Levy, Walter J., Jr. (ca. 1948– )
Former director of the Institute for Parapsychology in
Durham, North Carolina, who was accused of fraudulently manipulating
data in one of his experiments. In the summer 1974
J. B. Rhine disclosed that Levy had been discovered deliberately
falsifying experimental results. This exposure threw doubt
on Levy’s other studies, and research was undertaken by other
parapsychologists attempting independent replication of the
Levy researches. The results, on the whole, were ambiguous,
but as far back as 1972, parapsychologist Helmut Schmidt had
done an independent replication of the Levy research with a
lack of positive results.
While the prompt exposure of the alleged manipulation reflects
credit on Levy’s fellow parapsychologists who were anxious
to maintain the integrity of their scientific researches, the
scandal has had long-term consequences harmful to the field
as a whole.
Sources
Davis, James. ‘‘Comments on the Levy Affair.’’ In Research
in Parapsychology 1974. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1975.
Levy, Walter J., Jr. ‘‘Possible PK by Rats to Receive Pleasurable
Brain Stimulation.’’ In Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen,
N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1974.
———, Brian Artley, Al Mayor, and Carol Williams. ‘‘The
Use of an Activity Wheel Based Testing Cage in Small Rodent
Precognition Work.’’ In Research in Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen,
N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1974.
———, and James Davis. ‘‘A Potential Animal Model for
Parapsychological Interaction between Organisms.’’ Research in
Parapsychology 1973. Metuchen, N.J. Scarecrow Press, 1974.

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