Thursday, May 29, 2008

This Applies to Magick, Too

On Wednesday Etzel Cardeáa, a psychology professor from Sweden's Lund University, gave a talk at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas discussing the current state of modern parapsychology research. I found these comments of Cardeáa's from the article about the talk particularly illuminating:

But there has been extensive research into whether phenomena like spiritual possession or altered states of reality are legitimate, he said.

"People assume there is no scientific research. In fact there is more than 100 years of scientific research," he said.

Cardeáa said there are two problems with parapsychology: the skeptics and the people who believe in everything. Neither look at actual scientific evidence.

If we could get this idea through the heads of everyone in the magical and scientific communities, I think the stage could be set for some serious breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe.

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Annalisa Ventola said...

Yes, there is a lot of research other there that most people don't know about. There's more about this at my blog.

Ananael Qaa said...

I took a look at your blog and you have a lot of good material there. I'm especially interested in the relationship between psychic/magical phenomena and brain states and really liked the article about using brain imaging to see if any particular sort of brain activity could be linked to psychic perception. That strikes me as a very promising area for research, and it's nice to know that such work is actually being done.