The Theory of Psychopraxia [para-ac07]

AIPR Advanced Certificate in Parapsychology—Unit Outline

The Theory of Psychopraxia [para-ac07]


  • the ESP/PK dichotomy
  • the self, pro attitude, necessary conditions, and the goal state
  • ontological issues facing parapsychology
  • comparative approach to theories

Essay Topic

How might ESP and PK be different aspects of the same phenomenon?

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Required Reading

Storm, L. (2009). A comparative approach to the theory of psychopraxia [PDF]. In S. Krippner, A. J. Rock., J. Beischel, & H. Friedman (Eds.), Advances in parapsychological research 9 (pp. 82-96). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Storm, L. (2005). A critique of the theory of psychopraxia. In M. A. Thalbourne & L. Storm (Eds.), Parapsychology in the 21st century: Essays on the future of psychical research (Chapter 9). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Storm, L., & Thalbourne, M. A. (2000). A paradigm shift away from the ESP-PK dichotomy: The theory of psychopraxia. Journal of Parapsychology, 64, 279-300.

Thalbourne, M. A. (2005). The theory of psychopraxia: A paradigm for the future? In M. A. Thalbourne & L. Storm (Eds.), Parapsychology in the 21st century: Essays on the future of psychical research (Chapter 8). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Optional Reading

Storm, L. (2003a). Research note: Is the I Ching process cybernetic or non-cybernetic? [PDF]. European Journal of Parapsychology, 18, 77-86.

Storm, L. (2003b). Research note: The pro attitude and the ‘sheep-goat’ effect in the I Ching database [PDF]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 3, 147-152.

Storm, L., & Thalbourne, M.A. (2001). Paranormal effects using sighted and vision-impaired participants in a quasi-ganzfeld task [PDF]. Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 1, 133-170.

Storm, L., & Thalbourne. M. A. (2005). The effect of a change in pro attitude on paranormal performance: A pilot study using naïve and sophisticated skeptics [PDF]. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19, 11-29.

Storm, L. & Barrett-Woodbridge, M. (2007). Psi as compensation for modality impairment: A replication study using sighted and blind participants [PDF]. European Journal of Parapsychology, 22, 73-89.

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