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Reports of psychic abilities, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis, date back to the beginning of recorded human history in all cultures. Documented, reproducible evidence exists that these abilities are real, yet the mainstream scientific community has vehemently denied the existence of psi phenomena for centuries. The battle over the reality of psi has carried on in scientific academies, courtrooms, scholarly journals, newspapers, and radio stations and has included scandals, wild accusations, ruined reputations, as well as bizarre characters on both sides of the debate. If true evidence exists, why then is the study of psi phenomena-parapsychology-so controversial? And why has the controversy, lasted for centuries?
Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Oxford. The author of Science and the Near-Death Experience, Carter is originally from Canada and currently teaches internationally.
Table of Contents
|Background: The Nature of the Controversy|
|Origins of the Debate||p. 16|
|The Modern Critics||p. 24|
|The Historical Evidence||p. 46|
|Is There Conclusive Experimental Evidence for Psi?|
|The Early Years||p. 60|
|Psychokinesis: Mind over Matter||p. 72|
|Telepathy: Silent Communication||p. 81|
|The Great Ganzfeld Debate||p. 84|
|The Research of the Skeptics||p. 105|
|Would the Existence of Psi Contradict Established Science?|
|The Roots of Disbelief||p. 131|
|Modem Science versus Classical Science||p. 136|
|The "Extraordinary Claims" of Parapsychology||p. 185|
|Psi and Physics||p. 190|
|Toward a New Worldview||p. 198|
|Is Parapsychology a Science?|
|The Impoverished State of Skepticism||p. 204|
|The Nature of Science||p. 210|
|The Scientific Status of Parapsychology||p. 225|
|Hume s Argument Revisited||p. 239|
|Paradigms and Parapsychology||p. 247|
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