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Parapsychology is not considered a pseudo science by skeptics. It is called that by nonbelievers. Skeptics want proof,they don’t disbelieve it. Nonbelievers try to pretend they are skeptics, but that is untrue. I would like to know where all these people who discount PSI come up with their proof. They claim it doesn’t exist but have no way to prove their statements. In my mind, this is no different than what the proponents say, except that the proponents are more open minded.

Gary Y
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Gary Y

Short answer – parapsychology does not and cannot follow scientific method. All hypothesis need to be falsifiable, and parapsychology is not. Therefore it is a pseudoscience.

Falsifiability means that the proponents must admit to the possibility that their theory is false, and furthermore have some idea in mind for how that might be demonstrated. Experiments are designed to test for exactly that state of affairs – if it occurs, then the theory is false. If it doesn’t, then the possibility that the theory is true is made stronger.

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Parapsychology is considered unofficially by many skeptics to be a “pseudoscience” largely because they mistakenly or falsely claim it has produced “no effects.” This belief is completely mistaken. There are hundreds of peer-reviewed science papers and books reporting successful ESP and other parapsychology experiments done under very careful scientific conditions. By the standards of any other science, evidence for parapsychological effects has been fully demonstrated. Skeptics reject this evidence only because to accept it means they would have to change their views about the nature of the world and the completeness of physics. Ultimately, this all means that parapsychology really… Read more »

Tunsa
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Tunsa

The term “pseudoscience” refers to any field that is wrongly considered to be scientific by a group (and sometimes a large group) of people. As you can see from “j”s answer above, there is substantial scientific research occuring in this field at a number of universities. The work is following tried and tested scientific principles, methodology, and analysis techniques. Given that a scientific approach is being taken to this field, it is correctly considered to be a science. There are those who dispute the results or the conclusions of the researchers, but that is true of any scientific endevour. Review… Read more »

Kobayashi
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Kobayashi

Scientists find no proof it exist, frauds claim it exist, scientists refute them, is all fake.

j
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j

There is not a consensus on what is parapsychology, and there is not a consensus on its status as a science. Those are facts which anyone may verify by polls, etc. For example, is the study of childrens’ memories of past lives “parapsychology”? If so, then university professors at the University of Virgina are working in that field: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/DOPS http://www.lifebeforelife.com “Life before Life,” Dr. Jim Tucker, and “Children Who Remember Previous Lives,” Dr. Ian Stevenson; both of these men are/were university professors and psychiatrists. For example: is the study of human ability to influence by remote intention electronic devices “parapsychology”?… Read more »

Nice Guy
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Nice Guy

I won’t give you a scientific answer. Others can do that far better . Besides, you really don’t need one. Parapsychology is called a pseudoscience because it’s not real. It’s all a bunch of foofwraw and bull doody. It really is just that simple.
Listen to your science teacher. It’s obvious he’s not as easily fooled as some.

Robert H
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Robert H

Parapsychology is by definition a discipline that seeks to investigate the existence and causes of psychic abilities and life after death using the scientific method.

Meaning they test claims of the supernatural using real world science.

Therefore, parapsychology is NOT pseudoscience.

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TR

Your science teacher is correct. Contrary to some misinformation from another answerer, affiliation with a science organization (e.g., the AAAS) is not the criterion by which a belief is judged to be a legitimate science. If this were true, a Bachelors of Science in mountain climbing (the Alpine Club is also an AAAS affiliate) would be offered at all major universities. Also contrary to some misinformation from the same answerer, the lack of a “theory of all psi” is never cited as a reason for psi being pseudoscience by any skeptics I know of. Rather, the problem is that there… Read more »

wushuboy001
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wushuboy001

Because it is not studied using the scientific method, or by any scientific means. In reality, no positive results have come out of a scientific approach to parapsychology. For this reason, most people just make up scientific sounding explanations for things. Here is an example of a psuedo-scientific explanation of a parapsychology phenomena. “Conservation of energy says that energy can not be destroyed or lost. Therefore when someone dies, their life energy must continue on. This is a ghost.” In reality, this make no sense in science, but to an everyday Joe, who knows little about science and the scientific… Read more »

psiexploration
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psiexploration

The answer is that people (namely skeptics) consider it such mainly because there is no adequate (and generally accepted) theory of all psi (ESP, PK, Survival of Consciousness) phenomena. This is also true in all social sciences like psychology and sociology. Some people don’t consider social sciences as science either. However, physics also doesn’t have a unifying theory between quantum and classical physics so by the same definition physics is a pseudoscience. However, the longer answer is that your science teacher is wrong according to the largest science organization in the world, The American Association for the Advancement of Science… Read more »

eri
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eri

Parapsychologists have never found any effect – they can study it all they want, but they’ve never gotten results that stand up to the standards of scientific evidence. So science gave up on it a long time ago. If they find something, they can be considered a science again, but until they do, it’s a pseudoscience.

Vincent G
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Vincent G

“pseudo” means fake.

And since parapsychology is indeed fake, well, there you have it.