Easing the pain of preregistration: Data Unboxing Parties!

Hi all. It’s been a while, for sure – lots of stuff been going on over the past months, including giving a TEDx talk, getting a new puppy, getting an annoying diagnosis, and me presenting at the Parapsychological Association meeting in Boulder. Yes, I’ve turned to the dark side. Sort of. In Boulder, I met several wonderful Continue Reading

On difficult surnames, reputation traps and a loose cable

Leonid Schneider asked me for my thoughts on his post on Frontiers in Paranormal Activities, in response to my sharing of Sam Schwarzkopf’s annoyance with people getting his last name wrong. I’ve got a difficult surname as well – it’s pronounced ‘yolay’, should that be of interest; ‘ij’ is a diphtong in Dutch, Jolij is Continue Reading

Why a meta-analysis of 90 studies does not tell that much about psi, or why academic papers should not be reduced to their data

Social psychologist-turned-statistics-and-publication-ethics crusader Daniel Lakens has recently published his review of a meta-analysis of 90 studies by Bem and colleagues that allegedly shows that there is strong evidence for precognition. Lakens rips apart the meta-analysis in his review, in particular because of the poor control for publication bias. According to Lakens, who recently converted to Continue Reading

Recording of my Quantum Mind lecture (12 Nov)

Last week, I have given a lecture for the VIP, our student association, on my not-at-all controversial work and ideas on consciousness, quantum physics, and psi. Thanks to Jeffrey Harris, who made an audio recording, you can now listen to my waffling, whilst looking at the pdf with slides! Slides: Quantum Mind Audio: Part 1: Philosophy Continue Reading

Social priming and psi

Update: before being accused of being a bully because I compare social priming researchers to parapsychologists, a) I consider myself to be a psi researcher, so if anyone takes offense to being compared to myself, I am very sorry, and b) the bottom line of this post is: if you take social priming seriously based on the Continue Reading