By Alex Young / Staff Writer –
On the first Sunday of every month, the Texas Parapsychology Society meets at the Emily Fowler Library to educate followers on the scientific significance of events associated with paranormal activity.
Created by Michael Weaver in 2008, the group discusses subjects ranging from the origins of parapsychology to its most recent topic titled “Apparitions Unveiled,” which was presented Sunday.
The meet-ups are used as a way to inform people about the differences between the types of haunting or ghost sightings.
“We want to make people feel like they can bring their experiences with them to the meetings,” said Ty Phillips, one of the society’s organizers.
“There is so much more to this than what the television shows depict.”
The presentation detailed everything from multiple types of apparitions to explanations as to why people see these unusual things.
“Ty was very interesting and informative,” said Lindsey Manley, a Dallas Area Paranormal Society member .
“People may think our fascination with the paranormal is just something that started for us at age 17, but it’s been our entire lives… We were always intrigued by these occurrences.”
Parapsychology is defined by Merriam Webster’s Dictionary as the study of mental phenomena excluded from or inexplicable by standard scientific psychology.
This includes near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, apparitions and ghosts.
People often mistake one occurrence for another, and the TPS centers on keeping those errors from happening and educating people, Weaver said.
“I want people to understand what they are seeing,” he said. “If it’s real to the person experiencing it, then that’s paramount to them learning how to deal with it.
For more information on the Texas Parapsychology Society, check out http://www.meetup.com/Texas-Parapsychology-Society/
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