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Open letter in a mainstream journal calling for more study on all aspects of consciousness

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From the 'Institute of Noetic Sciences' newsletter: 


Some 90 scientists and academics, including IONS researchers, have co-signed a letter that calls for more mainstream support of open and honest investigation of parapsychological topics and related mysteries of human consciousness. The letter—a demonstration of interest in psi among many mainstream academics—is written by Etzel Cardeña of Lund University and published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.



Front. Hum. Neurosci., 27 January 2014 | doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017

A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness
Etzel Cardeña*   Department of Psychology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Science thrives when there is an open, informed discussion of all evidence, and recognition that scientific knowledge is provisional and subject to revision. This attitude is in stark contrast with reaching conclusions based solely on a previous set of beliefs or on the assertions of authority figures.


Indeed, the search for knowledge wherever it may lead inspired a group of notable scientists and philosophers to found in 1882 the Society for Psychical Research in London. Its purpose was “to investigate that large body of debatable phenomena… without prejudice or prepossession of any kind, and in the same spirit of exact and unimpassioned inquiry which has enabled Science to solve so many problems.”


Some of the areas in consciousness they investigated such as psychological dissociation, hypnosis, and preconscious cognition are now well integrated into mainstream science. That has not been the case with research on phenomena such as purported telepathy or precognition, which some scientists (a clear minority according to the surveys conducted 


http://en.wikademia.org/Surveys_of_academic_opinion_regarding_parapsychology) dis-miss a priori as pseudoscience or illegitimate.


Contrary to the negative impression given by some critics, we would like to stress the following:


<snip>: http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017/full


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Regarding the old Zener cards used in psi research, here's a quote:


".... one might well wonder if someone would telepathically pick up someone else's mindless thoughts - such as utilizing rather mindless and dull cards of symbols and color shapes to test for telepathy."   - Ingo Swann



Another great quote regarding our scientific methods of research:  "Consciousness cannot be quantifiable by matter."  - Ingo Swann

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