An Introduction to Parapsychology

An Introduction to Parapsychology

by H. J. Irwin
     
 

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Dr. Irwin outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences and apparitions and "survival" (sometimes called reincarnation). Also, criticisms by the skeptical are presented, and the status of parapsychology as a scientific

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Dr. Irwin outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences and apparitions and "survival" (sometimes called reincarnation). Also, criticisms by the skeptical are presented, and the status of parapsychology as a scientific enterprise is assessed.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
recommended for public, college and university libraries
The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope...a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike.... As a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind
Journal of Parapsychology
"clear...organization is excellent"
Library Journal
Irwin (psychology, Univ. of New England in Australia) wrote this book as a textbook, and it shows. Each chapter ends with a list of terms and study questions, and though coverage is similar to many other surveys in the field, the extremely academic style makes it much less readable. Further, the bibliography consists largely of articles in periodicals, many dating from before 1980 and probably unavailable except in universities with a parapsychology department of long years' standing. Surprisingly, many notables are not listed in the Index of Names, including James, Hyslop, Ducasse, Piper, Bro, Garrett, and Cayce. All in all, not of value to public libraries in this country.-- Jeanne Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L.
Booknews
Irwin (psychology, U. of New England, Australia) assesses the present- day status of parapsychology as a scientific enterprise. For college students at all levels. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research
fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope...a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike...as a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind
The College of Psychic Studies
"an invaluable source book for students and would-be students of parapsychology.... Highly recommended"
The Journal of Parapsychology
highly recommended...give[s] an intelligent overview...clear...organization is excellent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899503967
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/13/1990
Pages:
331

Meet the Author

Harvey J. Irwin, an internationally recognized parapsychologist, is a retired associate professor in psychology at the University of New England, Australia.

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