Skeptic, Dr Steven Novella Claims Psychic Mediums Limited to `Cold Readings`
Released on: June 2, 2008, 11:49 pm
Press Release Author: Joni Johnston
Press Release Summary: Skeptics Guide to the Universe host, Steve Novella, outlines a protocol for determining whether psychic mediums are real, or using "cold readings" techniques.
Press Release Body:
Del Mar, CA, June 03, 2008 -- Join Alex Tsakiris for a discussion with Dr. Steven Novella and the team at the Skeptics Guide to the Universe on their upcoming psychic medium demonstration. During the hour-long discussion Novella explains his position on the psychic medium phenomena:
". certainly our starting point, our starting hypothesis, is that there is no paranormal psychic phenomenon going on here. the whole point of designing a protocol is that the bias should be rendered irrelevant. and the protocol has to be at least tight enough that we can rule out what our hypotheses.which is that mediums produce the results that they do through cold readings."
Novella and Tsakiris also discuss the particulars of their upcoming demonstration of psychic medium effects, and their plans to broadcast the results of their experiment.
A complete transcript of the discussion is available at: http://www.skeptiko.com/blog/?p=17.
Dr. Steven Novella is an academic neurologist and full-time skeptic. He hosts a weekly Podcast at www.theskepticsguide.org.
Alex Tsakiris is host of www.Skeptiko.com Podcast.
Skeptiko is the first scientifically oriented Podcast exploring new research in controversial areas of science such as telepathy, psi, parapsychology, near-death-experience, reincarnation, and after-life encounters. Each episode features open, honest debate on new scientific discoveries. The show includes interviews with top research scientists and their critics.
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