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paranormal

[-nôr′məl]
Etymology: Gk, para + L, normalis, rule
pertaining to phenomena that cannot be explained by normal scientific investigation.

paranormal

adjective Pertaining or relating to phenomena (e.g., clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, telepathy) which are not explained by natural laws and principles of the physical universe.

paranormal

(pa-ra-nor-mal)
1. Pert. to experiences that are not explainable scientifically. See: extrasensory perception;
2. Moderately abnormal.

paranormal,

adj 1. outside the realm of normal experience or scientific explanation.
n 2. collective term for anomalous phenomena.
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During the late 1800s, the eminent Harvard psychologist, William James, conducted investigations into paranormal phenomena and was influential in the early activities of the American Society for Psychical Research (Irwin & Watt, 2006).
If paranormal phenomena exist, their existence lies outside the sphere of science as human activity.
The Paranormal Belief Scale (Tobacyk & Milford, 1983; later slightly revised by Tobacyk, 1988) contains 26 items relating to a very wide range of alleged paranormal phenomena (including, e.
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Steve's view is backed by Scotland's self-styled UFO expert, Ron Halliday, who has been investigating paranormal phenomena for more than 20 years.
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New Age spirituality has a fascination with extraordinary manifestations and in particular with paranormal phenomena.
Since even the most hardened skeptic wouldn't deny the possible validity of paranormal phenomena, it seems that Bauer is defending the obvious.
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