Meet Joseph Banks Rhine: The Father of Modern Parapsychology

posted: 11/17/16
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
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Joseph Banks Rhine is not a name we hear every day. But the man known as the founder of modern parapsychology played a pivotal role in paranormal research.

Born in 1895 in Pennsylvania, he studied to be a botanist and was a professor until his book Extra Sensory Perception paved the way to a future in research into the paranormal. In 1937, Rhine started the Journal of Parapsychology, giving parapsychological researchers a forum to publish their findings and in 1962, Rhine helped found the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man (later known as the "Rhine Research Center"). He died in 1980.

Parapsychology looks into claims of clairvoyance and psychokinesis and other kinds of extra sensory perception (ESP) and sixth sense studies. Most of what we know we owe to Rhine.

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