The mainstream scientific community has a tendency to shy away from belief in psychic phenomena. When they do consider it and try to experiment with the phenomena, they oftentimes do so with a condescending approach. They are typically more concerned with trying to debunk it than they are they trying to prove it. There are some scientists, such as Dean Radin and Rupert Sheldrake, who take a more positive approach to studying psychic phenomena, but Radin and Sheldrake are a rare breed in the scientific community.
However, the opinion of mainstream science on the subject of psychic phenomena hasn't been of much interest to some government agencies. It's no secret that some law enforcement agencies have consulted with psychics to gain tips on cases they are trying to solve. And it's has now been known for some time that the U.S. government had secret research projects regarding psychic phenomena that went on for many years. The Stargate Project, which was a code name for several sub-projects by the U.S. government regarding research on psychic phenomena, existed from the 1970s until 1995.
Obviously there are 'authority' figures in both politics and science that have taken the subject seriously. So why do the academics typically shy away from it? Are they afraid they won't be able to come up with a good enough explanation? Or are they really that closed-minded? I wouldn't be surprised if, considering many universities are government supported, the government has purposely coaxed the educational establishment to avoid the subject and try to debunk it just to keep the public consciousness away from the subject so they can monopolize on the advantages psychic phenomena could potentially bring.
Although if that was their plan, their plan has failed. Public interest in psychic phenomena has not waned, and I think interest in the subject is actually booming now. The government has acknowledged their own research on the subject and you can see many TV shows and documentaries relating to psychic (and paranormal) phenomena in general.
But not mainstream science. They still aren't that interested They are still avoiding the subject or trying to debunk it. It's like these guys are in some sort of Darwinist dark age.
I mean, if the government declassified documents that state they have some sort of partnership with gray aliens and Larry King interviewed a little gray alien, would the academics still rush to debunk the whole thing? Would they be like, "Well, the alien is obviously a genetic altered human. We took a DNA sample and we saw the similarities. See look here at this picture. You see how similar that strand is? Here, let me circle it. You see it? You see it? That indicates it's a genetically altered human. The whole thing was probably a Soviet experiment from the beginning."
I doubt they would react that way (although I wouldn't be surprised if some did), so why are they so apprehensive about psychic research? Why are guys like Radin and Sheldrake thought of as mavericks?
I think mainstream science needs more mavericks.