According to Imran Pasha(Founder of The Real Asian Paranormal Society.TRAPS)
PARANORMAL is the phenomena which we cannot explain straightly but through some medium we can understand and judge it as paranormal.
PARANORMAL can be understand through the experiences and not from the explainations and the definations because it is beyond science.
people wont believe and digest the things of paranormal till they have their own experience.
we can call it as non scientific bodies of knowledge.
Paranormal activities vary greatly in circumstance and therefore cannot be lumped into one category, says Manchester Paranormal Investigations. As an example, a ghost is different from a spirit in that a ghost is a remnant or imprint of the energy of a dead person, whereas a spirit is the soul of a person that has remained on the earthly plane after the body has died. In contrast, an entity is a good or evil being that has never been human at any time, and is rarely encountered. A poltergeist is a spirit that can control physical objects. It is generally associated with pubescent children, and occasionally adults, who had a great deal of stress during their lives. The term "poltergeist" literally means "noisy ghost."
The Harrisburg Area Paranormal Society categorizes different types of haunting activities, as well as paranormal activity. Residual haunting is the most common type and involves imprinted energy, but no spirit presence. An intelligent haunting occurs when an entity is aware of itself and its surroundings and has the ability to interact with the living. The most uncommon but serious form is demonic haunting, according to both MPI and HAPS.
parapsychologyAs one of the most controversial and criticized branches within the diverse field of psychology, parapsychology involves the study of interactions that seem to transcend the physical laws of nature. According to the Parapsychological Association, parapsychology is defined as the “scientific and scholarly study of the unusual events associated with human experience that suggest the strict subjective/objective dichotomy may not be quite so clear-cut as once thought.”
Despite the fact that the field is often ridiculed, many individuals are intrigued by parapsychology to describe things above and beyond what is considered normal in mainstream scientific thought. If you are interested in learning more about the scientific study of phenomena outside the realm of traditional, the following is a full overview of the fascinating field of parapsychology.
Brief History of the Parapsychology Field
First emerging as a scientific field of interest in the latter half of the 19th century due to the ongoing paranormal and spiritualism movements, parapsychology was originally called psychical research. Due to welcoming support from the famous psychologist William James, the first American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) was opened in 1885 in Boston. By 1911, the first academic studies on extrasensory perception and psychokinesis were conducted in the laboratories of Stanford University. Eventually, J.B Rhine coined the term “parapsychology” in the mid-20th century and popularized the word around the globe. While the turn of the century has realized significant decrease in parapsychological research, it is still represented in around 30 different countries and has been augmented by the rising popularity of the related transpersonal psychology.
Experimental investigation of the paranormal has been conducted by parapsychologists. J. B. Rhine popularized the now famous methodology of using card-guessing and dice-rolling experiments in a laboratory in the hopes of finding evidence of extrasensory perception. However, it was revealed that Rhine's experiments contained methodological flaws and procedural errors.
In 1957, the Parapsychological Association was formed as the preeminent society for parapsychologists. In 1969, they became affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.Criticisms of the field were focused in the founding of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (1976), now called the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and its periodical, Skeptical Inquirer. Eventually, more mainstream scientists became critical of parapsychology as an endeavor, and statements by the National Academies of Science and the National Science Foundation cast a pall on the claims of evidence for parapsychology. Today, many cite parapsychology as an example of a pseudoscience.Parapsychology has been criticized for continuing investigation despite being unable to provide convincing evidence for the existence of any psychic phenomena after more than a century of research.
By the 2000s, the status of paranormal research in the United States had greatly declined from its height in the 1970s, with the majority of work being privately funded and only a small amount of research being carried out in university laboratories. In 2007, Britain had a number of privately funded laboratories in university psychology departments. Publication remained limited to a small number of niche journals, and to date there have been no experimental results that have gained wide acceptance in the scientific community as valid evidence of the paranormal.
Ghosts and other spiritual entities
In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is a manifestation of the spirit or soul of a person. Alternative theories expand on that idea and include belief in the ghosts of deceased animals. Sometimes the term "ghost" is used synonymously with any spirit or demon,however in popular usage the term typically refers to a deceased person's spirit.
The belief in ghosts as souls of the departed is closely tied to the concept of animism, an ancient belief which attributed souls to everything in nature.As the 19th-century anthropologist George Frazer explained in his classic work, The Golden Bough (1890), souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body.Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it was widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (ca. (1550 BCE), which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.
Although the evidence for ghosts is largely anecdotal, the belief in ghosts throughout history has remained widespread and persistent.