Throughout January, Exploring Durham is featuring articles about some of Durham’s most intriguing Science and Technology features.
Durham is a place well-known for its science and medical research. Perhaps a little less well-known is a place here that serves as an intersection of those two disciplines. It is the Rhine Research Center and its work is one of the most unusual in Durham, to say the least.
If you have ever dreamt something that then came true or perhaps spoken to a ghost, then you have experienced some of what the Rhine Research Center studies. The center’s Institute for Parapsychology is the world’s most famous laboratory studying phenomena from the perspectives of extrasensory perception, telepathy, psychokinesis and related mental abilities.
While the topic is a little hard for some to grasp, the center is a place dedicated to a true scientific understanding of these lesser-known and understood topics. The center publishes the Journal of Parapsychology, a peer-reviewed academic publication, and provides significant resources on the history of parapsychology, archival footage, a large research library, professional education in parapsychology and public events that explore psychic abilities, experiences, techniques, and the culture of ESP throughout the world.
The center also fosters a community for people who have psychic experiences or are interested in learning more about the topic. The Psychic Experiences Group meets every month at the Rhine and provides a non-judgmental and supportive environment for people to talk about their experiences.
The center facilitates tours by appointment only at its location just north of Duke University’s West Campus at 2741 Campus Walk Ave.
Insider Tip: Visit www.rhine.org/events-and-presentations.html for information about upcoming events and presentations, or join the Psychic Experiences Group, which meets the first Tuesday of each month.
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