Lecture 3: Current Status of Parapsychology. Modern Parapsychology Psychics Psychic superstars Psychic readings Psychic prediction Psychic detectives Ganzfeld studies Remote viewing Psychokinesis Parapsychology: Science or Pseudoscience? Pseudoscience reconsidered
The main question asked in most of these studies was whether a significant number of correct statements deviated significantly from chance expectation. Another question, less often addressed, was whether psi ability was necessary to explain the correct statements. The present study indicates that the number of studies with significant positive results is rather small. Moreover, in most of these, one or more potential sources of error were present that might have influenced the outcome.
It seems, therefore, that there is little reason to expect psychics to make correct statements about matters unknown at the time more often than would be expected by chance. An explanation is offered for the apparent successes of psychics in everyday-life consultations that takes into consideration the role of the client or sitter, which is generally underestimated. Extremely put, it is proposed that it is the client who makes the psychic.
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