Paranormal

Towards a Cognitive Neuroscience of the Dying Brain

From the archives, Jason J Braithwaite offers an in-depth analysis and critique of the survivalist’s neuroscience of near-death experiences

Exploring the ongoing popularity of Feng Shui in Singaporean society

In modern Singapore, belief in the superstitious practice of Feng Shui remains high, as inhabitants look to old traditions to grasp control of their lives

Searching for Cressie, the Crescent Lake Monster

From the archives, Benjamin Radford recounts the story of his search for Cressie, a monster that never was

Is there a role in modern Singapore for superstitions and the little ways they control us?

Iowa Cheung reflects upon the local superstitions followed by Singaporeans, and whether they - even indirectly - have value in the modern world

The Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project finds ‘psychics’ perform worse than random chance

Richard Saunders concludes a 12-year investigation by Australian and international researchers, covering over 3800 predictions from more than 200 self-professed psychics, and the results are not encouraging… for psychics.

Richard Saunders, on testing nearly 4,000 psychic predictions from the last two decades

Richard Saunders explains why he decided to wade through 20 years of psychic predictions, as part of the Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project

Where mental illness is blamed on spirits, we need to be human to reach people

Some religious cultures misattribute mental health issues to spiritual possession - they won't seek help if care directly challenges their faith

Kumanthong, Ghost Babies, and Child Angels: the persistence of superstition in Singapore

Kumanthong are said to be the spirits of foetuses, who must be adopted and cared for in order to bring luck, health and prosperity.

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