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The 9 Most Convincing Parapsychology Studies Ever Conducted

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The existence of paranormal research suggests that even the most hardened of skeptics want to believe that "there are more things on heaven and earth that are dreamt of in their philosophies," to paraphrase Shakespeare. However, accredited scientific research into the paranormal remains controversial. Even comprehensive and evidence-heavy studies are often still considered "pseudo science" by doubters, and it's difficult to know where the burden of proof actually lies.

Still, scientists ... at least open-minded ones of the Einsteinian variety ... continue to be fascinated by the unknown. Some specialists focus on children who claim to dream about and even actively remember their past lives; others test the supposed abilities of mediums and other potentially gifted individuals. The more mainstream scientific community may scoff at these avenues of research, but certain academics and scientists continue to press onwards in their studies of parapsychology. Ready to be convinced? Below are a handful of case studies that are worth considering.

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    Princeton University Tried To Psychically Transmit Information

    Much like the great beyond itself, Princeton's PEAR Laboratory, as The New York Times described it, was “an anomaly from the start, a ghost in the machine of physical science that was never acknowledged as substantial, and yet never entirely banished." The lab was a controversial part of the university for almost 30 years, but when it closed for good in 2007, it had more than a few notable experiments to its credit.

    Many of these studies involved attempts to psychically transmit information. According to researchers, in most tests, “the receiver [got] the information from the sender precognitively ... up to several days before it was sent.” More specifically, most of the experiments “demonstrated precognitive intervals of up to approximately 150 hours, which [equates] to nearly a week.”

    Is this convincing?