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The Journal of Scientific Exploration

The Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE) has just made their archive available online for free. If you have a chance, I would browse the entire archive. In the meantime, here are some interesting selections from Rupert’s work:

Experiment Effects in Scientific Research: How Widely Are They Neglected? by R Sheldrake
Abstract: A survey of recent papers published in a range of scientific journals showed that the use of blind methodologies is very rare in the so-called hard sciences. In the physical sciences, no blind experiments were found among the 237 papers reviewed. In the biological sciences, there were 7 blind experiments out of 914 (0.8%). There was a higher proportion in the medical sciences, 6 out of 102 (5.9%), and in psychology and animal behavior, 7 out of 143 (4.9%). By far the highest proportion (85.2%) was in parapsychology.

A Dog That Seems to Know When His Owner Is Coming Home by R. Sheldrake / P. Smart
Abstract: Many dog owners claim that their animals know when a member of the household is about to come home, showing their anticipation by waiting at a door or window. We have investigated such a dog, called Jaytee, in more than 100 videotaped experiments. His owner, Pam Smart (P.S.) traveled at least 7 km away from home while the place where the dog usually waited for her was filmed continuously.

Testing a Language-Using Parrot for Telepathy by R. Sheldrake / A. Morgana
Abstract: Aimée Morgana noticed that her language-using African Grey parrot, N’kisi, often seemed to respond to her thoughts and intentions in a seemingly telepathic manner. We set up a series of trials to test whether this apparent telepathic ability would be expressed in formal tests in which Aimée and the parrot were in different rooms, on different floors, under conditions in which the parrot could receive no sensory information from Aimée or from anyone else. During these trials, Aimée and the parrot were both videotaped continuously.

An Automated Online Telepathy Test by R. Sheldrake / M. Lambert
Abstract: This paper describes an automated online telepathy test in which each receiver had four senders. In a series of 10 trials the computer picked one of the senders at random and asked her to write a short message to the receiver. At the end of the one-minute trial period, the receiver was asked to guess which sender had written a message, and she received the message only after this guess had been recorded by the computer.

A Dog That Seems To Know When His Owner Is Coming Home by D. Radin
Abstract: Initial observations by Sheldrake and Smart from 1994 through 1997 suggested that a male terrier dog named Jaytee was able to anticipate when Smart was returning home. In a later series of 45 formal videotaped experiments, Jaytee’s anticipatory behavior proved to be significantly accurate. Although Jaytee’s performance was remarkably accurate on average, sometimes he failed to anticipate his owner’s return. Analysis of environmental variables on the days of the tests suggests that Jaytee’s behavior was significantly affected by changes in a complex assortment of geomagnetic and other environmental factors.

Comments (1):

  1. Sharon McEachern

    June 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Speaking about experimental effects in scientific research, chew on this : Wrigley Gum recently paid for research which found that chewing gum in class makes teens smarter in math! You get what you pay for. The “Wrigley Science Institute” (puh-leez!) funded research by Baylor University of Medicine in Houstaon. And guess what? Why, they found that kids get smarter when chewing Wrigley’s sugar-free gum.

    Sponsored (read: paid for) studies invariably produce results favorable to the economic interests of the sponsor. Wrigley wants to sell more gum! And if it ends the days of gum being contraband in the class room , Wrigley will make more money. Ethic Soup blog has more on this research at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/05/chew-on-this-wrigley-research-claims-gum-makes-teens-smarter.html

    It’s like another article we wrote on Ethic Soup about sponsored (funded) research with questionable objectivity. Vanderbilt University’s Institute of Coffee Studies conducted research on the benefits of drinking coffee (never any of the negative, harmful health aspects of caffeine) . This supposed “institute” is funded by the coffee growers and coffee industry. It began some 10 years ago with $6 million in funding from Brazil coffee growers. You can read about this research at:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/2009/01/vanderbilt-research-coffeegrowers-pay-researcher-distorts.html

    It’s happening at many campuses of higher education where scientific objectivity and codes of ethics often seem to be absent. You’d think that the real scientists at these universities would insist on censure of the fake scientists, if only to save their own credibility.

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