Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?
  • Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?
  • Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?

Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion?

by Stanley C. Krippner
     
 

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This book presents a provocative debate between parapsychological advocates who claim that Western science's worldview is incomplete, and counteradvocates who insist that parapsychological data is either spurious or can be explained by standard scientific principles.

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This book presents a provocative debate between parapsychological advocates who claim that Western science's worldview is incomplete, and counteradvocates who insist that parapsychological data is either spurious or can be explained by standard scientific principles.

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"Debating Psychic Experience deserves to become required reading for sociologists, historians of contemporary science, and anybody involved in any kind of psi research." - Skeptical Investigations

"A fascinating read. . . . Recommended." - Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313392610
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/02/2010
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Jessica Utts

"As aspects of psychic phenomena (psi) increasingly permeate popular culture through books, movies, and other media, the body of scientific evidence for these phenomena has continued to grow. Yet it has been largely ignored by mainstream science, partly because it is difficult for someone with a casual interest to sort through the experimental evidence and the denials of that evidence from counter advocates. The history of science is filled with examples of cherished world views taking precedence over scientific evidence. Is that what is happening in parapsychology? This book provides readers with a unique opportunity to determine the extent to which the debate over the reality of psi is based on lack of evidence or on cherished but opposing world views."

Jessica Utts

"As aspects of psychic phenomena (psi) increasingly permeate popular culture through books, movies, and other media, the body of scientific evidence for these phenomena has continued to grow. Yet it has been largely ignored by mainstream science, partly because it is difficult for someone with a casual interest to sort through the experimental evidence and the denials of that evidence from counter advocates. The history of science is filled with examples of cherished world views taking precedence over scientific evidence. Is that what is happening in parapsychology? This book provides readers with a unique opportunity to determine the extent to which the debate over the reality of psi is based on lack of evidence or on cherished but opposing world views."

Jessica Utts, Ph.D.
Professor of Statistics, University of California, Irvine, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Frank Farley

"This is the best scholarly book to appear on the topic of psychic phenomena in a long time. It explicitly represents both the strongest arguments for and the strongest against the major ideas, bringing the whole debate, positive and negative, up to the minute, winnowing and sifting the evidence in a very balanced treatment."
Etzel Cardeña

"It should be obvious by now that a field that has been supported by William James, various Nobel laureates, and many other eminent researchers should not be treated as simply the province of foolish or naïve people. Even after stripping away fraudulent cases, cognitive failures, and research errors, the bulk of parapsychological investigation shows that psi phenomena tenaciously continue to rear their heads in the laboratory as well as in everyday life. Nevertheless, in academia there still are a-priori unscientific judgments against the investigation of "impossible" phenomena, and ever-shifting goalposts that have gone from reasonably demanding evidence of psi phenomena to requiring 'extraordinary' evidence. It is also disingenuous for scoffers to deplore the lack of progress in psi research after some of them have done everything possible to curtail that inquiry. This volume, edited by Stanley Krippner and Harris Friedman, will help the reader begin an informed journey on an area whose significance goes well beyond the meager resources devoted to it so far. I hope that it will spur serious discussion and programmatic lines of research on phenomena that, despite their elusiveness, continue to have a significant impact on people's lives and may transform our understanding of the ultimate fabric of reality."
Donadrian L. Rice
"This book is an astonishingly bold examination of parapsychological research and psychic experiences that exposes the reader to the important questions asked by all scientists when investigating new and controversial phenomena."

Frank Farley

"This is the best scholarly book to appear on the topic of psychic phenomena in a long time. It explicitly represents both the strongest arguments for and the strongest against the major ideas, bringing the whole debate, positive and negative, up to the minute, winnowing and sifting the evidence in a very balanced treatment."

Frank Farley, Ph.D L.H.Carnell Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia Former President, American Psychological Association

Etzel Cardeña

"It should be obvious by now that a field that has been supported by William James, various Nobel laureates, and many other eminent researchers should not be treated as simply the province of foolish or na?ve people. Even after stripping away fraudulent cases, cognitive failures, and research errors, the bulk of parapsychological investigation shows that psi phenomena tenaciously continue to rear their heads in the laboratory as well as in everyday life. Nevertheless, in academia there still are a-priori unscientific judgments against the investigation of "impossible" phenomena, and ever-shifting goalposts that have gone from reasonably demanding evidence of psi phenomena to requiring 'extraordinary' evidence. It is also disingenuous for scoffers to deplore the lack of progress in psi research after some of them have done everything possible to curtail that inquiry. This volume, edited by Stanley Krippner and Harris Friedman, will help the reader begin an informed journey on an area whose significance goes well beyond the meager resources devoted to it so far. I hope that it will spur serious discussion and programmatic lines of research on phenomena that, despite their elusiveness, continue to have a significant impact on people's lives and may transform our understanding of the ultimate fabric of reality."

Etzel Cardeña, Ph. D., Thorsen Professor, Lund University, Sweden, and Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the Parapsychological Association, and Division 30 of the American Psychological Association, and co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence.

Jessica Utts
"As aspects of psychic phenomena (psi) increasingly permeate popular culture through books, movies, and other media, the body of scientific evidence for these phenomena has continued to grow. Yet it has been largely ignored by mainstream science, partly because it is difficult for someone with a casual interest to sort through the experimental evidence and the denials of that evidence from counter advocates. The history of science is filled with examples of cherished world views taking precedence over scientific evidence. Is that what is happening in parapsychology? This book provides readers with a unique opportunity to determine the extent to which the debate over the reality of psi is based on lack of evidence or on cherished but opposing world views."
Jessica Utts, Ph.D. Professor of Statistics, University of California, Irvine, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Donadrian L. Rice

"This book is an astonishingly bold examination of parapsychological research and psychic experiences that exposes the reader to the important questions asked by all scientists when investigating new and controversial phenomena."

Donadrian L. Rice, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology University of West Georgia

Etzel Cardeña

"It should be obvious by now that a field that has been supported by William James, various Nobel laureates, and many other eminent researchers should not be treated as simply the province of foolish or naïve people. Even after stripping away fraudulent cases, cognitive failures, and research errors, the bulk of parapsychological investigation shows that psi phenomena tenaciously continue to rear their heads in the laboratory as well as in everyday life. Nevertheless, in academia there still are a-priori unscientific judgments against the investigation of "impossible" phenomena, and ever-shifting goalposts that have gone from reasonably demanding evidence of psi phenomena to requiring 'extraordinary' evidence. It is also disingenuous for scoffers to deplore the lack of progress in psi research after some of them have done everything possible to curtail that inquiry. This volume, edited by Stanley Krippner and Harris Friedman, will help the reader begin an informed journey on an area whose significance goes well beyond the meager resources devoted to it so far. I hope that it will spur serious discussion and programmatic lines of research on phenomena that, despite their elusiveness, continue to have a significant impact on people's lives and may transform our understanding of the ultimate fabric of reality."

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