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In general there is an openness to possibilities based on myths, superstitions, legends and stories along with other unexplained things a person may have experienced. The western mentality is more narrow minded in that the need to prove and control things prior to giving any credibility is often pushed by extremists. There are some that have a tendency to claim that because no one has accepted and been able to claim the prize in challenges such as that of randi.org and others, this is proof that anything of this nature is fraudulent or at best coincidence and luck. As for… Read more »

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in “western” parapsychology there are more cowboys than in general parapsychology.

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It’s a little known fact that people called Doc Holliday “Doc” because he had a PhD in parapsychology from University of Edinburgh. So if you’re researching Western parapsychology I’d start with him.

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Parapsychology is the study of unusual, unexplainable, “paranormal” phenomena. It’s intent is to document the existence and types of such events. To my mind the only distinguishing facet of Western Parapsychology is that it attempts to prove the existence of these paranormal phenomenon using the scientific method. Thus, researchers in this field study paranormal phenomena under controlled, laboratory conditions. You can contrast it to “psychical research” perhaps. The Widipedia site is actually quite informative about the history Parapsychology and the people and methods involved in this attempt to raise the field to a science.

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Parapsychology is a vestige of old myths, folklore and superstitions that people who have been brainwashed by the old ways have convinced themselves is science. Every separate civilization has its own separate superstitions. So it would stand to reason that parapsychology itself would be different in different civilizations, while something like chemistry or physics would be more or less the same in any culture since it is actual science and it doesn’t grow out of cultures’ unique superstitions. The myths that exist in western civilization – bigfoot, gray aliens, vampires, werewolves, etcetera, are not really shared by, say, Japan, which… Read more »