‘Parapsychology’ by Caroline Watt

‘Great Introduction To Parapsychology’
Score: 4/5

I wasn’t at all sure what to expect when I ordered this book by one of the founders of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit. (I should pay more attention, I know.) Turns out it’s a ‘Beginners’ Guide’, but it’s really a great little introduction to the different areas of research in parapsychology. It’s very readable, and it covers some of the methodologies used, some of the questions experiments have answered, and some of the new questions research has posed.

It was interesting finding out just how much experimental psychology (and other areas of science) owe to parapsychology for its ever-stricter procedures. And I didn’t know that the first meta-analysis ever done was a parapsychology one!

The book doesn’t take a stance on particular aspects of parapsychology – for example, ‘Do ghosts exist?’ Instead it concentrates on what can be done to learn more. Seems like a good approach to me.

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