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Asked 29th Dec, 2018
  • California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and UC Davis

Paranomal Research comes in Psychology or spirituality? Or astrophysics? Any ideas?

Paranomal Research should be considered research, we all understand that, but what kind of research? What branch?

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29th Dec, 2018
Hassaan Tohid
California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and UC Davis
Thank you Konstantinos

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29th Dec, 2018
Konstantinos Kovlakas
Institut de Ciències de l'Espai
Paranormal research is by name a kind of research. But this does not imply it is scientific research that falls under any branch of science.
In fact, by definition it is not scientific because "paranormal" is something that "cannot" be explained by science. Science is the effort to explain things that "haven't" been explained yet.
Though, in principle, you could have branches of science studying "paranormal beliefs". For example, Psychology can study why a person holds such beliefs and how that affects its phyche: usually conspiracy-theorists and "paranormal researchers" are feeling that they hold a special place due to the fact they're "out of the norm." Sociology can study how these mechanisms manifest to groups of people, or History can record such behaviors.
Any definition of modern science and the practice of scientific method, rule out the notion that paranormal research can give testable scientific theories supporting that there are "paranormal" phenomena.
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29th Dec, 2018
Hassaan Tohid
California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and UC Davis
Thank you Michael.
29th Dec, 2018
Hassaan Tohid
California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and UC Davis
Thank you Konstantinos

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