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Empiricheskie osnovaniya diskussii ob ekctrasensornom vospriyatii
Vadim Osipov
Omsk State Technical University
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No. 4 (Vol. 42)

There are non-existential hypotheses in theoretical system defended by parapsychologists and by skeptics. Skeptics argue that there is no extrasensory perception. Parapsychologists maintain that the experimental procedures eliminate the sensory channels of information transmission (i.e., there are no sensory channels). These non-existential hypotheses are impossible to substantiate other than by means of inductive inference, which doesn’t have the force of logical necessity. Therefore, both the proof of extrasensory perception existence and extrasensory perception non-existence are not final.

In order to prove extrasensory perception existence parapsychologists need at least one experiment with a positive result. To get the parity, skeptics have to prove the existence of sensory channels in all the experiments, where unexplained statistical anomalies had been discovered.

While processing the empirical data to which parapsychologists and skeptics appeal, we find out that the parapsychologists get statistically significant empirical data that confirm the extrasensory perception existence. Whereas the skeptics are enable to provide the empirical evidence of sensory channels existence.

Extrasensory perception, existential hypothesis, non-existential hypothesis, singular statements, basic statements, falsification, verification, synthetic inductive inference, empirical evidence, reproducibility, Karl Popper, Ingo Swann, Pavel Stepanek, C

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