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What is Parapsychology?

Parapsychology is the scientific study of interactions between living organisms and their external environment that seem to transcend the known physical laws of nature.  Parapsychology is a component of the broader study of consciousness and the mind.  Parapsychologists study 5 broad areas:

  • Telepathy – mind to mind communication through a means other than the normal senses

  • Clairvoyance or Remote Viewing – knowledge of objects, people, or events that are hidden via space or time.  For example, an object hidden in a box in a different room, a photograph sealed in an envelope, an event that is occurring to a loved one who is thousands of miles away, or the characteristics of a room that only existed in the past.

  • Precognition – knowledge of an event that has not yet occurred, or information that appears to be transferred from the future into the present.

  • PK or Psychokinesis – Mind interacting with matter at a distance.  Mind interactions with living systems (including energetic healing) are sometimes included in this category.

  • Survival Studies – The nature of human consciousness and an examination of whether consciousness survives the physical form.  This includes near-death experiences (NDE), mediumship research, reincarnation, out of body experiences (OBE), apparitions and hauntings.

For more information on each of these specific phenomena or areas of study:
Explore parapsychology here or review the information on research in parapsychology.