Psych M.D. - Parapsychology


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Term: Parapsychology
Definition (Myers): The study of paranormal phenomena, including ESP and psychokinesis[1]
Definition (alternative): "Parapsychology is defined as the interdisciplinary study of a class of human experiences which are typically described by the percipient as Aparanormal,@ Asupernatural,@ Amystical,@ etc. Paranormal experiences are defined as those experiences which seem to violate known scientific laws (whether or not they do in fact violate such laws). Examples of paranormal experiences include Extra-sensory perception (ESP), Psychokinesis (PK), and phenomena suggestive of survival of human consciousness after death, e.g. apparitions, near-death experiences, etc. Parapsychology is also concerned with all anomalous aspects of human consciousness, including altered states of consciousness, dreams, hypnosis and trance, etc."[2]
Contextual explanation:
Main purpose of parapsychology is to explain supernatural phenomenons and after-deaths.[3]
The "paranormal" refers to unusual experiences that do not seem to be explainable in terms of our everyday understanding or known principles.[4]
  1. Human consciousness can exist independent of brain activity (Reductionism/Epiphenomenalism)
  2. Man's psychic powers (Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychokinesis, Bi-location, Psychic Healing, Dowsing, Psychometry)
  3. Man's creative and spiritual nature
  4. Out-of-the-body experiences
  5. Near-Death-Experiences
  6. Deathbed Visions
  7. Apparitions
  8. Communications from the dead
  9. Physical phenomenon
  10. Case suggestive of reincarnation
Related terms and concepts:
Psych M.D. - Parapsychology - The Neuron[8]
Psych M.D. - Parapsychology - The Neuron[5]Psych M.D. - Parapsychology - The Neuron[6]
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Related websites:
Sources:
  1. Myers, D. G. (2004). Psychology. New York, New York: Worth Publishers.
  2. Parapsychology Principles. Retrieved October 17, 2009, from American Institute of Parapsychology Web site: http://www.parapsychologylab.com/
  3. Rogge, M (2009). PARAPSYCHOLOGY and personal survival after death. Retrieved October 17, 2009, Web site: http://www.xs4all.nl/~wichm/paraps.html
  4. Introduction to Parapsychology and Psychic Science. Retrieved October 17, 2009, from Psychicscience Web site: http://www.psychicscience.org/parintro.aspx
  5. Dotinga, R Bodyhack Just another WordPress weblog Taking Psi Seriously in Scotland. Bodyhack, Retrieved October 18, 2009, from http://www.wired.com/bodyhack/2006/12/taking_psi_seri/
  6. Out of Body Experiences (OBE). Retrieved October 17, 2009, from Investigation Discovery Web site: http://investigation.discovery.com/investigation/paranormal/parapsychology/obe.html
  7. N4CiR3M4, Bill Cooper Dimensions In Parapsychology 1. Retrieved October 17, 2009, from YouTube Web site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aBDXwwgekk
  8. (2009). Category: Paranormal - Groups and Investigators. Sue St.Clair and Matthew Didier's Paranormal Blog, Retrieved October 18, 2009, from http://seminars.torontoghosts.org/blog/index.php?cat=15
Edited by: Eungi
Date of last edit: October 18, 2008



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