This has just been sent to me (thanks Patrick). I have no idea how well known it is, but it deserves a wide audience. Anyway, click here and read the reviews.
Update: In the comments section, Jeremy posted the sequel here – anyone want to review it?
So I am rehearsing a new (and as it turns out, somewhat dangerous) stunt for an unusual talk that I have to give next month. All you need is a big stick, two wineglasses, and an even bigger stick…
Remarkable new study provides evidence that some ‘ghostly’ experiences are the direct result of neural activity.
Psychologist Jerry Burger has just published his replication of the world famous Milgram shock experiment in the American Psychologist.
Just before Christmas, the media became very excited about the fact that the Post Office in the UK had asked some of their post people to walk more quickly. Both Radio 4’s Today Programme and The Times linked the story to my previous work on the speed of walking around the world.
Over the years I have carried out several experiments examining the psychology of magic, and co-authored a book on the topic (Magic in Theory, with Peter Lamont). Both New Scientist and Scientific American have just run articles on the topic, mentioning some of this work.
In the early 1990s, Mathew Smith, Julie Milton, and I investigated ‘Jaytee’, a dog who could allegedly psychically predict when his owner was returning home. We believed that the results of our study did not support the dog’s alleged ability. At roughly the same time, Rupert Sheldrake conducted additional work with Jaytee, and argued that his findings suggested that Jaytee was able to signal when his owner started to return home from a distant location. RSupert also criticised the study conducted by Mathew Smith, Julie Milton and myself. We subsequently replied to the points raised in this critique, and Rupert replied to our reply.
I am frequently asked about Rupert’s experiments with Jaytee. There is a PDF of my thoughts here.
Last year I announced some initial results from a Quirkology experiment into New Year’s Resolutions. We tracked more than 5000 people as they tried to achieve their aims and ambitions, and found big sex differences for the strategies that proved successful. Here is some advice based on the work, hope that you find it helpful….