Parapsychology, Frontier Science of the Mind: A Survey of the Field, the Methods, and the Facts of ESP and PK Research

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portant researches in parapsychology were done with a very clear concept of rule and method in mind. Pioneer workers are likely to be rule makers and even rule breakers rather than rule followers. This we anticipate will continue to be the case. The value of these methods, then, as formulated, is to provide an advantageous start for those who wish to begin as far up toward the front as possible, for most of whom psi testing must remain a matter incidental to other professional practice and work. Those who will be drawn further into the depth of parapsychological investigation as a professional career will, in due time, take these more basic procedures as points of departure for such advances as their own fresh inquiries will demand. Yet even for them the benefits of already prepared basic methods will neither be lost nor forgotten.Fourth, in emphasizing the need for certain standardized tests we do not (as we have said) mean to discourage innovations as far as these prove interesting and useful. The point that most needs emphasizing for the research worker in parapsychology is the importance of giving free rein to his own inventive genius in the development of new and perhaps better devices of inquiry. Perhaps most important of all in this connection is the psychological need of the experimenter himself to experience the enjoyment of breaking new ground. In the same breath, then, that the importance of first becoming acquainted with standard, established procedure is emphasized, can be stressed with equal force the need to advance beyond mere repetition. The experimenter needs to move ahead one step at a time, all the while introducing fresh novelty into every progressive effort.
Additional Reading
KAHN S. D.: "Studies in extrasensory perception". Proc. Am. Soc. Psychical Res., 25:1-48, 1952.
RHINE J. B.: "Requirements and suggestions for an ESP test machine". J. Parapsychol., 3:3-10, 1939.
SCHERER W.: "Spontaneity as a factor in ESP". J. Parapsychol., 12:126- 147, 1948.
STUART C. E., and PRATT J. G.: A Handbook for Testing Extrasensory Perception. New York, Farrar and Rhinehart, 1937.

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