2016 Vol. 80(1) 5-16
John A. Palmer
Palmer, J. (2016). Hansel’s Ghost: Resurrection of the Experimenter Fraud Hypothesis in Parapsychology. Journal of Parapsychology, 80(1), 5–16.
Hansel's Ghost: Resurrection of the Experimenter Fraud Hypothesis in Parapsychology
In his review of Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century in this issue of the JP, J.E. Kennedy (2016) comments favorably on a chapter by Douglas Stokes, a major theme of which is that a significant number of psi experiments were likely successful because of experimenter fraud. I had a far different reaction to Stokes' chapter, so much so that I decided to devote this editorial to the topic. It has turned out to be quite lengthy for an editorial, much longer than I thought it would be when I started writing it. To justify this loquacity, I cite the fact that it has been several issues since I wrote an editorial for the JP, so I'm just catching up.