Science and Psychic Phenomena


“A masterly guide to the frontiers of science, belief and exploration. Carter leads us through the interplays of dogma, speculation and empirical research in a stimulating way. The controversy is intense because the implications for the scientific understanding of nature and of mind are so far reaching. If you want to know the current state of play, this is the book for you.”

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD,
Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, Cambridge University
Author of The Presence of the Past

“Chris Carter has put together quite a treatise. In thoroughly readable, engaging and clear prose, he provides an erudite and comprehensive review of the skeptical and scientific studies of events that don’t fit present paradigms. Despite having researched the subject extensively myself, I found a deep well of new information. Carter’s book, the first in a series of three, is both scholarly and entertaining; I eagerly await his next two works.”


Robert S. Bobrow, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor
Family Medicine Stony Brook University
Author of The Witch in the Waiting Room

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who is truly open-minded about whether or not psychic abilities exist. Chris Carter takes the reader on an insightful journey that weaves together history, scientific data, modern physics, psychology and philosophy of science. He convincingly shows that it’s now possible to replace belief-based opinion with solid science when discussing the possible reality of psychic phenomena.”

Jessica Utts, Ph.D., Professor of Statistics,
University of California, Davis
Author of An Assessment of the Evidence for Psychic Functioning

"Carter confronts legitimate criticism with solid scientific evidence and deftly exposes the anti-science stand of the dogmatic skeptics. He makes a compelling case for taking the science of parapsychology seriously...a must-read for anyone interested in the true state of this important debate."


Richard Broughton, PhD
Author of Parapsychology: The Controversial Science
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The University of Northampton
    “The controversy surrounding psychic phenomena (psi) is both long and complicated. Chris Carter reviews the many elements of the controversy in great detail, but in a manner that is also readable and entertaining – a difficult feat. I found his explanation of quantum theories of psi, for example, exceptionally clear, and it resolved some confusion I had about these theories from reading other sources. Carter adheres strictly to valid scientific and philosophical principles in arguing for the reality of psi and the legitimacy of parapsychology as a science – no retreat into New Age metaphysical mumbo jumbo – and he doesn’t overstate his case. Any reader who can approach this controversial subject with an open mind will find Carter’s book immensely rewarding.”
John Palmer, Ph.D.
Editor, Journal of Parapsychology,
co-author of Foundations of Parapsychology
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