Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports

Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports

by Damien Broderick, Ben Goertzel

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Overview

"Psi" is the term used by researchers for a variety of demonstrable but elusive psychic phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed survey of the evidence for psi at the level of scientific examination. Key features of apparent psi phenomena are reviewed, including precognition and remote perception (knowledge of future or distant events that cannot be inferred from present information), presentiment (physiological responses to stimuli that have not yet occurred), the effects of human emotions on globally dispersed machines, the possible impact of local sidereal time on psi performance, and the familiar feeling of knowing who is calling on the phone. Special attention is given to those phenomena that make it difficult for scientists to get a clear understanding of psi. The body of psi research, while complex and frustrating, is shown to contain sufficiently compelling positive evidence to convince the rational open-minded observer that psi is real, and that one or more physical processes probably underlie observed psi phenomena.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476617947
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Damien Broderick is an Australian writer, editor and critical theorist who lives in San Antonio, Texas. Ben Goertzel is Chief Science Officer of Hong Kong financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings, Chairman of Novamente LLC, a privately held software company, Vice Chairman of Humanity+, and Chairman of the OpenCog Foundation. He lives in Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
The Significance of Statistics in ­Mind-Matter Research (Jessica Utts) 31
Physiological Activity That Seems to Anticipate Future Events (Julia A. Mossbridge) 52
Anomalous Anticipatory Skin Conductance Response to Acoustic Stimuli: Experimental Results and Speculation About a Mechanism (Edwin C. May, Tamás Paulinyi and Zoltán Vassy) 64
Revisiting the Ganzfeld ESP Debate: A Basic Review and Assessment (Bryan J. Williams) 77
Telepathy in Connection with Telephone Calls, Text Messages and E-Mails (Rupert Sheldrake) 93
Empirical Examinations of the Reported Abilities of a Psychic Claimant: A Review of Experiments and Explorations with Sean Harribance (Bryan J. Williams) 102
Assessing Psi Ability Via the Ball Selection Test: A Challenge for Psychometrics (Suitbert Ertel) 138
Through Time and Space: The Evidence for Remote Viewing (Stephan A. Schwartz) 168
The PEAR Laboratory: Explorations and Observations (York Dobyns) 213
The Global Consciousness Project: Subtle Interconnections and Correlations in Random Data (Roger D. Nelson) 237
An Analysis of the Global Consciousness Project (Peter A. Bancel) 255
Psi and the Environment: Local Sidereal Time and Geomagnetic Effects (S. James P. Spottiswoode) 278
Skeptical Responses to Psi Research (Ted Goertzel and Ben Goertzel) 291
The Future of Psi Research (Damien Broderick and Ben Goertzel) 302
About the Contributors 319
Index 321

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