Edinburgh University’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit is running a series of events during the Edinburgh Fringe, for the first time ever. A founder member of the KPU, Dr Caroline Watt, will lead an interactive workshop called ‘Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal’. The audience will take part in experiments and demonstrations revealing how parapsychologists test for psychic abilities, and how people can fool themselves about seemingly paranormal experiences. The free and unticketed events take place 15-22 August in the University’s department of Psychology, which has been the home of the KPU since its inception in 1985. Dr Watt said ‘People hold a lot of misconceptions about parapsychology and the paranormal. Our Fringe event is a unique and fun opportunity for the public to visit our department and find out what parapsychologists really do.’
In 1983 the writer Arthur Koestler and his wife Cynthia died in a suicide pact. They willed their entire estate to found a centre for parapsychological research at a UK university. Edinburgh University agreed to host the Koestler bequest, and in 1985 the first Koestler Professor of Parapsychology, Robert Morris, took up his post. Shortly thereafter he recruited Dr Caroline Watt, who has taught and researched parapsychology at Edinburgh University for three decades.
Dr Watt has created ‘Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal’ together with Professor Richard Wiseman, who obtained his PhD at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit. The event is designed to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit.
The image shows a participant in a ganzfeld experiment at the KPU. The ganzfeld is a sensory isolation procedure that parapsychologists use to test extrasensory perception.
Further info and contact.
This event is free and unticketed. If you’d like to cover this event for your blog or publication, please contact Dr Watt to reserve a space.
Dr Watt can be contacted via email