communicate with their thoughts? Is it possible to move objects
through sheer willpower, without actually touching them? Are
there people who can actually predict the future? In order
to address questions such as these, 125 years ago there emerged
a field of research that has come to be known as "parapsychology".
It has evolved, on the one hand, through the analysis of experiences
that occur spontaneously during people's lives, but also through
the study of "anomalous" effects obtained in structured
laboratory experiments. This book reviews the history of this
discipline, and then focuses on parapsychological experimental
research, assessing the validity of evidence drawn from studies
published in scientific journals. On the basis of findings
that can be considered scientifically sound, the text ends
with a discussion of explanations and theories that are currently
debated among scientists. On sum, the book provides a complete,
up-to-date account of a controversial and unusual field at
the "outer limits" of science.
Biondi is a physician and medical science journalist who has conducted
E. Tressoldi teaches Methodology of Clinical Research and Assessment at
the University of Padua.