This Week in Parapsychology

hypothesis-testingCritiquing ‘The New Statistics’. This week’s highlight, for me, was Jim Kennedy’s latest article, critiquing the ‘new statistics’ that have been promoted by Cumming (2014). Cumming denigrates hypothesis testing in favour of estimation and meta-analysis. Kennedy argues that this approach ‘appears to be focused more on promoting publications than on drawing strong inferences about the validity of effects’. For Kennedy’s full reasoning, click here. Kennedy’s website is something of a treasure trove, particularly concerning methodological issues facing parapsychology. Jim and I operate the KPU Study Registry.

The Golden Age of Paranormal TV. If you are in the London area, I can highly recommend Prof Richard Wiseman’s forthcoming talk on paranormal programming. It includes lots of rare archive footage! Might there be a youthful Ms Watt? It’s at Goldsmiths on Tuesday 27th at 6pm. More details here.

near-deathNear-Death-Experience? Alex Malarkey, the boy whose NDE account was published as a book in 2010, has now stated he lied to get attention. His publishers are discontinuing the book. The unsavoury signs that the heavily disabled Alex was pressurised to recant by Christians who felt the book was ‘off message’ are explored by Michael Prescott here. (via @SPR1882)

Hearing voices. KPU member @ThomasRabeyron tweeted about this hefty report on hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, and appearing out of touch with reality. The report includes sources of advice and help. It comes from the Clinical Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society. For the report, click here.

BroughtonAnd finally…  ghost-hunting in the nude. Allegedly an idea for a TV series. Or could it be a publicity stunt? Don’t get your hopes up, that’s all I’m saying. For the story (via @SPR1882) click here. Meantime, Society for Psychical Research President Richard Broughton has asked an excellent question: ‘Why do ghosts wear clothes?’ You can find his paper here.

About Caroline Watt

Prof Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
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