Investigating the Impossible: Thirty years at the Koestler Unit

Join Professor Caroline Watt for a whistlestop tour of the highs and lows of three decades of research into paranormal claims. From the Indian Rope Trick, to precognitive dreams, to controlled laboratory research testing the ESP hypothesis, discover the challenges and unexpected scientific rewards of investigating the impossible.

Caroline Watt holds the University of Edinburgh’s Koestler Chair of Parapsychology, and is a founder member (in 1986) of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit. Prof Watt is passionate about helping the public to think critically about paranormal claims, and in 2015 presented a workshop on the topic at science festivals around the UK, culminating with a week of full-houses at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. She is a former President of the Parapsychological Association, has published numerous journal articles about her research, and her latest book is Parapsychology: A Beginner’s Guide. She runs a parapsychological study registry, the KPU website, the @KPUNews Twitter feed, as well as a popular online course. Find out more at the KPU website.

N.B. As this event is being held on “QED Eve” we anticipate attendance will be high. The talk won’t start until after 8pm but seats may be scarce!