Therefore, it is feasible that new experiments exploiting this relationship would lead to the verification of psi phenomena
. Taken together, these various forms of falsification would be enough to verify the complete theory, although they do not exhaust the possibilities for falsification of the single field theory.
At any rate, it is clear from this chapter that Indian philosophers have generally thought about psi phenomena
to a much greater extent than those in the West.
d) the rediscovery of anomalous experiences, which have been associated with psi phenomena
, as a legitimate area of scientific inquiry (Cardena, Lynn, & Krippner, 2017),
For many scientists, who believe that every perception, thought, emotion, and action can be completely explained by the chemical and electrical activity of the brain, the idea that perception or action can take place through mechanisms beyond brain activity leads to a flat-out rejection of the very possibility of psi phenomena
, despite any evidence.
Part Six: Psi Phenomena
: Anomalous Cognition, Perturbation, and Force
We can certainly note that in a number of ways psi phenomena
do depart from some well-established principles in physics.
Besides interviews with people who have experienced psi phenomena
, collections of reports of psi experiences can be collated and examined using a phenomenological approach to help reveal the nature of a specific type of experience.
Throughout the history of parapsychological research, experimenters have used both intentional and nonintentional methods in their attempts to capture psi phenomena
. Whilst certain intentional means such as the ganzfeld approach (Bern & Honorton, 1994) have, on occasion, yielded successful outcomes, some theories of psi such as Stanford's (1974, 1977, 1982, 1990) psi-mediated instrumental response (PMIR) model suggest that the wilful intent to produce extrasensory effects may actually hinder the underlying process.
In my view, this undermines the experimental support for psi phenomena
. I view this as one of the main contributions of my book.
By investigating anomalous telephone experiences (and other relevant psi phenomena
) we develop a greater understanding of the characteristics of such experiences and any personal transformations that may take place.