S. G. Soal
I have read with some amazement the article "Science and the Supernatural." 1 In this paper George Price suggests fraudulent collusion between the chief experimenter (presumably myself) and a number of highly respectable people as an explanation of the significant results obtained in the card-guessing work carried out with Basil Shackleton and Gloria Stewart reported by F. Bateman and myself. 2 Moreover, Price makes these suggestions without being able to produce the least fragment of factual evidence that any such fraudulent malpractice ever took place. It is, I think, safe to say that no English scientific journal would have published such a diatribe of unsupported conjecture. Nature, the leading English scientific weekly, has nothing but praise for our work, in a recent book review. 3
Price begins by saying that "In his early work as a psychic investigator, Soal published excellent papers reporting negative findings and showed himself to be a meticulous and ingenious experimenter, expert at uncovering trickery." But every competent critic has admitted that the Shackleton experiments, for instance, were on a higher level of technical efficiency than any of the earlier 1934-39 card-guessing experiments. In the earlier work, for example, the guesser and sender were in the same room separated only by a screen, whereas elaborate precautions were taken in the later work to eliminate all sensory cues. Apparently Price
Reprinted from Science 123 ( 1956) No. 3184, pp. 9-11, by permission of the editor and Mrs. S. G. Soal.
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Publication information: Book title: Philosophy and Parapsychology. Contributors: Jan Ludwig - Editor. Publisher: Prometheus Books. Place of publication: Buffalo, NY. Publication year: 1978. Page number: 172.
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