Last week, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, an open-access academic publisher and research network, published an opinion article titled “A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness”, which calls attention to research on parapsychological topics, such as telepathy and precognition. Organized by Dr. Etzel Cardeña, a professor of psychology at Lund University, the article stresses the following:
- Research on parapsychological phenomena is being carried out by academics trained in the scientific method, and has been for some time.
- Positive results from parapsychological studies have been published in an array of peer-reviewed academic journals.
- Significant support for the existence of psi phenomena has not disappeared under increased experimental controls.
- Research practices in the field of parapsychology (i.e. meta-analyses, trial registries, and null results reporting) further discourage the idea that these results are due to chance.
- Like other studies of complex human behavior in psychology and medicine, the effect sizes are typically small and cannot be reproduced on demand.
- Developing theories of psi phenomena do not necessarily violate the known laws of nature, especially giving consideration to modern theories in physics, and “growing evidence for quantum effects in biological systems”.