Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

To Be or Not to Be! A "Paraphysics" for the New Millennium. (Parapsychological Abstracts)

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

To Be or Not to Be! A "Paraphysics" for the New Millennium. (Parapsychological Abstracts)

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BEICHLER, J. E. (2001). To be or not to be! A "paraphysics" for the new millennium. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 15, 33-56.

In 1974, Brendan O'Regan and James Beal declared the emergence of a new field of science, paraphysics. The decade of the 1970s also saw the first publication of the Journal of Paraphysics increasing publications and interest in paraphysics and physics of the paranormal; the entrance of physicists into parapsychology in larger numbers than ever before, resulting in new avenues of research; and the development of a secret government program for the study and application of paranormal abilities. These and related developments seemed to represent the culmination of a long evolutionary process by which normal physics was slowly coming to terms with paranormal physical phenomena; however, the acceptance of paraphysics as a legitimate field of science is yet to be accomplished nearly 3 decades later. In fact, at the end of the 2nd millennium, use of the word paraphysics has declined despite recent developments concerning the scientific verification of psi phenomena and a new mindset in parapsychology. …

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