UPDATE of this page December 27, 1998
Q Where can I find evidence for the existence of PSI?
a book by Dean Radin PhD, The
1. http://www.psicounsel.com/pear01.html#tcu2. obtainable in bookstores
through references from the following URL
Q What kind of a book
(T.C.U.) is it? What about the author?
How would I know if I want the book?
a. http://www.io.com/~hambone/web/radin.htmle. "In recent years, the two strongest arguments for
criticism of above item "b" at:
d. Reviews and Commentary
From The Publisher Harper San Francisco:
This myth-shattering book explains the evidence for the veracity of psychic phenomena, uniting the
teachings of mystics, the theories of quantum physics, and the latest in high-tech experiments. With
painstaking research and deft, engaging prose, Radin dispels the misinformation and superstition that
have clouded the understanding of scientists and laypeople alike concerning a host of fascinating
oddities. Psychokinesis, remote viewing, prayer, jinxes, and more - all are real, all have been scientifically
proven, and the proof is in these pages. Though the link defies the laws of classical physics, it may heel
closely to the basic precepts of quantum mechanics. Finally, Radin takes a bold look ahead, to the
inevitable social, economic, academic, and spiritual consequences of the mass realization that mind and
matter can influence each other without having physical contact.
Recently profiled in the New York Times Magazine. Dean Radin is perhaps the most respected
parapsychology authority in the country. An articulate, engaging communicator, Radin wields
impeccable credentials, a healthy skepticism and a meticulous scientific method to put "psi" phenomona
like telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and mind-over-matter abilities to the hard test of science. His
unprecedented manifesto makes a startingly persuasive case for the truth of psychic phenomena -- and
places us on the cusp of what may well be the next great paradigm shift.
http://www.csicop.orgDebate about Ray Hyman, and from Ray Hyman
Professor Ray Hyman is widely known as
Above quote is from the written abstract of a talk
Professor Hyman gave in February 1998 in Silicon
Valley, which Dean Radin attended.
Dean Radin, Ph.D.
Consciousness Research Laboratory
benefit, skeptic or believer, would likely be gained by
debating the evidence from the data of Professor
Jessica Utts, or Dean Radin?
a. The following:
3. Practice and improvement with debate techniques
b. Why no insight? Why no new information? Why no solving of problems?
data has been debated in sci.skeptic. It was debated
elsewhere, and the issues of those debates have been placed on the
World Wide Web. References to other URLs listed above, show that.
those debating are much closer to the work of developing this
data, both on the skeptic side and the advocates side, there is little
that the average person posting to a newsgroup can likely improve upon.
Q For the paranormalist
who wishes to debate this issue,
what newsgroup are you advised to do so in?
or other appropriate newsgroups, other
than alt.paranormal, since alt.paranormal
is not moderated.
9 of the alt.paranormal FAQ contains the
following from the sci.skeptic FAQ:
0.1: What is sci.skeptic for?
Sci.skeptic is for those who are
skeptical about claims of the
paranormal to meet with those
who believe in the paranormal.
When a debate is in progress with a
polite skeptic, it often becomes an
open invitation for disrupters to
[history shows] most of the so-called
"skeptics" who argue against the
existence of the paranormal, in
alt.paranormal, are obnoxious
Here are examples of the testimony of
people who have been discouraged
from participating in alt.paranormal
due to hostility from so-called
Q How will people who regularly use alt.paranormal, and
not sci.skeptic, participate in a debate that I initiate?
It is advised in the
alt.paranormal FAQ that a person,
skeptic or proponent, post announcement of debates
in alt.paranormal listing the subject title that is in
sci.skeptic, with the debate continuing in sci.skeptic
and not alt.paranormal.
Is it advisable to debate these issues in a
Certainly. At times alt.paranormal.moderated is open to
skeptic debate. Such debate is often not destructive, since
a moderator monitors it and decides which posts will, or
will not, appear.
Q What do you mean by "advisable" and "advised"?
Simply, it is not a
rule. Some FAQs for "alt" groups
can be enforced by communicating with certain ISPs
who honor the FAQs, such as rules regarding "spam"
and denigration of character. One cannot, feasibly,
ask ISPs to forbid peaceful debate in an "alt" group.
Item 5 of the FAQ,
contained in that document since
The attempts of "skeptics" to debate are
not something we can do anything about.
There is something
the proponent can do, however,
and that is to not participate in such debate in
advised that skeptics are not harrassed,
such as repeating demands for anyone to stop
debating. Only one gentle reminder of the advice,
and the reasons for it, with quotes from the a.p.
FAQ is advised, but no continued arguments about it.