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      Is there any evidence for esp/psychic activity/shared dreaming?

      I'm usually pretty skeptical of this sort of stuff, but I try to keep an open mind at the same time. I'm wondering if anyone has heard of any scientific studies that sounded like they had solid evidence for the existence of such things.

      Lately I've been having some personal experiences that make me believe in this, but I realize that I might just be deluding myself, it could just be a coincedance.
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      Yes there have been scientific studies. Their results are rarely positive and if they are, serious methodological flaws are often found, sometimes even fraud.

      In other words: as it stands right now the results are non-existant, or nonconclusive at best.


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      I know Dean Radin published a bunch, like this, for example.

      Dean Radin - Time-reversed human experience Experimental evidence and implications

      I would just research him a little, there is quite a bit of data available.
      If you are looking for a scientific framework I'd suggest reading Entangled Minds.

      Then also Rupert Sheldrake did some experiments in these fields.

      And if I remember correctly, remote viewing is supposed to have some positive outcomes.
      So if you google RV + evidence, you should also get some stuff to look through.

      Oh, and The Monroe Institute of course.
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      I'm pretty much in the same boat. Here are a couple articles I came across in my research. Nothing extremely solid, but interesting nonetheless.


      (1) "FUTURE TELLING": A META-ANALYSIS OF FORCED-CHOICE PRECOGNITION EXPERIMENTS, 1935-1987
      Spoiler for Abstract:


      (2) Replication and Meta-Analysis in Parapsychology
      Spoiler for Abstract:



      This is a search I did on Google Scholar that I have yet to sift through. It is a search for the articles that cite (2).

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      Infinite Mind is a book written by Valerie Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Physiological Science at UCLA. I read it years ago and found it fascinating at the time, though I haven't looked into the scientific reliability of her experiments.

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      If you're looking for scientifically supported empirical evidence, your search will be in vain.
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      Here's another article that addresses telepathy and OBEs.

      Stephen LaBerge, (1985). LUCID DREAMING

      Spoiler for Excerpt regarding telepathy evidence:


      Edit: The implications of his interpretation were interesting to me in that telepathy could explain the apparent experiences of OBEs, shared dreaming, etc.
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      A word of caution:

      anyone can write a book.. Only some can write scientific articles.. And then only some can write scientific articles that are published in respected peer-reviewed journals.

      Kudos on your decision to work with google scholar.. Beats the regular google everytime when it comes to these things ;p
      Another search engine you might like to visit:
      CiteSeerX


      FWIW,

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      Quote Originally Posted by TimB View Post
      And then only some can write scientific articles that are published in respected peer-reviewed journals.
      Indeed. A professor I used to assist with research said that peer-reviewed journals are ranked (basically in terms of respectability). Do you know where that kind of ranking can be found?

      Thanks for the link. Now I have something other than Google Scholar to be addicted to. (Well, in this area at least)

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      Quote Originally Posted by FallenAwake View Post
      Indeed. A professor I used to assist with research said that peer-reviewed journals are ranked (basically in terms of respectability). Do you know where that kind of ranking can be found?

      Thanks for the link. Now I have something other than Google Scholar to be addicted to. (Well, in this area at least)
      I'm not sure... I've frequently heard having your articles published in nature and/or science are the best thing that you could hope for.. Though I'm not sure.. Why not ask your (or any professor who's knowledgable about this) for some more info?

      Maybe this can help?
      Impact factor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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      Quote Originally Posted by TimB View Post
      Why not ask your (or any professor who's knowledgable about this) for some more info?

      Maybe this can help?
      Impact factor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Good point. The number of articles that cite the article is one factor in determining respectability.

      Unfortunately I'm no longer in regular communication with her or other professors so I feel a bit odd about contacting them out of the blue. Perhaps I'll do more research on how to research research that is respected by researchers.

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