Is Science Beginning to Support Psychic Phenomena?
The battle between parapsychologists and “dry” evidence-seeking, skeptical scientists over the existence of psychic phenomena that has been raging for 100 years or so will not be ending very soon but it may have lurched in favor of the parapsychologists.
At the end of last year a very respectable and serious scholar published the results of a decent study measuring precognition or the ability to see the future. He concluded that precognition was measured at statistically significant levels.
The important point is that a serious scholar (Daryl Bem) published an article in a serious journal (The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) about such a topic as this in the first place. This means that study of telepathy or seeing the future may be considered a respectable field of study. It has not been a respectable field of study for many years. Of course some scientists have come out very critical of the study and have found flaws with its methodology or statistical model but hopefully we will see bigger and better studies with more conclusive evidence.
Can we believe in ESP? I am really biased in favor of wanting to believe in ESP because I think that would make the world a more interesting place. Many people are interested and want to believe as evidenced by the number of popular television programs on the topic. But that is why I don’t trust myself to believe it. I wish that some conclusive evidence could be produced. Certainly, psychic crime detectives helping solve mystery cases and psychics like Edgar Cayce provide compelling evidence but this won’t and shouldn’t stop the academic study crowd from seeking statistical significance.
If ESP was proven, then we could move on to some fun questions like how to develop our abilities and how is it possible that we have these abilities? Meanwhile, in our daily lives, what significance can we attach to our dreams, intuition and the synchronicities we experience?