Posted: Feb 17, 2013 10:35 am
by ersby
tolman wrote:Would there be much of a 'taboo' if it was being independently funded and done under scrupulously rigorous conditions where results couldn't easily be [rationally] dismissed whether positive or negative?


Well, I would hope so but the problem is how to interpret the results. A large-scale experiment (or several) would go some way to solving the problem I'd expect but, at the same time, a large-scale experiment would probably throw up enough data that other post-hoc analyses could find evidence (or a lack of evidence) of psi.

Interestingly, J.E.Kennedy recently wrote an article relating to this discussion, in which he points out that meta-analyses hardly ever solve scientific controversies. Link to the pdf below.

http://jeksite.org/psi/beyond_meta.pdf