The Society for
The Society for Modern Parapsychology is based out of the south suburbs
of Chicago. We have been loosely organized since early 2000. In earlier
years we mostly involved ourselves working with other organizations in
the field. In 2003 we decided to formally organize to better promote our
goals. Membership into the society itself is by invitation only. Invitations
are generally granted to those with some area of expertise we desire and
to those with a similar outlook into our field of study.
The primary goal of the Society is a better scientific understanding
and acceptance of phenomena that we today consider, perceive or describe
as being paranormal; and arguably real or nonexistent.
When envisioned, The Society for Modern Parapsychology had three sub
goals that we believe will help us to achieve the primary goal of the organization.
- The first was Education. We believe it is very critical to our goal
of better scientific study of paranormal events that more investigators
be given better skills in scientific research. This has two benefits. First
it produces better results that are more likely to betaken seriously. Secondly,
it promotes in the cultural perception and image of a more professional
researcher which adds credibility and may help reduce stigma associated
with paranormal study.
- The second of these goals was Legitimacy. We believe that parapsychology
must be viewed more seriously by the media, scientific community and public
in general. Good parapsychological research has been stifled by the more
traditional scientific communities lack of wiliness to cooperate when such
was needed and by poor funding resulting form public perception. The only
way to rectify these problems is by shoring up the general credibility
of paranormal researchers and giving people reason to want to support us.
- The third of these goals was promoting a new Cultural Perspective.
Today discussion of paranormal topics can be seen in newspapers, tabloids,
radio, television, movies and the internet. For all of the quantity out
there, there is remarkably low quality. Like so many things in our society,
the paranormal is not respected as a topic, but rather a theme product
to be sold to consumers. This media representation which forms much of
public opinion takes what are already incredible events and inflates them
into the utterly fantastically completely unbelievable representations.
These inflated representations of paranormal reports make even the most
open minded researchers laugh and no right minded person could take them
seriously. Furthermore they desensitize the public in general to real paranormal
phenomena and hurt real researchers when there findings can't live up to