Why Psi Research is Taboo in the Scientific Establishment

For over 30 years the few scientists willing to publicly investigate para-psychological phenomena have been uncovering statistically significant evidence that paranormal abilities exist. However despite a majority of people believing these abilities are possible (including many scientists) there is a public taboo on para-psychological (or “Psi”) research. This insightful video and article by Dr Dean Radin explain why.

Dr Dean Radin, the Chief Scientist of the Institute of Noetic Sciences is at the forefront of para-psychological research (commonly referred to as “Psi” research), having conducted empirical research in the field for 25 years. Dr Radin, along with many other researchers have uncovered recurring and statistically significant evidence for the existence of paranormal abilities, however their research is largely unknown.

In the following video and this article Dr Radin explains the evidence supporting paranormal abilities, and also the prevailing attitude towards Psi research in the academic community which causes this evidence to be discounted and the subject as a whole to be considered an untouchable taboo.

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  1. Just stumbled across the work of a Canadian neuroscientist, Dr. Michael Persinger. Seems like his exploration into the world of ‘neurotheology’ was often taken up by skeptics and atheists as proof that the mind just creates mystical experiences through magnetic disturbances, but he continued to venture into the world of psi and so has become less of a spokesperson for atheists.

    He seems like a scientist who’s really seeking truth rather than going out to prove a hypothesis:
    “I think the critical thing about science is to be open-minded. It’s really important to realize that the true subject matter of science is the pursuit of the unknown. Sadly scientists have become extraordinarily group-oriented. Our most typical critics are not are mystic believer types. They are scientists who have a narrow vision of what the world is like.”

    He is often pointed to by people researching the energetic properties of sacred sites and their effect on the psyche; people’s psi perception is linked to, and can be altered by, similar magnetic fluctuations at sacred sites and within specific stones as ones he uses to induce visions. Rather than disproving higher realities, this can show that people had a deep understanding of the specific properties of stone and used them to enhance their spiritual experiences at sacred sites.

    He has also done some interesting work into telepathy:

    “What we have found is that if you place two different people at a distance and put a circular magnetic field around both, and you make sure they are connected to the same computer so they get the same stimulation, then if you flash a light in one person’s eye the person in the other room receiving just the magnetic field will show changes in their brain as if they saw the flash of light. We think that’s tremendous because it may be the first macro demonstration of a quantum connection, or so-called quantum entanglement. If true, then there’s another way of potential communication that may have physical applications, for example, in space travel.”

    • Wow. That’s a great sounding experiment (easily set up and verifiable)!

      It’s too bad that most of modern science is limited by the need to chase funding, and that the best way to get funding is to make sure your published works are referenced by other scientists (because it gives your work credibility). In this way science has become more of a ‘game’ than anything, and the top players of the game are the popular ones with all the cash. It’s not unlike other aspects of society, whether it be a stock broker, banker, football player, actor, politician or musician.

    • Very interesting to hear Ella, very cool 🙂

      Good point as well Craig about extra difficulties of ‘the industry’ of the scientific field.

  2. Yup, I’m not surprised to hear this ‘snubbing’ is rife in the scientific communities. The side-lining of the paranormal is everywhere in society, it’s so hard for people to step out of the oppressive norms, but it’s a starker shame in the scientific community when they are supposed to be digging for truth. It shows how stifled people are who want to research into Psi when you hear how the forces of funding and reputation work.

    It’s crazy to think that a paper on ‘Jungian synchronicity’ is enough to get you ostracized! That shows how deep this problem is.

    The paradox is, that though this suppression of research into the supernatural goes on at one level of the scientific world, we know from Stephen Greer that there’s a ‘higher’ level, a secret section of the government, where knowledge of extraterrestrial life exists. Just shows how purposeful this suppression is. It’s not sincere ignorance, some people know there’s more going on, and they’re the ones in charge of the funding. But most people are simply unable to think outside the paradigm and form a gang of censorship through upholding norms.

  3. Only 50 scientists openly interested in psi research worldwide?! 😮 How sad. Those experiments he mentioned are quite interesting though, and very relatable too in terms of things we can experience in daily life (like knowing who’s phoning, thinking of someone as they’re thinking of you, dreaming of someone who is trying to contact you, and so on). I thought the anticipatory experiments were quite interesting. I guess that’s where you get that feeling of knowing a song on the radio is going to come on seconds before it does, but then doubting whether you actually somehow knew that ahead of time or if your mind is playing tricks on you… 🙂