Science and Psychic Phenomena

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-22
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions
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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?

Author Biography

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

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Background: The Nature of the Controversy
Origins of the Debatep. 16
The Modern Criticsp. 24
The Historical Evidencep. 46
Is There Conclusive Experimental Evidence for Psi?
The Early Yearsp. 60
Psychokinesis: Mind over Matterp. 72
Telepathy: Silent Communicationp. 81
The Great Ganzfeld Debatep. 84
The Research of the Skepticsp. 105
Would the Existence of Psi Contradict Established Science?
The Roots of Disbeliefp. 131
Modem Science versus Classical Sciencep. 136
The "Extraordinary Claims" of Parapsychologyp. 185
Psi and Physicsp. 190
Toward a New Worldviewp. 198
Is Parapsychology a Science?
The Impoverished State of Skepticismp. 204
The Nature of Sciencep. 210
The Scientific Status of Parapsychologyp. 225
Hume s Argument Revisitedp. 239
Paradigms and Parapsychologyp. 247
Postscriptp. 257
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 293
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