Brighton Science Festival

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE MIND: THE SCIENCE OF THE PARANORMAL

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Friday 17 February

7:00pm

Friends Meeting House
Ship Street
Brighton, BN1 1AF
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Why do people have ghostly experiences? Are some individuals really able to predict the future? Can we read each other’s minds? And what’s the connection between so-called ‘psychic energy’ and neuroscience? Join parapsychologist Professor Caroline Watt to discover the surprising science of the paranormal.

Surveys show that about 50% of people believe in the paranormal, and about 25% think they have personally experienced a paranormal phenomenon. So paranormal experiences, though strange, are not uncommon. In her talk, Professor Watt examines some commonly reported paranormal experiences, and shows how the study of such experiences can reveal insights into normal psychological processes.

For example: a parapsychologist testing people’s ghostly sightings became the first researcher to demonstrate so-called inattentional blindness; the study of eyewitness reports of the Indian Rope Trick demonstrates how memories of seemingly miraculous feats may change over time; and one of the most significant developments in modern neuroscience can be traced back to a seemingly telepathic experience. This will be a talk with powerpoint slides and some audio.

Caroline Watt is a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, and has pursued a programme of research investigating the psychology of precognitive dream experiences which resulted ‘Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide’, published in 2016.

Tickets: £6/3. Ages 12+

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