Professor Chris French

Monday, July 9 2012 at 8:00PM

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Professor Chris French

What's the talk about?

Prof. Chris French,  Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

He has published hundreds of articles and contributed to several chapters on varied psychology topics. His principle research area is the psychology involved in belief in the paranormal and he has recently published the book Why Statues Weep: The Best of The Skeptic, co-edited by Wendy Grossman. He is a former editor of The Skeptic magazine.

Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as "paranormal". Opinion polls show that the majority of the general public accepts that paranormal phenomena do occur. Either the paranormal is real, in which case this should be accepted by the wider scientific community which currently rejects such claims, or else belief in and experience of ostensibly paranormal phenomena can be fully explained in terms of psychological factors. Anomalistic psychology attempts to provide non-paranormal explanations for anomalous experiences in terms of known psychological factors. This approach will be illustrated with examples relating to a range of ostensibly paranormal phenomena.

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