I am interested in studying more into paranormal scientific articles and research. Is there any websites to access more info? I always get very vague info when searching “man with no brain” and “flower pot levitating” among other things when I try to find sources for my conversations. It would be wonderful to have access to the latest in paranormal research. More inspiration for the world is a beautiful thing. Any info helps!
According to wikipedia:
Two universities in the United States currently have academic parapsychology laboratories. The Division of Perceptual Studies, a unit at the University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatric Medicine, studies the possibility of survival of consciousness after bodily death, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona’s Veritas Laboratory conducted laboratory investigations of mediums, criticized by scientific skeptics.
As of 2007, parapsychology research is represented in some 30 different countries and a number of universities worldwide continue academic parapsychology programs. Among these are the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh; the Parapsychology Research Group at Liverpool Hope University (this closed in April 2011); the SOPHIA Project at the University of Arizona; the Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology Research Unit of Liverpool John Moores University; the Center for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes at the University of Northampton; and the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Research and professional organizations include the Parapsychological Association; the Society for Psychical Research, publisher of the Journal of Society for Psychical Research ; the American Society for Psychical Research, publisher of the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research (last published in 2004); the Rhine Research Center and Institute for Parapsychology, publisher of the Journal of Parapsychology ; the Parapsychology Foundation, which published the International Journal of Parapsychology (between 1959 and 1968 and 2000–2001) and the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, publisher of the Australian Journal of Parapsychology . The European Journal of Parapsychology ceased publishing in 2010.
Do note however:
When I was in high school, I started a Parapsychology Club. And we tried and tried and tried to replicate mind reading with the proper psi cards. We really did. And after a few weeks, we looked at each other sadly and said, “nope.” I was quite sad. It was more fun than AP Physics. Except that in AP Physics all the experiments reproduced the results.
Psy? Maybe you didn’t have right equipment? like a fourth jhana…
The evidence from parapsychology isn’t terribly impressive (seems to be quite a shy and elusive effect). But even there things aren’t quite so clear-cut, and tantalizing hints crop up from time to time, e.g. the Daryl Bem experiments in recent years did throw the cat amongst the pigeons with some replications and replication failures.
A fairly recent article I came across (coming from a researcher defending parapsychology) and one that might be worth checking out is The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: A review by Etzel Cardeña. It’s a sympathetic survey of the current state of play in the field. Sounds like it might be a useful starting point for someone wanting to read up on research in the area.
Does it match up with what’s in the texts?
If I was to liken the current state of psychic research to a game, I think that game would be the Where’s Wally? picture game: a bunch of players frantically staring at a poster of crowds of people that reputedly contains a picture of Wally in there somewhere, the main goal being to just find Wally or prove that he exists. In contrast, the EBT/sutta psychic powers equivalent would be a picture of an all too obvious Wally rocketing along with a jet pack or maybe doing fancy tricks and loop-the-loops on a pair of water skis!
Rupert Sheldrake has done some good work on the psychic staring effect
One result they’ve found in meta analysis that’s pretty interesting is that it doesn’t work when the one doing the staring is skeptical.
Most of the studies “falsifying” the effect were performed by a highly skeptical scientist themself doing the staring (with the underlying motivation to disprove the effect). For anyone who actually knows how psychic powers work, obviously this will result in no effect.
I really love this result because it highlights both the reality of the effect, which most (70-97%) people have experienced, but also highlights exactly how mainstream science maintains (literally willfully) a blind spot vis-a-vis evidence against their materialist assumptions.
If this effect is true, and it certainly seems to be, what are it’s implications?
When there is mindfulness and situational awareness…
…one becomes aware of changing circumstances and reacts appropriately. When stared at we look back. Hearing a twig break in the silence of the wild, we turn to see a bear charging at us.
We all have this awareness but cover it incessantly with grasping aggregates. Looking at our phones we walk into mall fountains, etc. To call such awareness “psychic” seems a bit of a stretch. It’s more like, “turn off the computer and you might remember to call up an injured friend and wish them well.”