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Parapsychology in the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the Future of Psychical Research
     

Parapsychology in the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the Future of Psychical Research

by Michael A. Thalbourne, Brian D. Josephson, Lance Storm, Brian D. Joseph, Brian D. Josephson
 

ISBN-10: 0786419385

ISBN-13: 9780786419388

Pub. Date: 12/23/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

By now, parapsychology should have become an accepted scientific field of research. However, there is great resistance to parapsychological research despite the strength of evidence in favor of conducting it.
This collection of essays focuses on the future of the psychical research field. One essay speculates about a kind of future when psychic phenomena are

Overview

By now, parapsychology should have become an accepted scientific field of research. However, there is great resistance to parapsychological research despite the strength of evidence in favor of conducting it.
This collection of essays focuses on the future of the psychical research field. One essay speculates about a kind of future when psychic phenomena are studied in every university. Another identifies 10 areas of potential difficulty facing parapsychology. Other essays indicate areas where conclusions may need re-examination and refinement and presents possibilities for innovative approaches to future study. Some of the areas of study covered include altered states of consciousness, ESP, Meta-Analysis, the theory of psychopraxia, and sociological and phenomenological issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419388
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Preface 5

I. GENERAL ISSUES

1. What’s Ahead? 9

2. Parapsychology in the Twenty-First Century 21

3. The Farther Reaches of Psi Research: Future Choices and Possibilities 38

II. EXPERIMENTAL ISSUES

4. Psi and Altered States of Consciousness 65

5. The Ball Drawing Test: Psi From Untrodden Ground 90

6. Forced-Choice ESP Experiments: Their Past and Their Future 124

III. THEORETICAL ISSUES

7. The Future of Psi Research: Recommendations in Retrospect 167

8. The Theory of Psychopraxia: A Paradigm for the Future? 189

9. A Critique of the Theory of Psychopraxia 205

10. Tackling the Mind-Matter Problem from a Consciousness Perspective 220

11. Subjective Anomalous Events: Perspectives for the Future, Voices from the Past 242

IV. SOCIOLOGICAL AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL ISSUES

12. A Socioempirical Perspective on Skepticism about Psi 275

13. Language and the Study of Parapsychological Phenomena 305

14. The Ritual Healing Theory: Hypotheses for Psychical Research 337

15. Experiential Research: Unveiling Psi Through Phenomenological Enquiry 361

About the Contributors 377

Index 383

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