Definition: The term parapsychology (also known as psi phenomena) originates from para meaning "alongside", and psychology(study of mind). Parapsychologists study a number of apparent paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psych okinesis, near-death experiences and reincarnation.
History: The term parapsychology was coined in or around 1889 by philosopher Max Dessoir.
The Society for Psychical Research(SPR) was founded in London in late 19th century. The formation of the SPR was the first systematic effort to organize scientists and scholars for a critical and sustained investigation of paranormal phenomena. William James fully supported this work.
Rhine Era: In 1911, Stanford University became the first academic institution in the United States to study extrasensory perception (ESP) in a laboratory setting. The publication of J.B. Rhines book, New Frontiers of the Mind (1937) brought the laboratorys findings to the general public. Joseph Banks Rhine
The 1970s and 1980s: The affiliation of the Parapsychological Association (PA) with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the 1970s, led to a decade of increased parapsychological research. In 1985 a Chair of Parapsychology was established within the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.
Most Recent Developements: Since the 1980s, contemporary parapsychological research has waned considerably in the United States.Early research was considered inconclusive, and parapsychologists were faced with strong opposition from their academic colleagues. Rupert Sheldrake is an English biochemist. He is known for his Rupert Sheldrake research into parapsychology.
Kirlian Photography: Some effects thought to be paranormal, for example the effects of Kirlian Photography. Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.
Scope:Parapsychologists study a number of ostensible paranormal phenomena, including but not limited to: Telepathy: Transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses.
Ganzfeld Experiment:•The Ganzfeld (German for "wholefield") is a technique used to testindividuals for telepathy.•In this picture a participant ofa Ganzfeld experiment, whichproponents say shows evidenceof telepathy.
Scope:cont... Precognition: Perception of information about future places or events before they occur. The existence of precognition, as Complex Presentiment: with other forms of extrasensory Half-Figure in a Yellow perception, is not accepted as other Shirt by Kazimir than a purely psychological process Malevich. by the mainstream scientific community because no replicable demonstration, "on demand", has ever been achieved.[
Scope:contn... Clairvoyance: Obtaining information about places or events at remote locations, by means unknown to current science. Parapsychology, including the study of clairvoyance, is an example of pseudoscience.
Scope:contn... Psychokinesis: The ability of the mind to influence matter, time, space, or energy by means unknown to current science. Some psychokinesis researchers claim psychokinesis exists and deserves further study, although the focus of research has shifted away from large-scale phenomena to small phenomena.
Scope:contn... Near-death experiences: An experience reported by a person who nearly died, or who experienced clinical death and then revived. NDEs include one or more of the following experiences: a sense of being dead; a sensation of floating above ones body and seeing the surrounding area; a sense of overwhelming love and peace; a sensation of moving upwards through a tunnel; encountering a being of light,
Scope:contn... Reincarnation: The rebirth of a soul or other non-physical aspect of human consciousness in a new physical body after death. It is specifically the study of "cases of the reincarnation type", that is, cases in which a young child "spontaneously makes remarks about a previous life he would have led before his birth“.(Central belief of Hinduism).
Issues and Debates: Parapsychological theories are currently viewed as pseudoscientific by the scientific community as they are incompatible with well established laws of science. Scientists critical of parapsychology stated parapsychology as clustering Fabricated images illusion, availability error, illusion of ghosts such as this of control or magical thinking. were very popular in the 19th century
Issues and Debates:contn... Critical analysts, including some parapsychologists, are not satisfied with experimental parapschology studies, contend that apparently successful experimental results in psi research are more likely due to poorly trained researchers, or methodological flaws rather than to genuine psi effects. Stage magician and skeptic ,James James Randi Randi has demonstrated that magic tricks can simulate or duplicate some supposedly psychic phenomena.
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