I doubt that there is an animal lover out there that does not agree with at least some of the findings by Rupert Sheldrake on the unexplained power of animals (better known for his book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home) and I myself use aspects of a dog seeming to know what we are thinking and feeling in behaviour modification on a regular basis with great success.
I came across these writings from Rupert Sheldrake’s website and thought a lot of you would enjoy, especially the research below – for the pdf versions of the research you will have to access his website at http://www.sheldrake.org/research/animal-powers
In the late 1980s and early 1990s I explored a variety of experimental approaches for the investigation of unexplained phenomena that might help to enlarge our scientific view of the world, summarised in my book Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science (1994).
One of the seven experiments concerned unexplained abilities of animals, and I published a series of papers on the unexplained powers of animals, (see papers below). I summarised much of this research in my book Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals. A fully revised and updated edition of this book was published in the US in 2011 (Three Rivers Press, New York). You can see a video of an experiment with Jaytee, a dog who knew when his owner was coming home.
My research with Aimée Morgana into the telepathic powers of her African Grey Parrot, Nkisi, led to the celebrated debate at the London RSA with Prof Lewis Wolpert, which is featured on this website: The Telepathy Debate. More information is available on Nkisi, including a tape of one of his conversations with Aimée in The Nkisi project .
Scientific Papers on Animal Powers
(view pdf’s via his website as above)
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Testing a Language - Using a Parrot for Telepathy
A Dog That Seems To Know When His Owner is Coming Home
Videotaped Experiments and Observations
Testing a Return-Anticipating Dog, Kane
Commentary on a Paper by Wiseman, Smith and Milton
on the 'Psychic Pet' Phenomenon
The 'Psychic Pet' Phenomenon: Correspondence
A Dog That Seems To Know When His Owner is Returning:
Perceptive Pets: A Survey in London
Perceptive Pets: A Survey of North-West California
Psychic Pets: A Survey in North-West England
Listen to the Animals: Why did so many animals escape December's tsunami?
Perceptive Pets with Puzzling Powers: Three Surveys