College of arts discusses global developments in parapsychology
Department of psychology at the college of arts, university of Baghdad, organized a scientific symposium entitled (parapsychology and life) to keep abreast with the global developments in dealing with therapeutic applications of this modern science. Dean of the college, Dr. Salah al-Jabri gave a prelude about the early beginnings of parapsychology by reviewing the evolution of human thought in dealing with strange phenomena in addition to presenting a number of opinions in this field. Dr. Mohammed Shihab Ahmed reviewed a set of over sensory capabilities of any individual, while Dr. Ahmed Latif reviewed the medical applications of parapsychology. On the other side, Dr. Ali Turki death with the reasons behind the refusal of parapsychology by scientists. Dr. Kamal al-Khailani talked about the nature of the relationship between psychology and parapsychology according to psychological theories that explain paranormal phenomena, while Dr. Abbas Hanoon hinted at the end of the symposium to the efforts of the Iraqi scientists in laying out the foundations of the parapsychology and its conception. Finally, the attendants expressed their gratitude and interaction with this concern and its recommendations for holding future seminars to increase awareness of this cognitive field. Parapsychology is a scientific study of mental cognition or the effects on physical objects without direct contact or by well-known means. Parapsychology as a term is composed of two parts (para) which means near, next to or beyond, the second part is (psychology) and in the Arab world is called supernatural, science of spiritual abilities, sixth sense psychology, but it retained its name for lack of agreement on a unified Arabic name. The German philosopher, Max Dessuar was the first scientist who used this term in 1889 to refer to the scientific study of over sensory cognition and psychological (spiritual) movement and other phenomena concerned. Its labels were variant such as (psych) and it studies topics like telepathy, forecasting, visual evacuation, hospitalization, moving objects, magnetic hypnotherapy, out of body experience and others. The method used by this science is the modern scientific approach with a bit of development required by the nature of the studied phenomenon.