East Carolina U offers credulous course on paranormal

The Daily Reflector

East Carolina University offers a course on paranormal activity, not the movie, for anyone interested in finding the answers to this and other questions.

“We now know that the CIA, NASA, the Navy, Army Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence and others recently funded projects using psychic capabilities for military and other purposes over a period of 23 years to the tune of 25 million dollars,” says the course website.

ECU is now offering people the chance to conduct their own research. The World of the Paranormal: Fact or Fiction is an online not-for-credit course taught by Phillip Morse that covers topics like precognitions, ESP or life after death.

The book used for the course is “Best Evidence” by Michael Schmicker, an investigative reporter who spent three years searching for evidence for “impossible phenomena that refuse to disappear.”

Morse also uses photos, videos and documented first-hand accounts of events and encounters with the paranormal.

“We look at the most compelling stories in search for ultimate answers,” he said.

Source: The Daily Reflector

So, you have an instructor who was on the board of the directors at the Rhine Research Center. He says things like “There are very interesting links between the paranormal and quantum physics” and using books that are not critical of the phenomena. This is irritating that a college would lend their name to teaching these subjects this way.

It does not appear that the “fact” will be fairly presented and the critiques of these paranormal stories will be examined. It caters to those who believe and have a low standard for “best evidence”.

  1 comment for “East Carolina U offers credulous course on paranormal

  1. February 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I find it amusing that your irritated by the idea that academia looks into these things, after all that is what makes an academic… actually LEARNING,studying and doing research and sharing your findings. Not just poo-pooing things because it doesn’t fit neatly with your perceptions or ideology.

    It’s a not for credit course, offered by a legit institution, unlike many metaphysical Mc Doctorates. Scroll up to the top of your post, 25mil in research – those are your tax dollars, these people are taking the costs on themselves voluntarily.

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    “It does not appear that the “fact” will be fairly presented and the critiques of these paranormal stories will be examined. It caters to those who believe and have a low standard for “best evidence”.”

    That’s an interesting stereotype. I think your bias is showing again. Are you irritated because you have research, facts, or data to the contrary; or because academia sees merit in discussing the topic in a formal setting? Not unlike theology?

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