An Introduction to Parapsychology / Edition 5

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This is a thoroughly updated and revised edition of our highly acclaimed university textbook on the science of parapsychology. The objective of this book is to provide an introductory survey of parapsychologists' efforts to explore the authenticity and bases of anomalous, apparently paranormal phenomena. It outlines the origins of parapsychological research and critically reviews investigations of extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, poltergeist phenomena, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and the evaluation of parapsychology as a scientific enterprise.

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Editorial Reviews

excellent...comprehensive...well written...high quality...recommended for public, college and university libraries
The Journal of Parapsychology
highly recommended...give[s] an intelligent overview...clear...organization is excellent
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 a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind
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.
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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430598
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 879,588
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvey J. Irwin, an internationally recognized parapsychologist, is a retired associate professor in psychology at the University of New England, Australia. Former President of the Parapsychological Association, Caroline A. Watt is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Introduction 1
2 Origins of Parapsychological Research 11
3 The Phenomenology of Extrasensory Perception 30
4 Experimental Research on Extrasensory Perception 49
5 Extrasensory Perception and Time 93
6 Psychokinesis 103
7 Special Topics in PK Research 117
8 Theories of Psi 131
9 The Survival Hypothesis 144
10 Poltergeist Experiences 150
11 Near-Death Experiences 163
12 Out-of-Body Experiences 179
13 Apparitional Experiences 197
14 Reincarnation Experiences 212
15 Belief in the Paranormal 226
16 Matters of Relevance 240
17 Evaluation of Parapsychology as a Scientific Enterprise 249
References 265
Name Index 301
Subject Index 309
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