July 23, 2013

Duke University and Parapsychology

Remember these famous ESP cards?

I am starting to get a handle on certain life events again and so my blog is returning to "normal" with a post about the paranormal. This post is actually specifically about parapsychology and Duke University, which is a highly respected research institution. In fact, Duke University was the second institution of higher education in the United States to start studying parapsychology, right after Stanford University.

Parapsychology is an interesting beast. Unlike cryptozoology, which is the study of unknown creatures, in parapsychology (which is the study of psychic abilities) many researchers are academics. The Rhine Research Center is one of the better-respected parapsychology research facilities and for years it was connected to Duke University. Now the center is no longer associated directly with the university, but many Duke alumni work there.