Parapsychology? Topic: Case study computer science
July 16, 2019 / By Di
Question: I know what a Parapsychologyst is, I just wanted to know how one would become a parapsychologyst. Are there classes in college that you can take, to become one. What type of a job would one get, if you where to get a degree in parapsychology.
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Candyce Candyce | 1 day ago
If you are in the US there are no schools offering parapsychology as a degree (they did in the 70's though). The best plan of study is to select what field of parapsychology interests you the most then go for that. For instance, computer science or electrical engineering would be good for EVP, anthropology would be good for general purposes, psychology would be useful to serve as the interviewer (you need to rule out mental illness in some cases), religion and cultural studies would be useful for general purposes, photography, etc. Volunteer with you r local ghost hunters society (every state has one) and go from there.
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Candyce Originally Answered: How have studied parapsychology?
You study Parapsychology, by reading any and all books you can find on the subject--case histories, studies, experiments, etc.(fictional stories do not count) As you HAVE to find out what the phenomena is actually about and the recurrent patterns that help you tell the real from fake reports. It is only by studying can we see and evaluate the evidence. You also need a good background in PSYCHOLOGY---so you know what is "normal" and what is not and also alternate psychological explanations. You also need a good physics background--especially the MODERN physics--Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and Parallel universe Theories--Ultimately it will have a PHYSICS basis--of a more advanced sort, beyond that of the "Classic Era"--or the High School physics most people are familiar with. You also need first hand experience if you can get it.--Unless you are lucky enough to have had an undeniable first hand experience, You must rely on the book study above--which might lead to such an experience---or allow you to debunk false experiences. Also study stuff like stage magic sleight of hand, and the like--You never know what might be going on
Candyce Originally Answered: How have studied parapsychology?
Parapsychology deals with phenomena that are difficult to be measured and quantified from a "classical" scientific point of view, because most of them are subjective, unexplained yet or they have not a commonly approved theory, a common ground. For this reason there are not to many organised and accredited organisation who can offer a real degree. This is because once a phenomena is explained by science became "scientific" and therefore you will get a degree in science and if it is not explained or fully understood than is nothing to take a degree on. :) I tend to say that most of us studied on our own and than joined our efforts and created societies or organisations in order to have a legal ground to research more on this field and to be recognized by the scientific community by applying scientific methods to research and organize our work. If the results of the research were acknowledged and recognized within the organisation and within the scientific community than that recognition will qualify you as an expert in a certain field of parapsychology and you will get a title that is sort of degree... There are "universities" that try to organize and label all the mysteries out there and than according to your progress offer you a degree as recognition of your effort, but this is more to keep you motivated like any school system... Recognition as "degree" is not very important on this path but the personal development, wisdom, experience and knowledge as "enlightenment" gained while on the path worth every step! Hope this helps :)
Candyce Originally Answered: How have studied parapsychology?
No accredited universities offer degrees in parapsychology. A few of them used to, especially in Europe, but none of them do anymore. The few programs existing are no long affiliated with accredited schools. That's because nothing paranormal has ever been shown to exist. You can't study something scientifically that isn't there to study.

Amelie Amelie
I am unaware of any universities, etc., that would teach this (not that they might not be, but I have not ever come across one). Here's a link to something related to your inquiry.
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Amelie Originally Answered: How come parapsychology is not a study of psychology?
This is a more difficult question to answer than you might have initially thought. There are both historical and philosophical reasons that the two fields are separate. William James, the father of psychology, argued that parapsychology being part of the human experience should be included under the study of psychology. He also actively investigated mediums and encouraged what was then called psychical research (as encouraged his Harvard colleagues to not dismiss it and become actively involved). James defined psychology much more broadly than it is defined in current society. The first academic parapsychology laboratory was set up at Duke University by the psychologist William McDougall who was the chair of the psychology department. The lab was run by J.B. Rhine whose training in botany (at the time on the cutting edge of using a new technique in science called statistics) was well suited for experimental science with human subjects that had small effects (thus requiring statistics to find) Through Dr. Rhine's (and his wife Dr. Rhine) leadership and the support of Anthropologist Margaret Mead, the Parapsychological Association was admitted as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1969. This established the field as a recognized (at least by the largest scientific organization in the world) as a separate field of science. There are many people working in parapsychology and psychology today that do wonder if this separate track was a mistake rather than say attempting to get parapsychology to be recognized as a division (like Hypnosis) in the American Psychological Association (APA). However, what is done is done and the two are separate if you don't count that most people conducting parapsychology research are psychologist. The philosophical issue is that materialism (the basis of most current science that says everything is matter, regardless of the numerous exceptions that have had to be applied over the years) is the prevailing philosophy in science (including psychology) and that parapsychology appears to contradict those principles. For instance ESP has no known way of transmitting information from the brain or elsewhere and the brain has no known way of receiving it. So, the effects clearly visible in well controlled repeatable experiments, have no known mechanism to explain the results. Since materialist science only concerns itself with what can be measured (and usually already a mechanism that might just be used different;y) it can't explain parapsychology results in terms of it's established traditions and so rejects any findings that do not fit into the basic underlying philosophy of science. The history of experimental parapsychology is probably best reviewed in the three sources below. Psiexploration
Amelie Originally Answered: How come parapsychology is not a study of psychology?
There have been studies on things like ESP and the like in laboratory settings. Every study has been falsified, and there is an incredible reward for anyone who can provide evidence for ESP and other related phenomena. Parapsychology is not part of psychology because it is not scientific. Psychology follows the Scientific Method. Parapsychology is a pseudoscience that does not follow the Scientific Method and parapsychologists often tamper with data, change their theories around to fit holes in it, and present false evidence based solely on individual experiences, such as "one time this psychic actually predicted what I was thinking" or "I met someone who saw a ghost." None of these pieces of evidence are scientific at all, as there is no way to verify the truth of what was said, and people say odd things and experience weird phenomena all the time. Science has no business with these pseudoscientific claims.

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