Usa, (PressExposure) September 22, 2008 -- Join Alex Tsakiris for a interview with Dr. Julie Beischel on her response to critics of her research into psychic mediums. During the 45-minute interview Beischel discusses the challenges of going beyond skeptical debunking:
âI think people fail to understand that proper research design includes optimizing the possibility of achieving positive results. If you wanted to study plant growth, you donât put a dry seed on the bench top in the lab and then say, âPlants canât grow.â You use soil, water, sunlight, and then you study the growth of the seed.â
Beischel also discusses the upcoming demonstration of psychic medium communication being carried out by Skeptiko and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
A complete transcript of the interview is available at: [http://www.skeptiko.com/blog/?p=39].
Dr. Julie Beischel is Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute, and was the first ever recipient of the William James Post-doctoral Fellowship in Mediumship and Survival Research. Her research interests center on the survival of consciousness hypothesis and include proof-focused studies on mediums' communication with discarnates and process-focused studies on mediums' experiences of that communication.
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.