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Do you take a scientific approach to parapsychology?

Many people on this forum call themselves scientific and they cite references to popular literature when presenting evidence for their answers. What do you consider to be legitimate scientific websites or literature and why? How do you see scientific documents as different from documents created to attract web traffic or cater to the biases and opinions of the general public? Can you give some examples related to parapsychology?

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You do not have to be a scientist to take a scientific approach to investigations. You just have to not have preconceived notions about the subject and follow where the evidence you have leads you. Don’t make the evidence fit your ideas,make tour ideas fit the evidence.

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What are legitimate scientific websites? Journal articles are the best and can be read online, though they are not very accessible to the public and fairly hard to understand if you’re not quite well-versed in science and mathematics. So for here on Yahoo Answers, they aren’t that helpful to list as a source. Instead, I try to use university websites as much as possible since professors usually have a knack for boiling down information to the simplest explanation without getting sloppy. If I can’t find a suitable university website, I’ll try to use those websites which offer the most citations… Read more »

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I am not a scientist but I do try to ask questions and not take things at face value. One of the things I have done is study psycology in college to help me understand what the difference is between the paranormal and what might be temporary dissonance.

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I don’t know if my approach to parapsychology is especially scientific. I enjoy reading about parapsychology and I watch documentaries and DVDs. I had an unexplainable experience that created my interest in psychic phenomena. But my experience lasted about a minute. That’s a very small percentage of my life. It really doesn’t merit a huge investment of time, money and effort. It does however, merit some interest and a modest amount of time, money and effort.

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Yes I do via reading scientific research literature (peer reviewed science journals) as well as web sites and articles from scientist that have conducted the research/experiments. I also have some attempts of my own to replicate some very basic and early experiments. I then examine the possible flaws and often design an experiment to test those flaws (like making sensory cues available and seeing if more positive results are obtained). I have quoted popular literature as references such as Dean Radin’s books but they are themselves extensively cite the research literature. I also make clear (as does Radin) that he… Read more »