Here’s a list of reasons why scientists should wake up and take psi research seriously. Worth a look, as much for the rollcall of signatories – around 90 (mainly) senior scientists – as for the content. By chance, I was in an SPR meeting yesterday that included four of them (Broughton, Carr, Gauld and Poynton), and one sent me the link.
I’ve been groping towards a more or less complete statement, something that covers all the main points and can be served up in a short space. This article, by Etzel Cardeña, is about the best I’ve seen. It’s succinct, yet seems to cover all the bases. It will be a great reference to have in public debates, not least those on Wikipedia talk pages, if the guardians of scientific propriety will allow it. I’d be interested to know if readers think anything could be added, ideally without subtracting from its admirable brevity.
Most scientists and academics aren’t naturally good at PR, which requires points to be put across in a way that readers or viewers can quickly grasp. (In parapsychology, alas, those that are good at it, like Richard Wiseman and Chris French, tend to be those playing for the opposition.) Some are good at popularising their subjects in books, but that’s not the same as having media skills. So it’s encouraging to come across a coordinated effort like this. Perhaps we’ll start seeing more like it.