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"The data are irrelevant": Response to Reber & Alcock (2019)

Cardeña, Etzel LU (2019) In Journal of Scientific Exploration 33(4). p.593-598
Abstract
The rebuttal by Reber and Alcock (2019a,b) to an umbrella review
of multiple meta-analyses on the evidence for parapsychological (psi)
phenomena (Cardeña 2018) did not engage deliberately with its data or
analyses. Instead, the authors proposed that because they and some physicists
consider psi phenomena to be impossible, “the data are irrelevant”
(Reber & Alcock 2019b). After presenting some background information,
this Commentary discusses how: 1) Reber and Alcock’s disregard for the
data goes against a core tenet of science, 2) eminent physicists have not
considered psi phenomena to be incompatible with their discipline and
some have even proposed theories to explain it, so no defi nitive... (More)
The rebuttal by Reber and Alcock (2019a,b) to an umbrella review
of multiple meta-analyses on the evidence for parapsychological (psi)
phenomena (Cardeña 2018) did not engage deliberately with its data or
analyses. Instead, the authors proposed that because they and some physicists
consider psi phenomena to be impossible, “the data are irrelevant”
(Reber & Alcock 2019b). After presenting some background information,
this Commentary discusses how: 1) Reber and Alcock’s disregard for the
data goes against a core tenet of science, 2) eminent physicists have not
considered psi phenomena to be incompatible with their discipline and
some have even proposed theories to explain it, so no defi nitive conclusion
can be advanced with regard to the possibility or impossibility of psi
phenomena based on physics, and 3) Reber and Alcock misrepresent the
history and current status of psi research. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The rebuttal by Reber and Alcock (2019a,b) to an umbrella review<br>
of multiple meta-analyses on the evidence for parapsychological (psi)<br>
phenomena (Cardeña 2018) did not engage deliberately with its data or<br>
analyses. Instead, the authors proposed that because they and some physicists<br>
consider psi phenomena to be impossible, “the data are irrelevant”<br>
(Reber &amp; Alcock 2019b). After presenting some background information,<br>
this Commentary discusses how: 1) Reber and Alcock’s disregard for the<br>
data goes against a core tenet of science, 2) eminent physicists have not<br>
considered psi phenomena to be incompatible with their discipline and<br>
some have even proposed theories to explain it, so no defi nitive conclusion<br>
can be advanced with regard to the possibility or impossibility of psi<br>
phenomena based on physics, and 3) Reber and Alcock misrepresent the<br>
history and current status of psi research.},
  author       = {Cardeña, Etzel},
  issn         = {0892-3310},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {593--598},
  publisher    = {Society for Scientific Exploration},
  series       = {Journal of Scientific Exploration},
  title        = {"The data are irrelevant": Response to Reber & Alcock (2019)},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/73337921/responsetorebe.pdf},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2019},
}