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Prof. Richard Wiseman: “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results

Prof. Richard Wiseman: “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose”: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results

This talk explores how parapsychologists often explain away evidence against the existence of psi, examining how null findings are ignored during exploratory research, how chance results obtained during attempted replication are attributed to non psi-conducive procedures, how post hoc data mining is used to identify pockets of significant data in meta-analyses that have yielded null results, and how the eventual decline of any alleged effects are viewed as an inherent property of psi. It is argued that understanding and preventing these problems are central to resolving debates about the existence of psychic ability. http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/lectures and http://skeptic.org.uk/archive

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