An Introduction to Parapsychology, 5th ed.

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McFarland, Feb 21, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 320 pages
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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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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Origins of Parapsychological Research
11
3 The Phenomenology of Extrasensory Perception
29
4 Experimental Research on Extrasensory Perception
48
5 Extrasensory Perception and Time
83
6 Psychokinesis
94
7 Special Topics in PK Research
109
8 Theories of PSI
124
12 OutofBody Experiences
173
13 Apparitional Experiences
192
14 Reincarnation Experiences
208
15 Belief in the Paranormal
222
16 Matters of Relevance
237
17 Evaluation of Parapsychology as a Scientific Enterprise
247
References
263
Name Index
303

9 The Survival Hypothesis
138
10 Poltergeist Experiences
145
11 NearDeath Experiences
157

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About the author (2007)

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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