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

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About the Book 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. About the Author Michael A. Thalbourne works in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Lance Storm works in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Read more Show Less

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This collection of essays focuses on the future of psychical research. One essay speculates about a future where psychic phenomena are studied in every university. Another identifies 10 areas of potential difficulty facing researchers. Other essays indicate areas where conclusions may need re-examination and refinement and present possibilities for future innovative approaches. Some of the areas of study covered include altered states of consciousness, ESP, meta-analysis, the theory of psychopraxia, and sociological and phenomenological issues.

"This collection of essays focuses on the future of psychical research. Some of the areas of study covered include altered states of consciousness, ESP, meta-analysis, the theory of psychopraxia, and sociological and phenomenological issues"--Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786419388
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/23/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 431
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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The late Michael A. Thalbourne worked in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Lance Storm works in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Brian D. Josephson 1
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
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
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
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
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