Friday, June 1, 2007

Psychic Pets - request for information


Researchers at have issued an open call for dogs that know when their owners are coming home.

Many dog owners claim their pets anticipate their arrival by going to wait at a door, window, or driveway. Some claim their dogs do this even when they arrive home unexpectedly, or at odd hours. While some researchers, including Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist, and former Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University have investigated this phenomena, many scientists remain unconvinced that it really occurs. Now, a new website located at is tackling the question through the collaborative efforts of researchers and skeptics.

The researchers are encouraging dog owners who have noticed this behavior in their dogs to take part in the experiments. The original researchers, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman, both support this collaborative re-examination of the experiments, and have called it "the best way forward."

OpenSourceScience is the first scientifically oriented website to bring the power of open source methods to the skeptical examination of controversial areas of science such as telepathy, psi, parapsychology, near-death experiences, reincarnation, and after-life encounters.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are there any experiments regarding this matter that consider the possibility of pets being able to "smell" the arrival of their owner? I myself have seen dogs whine and go near the front door when someone is coming, but are there ways to remove the heightened sense of smell and hearing factor?