Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
Of course I got the email while I was out of town. I’m proud to say that I’ve just been accepted into the PA. I’m not a full member because I don’t have a PhD, but I’m still honored. You have to be endorsed by two full members, so it’s not just a matter of paying your dues. If you didn’t know, the Parapsychological Association is a scientific organization that is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been since 1969. From their site:
The Parapsychological Association, Inc. (PA) is the international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of ‘psi’ (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition.
Such experiences seem to challenge contemporary conceptions of human nature and of the physical world. They appear to involve the transfer of information and the influence of physical systems independently of time and space, via mechanisms we cannot currently explain.
The primary objective of the Parapsychological Association is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences.
There are other parapsychology institutions of course. The Rhine Research Center and the Institute of Noetic Sciences come to mind, and these organizations all have a lot of crossover, but the PA is the official scientific arm. Here is a history of the PA.
It’s nice to be associated with it.