The field of research on the paranormal has changed enormously in the last 20 years. Examining experiences of ESP, psychokinesis, precognition, ganzfeld, dissociative states, out-of-the-body experiences, alien abductions and near-death experiences, David Marks appraises the best available evidence to date on scientific claims of the paranormal. Each chapter also provides a description of the psychological processes that are likely to contribute to these experiences, and to the high prevalence of paranormal beliefs. Importantly, this book does not take a fixed sceptical or ‘disbelieving’ view of the phenomena but, as far as possible, offers a neutral gaze which will equip readers to make up their own minds, as well as providing them with the critical skills to defend their conclusions.

Science and Anomalous Experience

Science and Anomalous Experience

The science of parapsychology began with the interest aroused by the reports of spontaneous human experiences and events that are familiarly known as ‘psychic.’ These puzzling phenomena have never been claimed by any of the conventional branches of science, and until comparatively recent decades they had been ignored by all but a few scientists. Yet records of such occurrences have come from peoples of all cultures and periods and, simply as reported human experiences, they would manifestly have some proper claim on the attention of Science. (Rhine & Pratt, 1962: 5)

Outline: Anomalous experience must be one of the most fascinating challenges in contemporary science. Anomalistic psychology is dedicated to the investigation of anomalous experience – with the ...

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