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The AAAS and Spoonbending

Does the premier American scientific organization think psi might be real and worth investigating? The American Association for the Advancement of Science has 262 “affiliates," groups whose aims are “directed toward, or consistent with, the aims” of the AAAS. One affiliate is the Parapsychological Association, a self-described “organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of ‘psi’ (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition.” What’s next? Will the AAAS journal Science start publishing papers like “Quantum Nonlocal Effects Mediate Telekinetic Impact on Spoon Morphology,” by Uri Geller et al? If the AAAS can’t uphold standards of rigor and reason, who can? AAAS, consider yourself whacked!


nigel cook

Why do you think this occurred? A simple matter of $$$$ perhaps? Or maybe string theory's massive warped branes and extradimensional elegance are being taken very seriously. If you can't ever test string theory using objective experiments, why not use subjective experiments instead, like ESP? The public will believe it because it is more exciting than objectivity (extradimensional science fiction proves that!). Science must do whatever is necessary to maintain its popular image of integrity, however corrupt!

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