Psi Science

Psi Science is the rigorous on-going scientific pursuit of experimenting and testing the validity and reliability of so-called psychic or paranormal phenomena.  Common psi abilities include such things as mind-to-mind connections (telepathy), mind-over-matter interactions, (psychokinesis), perceiving distant places, people, objects, or events (clairvoyance), perceiving the future (precognition), prophetic dreams,déjà vu, spiritual healing, the power of prayer and intention, intuition, gut feelings, and the sense of being stared at.

There are words for psi experiences in every language, from Arabic to Zulu, Czech to Manx Gaelic.  The universality of the words reflects the fact that these phenomena are basic to human experience.  And indeed psi experiences have been reported by people in all cultures, throughout history, and at all ages and education levels.”  -Dean Radin, “Entangled Minds” (6)

A meta-analysis of every psi experiment performed and published (in the English language) over the past century was recently conducted by Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.  Statistically analyzing the data from all 1,019 controlled studies produced the astonishing result of 1.3×10104 to 1 against chance – that is: 1,300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 odds against the results being due to coincidence.

After a century of increasingly sophisticated investigations and more than a thousand controlled studies with combined odds against chance of 10104 to 1, there is now strong evidence that some psi phenomena exist.  While this is an impressive statistic, all it means is that the outcomes of these experiments are definitely not due to coincidence.  We’ve considered other common explanations like selective reporting and variations in experimental quality, and while those factors do moderate the overall results, there can be little doubt that overall something interesting is going on.  It seems increasingly likely that as physics continues to refine our understandings of the fabric of reality, a theoretical outlook for a rational explanation for psi will eventually be established.”  -Dean Radin, “Entangled Minds” (275)

Scientists, psychologists, academic institutions and governments have  been conducting psi research with consistently positive results for over a century yet wide-spread acceptance of the existence of such phenomena is curiously absent.  In 2002, a review of the 57 most popular introductory psychology textbooks in common use at Universities showed that 24 contained no mention of psi whatsoever, and the 33 that did devoted an average of only 2.4 pages to the subject.  Not only is the voluminous amount of available psi research mysteriously absent from the textbooks, but the second most often cited references come from the magazine, Skeptical Inquirer.

This should make your hair stand up.  It’s like trying to sustain a serious scientific discussion based on citations from tabloids … If this is the type of scholarly information being fed to impressionable psychology students, it’s not surprising that whole generations of future academic psychologists assume there’s nothing to it.”  -Dean Radin, “Entangled Minds” (289-90)

I assume that the reader is familiar with the idea of extrasensory perception … telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis.  These disturbing phenomena seem to deny all our usual scientific ideas.  How we should like to discredit them!  Unfortunately the statistical evidence is overwhelming.  It is very difficult to rearrange one’s ideas so as to fit these new facts in.”  -Alan Turing

Simply stated, there is no place in the old Newtonian/Darwinian models for the existence of psi, and this more than anything is likely responsible for the lack of mass acceptance of psi as a genuine phenomenon.  In a material Universe where mind is merely an emergent evolutionary mechanism, such abilities as clairvoyance and precognition must be cast aside as superstition or coincidence.  Regardless, valid psi science continues its march forward while the skeptical establishment and its indoctrinated minions religiously defend the dogma of their crumbling material worldview.

Pick up practically any scientific or scholarly journal and you’ll quickly find that researchers are always engaged in vigorous debates and controversies.  The moment a discipline collapses into a single set of beliefs, constructs, or even methods, it’s no longer science, it’s religion.”  -Dean Radin, “Entangled Minds” (283)

When a belief is widely held in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we call it a superstition.  By that criterion, the most egregious superstition of modern times, perhaps of all time, is the ‘scientific’ belief in the non-existence of psi.”  -Thomas Etter


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