Parapsychology how serious a science this is

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In summary, the conversation discusses the topic of parapsychology and its place in the scientific community. The original poster is unsure where to post their question, but is curious about the validity and acceptance of parapsychology in the scientific world. Another user responds with their perspective, stating that parapsychology is largely based on supernatural hype and lacks any scientific evidence to support its claims. They also mention that it is often exploited for profit and found in novelty shops.
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i was enirely unsure where to post this since this is a science but mostly concerning things that are in the mystics section.

either way, what i'd like to know is if anyone knows how serious a science this is, or how well it's generally accepted by the scientific community? can anyone see a future for this new branch of science?
 
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Originally posted by Gale17
i was enirely unsure where to post this since this is a science but mostly concerning things that are in the mystics section.

either way, what i'd like to know is if anyone knows how serious a science this is, or how well it's generally accepted by the scientific community? can anyone see a future for this new branch of science?

I'll tell you from a pretty strong background perspective.

Parapsychology is a product of hype of the supernatural during the 60's to 80's. The only relationship it has to science is that science has pretty much beat every claim into the ground.

There's simply not a single sentence of scientific information to back up this entire "genre" of fiction...

It lives on only with people preying on the gullible, and in cheap voodoo novelty shops!
 
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Parapsychology is a field that studies paranormal phenomena and its potential impact on the human mind and behavior. It is a controversial and often misunderstood area of study, leading to questions about its legitimacy as a science.

The answer to whether parapsychology is a serious science is not a simple yes or no. While it is considered a scientific discipline by some, it is not recognized as such by the majority of the scientific community. This is due to the lack of empirical evidence and reproducible results in parapsychological research.

The scientific method relies on the ability to test and replicate results in order to establish a phenomenon as a scientific fact. In the case of parapsychology, there is a lack of consistency and reliability in the results of experiments, making it difficult for the scientific community to accept it as a legitimate science.

However, this does not mean that parapsychology should be completely dismissed. There have been some studies that have shown promising results, and it is important for these findings to be further explored and studied in a rigorous and scientific manner.

As for the future of parapsychology, it is difficult to predict. Some may argue that with advancements in technology and research methods, there may be a potential for parapsychology to become a more established and accepted science. Others may argue that the lack of empirical evidence and the controversial nature of the subject may hinder its progress.

In conclusion, while parapsychology may have its skeptics, it is still a field that warrants further exploration and investigation. It is important for researchers to approach this subject with a critical and scientific mindset, and for the results to be rigorously tested and replicated in order to establish its credibility as a legitimate science.
 

1. What is parapsychology?

Parapsychology is the scientific study of paranormal phenomena, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis. It aims to understand and explain these phenomena using scientific methods and principles.

2. How is parapsychology considered a science?

Parapsychology follows the scientific method, which involves formulating hypotheses, conducting experiments, and analyzing data. It also adheres to the principles of objectivity, empirical evidence, and peer review, which are essential elements of any scientific field.

3. Is parapsychology widely accepted in the scientific community?

Parapsychology is a controversial field, and its acceptance among scientists varies. Some scientists argue that there is not enough evidence to support the existence of paranormal phenomena, while others believe that further research is needed to fully understand these phenomena.

4. What are some common criticisms of parapsychology?

Some common criticisms of parapsychology include the lack of reproducible results, the potential for fraud or bias in experiments, and the difficulty in defining and measuring paranormal phenomena. Additionally, some argue that parapsychology goes against established scientific principles and theories.

5. What is the current state of research in parapsychology?

Parapsychology is an ongoing field of research, with new studies and findings being published regularly. However, the scientific community remains divided on the validity and significance of parapsychological research. More rigorous and well-designed studies are needed to further advance our understanding of paranormal phenomena.

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