From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry Karr)
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 09:09:37 -0500
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From: R.Wiseman@herts.ac.uk (Wiseman)
Subject: new book info. (fwd)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec
Thanks for the note.
Here is some advance info on a book on testing psychic claimants
that I have just produced. I appreciate that some people don't like
using the net for adverts and so I'll leave it up to you as to whether
it goes out to folks.
ADVANCE INFORMATION FROM University of Hertfordshire Press
GUIDELINES FOR TESTING PSYCHIC CLAIMANTS
Richard Wiseman and Robert L. Morris
Many people claim to be psychic. Palm readers and astrologers claim that
they look into the future to help solve personal problems. Mediums claim to
help individuals communicate with deceased friends and relatives. Faith
healers and psychic surgeons claim to diagnose and cure illness. 'Psychic
detectives' offer advice to the police to help solve crime. Alleged
psychics have also been used to attract followers to religious
organisations and as consultants by large businesses.
Health professionals, law enforcement agents, cult investigators and
scientists may wish to examine these claimants or assess the quality of
investigations carried out by others. Up to this point in time there has
existed no guidelines outlining how such work should proceed. This is
unfortunate because badly designed investigations can result in false
claimants being seen as genuine or honest claimants being unfairly accused
This book tackles these issues, providing pragmatic and flexible guidelines
to help researchers identify and resolve the problems that most frequently
occur during the assessment of individuals claiming strong psychic ability.
Richard Wiseman is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of
Hertfordshire, specialising in the psychology of deception and
parapsychology. He has worked as a professional magician and is an
Associate of the Inner Magic Circle. Robert L. Morris is Professor of
Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, where he holds the Koestler
Chair of Parapsychology, specialising in parapsychology, the psychology of
anomalous experiences and deception.
Clear & flexible guidelines for testing psychic claimants
Special consideration of the problem of fraud by psychic claimants
Signposts to further reading, contact addresses, useful organisations, etc
Scientists testing individuals claiming exceptional abilities
Health professionals, law enforcement agents and cult investigators
Media investigators carrying out high profile assessments of alleged
psychics Individuals wishing to assess the quality of investigations
carried out by others
Publication January 1995 70pp ISBN 0 900 458 58 5 #7
University of Hertfordshire Press, Library & Media Services, University of
Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK.
Tel: + 44 1707-284665 Fax: + 44 1707-284666 Internet: