PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL (PSI) PHENOMENA
Open Learning Course
This course provides an overview of what we know and do not know about parapsychological (psi) phenomena, such as so-called extra sensory perception (ESP) and psychokinesis (PK), which seem to challenge common-sense views of time and space. Researchers in the field evaluate phenomena that seem to be indicative of psi as well as those that seem like psi but probably are not.
The course will first clarify the domain of psi research, including observational and experimental approaches, and their relation to alterations of consciousness. We will then summarize the evidence for psi, pointing its strengths and limitations, as well as the limitations of various types of knowledge acquisition. The course will cover contemporary theories in psychology and physics for psi phenomena, and what their implications are for our understanding of the relation between sentience and reality.
At the end of the course you should be able to: a) distinguish scientific evidence, with all its limitations, from mere beliefs and experiences, b) evaluate and discuss the evidence for phenomena considered parapsychological, c) have a good understanding of various methods for the study of parapsychological phenomena, d) be able to independently search, integrate, and evaluate scientific information on the topic, both pro- and anti-psi.
In this course you’ll get an opportunity to:
Your Course Leader
Study PSI Phenomena with Etzel Cardeña, PhD.
Etzel Cardeña holds the endowed Thorsen Chair in psychology, which has parapsychology in its remit, at Lund University in Sweden, where he directs the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP). He is the editor of the Journal of Parapsychology. He has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Davis, where he also did graduate studies in Theatre Directing and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. His work has garnered many awards from professional societies and his areas of research include extraordinary/anomalous experiences, dissociative processes and acute posttraumatic reactions, hypnosis, and the stream of consciousness. He has delivered keynote speeches and workshops in four continents and has more than 300 scientific publications, some of them in the top journals in psychology and psychiatry. His books include Varieties of Anomalous Experience, the two-volumes Altering Consciousness: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, and Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century.
Course Introduction by Etzel Cardeña, PhD.
There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. Come and study purely for personal interest and enrichment … and get the same level access as our postgraduate students who will be studying alongside you!
Length of study: 8 weeks.
Before the course begins you will be provided with a Course Outline which will list the reading materials, time-lines, and any activities required as part of the course. This course features discussion forums, experiential activities and several live webinars.
In addition to the extensive course materials and access to online student communities and forums, you’ll also receive 1-on-1 tutoring in our unique collaborative learning environment.
Start date: December 2017
This course runs for 8 weeks and starts in December 2017 – we encourage enrolment by October 31st 2017 to ensure a seat. You can study at your own pace and partake in the webinars and forums as much as you like. Course materials and other resources will be available to download.
Register for PSI Phenomena
If you would like to enrol on our PSI Phenomena course, simply complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you. We offer a unique learning experience and will be here to guide you through every step of your learning.