The Nkisi Project
A collaborative research project by Rupert Sheldrake and Aimee Morgana
on the abilities of her African Grey parrot N'kisi.
Aimée Morgana noticed that her language-using African Grey parrot, N'kisi, often seemed to respond to her thoughts and intentions in a seemingly telepathic manner. We set up a series of trials to test whether this apparent telepathic ability would be expressed in formal tests in which Aimée and the parrot were in different rooms, on different floors, under conditions in which the parrot could receive no sensory information from Aimée or from anyone else.
The results were published in a paper in the Journal of Scientific Exploration 17, pp. 601-615 (2003)
Testing a Language - Using a Parrot for Telepathy
The interest caused by this work led to the celebrated debate at the London RSA with Prof Lewis Wolpert, which is featured on this website, complete with an online audio tape of the proceedings.
The Telepathy Debate
Aimée Morgana's own account of her work with Nkisi, including online audio evidence of his conversational powers are included on this website.
The Nkisi Project by Aimée Morgana
Robert Todd's criticism of the N'kisi experiments in The Skeptic's Dictionary and Rupert's reply
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