Charles T. Tart, PhD, is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He is a past-president of the Parapsychological Association. He has published over 100 scientific papers in parapsychology. He is editor of several anthologies including Altered States of Consciousness, Transpersonal Psychologies, Mind at Large, and Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality. Books that he has authored include Psi: Scientific Studies in the Psychic Realm, States of Consciousness, The End of Materialism, Learning to Use Extrasensory Perception, On Being Stoned, Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential, and Open Mind – Discriminating Mind. His website is https://www.paradigm-sys.com/.
In this never-before-publicly-seen video from 2004 (archival video recorded and produced by Tamara Gurbis / Phenomenal Films LLC), he describes the differences that he sees between parapsychology and transpersonal psychology. Whereas parapsychologists are concerned about communicating to the larger scientific community their findings regarding the existence of extrasensory and psychokinetic abilities, transpersonal psychologists generally start with the assumption that those abilities exist. He expresses the desire to see transpersonal psychologists map out which personality types benefit the most from different spiritual practices. He also believes in treating reports of spiritual experiences as empirical data, based on William James’ concept of radical empiricism.
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Published on August 31, 2019