An Evaluative Report on the Current Status of Parapsychology
Final rept. Aug 1984-Dec 1985
UTRECHT RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT (NETHERLANDS) PARAPSYCHOLOGY LAB
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This reports constitutes a critical review of eight major research areas in the field of parapsychology over the past twenty years. The report begins with a philosophical analysis of the way research questions in parapsychology are formulated. It is concluded that the claim to have established psi in the sense of paranormality can be rejected a priori because of the generally conceded absence of a confirmed paranormal theory. Given this fact, the important question becomes whether the observations reported by parapsychologists have adequate conventional explanations or whether they are true anomalies. The methods and results of each research projects that have been published. This material is then critically evaluated from the point of view of assessing what conventional mechanisms could conceivably account for these findings and the adequacy of these mechanisms as explanations. In general, it is concluded that despite some methodological shortcomings and inadequate reporting, parapsychologists have succeeded in documenting genuine anomalies worthy of scientific interest. Reliable application of whatever paranormal process these anomalies might represent is unlikely until this process if it exists is better understood. Keywords Remote viewing Random event generator, Metal bending, Psychokinesis, ESP Precognition Clairvoyance Probability Telepathy Experimenter control and Experimental bias.