coincidences, Parapsychology, statistics

Seeing the Same Word Over and Over?

Do certain words seem to follow you no matter where you look? Psychologist William Braud actually conducted experiments to figure out whether the word coincidences he was experiencing were actually due to more than chance or selective attention. I describe his method--and his results--in today's Psychology Today post.

consciousness, Philosophy

Inner Experience Is Real, and It Matters

Our culture tends to devalue things that can't be observed by multiple people, but some of the most important aspects of life (for instance, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, the very feeling of meaning) can't be observed by anyone but the person experiencing them. In today's post on, I argue that it's time… Continue reading Inner Experience Is Real, and It Matters

consciousness, near-death experience, Parapsychology

Are Near-Death Experiences Just Comforting Illusions?

My most recent post over at Psychology Today¬†focuses on the aspects of near-death experiences that can be verified to accurately reflect reality: specifically, verified perceptions of events at a distance and verified perceptions of events that occurred during the period when the NDEr's body was in cardiac arrest and had minimal to no brain function.… Continue reading Are Near-Death Experiences Just Comforting Illusions?

coincidences, consciousness, Philosophy, Science

Introducing my Psychology Today blog: “Mysteries of Consciousness”

Those of you who are particularly interested in the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of my research into coincidences and consciousness may also want to follow my new Psychology Today blog, "Mysteries of Consciousness." My first post, yesterday, was called "What If Consciousness Comes First?" and discusses how finding an adequate explanation for the way the… Continue reading Introducing my Psychology Today blog: “Mysteries of Consciousness”

coincidences, statistics

How Skeptics Misapply the Law of Truly Large Numbers

The fact that there are 7 billion people in this world means that some pretty mind-boggling coincidences are likely to happen to a lot of people just by chance. But does that mean that chance is necessarily the best explanation for ALL the coincidences and synchronicities we experience? It doesn't. I explain why in a… Continue reading How Skeptics Misapply the Law of Truly Large Numbers

Book Reviews, consciousness, reincarnation

Signs of Reincarnation

This weekend saw the release of Dr. James G. Matlock's new book Signs of Reincarnation, which will no doubt become the book of reference for those wanting a thorough, scholarly introduction to the current state of reincarnation research. Reincarnation research, you may ask? Yes, there is such a thing, and there has been for many… Continue reading Signs of Reincarnation