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Parapsychology: Research on Exceptional Experiences Paperback – December 9, 2004
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Jane Henry is a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Open University where she chairs the Experiential Research Group. She was founding Chair of the British Psychological Society's Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section.
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My interest in this field stems from readings related to religion and mysticism. I wanted to see if there was scientific evidence that supported concepts such as the existence of a mind or soul that was separate from the body, life after death, reincarnation, etc. As I interpret the large number of studies in this book, the answer is a highly qualified maybe.
One of the consistent finding across numerous experimental studies of different types (e.g. extrasensory perception, animal psi, healing, micro-psychokinesis, etc.) is that there is a small but undeniable "psi" effect, i.e. an effect that can not be attributed to what are traditionally thought of as "natural" causes. Though many potential explanations are offered, they remain highly speculative at this point.
In addition to controlled experiments, there are many field studies, observational reports, and collections of anecdotes that utilize a methodology more similar to cultural anthropology than experimental psychology. Examples include investigations of apparitions, out-of-body experiences, near death experiences, precognition, and investigations of possible reincarnation. Frankly, I found these investigations more interesting than those from the laboratory and one must wonder if the very nature of significant psi events places them beyond the reach of experimental methods.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in an open minded, scientific introduction to parapsychology. Those who are looking for a detailed study of a narrow aspect of parapsychology or those seeking justification for new age beliefs will be disappointed. What the book does offer is evidence that there is an enormous data set within parapsychology that has not be explained by natural means. This opens the door to alternate explanations and speculations, the fertile ground for both the scientific and religious imagination.
This is a book that is likely to be seen in an introductory course on parapsychology and not something the lay person would necessarily start with. As such, the text is full of information, but is fairly dry, as textbooks usually are. However, it is a good, fairly thorough introduction to many aspects of the field of parapsychology, though today's ghost hunters would probably grow bored with it.