minute talk is a presentation that I originally made on the 15th of January 2013 to a group called "Incognu" which is an association of people interested in Cognition in Toulouse. I was asked to talk about Paranormal phenomena, and so I did.

My basic position can be summarized as follows:

Can paranormal phenomena be studied scientifically? YES!
Is it important to study such phenomena? YES!
Is there convincing evidence? YES!! (for some phenomena)
Does it make sense? YES - It can help explain the evolution of consciousness
Are there possible explanations? Yes, possibly (Quantum Physics, entanglement....)

In my case, I tended to ignore work on paranormal phenomena. However, since reading the work of Dean Radin and Rupert Sheldrake, I feel that it is no longer possible to pretend that such phenomena are illusory. And if they are real, the implications for our understanding of the universe that we live in will be revolutionized.

Note added Sunday 27th January

In the talk, I mentioned what I thought was an unpublished metareview of the anticipatory physiological effects. But I have since discovered that the paper was actually published in october 2012.

You can find it here

Mossbridge, J., Tressoldi, P. E., & Utts, J. (2012). Predictive Physiological Anticipation Preceding Seemingly Unpredictable Stimuli: A Meta-Analysis . Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 390.


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