General Psi Topics

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.)

Experimental research appears to establish the sense of being stared at as a real phenomenon, as described here. This article discusses possible theoretical implications with regard to theories of vision.

An approach to psi experimentation that differentiates subjects who believe that psi is possible, or that it's a genuine phenomenon ('sheep') from those who do not ('goats'). 

The super-psi hypothesis is the claim that psychic functioning is  more extensive than the evidence would suggest, and that it might  play a pervasive role in everyday affairs. 

Psychical episodes that suggest that the mind survives the death of the body are often flawed as evidence. Philosopher Stephen Braude considers what would make an ideal case.

Swedish engineer, scientist, theologian, philosopher, seer and psychic (1688-1772), best known as a reporter of encounters with deceased spirits and as a re-interpreter of Biblical texts, the foundation of a New Church.

Describes the concept of an entity created directly and exclusively by the mind, whether unconsciously or consciously, which appears to develop a life of its own, as an independent agent in the real world, perceptible to other people.