Psychic Roots: The Controversial History of Parapsychology

Today, paranormal studies and other psychic studies are welcomed in many universities. There are actually schools that specialize in developing a person’s psychic abilities. Some of the courses offered for the development of one’s psychic abilities involve palmistry, dream analysis, numerology, tarot and cartomancy, and rune divination.
These courses were established with the purpose of helping one in developing his or her psychic abilities.
The development of psychic studies today is fast. Paranormal studies really caught the interests of many people. In fact, the universities are not the only venues for studying psychic powers. The entertainment industry and law enforcement are also influenced by psychic reading.
There are television shows that showcase the psychic abilities of some personalities and characters. People with psychic abilities are also recognized for being great help in solving many crimes. There are now psychic detectives to help solve murders and other cases as well as assist in understanding what different dreams may mean or symbolize.

Although psychic studies did not earn the status as a branch of science, it still gained a wide acceptance.

Notable Psychics

Psychics have been among the controversial personalities throughout history and even to this day. People with psychic abilities, from those who can read other people’s mind to those who can foresee the future, are among the subjects of discussions and debates. In ancient time, however, people with psychic abilities were hailed as priests or medicine men.

One of the great names in the history of psychic reading was Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame). He was said to successfully predict many of the world’s famous events. Another famous name in the field of psychic reading in the 1950s was Daniel Douglas Hume, who was said to have the powers to move objects.

In the 1920s, paranormal powers such as psychic reading struggled to being recognized as a science. It was during this time that William McDougall, a respected man of science, employed the term parapsychology and use it in his exploration of the paranormal experiences.

McDougall had a young and bright student, Joseph Banks Rhine, who was hailed as the father of modern parapsychology. Rhine attempted to prove Extra Sensory Perception or ESP as real through a scientific approach. He asked a man named Zener to devise a special set of cards to be used for his experiments.

Through Rhine’s efforts, his organization for paranormal studies became an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This status, however, was short lived because of some fraud committed by a member of Rhine’s organization.

Today psychic reading played an important role in solving some crimes. Psychic detectives are even employed by law enforcers. Some psychic readers were actually acclaimed by the authority for their contribution in solving murder cases.