Parasychology is compatible with physics

Discussion in 'Parapsychology' started by birch, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. birch Valued Senior Member

    Scientists have conducted studies where pets and owners were separated by considerable distance and found the pet could sense their owners's actions. For instance, if the owner went to leave randomly in a vehicle, around the same time, the pet would go to a window to see if their owner's car would pass by.

    We know everything has a physical mechanism but the mistake is limiting possibilities or believing all is imagination just because you dont have the ability.
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  5. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

    The mistake is thinking parasychology is real

    An omission is not providing a link reference supporting such a statement in which parasychology is linked to such physical reactions

    1. the study of mental phenomena that are excluded from or inexplicable by orthodox scientific psychology (such as hypnosis, telepathy, etc.).

    Which I think indicates it is all in the mind

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  7. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

    You have a link to these studies? And they adequately ruled out coincidence, selection bias etc? Their science is sound?
    While I'd like to believe the studies' conclusions are true, I'm fairly sure that any study that concludes as you have claimed will be shown to be full of poor science.
    Otherwise I'd expect Nobel prizes to be imminent.

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    The mistake, as has been alluded to above, is in taking things as true without adequate support. Until then we can at best say that we do not know, that we haven't ruled it out etc.
  8. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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  9. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

    Re: Scientists Investigate If Pets Telepathically Sense When Owners Are Returning Home

    Sheldrake operates under an interpretative preconception that "parapsychology" or whatever territory is legit, with an approach that may facilitate explanations along that line (including the possibility of being lax or less rigorous with experiments).

    Wiseman operates under an interpretative preconception that deems such illegitimate beforehand (or is at least cautionary about it), with an approach that may facilitate non-extraordinary explanations (including multiple re-testing / scrutiny by other researchers). That preference is line with the methodological naturalism and potentially other assumptions[*] which many scientists either formally or informally proceed under.

    This doesn't necessarily mean that eccentric / discredited views like Sheldrakes's are perpetually outcast. One merely need to make them undeniably effective or utile in the public sector abroad, independent of the blessing of science establishment. But such practicality might be difficult to exploit when it comes to a matter like "telepathic pets", or if any commercially outputted marvel is itself still vulnerable to rival interpretations slash mundane explanations.

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    [*] Also regulating ideas like existence, causality, position symmetry, time symmetry, noncontradiction, occam’s razor, etc
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