Parapsychology and the Paranormal: The Conspiracy To Deny The Real
Parapsychology and the Paranormal: The Conspiracy To Deny The Real
March 12, 2010
by Grant Lawrence
â€œI cannot seriously believe in quantum theory because it cannot be reconciled with the idea that physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance.â€ - Albert Einstein
â€œâ€¦..This is you being quoted in the UKâ€™s Daily Mail: â€œI agree that by the standards of any other area of science that remote viewing is proven. That begs the question do we need higher standards of evidence when we study the paranormal?â€
Then you went on in a subsequent interview and further refined that by saying: â€œThatâ€™s a slight misquote because I was using the term in more of a general sense of ESP. That is, I was not talking about remote viewing per se, but rather Ganzfeld, etc. as well. I think that they do meet the usual standards for a normal claim but are not convincing enough for an extraordinary claimâ€¦..â€
Moderator Alex Tsakiris in an exchange with paranormal skeptic Dr. Richard Wiseman and paranormal proponent Dr. Richard Sheldrakeâ€¦.â€Source: Skeptico
I recently listened with some fascination to a debate between Dr. Wiseman, a parapsychology skeptic, and Dr. Sheldrake, a parapsychology advocate. After awhile it became abundantly clear that the science of the proof of parapsychology, or what some would call psychic phenomena, would never be accepted because whatever evidence that is gathered would always be shot down with the silly argument â€˜extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.â€™
First off, who is to decide if a claim is extraordinary or not?
If you ask quantum theoretical physicists, they might not look upon claims of psychic phenomena as that extraordinary since they have come to understand that consciousness and energy are somehow entangled.
.â€â€¦Einsteinâ€™s great objection to quantum theory came from its denial of physical reality before observation (quantum theory says that only after we measure a property value of a particle does that property gain physical reality â€“ before we measure it we must consider it to be in a superposition state). We often quote Einsteinâ€™s rejection of quantum indeterminacy: â€œGod does not play diceâ€, but his less-quoted objection to quantum theoryâ€™s denial of physical reality reveals his more serious concern: â€œâ€˜ Source: Ipod.org
Secondly, who is to decide what amount of extraordinary evidence, over and above the usual evidence required in psychological experiments, is going to be sufficient?
Early research conducted by JB Rhine at Duke University in the 1930â€™s and 40â€² demonstrated parapsychology or ESP as it was often called. Rhine also conducted the first meta-analysis in psychology when he and a colleague examined all scientific telepathy and clairvoyance experiments that were published over 60 years and found the evidence supported the paranormal.
More recently various experiments have shown that the bodyâ€™s autonomic nervous system responds in a â€˜precognitiveâ€™ way to frightening or stimulating stimuli before the introduction of any stimulus or conditioning. Dr. Dean Radin of the Institute of Noetic Sciences found that subjectsâ€™ skin response showed electrical activity before they were shown â€˜affective picturesâ€™, or images that draw a strong emotional response.
Moreover, â€œA growing number of recent studies are suggesting that other parts of the body may also show a presentiment response, including the heart (McCraty et al., 2004a) and the brain (Bierman & Scholte, 2002; Bierman & van Ditzhuijzen, 2006; Hinterberger et al., 2006; McCraty et al., 2004b). The results of a study by Radin and Eva Lobach (2007) of the University of Amsterdam, which was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, seems to add to the evidence for the latter.â€ Source: Public Parapsychology. It has also been shown and replicated that secret observation of subjects increase skin conductance response (Marilyn J. Schlitz , Stephen LaBerg)
One of the most widely performed extra-sensory perception experiments is the Ganzfield test. In this test, a subject is deprived of sensory stimulus while a sender attempts to send random images mentally. The subject repeats out loud the mental images that he or she is receiving and those responses are compared to the visual images sent by the sender. â€œBy chance the average subject should guess the right target 25% of the time but Edinburghâ€™s Koestler Parapsychological Unit often achieves 33% . Also, â€œBetween 1974 and 2004, 88 ganzfeld experiments were done, reporting 1,008 hits out of 3,145 tests (a 32.1% hit rate). In 1982, Charles Honorton presented a paper at the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association that summarized the results of the Ganzfeld experiments up to that date, and concluded that they represented sufficient evidence to demonstrate the existence of psi.â€
The amount of experiments and the massive data from decades of research is overwhelming. Yet, The skeptics always say, after decades of proof, that the experiments are flawed (even before examining them) and/or that more proof is needed to make a firm conclusion. No matter how much scientific and empirical evidence is gathered concerning the paranormal, the skeptics will always decide that the massive amount of replicated proof obtained will not meet their unscientific and ill defined requirement of â€˜extraordinary evidence.â€™
In truth, saying that some claim requires extraordinary evidence with no empirical parameters to decide what should qualify as â€˜extraordinaryâ€™ is completely unscientific.
The skeptics are acting irrational, doctrinaire, and unscientific in their use of an unreasonable argument to dismiss true scientific inquiry of psychic phenomenon, which has been scientifically proven to be a real phenomenon by usual levels of validity and reliability for psychological experiments.
So why should parapsychology be held to a higher standard than normal psychological research?
The answer: It shouldnâ€™t
Rather it is clear that parapsychology only seems extraordinary to those that hold a completely outdated view of reality which happens to be most of science. That view of reality is found in 17th century Newtonian Physics and the mechanistic view of matter and the universe.
The scientific establishment is dependent on governmental and corporate funding and grants. So as usual, we have to follow the money trail to see why there is such little interest and such a great deal of skepticism from the scientific community over the paranormal. In short, if there isnâ€™t any money in a particular field of inquiry and investigation then there will be few in the scientific community to pursue it. There will also be a great deal of skepticism toward what they are not conditioned through economic reward to pursue or understand.
But letâ€™s examine this further.
It is clear that the government has, and is likely still using, psychic programs in the interests of national security. Most of us are familiar with the comedy movie â€œThe Men Who Stare at Goats.â€ What we should also understand is that the movie was loosely based on a real government operation. The intelligence agencies of our government for decades have accepted the reality of psychic phenomenon (the same was true of the former Soviet Union), yet when it comes to the reality of parapsychology it becomes a source for an endless attack and ridicule of skeptics and those that claim to know something.
The governmental corporate structure that rules over America will secretly and reliably use psychic phenomenon but they will not, at least openly and in public, finance the further investigation of parapsychology.
The whole thrust of American structural indoctrination is to mold people into good little, mindless consumers. The elite power structure that creates our reality through the constant conditioning and programming that comes through media and societal structures want people that consume, are compliant, and are only trained to do certain tasks at a minimum level of functionality.
Clearly the further understanding of our true human potential, as demonstrated in psychic and paranormal experiments, would open peopleâ€™s mind to more than materialism and consumption. It would, in fact, open our minds and expand our present understanding beyond the narrow range of human beliefs and functioning programmed into us.
Presently, the power structure in America does everything it can to get people not to use their reason. We Americans are the victim of an endless presentation of mindless media used to titillate, fascinate, and placate while we close our minds to a much greater and fantastic reality.
If people would actually think then that would make for a great change in society.
But imagine if Americans, and all the people of the world, would actually use their whole brain to tap into their mental and spiritual potential.
The Military Industrial Complex that presently rules much of the world would very quickly come to an end. No more would those that possess an expanded consciousness accept the waste of wealth, resources, and human potential on war, human subjugation, and empire.
There is a conspiracy to stop humanity from realizing its true human potential. That conspiracy is seen in attempts to shut down the scientific inquiry into psychic phenomenon and the paranormal. The skeptics are unwitting pawns in this conspiracy. Their close minded and narrow view of reality and their pretense of objective scientific inquiry only serves the power eliteâ€™s mass conditioning to limit human potential. The power structure is playing a high stakes game of mind manipulation and reality control in a matrix type of government and corporate controlled simulated reality. We perceive the reality we are allowed to have. The expansion of human understanding would mean the end of the contained reality we are supposed to perceive and their inhuman empire.
But the stakes are even greater for humanity. The failure of humanity to understand and embrace their true human potential will mean a further dehumanization of humankind, massive death and destruction in endless wars, and perhaps the collapse of our eco-system in a desperate gamble for greater greed by the power elite.
This nightmare scenario we are facing could easily be changed. It would only take an awakening to our true human potential and that is why there is a conspiracy to deny the real.