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Parapsychology and the Skeptics: A Scientific Argument for the Existence of ESP


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Chris Carter is a graduate of Oxford University in England with degrees in Economics and Philosophy

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About the Author:
Chris Carter is a graduate of Oxford University in England with degrees in Economics and Philosophy

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585011087
  • Publisher: SterlingHouse Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Rupert Sheldrake     ix
Introduction     xiii
Origins of the Debate     1
The Modern Critics     7
The Historical Evidence     23
Is there Conclusive Experimental Evidence for Psi?     33
The Early Years     35
Psychokinesis: mind over matter     43
Telepathy: silent communication     49
The Great Ganzfeld Debate     53
The Research of the Skeptics     69
Would the Existence of Psi Contradict Established Science?     87
The Roots of Disbelief     89
Modern Science versus Classical Science     93
The "Extraordinary Claims" of Parapsychology     127
Psi and Physics     131
Towards a New World View     137
Is Parapsychology a Science?     141
The Impoverished State of Skepticism     143
The Nature of Science     147
The Scientific Status of Parapsychology     159
Hume's Argument Revisited     169
Paradigms and Parapsychology     175
Postscript     183
Chapter Notes     185
Bibliography     203
Index     217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

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    Chris Carter's 'Parapsychology and the Skeptics' is a major contribution to the literature of the paranormal. Carter ably recounts the history of ESP studies, covering telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and micro-PK. He shows how improved protocols and ever more sophisticated statistical analysis have answered skeptical objections. Then he looks at trends in quantum physics, demonstrating that the new post-Newtonian world-picture has ample room for psi phenomena. Finally, he dips into the philosophy of science and provides the clearest exposition of Popper's falsifiability principle I've seen. His conclusions are that parapsychology has all the elements necessary to be seen as a serious branch of science that psi phenomena have been proven by well-designed (and yes, repeatable) experiments and that while no comprehensive theory of psi exists at present, there are provocative pointers in that direction. His tone throughout is cautious, serious, and sensible. It is hard to see how an open-minded reader could come away from this book with any confidence in the skeptical position.

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