From the NYT science section:
So, there is research that indicates that people can sense future events. Whether or not the research is flawed, my question is this: why the outrage? Why call it "craziness"? If the facts indicate that some kind of ESP exists, an ability to sense or predict the future, why should that generate this kind of reaction in the scientific community? Why aren't they cautiously excited by this data? Why are so many scientists certain that it is flawed, or "crazy", without even looking over the data?One of psychology’s most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.
One of psychology’s most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events.
The paper describes nine unusual lab experiments performed over the past decade by its author, Daryl J. Bem, an emeritus professor at Cornell, testing the ability of college students to accurately sense random events, like whether a computer program will flash a photograph on the left or right side of its screen. The studies include more than 1,000 subjects.
Some scientists say the report deserves to be published, in the name of open inquiry; others insist that its acceptance only accentuates fundamental flaws in the evaluation and peer review of research in the social sciences.
“It’s craziness, pure craziness. I can’t believe a major journal is allowing this work in,” Ray Hyman, an emeritus professor of psychology at the University Oregon and longtime critic of ESP research, said. “I think it’s just an embarrassment for the entire field.”
Why would an ability to accurately sense "the future" necessarily be anything substantively different from being able to sense sound, color, or spatial reference?
IMO, it can only be because the research somehow threatens their ideological perspective, or undermines confidence in our scientific community, which for generations has been dismissing the idea that psi is real. Why else attack it sight unseen?