Response to letter on capricious psi – 2004

Research Item – J.E. Kennedy
(Original publication and copyright: Journal of Parapsychology, 2004,
Volume 68, pp. 191-193)

To the Editor:
Joop Houtkooper’s letter expresses several thoughtful reservations about the hypothesis that some type of higher consciousness may be the factor causing psi to be unsustainable and at times actively evasive. One point that may merit clarification is his statement that this suggestion puts “the cause of unsustainability outside of human control and thereby … outside science.” A more precise statement may be that, under the worst case scenario, psi could be outside experimental science. Psi could be similar to studying the weather. Scientific models and statistical predictions may be possible, but control over the phenomena that allows reliable experimental manipulation may not be attainable…

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