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Arbitration Committee Decisions on Pseudoscience

The Arbitration Committee has issued several principles which may be helpful to editors of this and other articles when dealing with subjects and categories related to "pseudoscience".

Four groups

Page numbers needed[edit]

This book Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology edited by J. Gordon Melton, Gale Research has been cited on the article but no page numbers included. Any help with this please appreciated, or this source will have to be replaced. PunkRockerTom (talk) 19:25, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Participant-observer approaches to the paranormal[edit]

There is a section "Participant-observer approach" but it appears to be based entirely on original research. One source cited is "Logical Investigations Husserl, E. 1970 Humanities Press", no page numbers are given and from a quick look this book does not even mention the paranormal. I think this section should be removed. PunkRockerTom (talk) 20:28, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Paranormal vs Supernatural[edit]

How do we distinguish paranormality from the other supernatural events? Article does not explain. --Mr. Guye (talk) 21:22, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

My guess would be:
  • If a theologian cannot explain it, it is supernatural.
  • If a parapsychologist cannot explain it, it is paranormal.
Otherwise, yes, pretty much the same. But of course it would be better to find literature on the question. --Hob Gadling (talk) 13:06, 16 June 2016 (UTC)


There's a discussion over at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Paranormal#Category:Paranormal about whether Category:Paranormal should be categorized under Category:Pseudoscience or its parent Category:Fringe theory. We could use some more opinions so please join in. — Jeraphine Gryphon (talk) 08:07, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Wondering if paranorma andlcommon natural events linked?[edit]

Know alot of Paranormal events. Can be explained by natrual however perhaps unknown natural effects> And it seems that several Paranprmal are hasppebing at the same time.i.e. sightenings of big Foot monsters UFO activity even ghost sightenings!Has this been said in article? Cant locate it! Thanks!Stabbingdagger (talk) 02:19, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

If you can find a reliable source saying that people who believe in paranormal stuff also believe in this, we can include it. --Hob Gadling (talk) 12:25, 2 February 2017 (UTC)


Can we add Cryptozoology and/or Cryptids to the list of main articles? The Paranormal article lists Cryptids RobP (talk) 17:58, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Paranormal activity[edit]

The paranormal criterion should be added, because paranormal phenomena are very real and are not only brain-dependent and psychologically predisposed. Many people have encountered ghosts and unexplained things, including UFOs, poltergeist and moving objects, door slamming, human magnetism - according to Randi, it's just sticky skin; Seriously is it scientific? The paranormal phenomenon is primarily a phenomenon unexplained by science, not a nonsense. Alex&Trevex 20:53, 24 July 2017 (CEST)

Not done. Unsourced material can't go into the encyclopedia. You will need to supply reliable sources.
Edaham (talk) 00:00, 25 July 2017 (UTC)