Testing Psi Research and Sociology of Religion Hypotheses in a Group PK Experiment | James McClenon

James McClenon, Ph. D., is a retired sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). He has investigated psychic phenomena in the USA, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, China, Japan, Okinawa, Sri Lanka, and India. His books include The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery and Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution, and the Origin of Religion.

Summary: This study was designed to test hypotheses derived from Batcheldor’s artefact induction theory and the ritual healing theory, a sociology of religion orientation; and it argues that Paleolithic shamanism involved group psychokinesis. A PK research group began on-line weekly Zoom meetings in August 2019, seeking to induce collective PK experiences. The group experienced a wide variety of individual psi experiences with religious implications. The presentation will include video evidence.


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Published on February 9, 2023