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
     
 

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

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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:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Brian D. Josephson1
1What's ahead?9
2Parapsychology in the twenty-first century21
3The farther reaches of psi research : future choices and possibilities38
4Psi and altered states of consciousness65
5The ball drawing test : psi from untrodden ground90
6Forced-choice ESP experiments : their past and their future124
7The future of psi research : recommendations in retrospect167
8The theory of psychopraxia : a paradigm for the future?189
9A critique of the theory of psychopraxia205
10Tackling the mind-matter problem from a consciousness perspective220
11Subjective anomalous events : perspectives for the future, voices from the past242
12A socioempirical perspective on skepticism about psi275
13Language and the study of parapsychological phenomena305
14The ritual healing theory : hypotheses for psychical research337
15Experiential research : unveiling psi through phenomenological enquiry361

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