General Topics


Altered states of consciousness that vary from the ordinary waking state, for instance with hypnotism and trance mediumship, have long been associated with paranormal experiences.

Anomalistics is the study of anomalies unexplained by science, of the kind noted and described by Charles Fort (Forteana), but with a greater emphasis on scientific evaluation.

Anthropologists have long been fascinated by the supernatural, a near universal aspect of human culture. This chronological survey describes many of those who have addressed the topic. 

Cambridge philosopher (1887-1971) whose interests encompassed parapsychology, and who theorized on topics such as precognition and post-mortem survival.

Reports of spontaneous paranormal occurrences are often contested on the grounds that witnesses were mistaken in what they thought they observed. This article analyses the extent to which eyewitness testimony can be trusted in this field. 

Collective term for anomalous or paranormal-seeming phenomena, based on the writings of Charles Fort (1874-1932).

The idea that humans radiate biophysical forces was once used to explain psi phenomena such as auras, ESP, healing, and luminous effects.

Dreaming and waking are normally mutually exclusive states of consciousness, but in lucid dreams they overlap, the dreamer becoming aware of being in a dream.

A tradition within the martial arts claims that by means of strenuous training an adept may use ESP and psychokinesis to dominate opponents, and to to heal by means similarly unknown to science.

Meta-analysis is a statistical procedure that combines the results of a number of studies in a particular area of research in order to provide a more robust finding.