Columbo Goes to the Guillotine

A replay on Channel 10 (TMC in France) of Columbo’s 1989 return to the television screen showed Columbo Goes to the Guillotine . This 90-minute episode features a crooked psychic, a crooked magician, and a crooked director of a scientific institute hell-bent on gaining government sponsorship for a phoney research programme on the paranormal. ColumboContinue reading “Columbo Goes to the Guillotine”

‘That Dude’: An Alien to the Truth

Psi is an anomaly of ceaseless wonder and mystery. The psi hypothesis remains neither confirmed nor disconfirmed but it connects us to our fellow beings, to nature and the cosmos at large.
A book reviewer ‘That Dude’ writes a scurrilous piece which is planted at the top of my Amazon book website.
‘That Dude’ needs to remove it because loss of sales could be associated with the slander committed there.

Filtering Data in Evidence-Based Practice

A recent post described the evidence pyramid. Like anything else in science, there have been criticisms. Here I liken evidence-based practice to filtering coffee. Evidence needs filtering to remove the coffee grain and any impurities. The trouble is, if one filters a lot of times, there may be nothing left that’s worth drinking. Box 6.1Continue reading “Filtering Data in Evidence-Based Practice”

A New Depth-Rescaling Illusion

Most visual illusions are produced using carefully contrived drawings or gadgets to fool the visual system into thinking impossible things.  As described in an earlier post, while waiting at a train station, I encountered an apparently real-life Ponzo illusion. Here I explain why I think the new illusion is more strange and more interesting thanContinue reading “A New Depth-Rescaling Illusion”

Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown

July 29, 2020 An earlier post suggested that COVID-19 lockdowns create a ‘perfect storm’ of vulnerabilities that huge numbers of people, and services, are ill-prepared to manage.  I reviewed the science of human needs as they are expected to play out over prolonged periods of domestic confinement. More details were published in our article in the Journal of Health Psychology. Psychological homeostasis is a natural ability to maintain stability,Continue reading “Mood Homeostasis in COVID-19 Lockdown”

Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal

From the Preface [An ESP experiment] “immediately appeals to his [or her] unconscious readiness to witness a miracle, and to the hope, latent in all [people], that such a thing may yet be possible. Primitive superstition lies just below the surface of even the most tough-minded individuals, and it is precisely those who most fight…” Continue reading “Why ESP can never be found inside the laboratory. A new approach to the investigation of the paranormal”

Psychology and the Paranormal

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Thanks for the visit! I approach this blog site with a sense of anticipation, wondering where it may lead… I hope it might lead towards light, new treasure, in the form of new knowledge and theory.   How canContinue reading “Psychology and the Paranormal”