Pseudoscience, Pseudo-skepticism and Rejection Bias

Everyone has heard of pseudoscience— unscientific ideas masquerading in the guise of science. But its corrolary is less well known. Pseudo-skepticism is also unscientific ideas masquerading in the guise of science. Pseudo-skeptics are also known as debunkers but I prefer the former term as it rightly notes that pseudoscience and pseudo-skepticism are two sides of… Continue reading Pseudoscience, Pseudo-skepticism and Rejection Bias

Russell Targ on ESP

Russell Targ from Suzanne Taylor on Vimeo. This talk was part of a daylong program, “Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?,” on April 14, 2013, at the Vortex Immersion Dome, in Los Angeles. Selected presentations in three parts, and all the individual presentations: vimeo.com/channels/517665

Denierism and the Science Crisis of Nonlocal Consciousness

From Stephan A. Schwartz’s False Equivalencies and the Mediocrity of Nonlocal Consciousness Research Criticism “Since [critics contend] there is no plausible mechanism within a materialist frame of reference to explain them, paranormal phenomena can’t possibly be valid. This is the same reasoning that the learned men of Galileo’s day used when they refused to look in… Continue reading Denierism and the Science Crisis of Nonlocal Consciousness

ESP Does Not Violate Any Laws of Modern Physics

…with the emphasis on Modern (as opposed to Newtonian). Psychologist Gardner Murphy, president of the American Psychological Association and later of the American Society for Psychical Research, on parapsychology (Telepathy, ESP, etc.) and its relationship to physics: “Psychologists may be a little bewildered when they encounter modern physicists who take these phenomena [ESP, telepathy, etc.]… Continue reading ESP Does Not Violate Any Laws of Modern Physics

Heretical Science

Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson’s lecture on heretical science. He pokes holes in popular skeptic arguments against telepathy, whether water can have a memory (homeopathy), cold fusion and intelligent design. 1 hour, time well spent. Available on the University of Cambridge web site. I loved the name of the talk so much, I added that as… Continue reading Heretical Science