Oct 03, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 200 The Science of the Paranormal

Parapsychological phenomena—psychokinesis, after-death communications, pre-birth memories, out-of-body experiences, for example—are documented by cultures all over the world, but are considered pseudoscientific by most mainstream scientists. This course investigates accounts and analyses of parapsychological experiences to try to determine whether the scientific community’s view of the available research is paradigmatic or the result of conclusive evidence. Students will examine pop culture’s enthusiasm for supernatural/preternatural phenomena via first-hand narratives and cultural practices; assess the believability of phenomena via current academic scholarship, popular sources, guest speakers, and in-class experiments; and interpret phenomena through Eastern, Western, indigenous, and secular lenses.