Extrasensory Perception
Support, Skepticism, and Science [2 volumes]
by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, Editors
June 2015, 829pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

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Research on ESP occurs at universities and corporations worldwide and is sometimes funded by government agencies.

Scholars from around the world collaborate to explain the history of parapsychology, the study of extrasensory perception (ESP), and the arguments of skeptics and supporters in this fascinating collection.

This two-volume set introduces ESP—also known as anomalous cognition—and psychokinesis, addressing the history, research, philosophy, and scientific theories surrounding the phenomena. With contributions from leading research scientists from within the field of parapsychology and other areas of study, this reference addresses the fundamental questions that the evidence of ESP evokes; examines parapsychology research from all over the world; and explores the controversies, skepticism, and contemporary criticism disparaging the field.

Written for a multidisciplinary audience ranging from physicists to psychologists to lay persons, the volumes present the scientific validity of the field. Volume 1 addresses the historical, philosophical, skeptical, and research viewpoints; volume 2 lays out the current theories on ESP. Chapters reveal how strict scientific protocols and state-of-the-art technologies enable scientists—at sites such as Harvard and Cornell universities to their international counterparts in Amsterdam, Austria, and Asia—to pinpoint and investigate ESP abilities. Appendices include a glossary of key terms in parapsychology, ESP research protocol, ESP research organizations, skeptic associations, and recommended reading.


  • Features theoretical viewpoints based in quantum mechanics, quantum metaphors, time symmetry, entropy, neuroscience bases, and psychological underpinnings
  • Provides descriptions of government and privately funded research across the United States and Europe as well as on other continents
  • Helps to dispel the general misconceptions and inaccuracies about ESP and psychokinesis
  • Includes a glossary of key terms
Edwin C. May, PhD, is the president and founder of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Formerly, he was a director in the U.S. Government's secret ESP program popularly known as STARGATE. His published works include Memoirs of a Psychic Spy: The Remarkable Life of U.S. Government Remote Viewer 001, several articles in the nuclear physics literature, more than 100 papers in the technical journals of parapsychology, and 300 technical final reports on ESP to the government. He received his doctorate in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sonali Bhatt Marwaha is a research associate with the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Her published work includes Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing Research and Theory coedited with Edwin C. May. She received her master's and M.Phil degrees in clinical psychology from S.N.D.T. Women's University and her doctorate in psychology from Andhra University. Marwaha is a recipient of the J. B. Rhine Biennial Research Award.


2016 Parapsychological Association Book Award Winner—The Parapsychological Association, July 19, 2016


"The evidence is impressive. I say this with some confidence, even in the face of the claptrap often associated with claims of the paranormal and the dull or cunning shysters who try to sell bogus 'psychic readings' or inflated 'remote viewing courses.' There’s substantial evidence—both anecdotal and laboratorial—for some paranormal phenomena, but it takes scientific savvy to sort out the trustworthy from the vast piles of dross. . . . The most valuable parts of these books are the substantial and various treatments of physicalist theories of psi."—Los Angeles Review of Books, December 18, 2015

"Whether or not one believes in the reality of ESP, the data presented in this remarkable set make the case that ESP can no longer be ignored. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and practitioners."—Choice, February 3, 2016
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