To describe something as paranormal means it can't be explained by science. But this term is overused: the so-called paranormal phenomena outlined below actually have very good explanations derived from known truths.
Why is this? Why do we seek the bizarre, out-of-this-world explanation when the objective answer is right under our nose? Perhaps it's for the same reason we desire to lucid dream: to break free from the monotonous rules of everyday life to discover something magical.
I think there is magic in our reality, and we can find it without succumbing to irrational beliefs. Finding beauty within truth, after all, can be much more fulfilling than searching for it among fallacy.
So this is me setting the record straight, in the name of science.
Out of body experiences (OBEs or OOBEs) involve the vivid sensation of moving outside your physical body and sometimes traveling far beyond it. So what is going on?
Astral projection is an esoteric theory of the Out of Body Experience (OBE) - the ability to separate your awareness from your physical body. Is astral projection real?
Do alien abductions really happen? New dream research shows these hallucinogenic nightmares may stem from sleep paralysis. Here's how you could alter the experience.
Are precognitive dreams real or coincidence? Read about some famous psychic dreams and their explanations - from calculating the mathematical odds to the role of unconscious intuition.
Mutual dreaming is the claim of two or more people sharing the same dream. Can lucid dreamers co-ordinate and plan to meet in their shared dreams or is it all fiction?
Dream telepathy is a key theme in Chris Nolan's Inception movie. But just how close are we to telepathic dreaming? Advanced lucid dreamer Robert Waggoner explains.
My top 10 unexplained mysteries of the world - from OBEs to aliens, from pyramids to Stone Henge - and how scientific discovery may help explain them.
What will happen in 2012? Find out the truth behind Planet X, the Mayan Prophecy, planetary alignments, solar storms and polar shifts. (*Update Jan 2013 - it's all good! As predicted.)
Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face. What about you..?
What is the suubstance DMT and its role in human consciousness? A look at the bizarre psychedelic drug known as The Spirit Molecule and the Rick Strassman experiments.
What is hypnagogia? How to consciously induce the hypnagogic state to have lucid dreams and out of body experiences. A scientific light on paranormal phenomena.
In Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, Professor Richard Wiseman uses his knowledge of psychology and stage show magic to debunk paranormal myths.
Guest author Daniel Love explains the importance of a critical mind - and why conformity hinders our individual journey of lucid dreaming.
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