To mark the 30th Anniversary of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, this year I’ve been touring science festivals with a show I developed with Professor Richard Wiseman. It’s called Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal, and has been attracting full houses all year, from Brighton to Orkney. For those who didn’t manage to get in for our run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there’s a second chance! On 6th October I’ll be presenting it twice at Midlothian Science Festival, in Dalkeith and Loanhead.
Unbelievable is great fun to present and – I hope – to participate in. It’s an interactive talk, with hands-on demos and experiments to show how we can be fooled about psychic abilities, and how parapsychologists conduct controlled tests of paranormal claims. The photo shows participants at Glasgow Science Festival trying their hand at faking psychokinetic abilities. Would you make a good fake psychic? Do you think you can score better at an ESP test than the good folks of Orkney? If you’re in the area, we hope to see you in Midlothian on Tuesday! Skeptics and believers welcome.