C. E. M. Hansel

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Charles Edward Mark Hansel (October 12, 1917 - 28 March, 2011) was a British psychologist most notable for his critical studies in parapsychology.[1]

Hansel was born on October 12, 1917 in Bedford, England. He attended the University of Cambridge and earned an MA and joined the faculty at the University of Manchester as a lecturer in psychology in 1949.[2] He was an emeritus professor of psychology at Swansea University.[3]

His book ESP: A Scientific Evaluation (1966) analyzed the claims of parapsychology. In the book Hansel debunked many of the parapsychological experiments into ESP, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis as being based on error, misinterpretation and fraud. In conclusion, Hansel did not rule out the possibility of ESP but wrote there is currently no scientific evidence for it.[4] Hansel was a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Publications[edit]

  • Hansel, C. E. M. A Critical Analysis of the Pearce-Pratt Experiment. Journal of Parapsychology (June 1961).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. A Critical Analysis of the Pratt-Woodruff Experiment. Journal of Parapsychology (June 1961).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. A Critical Review of the Experiments on Mr. Basil Shackleton and Mrs. Gloria Stewart. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (May 1960).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. ESP: A Scientific Evaluation. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1966. Rev. ed. as ESP and Parapsychology: A Critical Re-evaluation. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1980.
  • Hansel, C. E. M. Experimental Evidence for Extrasensory Perception. Nature (1959-60).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. Experiments on Telepathy. New Scientist (February 1959).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. Experiments on Telepathy in Children: A Reply to Sir Cyril Burt. British Journal of Statistical Psychology (November, 1960).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. ESP: Deficiencies of Experimental Method. Nature (January 1969).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. Fact or Fiction?. Nature (August 1986).
  • Hansel, C. E. M. A Critical Analysis of H. Schmidt's Psychokinesis Experiments. Skeptical Inquirer (1981).

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Biography for C. E. M. Hansel
  3. ^ The Skeptical Inquirer. (1985). Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. p. 102
  4. ^ Book Review. ESP: A Scientific Evaluation. Kirkus Reviews