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Reflections on the Reception of Unconventional Claims in Science

Mind is like a parachute

As a sociologist of science I remain outside of the controversies surrounding unconventional claims in science. My commitment is to the judicial process within the scientific community rather than the resolution of specific debates. My general concern is to try to foster an interdisciplinary program, best called anomalistics, on the study of facts that seem unexplained by our current models. In order to study anomalies in science we have to be interdisciplinary because we don’t know ultimately where an anomaly will fit.

Dowsing: A Review

Hands holding dowsing equipment

Dowsers have recently defined dowsing as 'the art of knowing'. This reflects the fact that it was traditionally known as water divining and was a commercially important means of locating water and minerals, but it is often used today to detect a much wider range of apparently 'unknowable' information, from medical diagnosis to the location of lost objects.

Seeking for whom the bell tolls: Exploring mind-matter interactions on a global scale

Meeting of mind, matter and cosmos

Is there a global mind? Could it be detected quantitatively? In an empirical approach to this question, over the last decade a half-dozen researchers have examined the outputs of electronic noise-based, truly random number generators (RNG) before, during and after highly focused or coherent group events. (See video).