Human Consciousness and Spirit Continuance after Death: The Rhine Research Center
The primary focus of the Rhine Research Center is the study of the parapsychological aspects of the human consciousness, its nature and potential. The center explores answers to the basic questions about consciousness through a combination of informal research and empirical study of the available data and information. The Rhine Center aims to prove paranormal experiences and beliefs that have so far been set aside for lack of hard evidence.
Rhine Research Center — the Past and the Present
Dr. J. B. Rhine, a prominent American parapsychology scientist, was one of the first to experiment and research with parapsychological phenomena (psi). In fact, he is credited for coining the term parapsychology. His monumental work in Duke University's Parapsychology Lab led to recognition of parapsychology as a distinct field of study. In 1965, he set up the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man (FRNM) as an independent research unit in the field. In 1995, the FRNM was renamed the Rhine Research Center in acknowledgment of the immense contribution to the field by Dr. J. B. Rhine and his wife Louisa.
Even as early as 1940, thirty-three experiments, involving about a million trials, had been carried out in this field, according to the book authored by the Rhines, Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years. Twenty-seven yielded significant results supporting their views on parapsychology.
Today, the Rhine Center continues the legacy of parapsychology research, led by prominent researchers, such as Bonnie Albright, Carl Blackman, William Higgins, John Palmer, and Sally Rhine Feather, daughter of J. B. and Louisa Rhine. These acknowledged experts in the field continue to explore the mysteries of human consciousness and its connection with parapsychological phenomena. The studies conducted by the Rhine Research Center have yielded scientific evidence pertaining to ESP, paranormal activity, psychokinesis (PK), precognition, and other related phenomenon.
The scope of research has significantly expanded since the center's inception. The methods used by the Rhines have been replaced with modern techniques such as measurement of physiological or bio energy in persons with proven psychic talents. By using such verifiable evaluation methods with an open-minded approach toward the paranormal, the Rhine Center today offers undeniable proof of many phenomena that have been cast aside as impossibilities in the past.
Current Focus of Research and Activities
The center is engaged in research on various subjects like human biofields, mind over matter, and telepathy. Researchers are also exploring the depths of human consciousness through studies on health, consciousness enhancement through prayer and intent, heightened perception, harnessing of ESP, and consciousness survival after death.
The Rhine Center conducts seminars and workshops on these subjects from time to time, where renowned experts share their views and the outcome of their research. The center also conducts monthly meets of various work, volunteers, and research groups. The research undertaken in the center is presented in the form of educational offerings through conferences, classes, webinars, study groups, and lectures.
The Rhine Center also publishes the Journal of Parapsychology, which is considered an authoritative resource in this field. The Journal is peer reviewed, and this ensures that the content is of the highest quality and substance. The Journal has been presenting the best of the empirical and theoretical research conducted in this area since its first publication in 1937. The center also publishes a newsletter containing the latest studies, discussions, and thoughts by in-house researchers and other experts in the field.
Psychokinesis is a form of psi, which includes ESP and psychic healing, and is a technique of mind over matter through invisible means. Psychokinesis includes telekinesis, the paranormal movement of objects, bending of metals, and determining the outcome of events. It can be both an unconscious and conscious process. Levitation and materialization are also associated with psychokinesis.
Rhine Center Director James C. Carpenter, who is also a former editor of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology Bulletin, has said, “In the minds of a lot of people, the Rhine Center still is the gold standard for scientific credibility in this field.” This holds true to date.
The Rhine Center today continues to seek statistical and quantifiable evidence to prove various parapsychological occurrences. The pathbreaking psi research conducted by the Rhine Research Center has been used as the foundation of many further studies in the field. Although J. B. Rhine and Louisa used older methods, such as Zener cards, the outcome was no less convincing than achieved from the more credible methods of current times. Today, the Rhine Research Center uses modern scientific techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to carry out experiments and analysis in various fields, including telepathy, ESP, remote viewing, precognition, and other paranormal phenomena. The basis of all Rhine Center research lies in the carefully collated empirical data and verifiable tests. This is what makes the center an authoritative source for parapsychological studies, even seventy-five years after Joseph B. Rhine began his journey into the world of the unknown at Duke University's Parapsychology Lab.