The reception of unconventional science

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 722. Reviews the book, The reception of unconventional science edited by Seymour H. Mauskopf (1979). Mauskopf restricts his focus to a particular controversy over J. B. Rhine's reports of statistical significance in the mid-30s. Although Rhine's work has been since criticized for weaknesses in design and data selection, the ferocious attacks by psychologists on his statistical reasoning were ultimately answered by several mathematicians who confirmed the soundness of his probability values. Forman advances the hypothesis that acausal probabilism made deeper and faster inroads in German than in English physics because of the irrationalist. The theory finally gained impressive acceptance only after Vine Mathews and Wilson predicted certain later observed characteristics of sea-floor spreading. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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