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commented on May 23, 2013
What will it take for mainstream science to accept the validity of evidence for psi phenomena?
The opportunity to look at both the resistance to and the evidence for the validity of psi phenomena has never been greater since news came out that Cornell professor emeritus Daryl Bem would be publishing a study in a mainstream psychology journal presenting evidence for precognition. The response has been passionate on both sides of the issue, which IONS has been closely following. IONS Director of Research Cassandra Vieten has written two blogs about it ( “It’s about Time – Psi Research at a Tipping Point” and “Responding to the Debate”), and this month we feature an article from Senior Scientist Dean Radin ( “Getting the Facts Straight” ) and an excerpt from a new book called Debating Psychic Experience.
A growing conclusion among those who study anomalous phenomena is that the issue is less about problems with the data than with what such evidence represents: a fundamental challenge to scientific materialism, the bedrock of modern science, which states that matter is primary and nothing (such as mind) exists outside of that. Given what’s at stake, can such beliefs ever be overcome? Is it even worth the effort? What do you think?
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