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Chris French

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Chris French is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims. He writes for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine and is a former Editor of the latter. His most recent book is Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience.

Why I now believe parapsychology is a science not a pseudoscience

The undeniable presence of poor practices in parapsychology doesn't mean the whole field is pseudoscientific - genuine scientific inquiry is still taking place

Recovering memories: The truth is, the Satanic Panic never really went away

The Satanic Panic never really ended in the 1980s - it continued to rumble along, waiting for a spark to reignite it back into full moral panic.

Recovering memories: Could the Satanic Panic happen again?

Ongoing public belief in the idea of repressed memories suggests that the so-called Memory Wars are not yet over, and that the Satanic Panic could happen again

Recovering memories: How the Satanic Panic led to false reports of horrific abuse

The 1980s saw a rise in belief that Satanic ritual abuse was everywhere - however, the real problems were false memories and moral panic

Romance in the stones? The power of crystals vs the power of suggestion

Crystal healing continues to undergo a resurgence in popularity, but when put to the test, believers can't tell the difference between a real crystal or a fake

Psychics and mediums: Mad, bad, or dangerous to know?

Given that psychics aren't actually performing paranormal feats, is it fair to separate them into the deceitful and the deluded?

When predictions fail: UFO cults, QAnon and cognitive dissonance

When their predictions don't come true, cults are faced with a choice: accept reality, or rationalise the failure. Which road will Qanon take?

Is the US government in contact with an alien “galactic federation”?

Haim Eshed, former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry, claims aliens are working with the US government. I'd like to see some evidence.

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