In Person: Everyday Magic: Science Meets Psychic Phenomena

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Stories of divination and miracles, prophetic dreams and mind reading - powers are found across eras and cultures and figure prominently in native traditions and all the major religions. Myriad tales recount similar happenings, and many of us feel we’ve encountered such things in our own life. So, are these phenomena real or illusory? Is the paranormal merely the stuff of fantasy TV and superstition? And what does science have to say about it?

This talk will present evidence for a variety of psychic phenomena. The surprising history of over a century of research that sheds light on paranormal effects will be explored. While psychic research lives at the margins of academia, its persistence as a field of study is due to a large body of evidence and data discovered at U.S. universities such as Harvard, Duke, Cornell, Princeton and others. Although psychic effects currently defy explanation, both physics and the science of consciousness leave open possibilities that such things may exist!

Peter Bancel received his PhD in experimental physics from the University of Pennsylvania and has conducted research in parapsychology for over two decades.

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