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Mind, machines and paranormal phenomena: a rejoinder to Beloff's radical dualist perspective

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Abstract:

In the very first issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies, dualist John Beloff discusses the problem of how interactions may occur between the supposedly different realms of mind and matter. It is indeed the case that meta-analyses covering many years of research give very strong support to the reality of psi phenomena (Utts, 1991). Historical analysis has shown, however, that the results of some of the stronger paradigms are subject to a decline effect after an initial successful period of ten to twenty years. And even if the reality of the phenomena stand up against time, a proper use of the available data -- as opposed to Beloff's selective use of it -- would at least complicate the naive interactionist picture and in fact argue against the dualist perspective.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Utrecht, Bestuursgebouw, Box 80125, 3508 TC, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Publication date: 1996-05-01

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