After a short break we were back for another excellent talk, Things that go bump in the mind: The psychology of apparitions by Dr Caroline Watt of the Koestler Psychology Unit at Edinburgh. Dr Watt has to be one of the biggest players in the European parapsychology scene, and it was a pleasure to see this presentation, but I won’t say much about it, because it really was a Psychology 101 lecture on perception and the brain, complete with fun visual illusions (an animation), one of which is on Richard Wiseman’s site here – fun! The highlight for me of this particular presentation was however this incredibly fun Youtube video!
(Edit: Sadly no longer available for copyright violation of the music. Shame, it was funny and I don’t really think the Orff estate were losing much in royalties through this particular video!.)
What I managed to sit through a whole talk without quibbling? No of course not! Micheal Persinger’s work on electromagnetic fields and the brain was referenced. My scepticism on this matter is well known – but really it made very little difference overall to a fun and interesting presentation. Watt’s presentation was ideal for a lay audience, and a fine introduction to some key concepts.