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New paper on options for prospective meta-analysis

Happy New Year, folks! I hope 2017 brings you health and happiness. Just a wee news item to let you know that this week Jim Kennedy and I published a short methodological paper about prospective meta-analysis (this grew out of … Continue reading

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Sue’s back: #QEDcon 2016

I am still recovering from the pleasure of my first QED Conference, a very busy few days in Manchester. I was grateful to be invited to participate along with Prof Susan Blackmore and Hayley Stevens in the ‘Team Spirit’ panel … Continue reading

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Question, Explore, Discover: 2016

Fancy some Team Spirit? On Saturday 15th October I’ll be contributing to this year’s QED conference . QED is a science and skepticism meeting in Manchester (UK) .  I’ll be joining Prof Susan Blackmore (pictured) and @HayleyStevens for a panel … Continue reading

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Becoming Edinburgh’s second Koestler Chair of Parapsychology

Last week, I was honoured to take up my new position as Edinburgh University’s second Koestler Chair of Parapsychology. Here’s an account of the history of the Koestler Chair, and how I came to be here. The  Koestler Chair of … Continue reading

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Why ‘waste my life’ on parapsychology? #NECSS

Last week I was fortunate to get to hang out backstage at NECSS (Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism) in New York. It was great to get to know Evan Bernstein, and Steven, Jay and Bob Novella and their families. … Continue reading

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Launch of Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide @EdSciFest

I’m excited to announce that my new book – indeed my first solo-authored book – will be launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on 7th April. Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide is published by Oneworld as part of their Beginner’s … Continue reading

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How prospective meta-analysis could be useful for parapsychology

This week Jim Kennedy and I submitted our paper for the Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association (June, Boulder Colorado). It’s about how prospective meta-analysis of registered studies could be used to help resolve debates about the evidence for psi. … Continue reading

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Study registration: ‘could do better’

Disagreement over how to interpret the results of a line of research often boils down to whether or not there is scope for researcher decisions (or bias) to influence the database. For example, the published database can be distorted if … Continue reading

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Just announced: Details of 2016 Bial Foundation Symposium

Dr Luis Portela (left), chairman of Bial (Portugal’s largest pharmaceutical group), has a strong interest in parapsychology. In 1994 he set up the Bial Foundation whose mission is ‘to foster the scientific study of the human being from both the … Continue reading

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Is there really ‘no progress in parapsychology’?

Parapsychologists whine too much, are too dependent on statistics, and are making no progress. That’s the gist of some critical comments about the new book Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century, edited by Etzel Cardeña , John Palmer, and … Continue reading

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