A degree in parapsychology – “middle ground”?

10 05 2006

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4753861.stm

Coventry is launching a new degree in parapsychology. Obviously this sort of stuff has been going on at some universities, or at least Edinburgh (following a big endowment from Koestler I think), for years but this is I think the first degree course in the subject.

The interesting thing in the article (apart from the witty captioning) is this quote:

“We’ve got to look at the middle ground, otherwise all you have is Richard Dawkins (professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University) or the Pope. Both have probably not quite got their finger on the real pulse. People out there are having interesting experiences and no one is really following them up. It is less about Hammer House of Horrors and more about proper methodology.”

There is no “middle ground” here surely? And even if there were, is this kind of stuff occupying it?

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