Basics that should not be overlooked, the source is the Parapchycological Association, one of the most prestigious organizations in the world today, and among its publications are the Journal of Paraphcology where the articles of the latest research are published.
What is parapsychology?
Parapsychology is the scientific and academic study of three types of unusual events (ESP, mind-matter interaction and survival), which are associated with human experience. The existence of these phenomena suggests that the strict subjective / objective dichotomy proposed by the old paradigm (see below) may not be very clear as previously thought. Instead, these phenomena can be part of a spectrum of what is possible, with some events and experiences that occasionally fall between the purely subjective and the purely objective. We call such phenomena “anomalous” because they are difficult to explain within the current scientific models. Parapsychology only studies those anomalies that fall into one of three general categories: ESP (terms are defined below), mind-matter interaction (previously known as psychokinesis) and phenomena suggestive of survival after bodily death and reincarnation. Most parapsychologists today expect that further research may eventually explain these anomalies in scientific terms, although it is unclear whether they can be fully understood without significant (some might say revolutionary) expansions of the current state of scientific knowledge. Other researchers take the position that existing scientific models of perception and memory are adequate to explain some or all parapsychological phenomena.
What is not parapsychology?
Despite what the media often imply, parapsychology is not the study of “nothing paranormal” or strange. Nor does parapsychology deal with astrology, UFOs, Bigfoot quest, Loch Ness monster, paganism, satanism, vampires, alchemy or witchcraft. Many scientists have seen parapsychology with great suspicion because the term has come to be associated with a great variety of mysterious phenomena, border issues and pseudoscience. Parapsychology also tends to be linked, again inappropriately, with a wide range of “psychic” artists, magicians and so-called “paranormal investigators”. In addition, some self-proclaimed “psychic practitioners” are called parapsychologists, but that is not what we do.
What is Parapsychology?
Many feel that the strangest and most interesting aspect of parapsychological phenomena is that they do not seem to be limited by the known limits of space or time. In addition, they blur the clear distinction usually made between mind and matter. In popular usage, basic parapsychological phenomena are classified as follows: ESP: Extra-sensory perception; A general term for information on events beyond the reach of normal senses. This term supposes telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and presentiment. Clairvoyance: Sometimes called remote viewing; Getting information about events in remote places, beyond the reach of the normal senses.
Precognition: Also called premonition. Obtaining information about future events, where information could not be inferred by normal means. Many people report dreams that appear to be precognitive.
Presentiment: This is where physiological parameters can change before the application of a suggestive stimulus, the fact that on an unconscious level the person knew what was going to happen before it happened (and before it was even chosen at random) .
Telepathy: Communication directly mind-to-mind.
Mind-Matter Interaction: Formerly known as psykokinesis or PK; Direct mental interaction with physical, animate or inanimate objects.
Anpsi: Psi in animals.
ECM: Near-death experience; An experience told by those who were rescued from the threshold of death. It often refers to a central experience that includes feelings of peace, OBE, seeing lights and other phenomena.
OBE: Out-of-body experience; The experience of feeling detached from the body, often accompanied by visual perceptions as if it were above the body.
Reincarnation: The belief that we live successive lives, with mainly evidences coming from the apparent memories of previous lives of very young children.
Haunting: recurring phenomena that are reported in particular locations including apparitions, sounds, movement of objects and other effects.
Memory of the place: the apparent ability of a building or place to keep recorded impressions of people and events that transpired in the past.
Poltergeist: Large-scale PK phenomena often attributed to spirits, but are now thought to be due to a living person or group of people. Although reported in all age groups, the agent most often is a teenager.
Psi: A neutral term for parapsychological phenomena, including both ESP and mind-matter interaction.