I received an email earlier today from one Nelson Abreu, who offered a criticism of the experimentally-induced out-of-body experiences that were reported recently, in the hope that I might post a reaction on my blog.
In his message, Mr. Abreu tells me that the studies “reveal interesting things about dissociated perceptions under virtual reality conditions, but [do not] say much about the OBE.” He also provides several links to the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC), and suggests I follow them if I want to gain a better understanding of out-of-body experiences.
It only took me a few seconds to realize that the site is brimming with pseudoscientific claptrap. The IAC is a “non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific study of the consciousness (human essence, soul).” Its website “offers an overview…[of] the sciences of projectiology and conscientiology, which study consciousness beyond the brain, investigating psychic awareness and paranormal phenomena as tools to understand the multi-dimensional nature of humanity.”
The academy offers courses that will teach you to master your bioenergies, increase your extrasensory perceptions, develop your psychic abilities and sense and unblock your chakras. And the academy’s members have their own publication, called The Journal of Conscientiology, in which they publish their research.
I’ll wager every chakra in my body that the IAC needs its own journal because the research carried out by its members would never be accepted for publication in a legitimate scientific journal.