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Scholars from around the world collaborate to explain the history of parapsychology, the study of extrasensory perception (ESP), and the arguments of skeptics and supporters in this fascinating collection.
This two-volume set introduces ESP—also known as anomalous cognition—and psychokinesis, addressing the history, research, philosophy, and scientific theories surrounding the phenomena. With contributions from leading research scientists from within the field of parapsychology and other areas of study, this reference addresses the fundamental questions that the evidence of ESP evokes; examines parapsychology research from all over the world; and explores the controversies, skepticism, and contemporary criticism disparaging the field.
Written for a multidisciplinary audience ranging from physicists to psychologists to lay persons, the volumes present the scientific validity of the field. Volume 1 addresses the historical, philosophical, skeptical, and research viewpoints; volume 2 lays out the current theories on ESP. Chapters reveal how strict scientific protocols and state-of-the-art technologies enable scientists—at sites such as Harvard and Cornell universities to their international counterparts in Amsterdam, Austria, and Asia—to pinpoint and investigate ESP abilities. Appendices include a glossary of key terms in parapsychology, ESP research protocol, ESP research organizations, skeptic associations, and recommended reading.
- Features theoretical viewpoints based in quantum mechanics, quantum metaphors, time symmetry, entropy, neuroscience bases, and psychological underpinnings
- Provides descriptions of government and privately funded research across the United States and Europe as well as on other continents
- Helps to dispel the general misconceptions and inaccuracies about ESP and psychokinesis
- Includes a glossary of key terms
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"The evidence is impressive. I say this with some confidence, even in the face of the claptrap often associated with claims of the paranormal and the dull or cunning shysters who try to sell bogus 'psychic readings' or inflated 'remote viewing courses.' There’s substantial evidence—both anecdotal and laboratorial—for some paranormal phenomena, but it takes scientific savvy to sort out the trustworthy from the vast piles of dross. . . . The most valuable parts of these books are the substantial and various treatments of physicalist theories of psi."
"Whether or not one believes in the reality of ESP, the data presented in this remarkable set make the case that ESP can no longer be ignored. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and practitioners."
2016 Parapsychological Association Book Award Winner — The Parapsychological Association
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