Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports

November 13, 2014
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Damien Broderick, Ben Goertzel
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Psi is the term used by researchers for a variety of demonstrable but elusive psychic phenomena. This collection of essays provides a detailed survey of the evidence for psi at the level of scientific examination.

Key features of apparent psi phenomena are reviewed, including precognition and remote perception (knowledge of future or distant events that cannot be inferred from present information), presentiment (physiological responses to stimuli that have not yet occurred), the effects of human emotions on globally dispersed machines, the possible impact of local sidereal time on psi performance, and the familiar feeling of knowing who is calling on the phone.

Special attention is given to those phenomena that make it difficult for scientists to get a clear understanding of psi. The body of psi research, while complex and frustrating, is shown to contain sufficiently compelling positive evidence to convince the rational open-minded observer that psi is real, and that one or more physical processes probably underlie observed psi phenomena.

table of contents


introduction: Damien Broderick and Ben Goertzel

1 The Significance of Statistics in Mind-Matter Research
Jessica Utts

2 Physiological Activity that Seems to Anticipate Future Events
Julia Mossbridge

3 Anomalous Anticipatory Skin Conductance Response to Acoustic Stimuli
Edwin C. May, Tamás Paulinyi and Zoltán Vassy

4 Revisiting the Ganzfeld ESP Debate
Bryan J. Williams

5 Telepathy in Connection with Telephone Calls, Text Messages and
Rupert Sheldrake

6 Empirical Examinations of the Reported Abilities of Psychic
Claimant Sean Harribance
Bryan J. Williams

7 Assessing Psi Ability Via the Ball Selection Test
Suitbert Ertel

8 Through Time and Space: The Evidence for Remote Viewing
Stephan Schwartz

9 The PEAR Laboratory: Explorations and Observations
York Dobyns

10 The Global Consciousness Project
Roger Nelson

11 An Analysis of the Global Consciousness Project
Peter Bancel

12 Psi and the Environment: Local Sidereal Time and Geomagnetic Effects
James Spottiswoode

13 Skeptical Responses to Psi Research
Ted Goertzel and Ben Goertzel

14 The Future of Psi Research
Damien Broderick and Ben Goertzel