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62 Post author: AllanCrossman 05 December 2009 10:50PM

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Comment author: Douglas_Knight 07 December 2009 03:10:46AM 5 points [-]

A discussion on Hacker News contained one very astute criticism: that some things which may once have been considered part of parapsychology actually turned out to be real, though with perfectly sensible, physical causes.

What gwern said.

Susan Blackmore is an example of someone who did both research on psi and out of body experiences because she saw them as connected.

Comment author: arundelo 14 December 2009 05:40:27AM *  3 points [-]

This was interesting, but it isn't quite what I'm looking for, which is cases of something being considered paranormal, and rejected by the scientific community, and then later being accepted by the scientific community and explained in a scientific way.

Comment author: ciphergoth 17 July 2011 04:43:32PM 1 point [-]

Or even more, something that meets those criteria and was actually investigated by parapsychologists.