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Popular science media and ESP

The popular science media often gets things wrong about psi research. But today I saw a news post that establishes a new threshold for journalistic nonsense. In its "Weird" news section,  National Geographics ' website carried an article entitled "ESP Is Put to the Test—Can You Foretell the Results? It's just hokum, say researchers, who offer a new experiment as proof." The news post goes on to report that a study published January 13 in PLOS ONE , an online peer-reviewed journal, provides this proof in an experiment described as:"Can people use ESP to figure out what's on the face of a card?" Seriously? In fact the paper doesn't mention ESP, the reported study wasn't a test of ESP, and the references in the article don't cite any articles that are even tangentially relevant to ESP. It had nothing whatsoever to do with ESP. So what was the source of this silly mistake, blaring proof of ESP as "hokum"?  The ma

Call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness

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This opinion article, in a mainstream journal, is signed by academics hailing from Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Duke, Cornell, University of California, University of Washington, University of Colorado, Rice University, Penn State College of Medicine, University of San Francisco, University of Sao Paulo, Universit√† di Padova, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, University of Adelaide, University of Lisbon, University of Munich, Granada University, University of London, Edinburgh University, University of Tolouse, Lund University, etc.. " ... we would like to stress the following: 1) Research on parapsychological phenomena (psi) is being carried out in various accredited universities and research centers throughout the world by academics in different disciplines trained in the scientific method (e.g., circa 80 Ph.D.s have been awarded in psi-related topics in the UK in recent years). This research has continued for over a century despite the taboo against investigating

Chinese translation of The Conscious Universe

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My book  The Conscious Universe was just published in Chinese.  With this latest publication  The Conscious Universe ,  Entangled Minds  and  Supernormal have collectively been translated into Chinese, French,  Portuguese,   Italian,  Russian,   Korean, Japanese, Turkish and Arabic, with (I've heard) German,  Finnish, Czech, Greek, and  Bulgarian possibly  in the works .