Online Parapsychology Class Now Available

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We’ve been promising a free parapsychology course, and we are proud to announce that it’s ready for its first round of online students. Included are fifteen sections and a hearty (optional) quiz if you want to test your knowledge.

What do I need to do?

You will need a Gmail account. It’s free to sign up, so if you are not already using Gmail, go ahead and sign up for a free account.

 

  1. Go to www.israenet.org/classes and click the link, which will take you to Google Classroom. On the page, there is a code for you to use to enter and register for the class.
  2. Read and examine the content at your own pace!

This is our first release of the class, so please feel free to provide us with feedback (constructive comments only, please). Email blaythe@israenet.org with any comments. I’ll be checking into the class periodically.

Part of the Public Service We Provide At ISRAE,

 

Dr. Brian Laythe

 

Religion Decreases Paranormal Belief?

Hillstrom and Strachan (2000) conducted a study to determine if traditional Protestant beliefs in the Bible would have an effect on paranormal beliefs. They categorized believers of religious writings into three sets: (a) Believers, or those with a strong belief in biblical writings; (b) Nominal Believers, or those who have accepted some but not all of the biblical writings; (c) The final set was described as Non-believers, or those who do not accept any of the biblical doctrines.

The researchers conducted a study involving college students from two public, four-year institutes and two private institutes, of which their return rate for the study was 90%. Questions relating to religious beliefs and the strength of those beliefs were measured. Those questions were answered based on the person’s religious and paranormal beliefs

The results showed that there was a difference among the three groups mentioned previously. Those who believed in religious writings were less likely to believe in certain paranormal phenomena such as telepathy, healing, reincarnation, and did not believe that contacting the dead was considered “good”. Those who were considered Nominal Believers (accepting some but not all biblical writings) were less likely to believe in prophecy, psychokinesis, healing, or reincarnation than those who were nonbelievers.

 

Submitted by: Bridget Cotton

Reference:

Hillstrom, E. L., Strachan, M. (2000). Strong Commitment to Traditional Protestant Religious   Beliefs is Negatively Related to Beliefs in the Paranormal Phenomena, Psychological Reports, 2000, 86, 183-189

 

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Stand Up and Be Counted: Share Your Paranormal Experiences With The PER

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you’ve taken the time to visit our website, you know that we’ve been preparing a comprehensive study of paranormal experiences: The Paranormal Experience Registry. Our goal is to collect thousands of responses from people across the US and UK. Once we collect enough responses, we will anonymously post the general results so that others who have had paranormal experiences can compare their experience with others.

Our hope is that this will provide some comfort to those who’ve had negative experiences, helping them to know they’re not alone.

 

SO, if you are unable to support us in other ways, PLEASE consider sharing your personal paranormal experiences on the site. The PER takes some time, but it’s going toward a common good and will (hopefully) serve as a comprehensive registry for paranormal encounters of all sorts.

Just go to www.paranormal-exp.org and prepare to answer several questions. Science is thorough, meaning registration may take some time. Think of it as community service, but please register!

 

Dr. Brian Laythe

Supernatural Beliefs and Weak Inhibitions?

 

Lindeman, Reiki, and Hood conducted a study to look at the amount of inhibitory control (the ability to stop instinctual or ingrained mental processing) and its relationship to paranormal belief. These authors claim that early childhood beliefs represent magical thinking that changes over time into more scientific thought. The author’s theory is that those with supernatural or paranormal beliefs somehow have a deficit in this process, leading them to believe in the paranormal.

 

In order to test this claim, the researchers used 28 subjects with high and low paranormal belief and performed a specific test called a Stroop test to measure inhibition. Results from the study found that paranormal believers performed worse than those who did not believe, supporting the claim that paranormal believers have lower inhibitory control.

 

It should be noted that the findings of this study may be suspect because of the low number of subjects (28) involved. However, these initial findings support the concept that beliefs that have been given to us in childhood are sometimes hard to overcome, whether they be correct or not.

 

Lindeman, M., Riekki, T., & Hood, B. M. (2011). Is weaker inhibition associated with supernatural beliefs?. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 11(1), 231-239.
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ISRAE: Free Online Parapsychology Class Now Available

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We’ve been promising a free parapsychology course and are proud to announce it’s ready for its first round of online students. Included are fifteen sections and a hearty (optional) quiz to test your knowledge.

What do I need to do?

You will need a Gmail account. It’s free to sign up, so if you are not using Gmail already, go ahead and sign up for a free account.

 

  1. Go to www.israenet.org/classes and click the link, which will take you to Google Classroom. On the page, there is a code for you to use to enter and register for the class.
  2. Read and examine the content at your own pace!

This is our first release of the class, so please feel free to write us and let us know what you like and don’t (constructive comments only please). Email blaythe@israenet.org with comments. I’ll be checking into the class periodically.

Part of the Public Service We Provide at ISRAE,

 

Dr. Brian Laythe