J. B. Rhine’s Early Years in ParapsychologywithBarbara Ensrud

Books Mentioned In This Interview

Barbara Ensrud served as president of the board of directors of the Rhine Research Center from 2016 to 2000. She is coeditor, with Sally Rhine Feather of J. B. Rhine, Letters 1923-1939: ESP and the Foundations of Parapsychology.

During the 1930s, the Parapsychology research program at Duke University established experimental protocols that were successful in demonstrating the existence of extrasensory perception, precognition, and psychokinesis. The public reaction was enormous and largely positive, while the academic community – psychology in particular – was mostly hostile. At the end of the decade, Rhine published the classic book, Extrasensory Perception After Sixty Years, in which he addressed in detail every scientific criticism that had been raised.

(Recorded on March 27, 2022)

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Published on April 11, 2022


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