Scriven, Michael John (1928– )
Professor of the logic of science who has written widely on
parapsychology. He was born on March 28, 1928, at Beaulieu,
Hampshire, England. He studied at University of Melbourne,
Australia (B.A., 1948; M.A., 1950) and returned to Oxford for
his doctorate in 1956. Following his graduation he taught at
Swarthmore College (1956–60) and Indiana University
(1960–66) prior to joining the philosophy department at the
University of California in 1966.
While in Australia, Sciven founded and served as secretary
of the Melbourne University Society for Psychical Research and
then presided over the Oxford University Society for Psychical
Research. Scriven’s interests included, research in psychokinesis
and spontaneous phenomena and the theoretical and philosophical
implications of parapsychology. He has contributed a
variety of articles on the philosophical implications of psychical
Scriven, Michael John. ‘‘Modern Experiments in Telepathy.’’
Philosophical Review (April 1956).
———. ‘‘New Experimental Designs for Psi Research.’’ Journal
of the Society for Psychical Research (June 1956).
———. ‘‘Randomness and the Causal Order.’’ Analysis (October
———. ‘‘Some Theoretical Possibilities in Psi Research.’’
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research (June 1957).