Parapsychology as a Deviant Science with James McClenon

James McClenon, PhD has been a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. He is author of Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology, Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution and the Origin of Relgion, and The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery. His website is

Here he describes how, by engaging in a sociological examination of parapsychology as a deviant science, he came to be labelled something of a deviant himself. He has travelled the world surveying people about their extraordinary experiences. He also surveyed various academics and elite scientists about their attitudes toward the paranormal. He suggests that an interest in shamanism and healing can be very positive and life-affirming.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities. He holds the only doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).

(Recorded on December 10, 2018)

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