Do telepathy, clairvoyance and other “psi” abilities exist? The majority of the general population believes that they do, and yet fewer than one percent of mainstream academic institutions have any faculty known for their interest in these frequently reported experiences. Why is a topic of enduring and widespread interest met with such resounding silence in academia? The answer is not due to a lack of scientific evidence, or even to a lack of scientific interest, but rather involves a taboo. I will discuss the nature of this taboo, some of the empirical evidence and critical responses, and speculate on the implications.
On the face of it, we would be mistaken for thinking that all science is against anything remotely mysterious and relating to the unexplained topic. You see, within all the main streams of information out there you can actually find nuggets of gold that suggest that even the most sceptical of scientists do in fact acknowledge the probabilities of things like psychic telepathy. This was further emphasised to me this morning when I read a most excellent article by Chris Carter from the Epoch Times – Does telepathy conflict with science