Personally I have very little interest in the paranormal or parapsychology, but I have to commend Alex Tsakiris of the Skeptiko podcast for presenting interviews from both sides of the debate. Alex clearly does believe that parapsychology is a valid science, but his podcast is surprisingly balanced. I think it is very valuable to listen to what those with different viewpoints have to say, and there are a surprising number of scientists devoted to trying to find replicable data in the field.

skeptiko.jpg When we consider findings like those that show that meditation leads to measurable changes in the brain, we realize that current mechanistic models may be incomplete. My focus is on mainstream neuroscience, but I think it is useful to try to be aware of other approaches. For one thing, it helps us to see more clearly where the holes are and where we need to ask more questions.