Science of the Paranormal. This week, I’ve been rehearsing my new show (co-created with Richard Wiseman), Science of the Paranormal. Find out what parapsychologists actually do, through hands-on experiments and demonstrations. It’s on at next week’s Brighton Science Festival (Yay!). Two performances, but they are already sold out (Aww). Don’t worry, there’s another chance to catch the show (Yay!). As part of the KPU’s 30th anniversary celebrations I’ll be staging it at Edinburgh Fringe this August. (OMG!). Watch this space for further announcements.
Avoiding Questionable Research Practices. On 18th February, Frontiers in Psychology published a paper by Jim Kennedy and I entitled ‘Lessons from the first two years of operating a study registry’. Based on our experience running a parapsychological study registry, we point out the limitations of existing study registrations options for psychologists, and make recommendations for improved practice. All this is relevant to the current debate over replication and questionable research practices in psychology, and is an example of how parapsychology may contribute to issues affecting mainstream science. For the paper, which is open access, click here. To find out more about the KPU Study Registry, click here. Also out on the same date in Frontiers, this article critiques Cumming’s call to abandon p-values. Two months ago, our very own Jim Kennedy published a similar critique. For the pdf, click here.
Online learning about parapsychology. Nancy Zingrone and Carlos Alvarado’s Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in parapsychology has just ended. Nancy and Carlos will be making several of the class recordings available on youtube. Check out their Parapsychology Online website for the latest info. The next run of my own University of Edinburgh online parapsychology course opens in April. It includes contributions from leading skeptics and experts in parapsychology, and seeks to provide a balanced view of this controversial field. There are still a few places available. Interested? You can find out more here.
Perrott-Warrick Fellowship. Applications are now sought from established parapsychologists for the next Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher fellowship (I was fortunate to hold this fellowship from 2010 to the end of 2014; there’s a report of my Perrott-Warrick research programme on the KPU website, here). The deadline is 1st May. Contact Professor Bernard Carr if you’d like to apply.