Parapsychology: Science of the anomalous or search for the soul?

  title={Parapsychology: Science of the anomalous or search for the soul?},
  author={James E. Alcock},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  • J. Alcock
  • Published 1 December 1987
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Although there has been over a century of formal empirical inquiry, parapsychologists have clearly failed to produce a single reliable demonstration of “paranormal,” or “psi,” phenomena. Although many parapsychological research projects have been carried out under what have been described as well-controlled conditions, this does not by itself make a science, for unless and until it can be demonstrated that paranormal phenomena really exist, there is no subject matter around which a science can… 

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