Physical Theories to Account For PSI Phenomena
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This paper looks at the subject of parapsychology and discusses the study of ESP, PK, and after-death (including out-of-body experiences) phenomena. The paper describes some of the theories used to explain PSI phenomena, with particular reference to the theory that radiation (usually described as electromagnetic radiation), is connected to psychic experiences such as telekinesis and telepathy. By concentrating on the most recent debates within the parapsychology community, the paper attempts to provide an up-to-date account of the physical experience of paranormal phenomena.
From the Paper:"Scientists have long attempted to uncover physical reasons behind PSI phenomena. Parapsychology, which studies these phenomena, categorizes PSI as Extra-sensory perception (or ESP) which includes telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition; Psychokinesis, (also known as PK), which involves mental interaction with objects or living organisms - an example would be mediums using objects touched by the dead person; and life-after-death phenomena, which includes near-death, apparitions, and past lives/reincarnation experiences. "Parapsychology is not the study of anything considered weird or bizarre. Nor is parapsychology concerned with astrology, UFOs, searching for Bigfoot, paganism, vampires, alchemy, or witchcraft" (Faeden, 2004, although the author does admit that others use the term parapsychology to include all of these subjects). Experiments are clearly limited to the study of those things which are not 'weird or bizarre', although a number of parapsychology sites do cater for UFOs, and other phenomena (the Mothman experiences in America, for example, have provided pararesearchers with a number of theories), although there do not appear to be many that consider astrology to be an important part of parapsychology; this is odd, considering that astrology has a wide audience, and a long recorded history across the globe. For the purposes of this essay, however, parapsychology, and psi phenomena, will be limited to the study of ESP, PK, and after-death (including out-of-body experiences) phenomena."
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