General Psi Topics

Explores the nature of souls, afterlives, and possible gods that would be compatible with modern physicalist science. 

A branch of psychical research in which documented cases are analysed to determine whether, and to what extent, they stand as evidence of survival of mind and personality after bodily death.

Is a precognitive dream caused by the event it foresees in the future, creating an effect in the past, or other there other, more reasonable ways of interpreting the evidence? Philosopher Stephen Braude examines the alternatives. 

There was significant scholarly interest in psi in France at the start of the nineteenth century and again a century later, although the study of psi has never become as established there as in other countries.  This article traces its development, from the early days of ‘animal magnetism’ to the present day.

Describes key organizations and individuals involved in psi research in the US and Canada, from the field’s beginnings in the 1930s to the present day.

Psychoanalysts often report instances of telepathy and precognition occurring between patient and practitioner, but most are unwilling to explore these phenomena.  This article summarizes the views and activities of leaders in the field who take them seriously. 

Explores the overlap between parapsychology and psychology, describing the personality and other psychological variables that researchers have uncovered in relation to psychic phenomena.

A key text by the Nobel-prize-winning French physiologist Charles Richet, in which he describes his many experiments with ESP and physical mediumship, and struggles to account for the phenomena without recourse to 'spiritist' theories.

Limited but significant psi research has been carried out in Russia since the 19th century.

‘Scientific Mysticism’ is a term coined by Michael Whiteman, a British-born South African mathematician and mystic. (This article may be read together with the article on Whiteman’s life and thought.)