Guidelines for Testing Psychic Claimants

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So many people claim to be psychic these days. Palm readers and astrologers "see" into the future, while mediums insist they can communicate with the dead, and "psychic detectives" are brought in to help solve crimes. Faith healers and psychic surgeons attract vast audiences, and millions of TV viewers are exposed to "psychic hotlines." But what proof do we have that any of these claims can be supported?

Authors Wiseman and Morris provide practical and flexible guidelines to ...

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Overview

So many people claim to be psychic these days. Palm readers and astrologers "see" into the future, while mediums insist they can communicate with the dead, and "psychic detectives" are brought in to help solve crimes. Faith healers and psychic surgeons attract vast audiences, and millions of TV viewers are exposed to "psychic hotlines." But what proof do we have that any of these claims can be supported?

Authors Wiseman and Morris provide practical and flexible guidelines to help health professionals, law enforcement agencies, cult investigators, scientists, and the public assess those who claim to have strong psychic ability. From outlining specific types of tests to developing experimental protocols, finally, the tools exist to detect and prevent fraud and deception.

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Wiseman (psychology, U. of Hertfordshire, England) and Morris (parapsychology, Edinburgh U., Scotland) are not debunkers. They rue the fact that serious researchers into psychic phenomena avoid testing people who claim to have extraordinary abilities, and argue that more would if a clear and widely accepted set of protocols were established. They discuss the problem of fraud, initial meetings with the claimant, working with likely tricksters, general policies, reporting recommendations, proof versus process-oriented research, and other topics. Accessible to general readers. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573920285
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wiseman (Hertfordshire, UK) is senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Robert L. Morris (Edinburgh, UK) is Koestler Professor of Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
1 The Problem of Fraud 15
2 Initial Meetings with the Claimant 19
3 Working with Likely Tricksters 31
4 General Research Policies 37
5 Pilot Studies 43
6 Formal Research 47
8 Guidelines for Testing Psychic Claimants [s.n.]
7 Reporting Recommendations 71
8 Proof versus Process-Oriented Research 75
9 Conclusion 85
References 87
Appendix A Useful Literature 91
Appendix B Useful Addresses 101
Appendix C Useful Security Products 105
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