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Yes, an episode of cannibalism involving a cabin boy named Richard Parker did happen 46 years after Poe wrote the novel. The shipwreck is that of the English yatch Mignonette, which became a famous criminal case (R v Dudley and Stephens). As the Wikipedia page for the case points out: The case is familiar among lawyers in the common law jurisdictions — ...


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The organisation UK Skeptics looked at this issue in 2003. They wrote to all of the different police commissioners in the UK asking: would it be possible for you to provide details of where, when and at what cost such psychics have been used - if at all - within your force’s jurisdiction? They received replies from 26 forces. All of them, apart from the ...


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According to Wikipedia: In 1988 the U.S. National Academy of Sciences gave a report on the subject and concluded there is "no scientific justification from research conducted over a period of 130 years for the existence of parapsychological phenomena." They cite a source I haven't read: Druckman, D. and Swets, J. A. eds. (1988). Enhancing Human ...


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This is completely bogus. Although absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, her name has no results on the NASA website (only Mary Ann Esfandiari does; unrelated). Taking another look at the book you mention, it is full of claims that are highly implausible (to put it mildly): There is no evidence for these extraordinary claims. Extraordinary ...


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A de-classified report made available by the CIA does show testing by elements of the U.S. government into paranormal perception and testing of Uri Geller. However, these experiments were not conducted by the CIA and the project was scrapped in 1995 after a CIA report concluded that it was never useful in any intelligence operation. The source that these ...


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The Stanford Research Institute was established by Stanford University in 1946 as a research innovation centre. It started a number of important developments such as the computer mouse and inkjet printing. It separated from Stanford Uni in 1970 and became SRI International. Alongside their legitimate research, SRI also became involved in some more esoteric ...


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Official police responses for the employment of psychics to solve cases are found here and per Cecil in 2000, "some police are hesitant to refuse any aid, no matter how little they think it will actually help." Except for USA, police departments from UK, Australia and Canada do not use psychic consultant information in their investigation per evidence ...


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I can't post comments here as I don't have the required repution (50) for the 'privilege' to post comments on other questions. I was made aware of these two videos by Chris Robinson which features two detectives and a former RAF serviceman. Strange But True? 1 Strange But True? 2 There's a Detective Sergeant Richard McGregor in video one and (retired) ...


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