Journal’s Paper on ESP Expected to Prompt Outrage
By BENEDICT CAREY
One of psychology’s most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.
The decision may delight believers in so-called paranormal events, but it is already mortifying scientists. Advance copies of the paper, to be published this year in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, have circulated widely among psychological researchers in recent weeks and have generated a mixture of amusement and scorn.
I read this article and smirked through most of it. I’ve not questioned ESP as it has been part of my entire life, whether through my own experiences or through those of many friends. I’ve just taken it for granted.
While I was smirking I thought: What a bunch of mooks, so protective of their linear thinking. Then I wondered what any of you think about ESP, the paranormal, noetic science, psychic abilities, etc.
So, I’m askin’, what do you think about it?