The Reality of Psi – A Shift in Past Attitudes

Reality of Psi - A Shift in Past AttitudesThis week, Mark – a friend and visitor to my ghost hunting site, HollowHill.com – posted a comment about a recent report in the American Psychological Association’ academic journal.

The Daily Grail summarized the report and some of its implications, in The Reality of Psi: Leading Journal Publishes a Paper Revealing for Superpowers of the Mind.

Here’s the opening of that article.

Is controversial research into telepathy and other seeming ‘super-powers’ of the mind starting to be more accepted by orthodox science? In its latest issue, American Psychologist – the official peer-reviewed academic journal of the American Psychological Association – has published a paper that reviews the research so far into parapsychological (‘psi’) abilities, and concludes that the “evidence provides cumulative support for the reality of psi, which cannot be readily explained away by the quality of the studies, fraud, selective reporting, experimental or analytical incompetence, or other frequent criticisms.”

The new paper – “The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: a review“, by Etzel Cardeña of Lund University – also discusses recent theories from physics and psychology “that present psi phenomena as at least plausible”, and concludes with recommendations for further progress in the field.

The abstract of that paper summarized a dilemma many paranormal researchers deal with, daily.

“Throughout history, people have reported events that seem to violate the common sense view of space and time.”

Of course, that’s been a long-time issue: Arguing against closed minds that reject our “what if?” musings as contrary to common sense.

Worse, those critics seem to portray our questions as assertions, when we’re simply trying to open the door to scientific investigations.

But now, papers like Cardeña’s provide support. We can point to that research and repeat what we’ve been saying since at least the 19th century: Let’s explore these topics to find the real answers.

I’m delighted to see us move beyond absolute rejection under the guise of “common sense.”

Right now, my favorite quote is, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” That’s something Albert Einstein said.

Or, as the Bible reminds us, “knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7)

I feel as if we’ve waited a long time for this door to be opened, even a sliver.

Yes, it’s just one paper, but it’s a significant step forward.

Sources

Daily Grail article: http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Famp0000236

The abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29792448

The full paper: http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Famp0000236

Photo credit: Marko Blazevic for Unsplash.

April Update – 2018’s Paranormal Trends

Recently, TV producers have been asking me for insights about paranormal trends. Some already have a good idea for a TV series. Others want me to suggest ideas, locations, or possible cast members.

Here’s what I’ve seen as of April 2018. If you have additional ideas, or disagree heartily, I hope you’ll post a comment at this article. (Include your site link if you’re willing to talk with interested TV producers.)

Also, I’ve created a free, eight-page report (PDF) explaining these trends in more detail. Click here to download Paranormal Trends – April 2018.

2018’S TRENDS, so far

Paranormal trends - your thoughts?

  1. People are less interested in the adrenaline spike (“Dude, run!”), all by itself. It’s fun but, they also want more information, like exactly what is going on, and perhaps why it’s happening. They still want thrills, but they want to feel assured that what they’re seeing is real.
  2. They’re revisiting the concept of haunted/energized objects. That covers “cursed” objects as well as weird things that keep landing back at the local second-hand shop. This is a more in-depth interest than in the past.
  3. The topic of demonic activity keeps cycling around, and it’s emerging again now. But, like point #1, above: viewers want deeper insights. (I’m not convinced this is suitable as “entertainment.” I’m just talking about trends I see in the ~500 emails I receive, daily, from friends, fans, and followers.)
  4. “Okay, it’s haunted. What now…?” That’s a comment I’ve been hearing as people joke about past TV shows. I’m not sure if they want a “where are they now?” segment about past show locations (and their owners), or if they want something that goes into really dealing with haunted houses.
  5. “What else is haunted/weird near [location]?” Or, “is there another place that has the same kind of weirdness as [location]?” Instead of a series of episodes that hop all over the landscape, people want a cohesive connection between the episodes. Think of it in terms of a scripted series, and each episode ends on a connected cliffhanger, not just a “Next week, on this show…” preview.

The Trend I Didn’t See

Over a week ago, I asked several respected friends to share their thoughts and comments on these trends (and others that they see).  I even put a request at HollowHill.com, my most popular ghost-related website.

I several great suggestions, which are going into a free report I’m writing, today. But, fewer than five people were willing to talk with TV producers, even if it might mean starring in a TV series.

Wow. That’s a trend I never saw coming.  If I’d posted this same article just three or four years ago, I’d have been deluged with “I want to be a TV star” messages.

At this point, I have to shift my attention back to my current projects: the free ghost hunting courses, my books, an upcoming appearance on George Noory’s radio show, and so on.

But, don’t worry. You didn’t miss your opportunity altogehter.

If you have a strong background/interest in paranormal research, and you’d love to share your ideas with TV producers, you can still do that.

Leave a brief comment (with a link to your website) at this article. I’ll point TV producers to it, so they can contact you directly.

Comment with your views about paranormal trends in general, in real life and on TV, and what you’d like to see on TV (or even be involved with).

Every few days, I’ll approve all non-spam comments, and – time permitting – reply in comments of my own.