Challenging stereotypes? Emeritus Prof Harvey Irwin (with whom I co-authored An Introduction to Parapsychology 5th edition) has surveyed 114 members of the Parapsychological Association. Counter to stereotype, when asked whether ‘broadly spiritual’ interests motivated their involvement in parapsychology, only 21% of respondents indicated they were ‘strongly’ motivated by such interests (‘moderately’ 29%; ‘slightly’ 24%; ‘not at all’ 26%). The survey was published in 2014 in the Journal of Parapsychology (via @parapsych). You can download it for free. Click here.
Dutch SPR Webinar. On 1st February, Julia Mossbridge is giving a presentation hosted by the Dutch SPR entitled Presentiment and non-conscious precognition: What the data can tell us about mechanism. Mossbridge is based at Northwestern University, Illinois, and has pre-registered her research on the KPU Study Registry. The Webinar is free but you must also pre-register for it here. You can also find links to webinars by Dean Radin, Edwin May, and Peter Bancel on the same link. Speaking of Radin…
Parapsychology and physics. Just posted on YouTube, Dean Radin of the Institute of Noetic Sciences presents on Entangled Minds and Beyond. Radin was speaking at the 2014 Science and NonDuality conference. Some parapsychologists use concepts from quantum physics metaphorically, but Radin’s double-slit experiments take the concepts quite literally.
Good Thinking Investigates… The Good Thinking Society has launched a new series of videos investigating pseudoscientific claims. Check it out here.
And finally… Ghost Ghirls. Jack Black has a paranormal web comedy series. Technically this is not ‘news’ since it launched Oct 2013. It comes in 10-min episodes. It has feisty/ditzy female protagonists; and it’s very funny! You can watch it for free on YouTube.