Saturday, February 10, 2007

Who Could have Predicted this?

PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 6 — Over almost three decades, a small laboratory at Princeton University managed to embarrass university administrators, outrage Nobel laureates, entice the support of philanthropists and make headlines around the world with its efforts to prove that thoughts can alter the course of events.

But at the end of the month, the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory, or PEAR, will close, not because of controversy but because, its founder says, it is time.

The laboratory has conducted studies on extrasensory perception and telekinesis from its cramped quarters in the basement of the university’s engineering building since 1979. Its equipment is aging, its finances dwindling.

It feels like Leonard Nemoy circa "In Search of" days would be crying about this development. I actually find it refreshing that Princeton allowed this research to continue. It's actually a good thing for things to be examined, explained, or debunked rather than snotty scientists rejecting it without examination. That's the way to get rationalism better understood. We need reality based thinking these days.