PDN Parapsychology Classes


Starting the week of February 6th, the following
classes are being offered by the Rhine Education Center, part of the Rhine Research Center.

The online-only classes may be taken for credit towards one of the many certificate programs offered or simply because you have an interest in the course and its subject. There are weekly live lectures which are recorded and offered to students who were unable to attend live. If taken for credit, students participate in an online discussion forum (also open to non-credit students) and complete one or more quiz or project (depending on the course length and requirements). Reading materials, as well as video and audio,
are provided as part of the courses.

To apply/register for any of the courses, go to www.rhineedu.org, look for the specific
course listing and click “Read More.” You’ll also typically find course
outlines/syllabi on those “Read More” pages.

Here's what’s coming:

Field Investigations: Investigating Apparitions,
Hauntings, and Poltergeists: 8 weeks, with lectures Monday evenings
starting February 6th, 2023 (8-9:30 Eastern time). Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

In this course, students will explore topics of field investigations, including methods related to specific models of paranormal phenomena from a scientific perspective of a parapsychologist. In addition, this course will discuss equipment used in investigations, and introduce the scientific approach to these topics. Students will also be introduced to methods for dealing with clients and finding resolutions during investigations, discuss issues related to “public haunts” vs. private home cases, and provide methods for exploring the evidence and analyzing data to reach a conclusion.

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The class will include:

· The conceptual models of the phenomena of apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists

· How the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together

· How alternative non-paranormal explanations often come up, even in those cases with actual paranormal phenomena, and

· How to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences.

Research Methods for Parapsychology: 8 weeks,
with lectures Tuesday evenings starting February 7th, 2023 (7-9 PM
Eastern). Instructor: John G. Kruth, MS, Research Director (and Executive
Director) of the Rhine Research Center.

This course will discuss the nature of research and the different types of research methods that are used in scientific inquiry. It will include a discussion of science versus pseudo-science and provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative research techniques. This course will ask the student to read numerous research articles from the field of parapsychology and to draw on the course material to evaluate the strength of the research and the conclusions posted within the published papers.

The special issues related to research in parapsychology will be included in this course, and students will have an opportunity to
discuss these issues and creatively provide ways to address these issues.

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Presenting the Paranormal to the Public: 4 weeks,
with lectures/discussion Wednesday evenings starting February 8th,
2023 (8-10 PM Eastern). Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

Are you interested in writing or talking about the paranormal like a professional? This course provides guidelines and practical
skills necessary to present information about psychic/paranormal topics and parapsychology.

Students will learn the importance of determining whether they are speaking or writing to a general or specific audience, and the best ways to appear credible while presenting information to produce a positive impact. Topics will include public speaking and overcoming fear of speaking in public, and techniques that make presentations easier to understand. Additional topics will focus on working with the media, how to provide a good interview, and some basic marketing and publicity skills.

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Whether you plan to write a book, produce articles, speak to general or paranormal-interested audiences, or even teach workshops, this course provides the practical skills you’ll need to be understood and appreciated by your audiences. While the emphasis will be on psi-related topics, these skills will serve you well in a variety of contexts (maybe even your day jobs).

Paranormal Phenomena: EVP, ITC, & Other Technologies:
4 weeks, with lectures Wednesday evenings starting March 8th, 2023
(8-9:30 PM Eastern). Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

This 4-week course will focus on the technology used to examine paranormal phenomena. We will explore Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), and other technology that is often used in the investigation of paranormal phenomena.

Instructor Loyd Auerbach is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts on the paranormal. His courses are always well attended and some of the most exciting courses offered at the Rhine Education Center.

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Psi in Movies, TV, & Literature: 4 weeks, with
lectures on Tuesdays starting March 7th (8-9:30 PM Eastern).
Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS

Pop Culture and the Paranormal! This is a Seminar course that will involve live student interaction and discussion. Limited Enrollment.

Movies and TV shows like the Exorcist, Ghost, Stranger Things, The OA, and the X-Files all represent psychic phenomena and the paranormal with great insight and often engaging stories. Of course, many of the events in these shows are completely fictional, but some of the stories actually reflect real events or results that have been observed by parapsychologists! On the other hand, paranormal reality shows claim to present events and phenomena truthfully, but actually reflect a “reality” created by
uninformed television producers.

This fun course will explore movies, TV (fictional and reality), and literature and separate the truth from fiction. It will explore
how popular culture is influenced by psi experiences, beliefs, and misconceptions about the phenomena. More importantly, it will explore how media representations of psi influence the public’s beliefs in and about psi, even to the point of affecting how people experience psi events when they happen.

The Power of Nature: The folklore and practices of
evoking the divine: 4 weeks, with lectures Thursday evenings (7-9 PM
Eastern). Instructor: Chantal Toporow, PhD

How does Nature reveal the divine, the miraculous, and mystical, and what are the similarities between cultures that give us profound insight into its power?

This 4-week survey course will review paramount movements through the ages to discover how nature has enabled humans to connect with the deeper consciousness of all living things. Students will explore how the people of the world share a reverence for nature, considering it to be divine, sacred, or populated by spiritual beings, and how ancient beliefs and present-day
movements are influencing attempts to use the powerful forces of Nature to conjure the extraordinary and the unimaginable.


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As we critically examine a multitude of nature-based practices, such as the belief in supernatural beings and supernatural forces, we will introduce concepts used in ancient and modern movements such as animism, alchemy, astrology, biodynamics, bioenergetics, druidry, hermeticism, geomagnetism, green magic, qigong, natural healing, nature spirituality, mythology, polytheism, shamanism, Shintoism, tribal nature-based religions, wiccan, etc. This journey will enable students to gain an introduction and deeper appreciation of our connection to nature and how it governs our own psychic and conscious development, nurturing our connection to nature’s more ethereal rea