Friday, April 19, 2013   11:26 PM

Online Parapsychology Course

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

An online course called Introduction to Parapsychology will be offered soon through the Rhine Research Center (http://rhine.org/). It is given by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/index.php/component/content/article/83-instructors/93-instructor-zingrone), who talks about the course in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US20Ti_Ollw).

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

The course is described in the web page of the Rhine Research Center as follows:

“This 8 week online introduction to parapsychology will include seven (7) classes by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, and a guest lecture by a prominent parapsychologist. Classes will begin on Monday, April 29th and continue until Monday June 17th. Classes will be broadcast each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time, but the courses will also be recorded so that you can view them when it is most convenient for you.

In this introductory online course, Dr. Nancy Zingrone will present a series of seven (7) online classes to introduce students to the basics of parapsychology; the scientific study of paranormal experiences. This interesting course will use case studies and experiments to explore extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (mind over matter), near death and out of body experiences, apparitions (including ghosts), and modern research in parapsychology. Students taking this course will gain a deeper understanding of subjective paranormal experiences and the nature of consciousness, and learn that there are a variety of ways to explore these fascinating experiences.

This is an academic course designed to provide professional education in the field of parapsychology. Students will be required to participate in weekly online discussion forums with other students and they will be evaluated on their progress in the course. Each student will receive a letter grade for the course which may qualify them for a certificate of completion from the Rhine Education Center.”
The course includes the following topics:

Week 1 (April 29th) – Introduction to Parapsychology

Week 2 – (May 6th) – Extrasensory Perception I

Week 3 (May 13th) - Extrasensory Perception II – Correlates of ESP

Week 4 (May 20th) – Mind over Matter

Week 5 (TUESDAY: May 28th) – Special Topics (Guest Instructor)

Week 6 (June 3rd) – OBEs and NDEs

Week 7 (June 10th) - Apparitions

Week 8 (June 17th) – Modern Research in Parapsychology

Click here (http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/) for information about the course’s objectives, class assessment, textbook, and how to apply. The price for the course is $199 ($179 for Rhine members or students enrolled in a degree program).

This is a good opportunity to get a reliable background in the approaches and topics of parapsychology.


 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013   1:43 PM

Journal of Parapsychology: The Future of Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Rhine Research Center

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Parapsychology is devoted to the topic: Where Will Parapsychology Be in the Next 25 Years?

Organized by John Palmer, editor of the journal, this exciting issue presents short essays on the topic by 32 individuals.

Some of the contributions are:

Feeling the Future (Daryl J. Bem)

Parapsychology's Future: A Curmudgeonly Perspective (Stephen E. Braude)

Psi is Here to Stay (Etzel Cardena)

The Pursuit of the Paranormal or the Study of Anomalous Experiences? Parapsychology's Next 25 Years (Harvey J. Irwin)

The Easily Tested Ideas Have Been Tried, Now Engage the Phenomena (J.E. Kennedy)

Parapsychology in Context: The Big Pictute (Edward F. Kelly and Emily W. Kelly)

Parapsychology in the Next 25 Yeras--Still a Butterfly Science? (Chris Roe)

The Paradoxical Disappearance of Parapsychology in Brazil (Wellington Zangari and Fatima Regina Machado)

The issue closes with an excellent essay by John Palmer in which he summarizes the opinions of the authors of the various articles. He states that 14 authors were optimistic about the future of the field, while two were pessimistic, and four presented mixed views.

The essays covered aspects related to theory and methodology, but also a variety of extrascientific factors. While there were exceptions, many authors predicted that parapsychology will be better integrated to psychology in the future, but there were exceptions to this view.

Overall the issue is a valuable contribution showing the complexity of the problem, one that does not depend solely on the quality of the findings and methodology, but also involves worldviews and the way individuals interpret the meaning of phenomena such as ESP.

It is my hope that we may see future special issues of the Journal of Parapsychology devoted to issues such as theory, methodology, and studies of specific phenomena and problem areas of parapsychology.

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