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The Science of Parapsychology has a rich history (beginning with their roots in the Society for Psychical Research) that stretches back for over 125 years.
To this day, the work conducted by Prof. J.B. Rhine during his days as a researcher at Duke University have Never been debunked! In fact, his findings in the field of ESP and Psychokinesis were heralded as “Ground Breaking” by not only other universities – such as Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell- but also by the mainstream.
In fact his work was found to be so thought-provoking and his findings so impressive that his organization, the Parasychological Association, was admitted into the prestigious AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of SCIENCE in 1969 and are still members to this very day.

In fact Prof. Loyd Auerbach (who holds a Master’s Degree in Parapsychology) is considered one of the most well respected men in the field today and is often called on for his expertise.

Paranormal research does fall under the blanket of Parapsychology, so therefore it is a science and there are even many scientists connected to the field even to this very day.

Parapsychologists have left us with a rich and full history of experiments and findings as well as a full lexicon of official terminology.

-Parapsychologist Prof. Jessica Utts of the University of California has written work about her time studying remote viewing which was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, and carried out initially by Stanford Research Institute and subsequently by SAIC.

-Cleve Backster who began his career as an Interrogation Specialist with the CIA, and went on to become Chairman of the Research and Instrument Committee of the Academy for Scientific Interrogation.  Best known for his controversial experiments with biocommunication in plant and animal cells using a polygraph machine in the 1960s which led to his theory of “primary perception.” He is currently director of the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California.

-Dr Michael Daniels is currently a senior lecturer in Psychology and program leader for the MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.  is the author of two books and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on observational methods, self-actualization theory, moral development, the psychology of the shadow and evil, Jungian psychology, transpersonal theory, mystical experience, parapsychology and poltergeists. He is also the developer of the Watchword Technique of Jungian self-analysis, of the parapsychology and psychical research website and the transpersonal studies website

-Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson Professor emeritus of psychology at the Faculty of social science at the University of Iceland has published work in various parapsychology journals, and done work with Ian Stevenson and Karlis Osis researching reincarnation.

-Dr. Edwin C. May who Earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburg in 1968, his discipline being Low Energy, Experimental Nuclear Physics. His interests turned inclusively towards the research of parapsychological phenomena, and in 1975 he joined with SRI International and participated in work sponsored by the United States government. By 1985 he was directing the program, and by 1991 he moved on to further government-sponsored parapsychology work with Science Applications International Corporation. His involvement with STAR GATE was brought to closure in 1995 by the US Government, and finally declassified in 1989.

-Dr. Rupert Sheldrake An English biochemist and plant physiologist. He is known for having proposed a non-standard account of morphogenesis and for his research into parapsychology. His books and papers stem from his theory of morphic resonance, and cover topics such as animal and plant development and behaviour, memory, telepathy, perception and cognition in general. His publications include A New Science of Life (1981), Seven Experiments That Could Change the World (1995), and The Sense of Being Stared At (2003).

-Dr. Jim Tucker is the medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic, and assistant professor at both the Division of Perceptual Studies and the Division of Child and Family Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. His main academic research interests are children who seem to remember previous lives, and prenatal and birth memories. He is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, which presents an overview of more than 40 years of reincarnation research at the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies. Tucker, a board-certified child psychiatrist, worked for several years on this research with Ian Stevenson before taking over upon Stevenson’s retirement in 2002.

-Dr Matthew Smith an Associate Professor in Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and leads the Parapsychology Research Group. He has recently conducted research on replication issues in parapsychology and psychological variables associated with paranormal belief.
Dr Smith was awarded his PhD on the psychology and parapsychology of luck from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998.

-Prof. Etzel Cardeña Is Thorsen Professor of Psychology (including parapsychology and hypnosis) at Lund University, Sweden where he is Director of the Centre for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP).
He has advised the World Health Organization in developing guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. He was President of the Parapsychological Association for the year 2008-2009.
His edited book Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence is the first scholarly volume on anomalous experiences to be published by a mainstream publisher (The American Psychological Association).

-Dr. Thelma Moss was an American psychologist and parapsyShe earned her Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA and became a professor at the same institution. For a time in the 1970s she led UCLA’s parapsychology laboratory (when such a place existed). She explored a wide range of specific subjects in parapsychology (hypnosis, ghosts, levitation, alternative medicine), though her research on Kirlian photography was the most significant theme in her work for the remainder of her career. She made several trips to the Soviet Union to explore Russian work in the field, and wrote two books on that and related subjects.chologist, best known for her work on Kirlian photography and the human

-Dr. Ian Pretyman Stevenson a Canadian biochemist and professor of psychiatry. Until his retirement in 2002, he was head of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, one of a small number of academic facilities around the world that study the paranormal.  Stevenson was known for his study of reincarnation, which he termed the survival of the personality after death. He traveled extensively for 40 years to investigate 3,000 childhood cases that suggested to him the possibility of past lives. Stevenson saw reincarnation as an explanation for a range of phobias and unusual abilities, although he never suggested a physical process by which a personality might survive death. He studied topics such as near-death experiences and apparitions (death-bed visions), as well as more mainstream topics such as tissue oxidation, psychosomatic medicine, the mind-body dichotomy and psychedelic drugs.
Stevenson was the author of several books, including Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects (1997) and Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation (1987). Stevenson was the subject of Tom Shroder’s Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives (1999).

-Loyd Auerbach professor of parapsychology and a prominent field investigator in psychic phenomena.  He was the Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society for Psychical Research in 1982-83 and on the Core Faculty of the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University. He was a columnist for Fate magazine from 1991 – 2004. He’s currently on the Advisory Board of the Rhine Research Center.

Even Dr. Carl Gustav Jung in his essay “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle” (1978c), Carl Jung repeatedly mentioned J. B. Rhine’s experiments and how important they were.

Kirian photography/human auras,
Plant/animal psi,
Anomalous human experiences,
the phenomenon of Luck,
Perception and cognition,
Remote sensing,
Observational methods,
Self-actualization theory,
Moral development,
the psychology of the shadow and evil,
Transpersonal theory,
Mystical experience,
Ghost hunting,
Psychic abilities,
Poltergeist activity,
Psychic phenomena,
and ESP & Psychokinesis.

What more can the science of parapsychology teach a paranormal investigator about?

Below are some GREAT websites to help teach a paranormal investigator what exactly it is he or she really needs to know about the field.
The Parapsychological Association can be found at…

The Rhine Research Center can be found at…

The Parapsychological Foundation can be found at…

The Society for Psychical Research can be found at…

The American Society for Psychical Research can be found at…

The Office of Paranormal Investigations can be found at…

The Paranormal Research Organization can be found at…



  1. Some of this out of date- Matthew Smith is not an Associate Professor at Liverpool Hope “university” he’s currently in training to be a psychic. True Fact.

    • TRUE FACT:
      According to the most current and updated Liverpool Hope University’s own website he is still listed as Associate Professor Psychology whose topics of discussion /area of intersts are listed as Sychronicity / Fate / Chance / Parapsychology. His contact number is listed as 291 3924 and his email is

      You can verify all of this at the university’s own page…

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