Syllabus: How to Choose A Psychic or Medium

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, M.S.

This 4 week course is presented as an ungraded continuing education course from the Rhine Education Center.

Course Description

This four week course is designed for people interested in finding a legitimate psychic, those who want to evaluate psychics, or even the researchers who wants to learn more about the skills necessary to determine if a psychic is fooling you or themselves. The course will give you the basic tools to:

  • Properly understand what a practitioner means when using the term psychic, medium, channeler, or other similar labels.
  • How to find psychic practitioners for personal readings or to take on paranormal investigations.
  • How to understand the role of “window-dressing” that many practitioners (even genuine ones) might use, and how to get the practitioner past that.
  • How to act/react in a reading so you get the most out of the session, and some good questions to ask.
  • The qualities of the best psychics and mediums.
  • Psychic Fraud (and a guidance on what you might want to learn about Magic and Mentalism).
  • How to assess the psychic/medium practitioners’ claims and determine if they’re real or fraudulent.


As this is not an academically oriented class, there are no grades and no assignments you must complete. However, there are articles to be read to support the material from the lecture, as well as audio (mp3) mini-lectures and video you should listen to/watch to more fully understand the material (and to take you further than the weekly main lectures).

Additionally, there are weekly discussion questions for students to help initiate online discussion and to foster more of a classroom environment.


  • Week 1: Kinds of Psychics:
    • Range of psychic abilities and how parapsychologists describe them
    • Range of claimed abilities and how practitioners describe them
    • Divination: window-dressing or psychic enhancement techniques?
    • How to understand and ask questions of practitioners in response to claimed abilities
  • Week 2: Finding and Choosing
    • Why do you want to consult with or work with a psychic or medium?
    • Where to start: word-of-mouth recommendations, advertisements, and web-searches
    • Initial assessments and background research
    • Questions to ask before booking a reading
    • Qualities of the best psychics and mediums
    • Booking a reading / setting up a meeting
  • Week 3: Fakery!
    • A brief history of fraudulent psychics and mediums (and fortune-tellers)
    • Perception and the psychology of deception
    • Cold reading and other verbal (and informational) skills and tools
    • Physical fake
  • Week 4: In the Reading/Meeting: Assessments
    • Setting your expectations based on initial contact with the practitioner
    • Setting the tone and theme of the reading / setting the agenda for a meeting
    • Your behavior towards the practitioner in the reading / meeting
    • How to listen and watch during the reading
    • Assessing the content of the reading for psi and non-psi content
    • Assessing the value of the content of the reading
    • Assessing the practitioner: psychic/medium or not so much

Syllabus: Remote Viewing (4 week course)

Instructor: Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.


Course Description

This 4-week online introduction to remote viewing (RV) will discuss RV’s origins and history, scientific protocols, methodologies, applications, success stories and failures, explanatory theories, skeptical critiques, and much more, including brief instruction in the RV process and an opportunity to perform your own remote viewing trials during the course of instruction. The controversy surrounding teaching of remote viewing will be discussed, and you will be introduced to the roles played in remote viewing by some of the most significant personalities in the field, including such luminaries as Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Joseph McMoneagle, Ed May, and others.

Course Materials:

Required Text: The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing – the Secret Military Remote Perception Sill Anyone Can Learn (Intentional Press, 2015 – available postage free at ) Additional reading material in digital format will be provided during the course.

Students will also need access to some way of digitizing and uploading their remote viewing work (a scanner, camera, phone, etc.)

Course Outline


Week 1: Remote Viewing: What is it?

  • Remote viewing overview and introduction.
  • Where RV fits in the ESP domain.
  • A brief argument over terms.
  • Is remote viewing a phenomenon, a skill, or a gift?
  • Doing remote viewing: Basic guidance

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment)

Week 2: History and Research

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback.
  • Antecedents of remote viewing, RV’s origins, and RV history (what you thought you knew, but maybe didn’t)
  • Remote viewing research–there’s more of it than you might expect
  • Protocols, experimental design, explanations...and speculation: an overview of the science behind remote viewing

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment; one-page response paper.)

Week 3: Implementing Remote Viewing

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback
  • How remote viewing “works” – practical concerns and considerations
  • Elements of remote viewing performance
  • Kinds of remote viewing–how they differ
  • “Training” – smoke and mirrors...or truly effective?

(Homework: perform a remote viewing session yourself at home; reading assignment; one-page response paper)

Week 4: Remote Viewing in the Real World

  • Homework (RV trial) feedback.
  • Putting remote viewing to work (practical applications and what to know about them)
  • Forensic RV, ARV, etc.
  • Skeptical objections and their antidotes.
  • Remote viewing’s new social universe: Its background and important actors.
  • Do you want to learn more? (Resources for further exploration, online practice opportunities, things to watch out for, etc.)

(Final remote viewing exercise assignment.)

Final Exam (submitted online, multiple choice and short answers)

Course Participation

All students are expected to attend all lecture sessions, either during the live presentation or the recorded version, join in the online discussions, and complete the class homework assignments. This will guarantee that you will get the most out of the instruction and learning opportunities.


Evaluations and Grading


Discussion questions (4x10%)                                    40%
Homework: Completed RV trials (4 x 5%)                20%
Response papers (2 x 5%)                                           10%
Final Exam                                                                  30%

Every student who completes the course qualifies for a one-year complementary membership (a $45 value) from the International Remote Viewing Association (available only to those who have not previously been members).

Syllabus: Presentiment: Exploring the Nature and Theories of Time

Winter, 2020
Instructor: John G. Kruth, M.S.
Tuesday evenings, March 4 - March 25

Course Description

This 4-week online course explores the phenomenon of Presentiment and how this phenomenon impacts the scientific view of time. Presentiment is an unconscious form of precognition that has demonstrated that the physical body and sometimes the mind respond to events that have not yet happened.

Feeling the future, precognitive memory, physical responses to future events, and how studying after a test can improve your test scores. Scientific studies that have explored these events call into question our perception of time. Based on these studies, this course will explore theories of time in physics and philosophy.

Course Objectives

This course will introduce students to the scientific studies related to presentiment and time. Students will learn to differentiate presentiment from precognition. Students will also learn the basic theories of time.

In addition to the basic concepts, students will be introduced to the paradoxes presented by different theories of time. The course also discusses the impact of scientific studies of presentiment on time theory and the perception of time.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Presentiment and Concepts of Time
    • Precognition & Presentiment
    • Examples of Presentiment
    • Time and Causality
    • Paradoxes
    • Intro to Presentiment and Time
  2. Basic Theories of Time
    • Timelines
    • Relativity
    • Multiple Timelines/Multiple Universes
    • Quantum Entanglement and Time
  3. Presentiment: The Scientific Evidence
    • What is presentiment?
    • Dick Biermann
    • Dean Radin
    • Daryl Bem
    • Meta-analyses
    • Evolution and Presentiment
  4. Paradoxes and Impacts
    • Paradox Overview
    • Bootstrap Paradox
    • Twins Problem/Paradox
    • Impacts
    • Time Travel
    • Nature of Time (review)
    • Future Directions

Course Materials

Various articles provides by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • Students will complete a 2-5 page paper discussing their conception of time and the effects of presentiment on concepts of time. The final project will be due 10 days after the final class is broadcast.


Evaluation and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.
A – 90 - 100.
B – 80 – 89.
C – 70 – 79.
D – 60 – 69.
F – Below 60.

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%)

  • Week 1 (10%)
  • Week 2 (10%)
  • Week 3 (10%)
  • Week 4 (10%)

Final Paper (60%)


Syllabus: A Scientific Approach to ESP

This 8 week academic course will define the phenomena and experiences related to Extrasensory Perception (ESP) and provide an in-depth study of the current and historical evidence and research of Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition. The differences and similarities between these categories of psi experience/abilities will be discussed as well as an overview of what has been learned about psychological and physical variables and theories and models of ESP. Some of the basic topics related to Remote Viewing and applications of ESP will also be introduced in this class.


1) WEEKLY: There are weekly discussion questions. Please be sure to post in response to the question of the week. Brevity is fine as long as you actually address the question and topic of the week in your responses. The Instructor will also be looking for intelligent/relevant responses to the posts of other students (in other words, consider this your "class participation")

Please be sure to post your answers to discussion questions no later than the start of the next week's lecture/webinar! Responses to other student posts should also be included.

Note: If you are going to experience a delay in posting due to work or travel commitments, please contact the Instructor.

2) WEEKLY: Be sure to read the weekly assigned articles/material (or watch videos, when in the assignments), and it's probably best to do so before you post in the discussion forums.

3) EXAMS: There is a mid-term and a final exam. Both are short essay type exams, similar in fact to the weekly discussion questions -- though there will be some short answer questions as well.

Mid term exam is due no later than the start of the Week 5 lecture/webinar.

Final exam is due no later than 10 days after it's posted/open to responses.

4) If you are interested in doing a project/paper instead of the final exam, that is possible -- but you must discuss this with the Instructor first.

5) Don't forget to ask questions that may be of interest to the entire class in the "Ask the Instructor" forum. Otherwise, contact the Instructor if you have questions you'd rather not ask in a public forum.


All students are considerd to be auditing the course without a grade. If you plan to use this course for a certificate program, you must take the course for a grade.

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

A – 90 - 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 70 – 79
D – 60 – 69
F – Below 60

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic. The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%) -- 5 points per week.

Exams (Total 60%) -- each exam is worth 30 points

Grades for assignments will be distributed as follows:

Discussion grade/points for weeks 1-4 will be distributed via email after week 4 posts/responses are assessed.

Course Outline:

WEEK ONE: General Overview of the course

  • Overview of the course flow, assignments and grading and structure of the classroom
  • Basic concepts and terminology with respect to Extra Sensory Perception
  • The point of scientific testing/experimentation with ESP vs. collection of spontaneous experiences
  • How spontaneous experiences feed laboratory studies, and how laboratory studies support understanding of spontaneous experiences
  • Origins of study of ESP in and out of the laboratory

WEEK TWO: Telepathy

  • Conceptual overview of Telepathy
  • Spontaneous Experiences
  • History of Research in Telepathy
  • Recent and Current Studies
  • What the studies have told us about Telepathy
  • Possible real-world applications

WEEK THREE: Clairvoyance/Remote Viewing

  • Conceptual overview of Clairvoyance, Remote Viewing and variants
  • Spontaneous Experiences
  • History of Research in Clairvoyance
  • History of Research in Remote Viewing
  • Recent and Current Studies
  • What the studies have told us about Real-Time Psi
  • Possible real-world applications

WEEK FOUR: Precognition

  • Conceptual overview of Precognition and its variants
  • Spontaneous Experiences
  • History of Research in Precognition
  • Recent and Current Studies
  • What the studies have told us about Precognition
  • Implications for our understanding of Time
  • Possible real-world applications


  • Conceptual overview of GESP
  • Spontaneous Experiences: Can we truly categorize experiences as Telepathy, Clairvoyance or Precognition, or are they mostly GESP?
  • History of Research in Telepathy
  • Recent and Current Studies
  • Can we test one ESP ability without considering the others? Is it all GESP?
  • Why does it matter?

WEEK SIX: Psychology, Personality, Altered States and Neurology

  • Why Psychology?
  • Psychological correlates
  • Personality variables
  • Belief factors
  • Creativity
  • Synesthesia
  • Schizotypy
  • Autism
  • Dissociation
  • Altered States of Consciousness
  • Neurological Research: EEG, fMRI and other peeks inside the brain

WEEK SEVEN: Unconscious ESP and Statistical Indicators/Results

  • Unconscious ESP studies: the use of biosensors in Presentiment, Sense of Being Stared At, and other ESP research
  • Why are statistics important to Parapsychology?
  • Studies and surveys of spontaneous ESP experiences
  • How common is ESP (statistically speaking)
  • Meta-analyses of ESP research

WEEK EIGHT: Theories of ESP and Summing Up

  • Overview of theories and models of ESP: past, present and going forward
    • How ESP theory fits (or currently does not fit) in with Physics and Psychology
    • Review of past theories and modes of ESP (e.g. electromagnetic, time-space related, quantum models, etc.)
    • Decision Augmentation Theory
    • First Sight theory
    • Entropy theory
  • Overview of laboratories/researchers that have studied ESP and are doing so now
  • Review of research and results for the last few years
  • The potential for future studies
  • Discussion of Final Exam

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Syllabus – Premonitions: A Peek into the Future

Instructors: Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD & Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD

About the course:

This 4-week course will focus on the people who have experienced premonitions and precognition and on the researchers who have studied them. Each week will include a live class broadcast, some suggested readings or videos, and a discussion forum on the topic of the week. There will also be a couple of class projects in which you’re invited to take part. Topics will include: seeing the future in the distant past; case collections from different eras and different cultures; the experiences of those who seem to have seen the future many times; premonitions of disasters and what they may say about destiny; and what we know about the content of premonitions and precognitive experiences from survey research.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Describe the history of case-based research into precognition and premonitions and give examples of some of the most memorable experiences.
  2. Discuss studies of individual cases and individual experiencers who have many premonitions over the course of a lifetime.
  3. Describe precognition of disasters and the difference between precognitive intuitions, dreams, and visions.
  4. Discuss the most common subjects of premonitions and precognition experiences, and the most common way in which people seem to get a glimpse of the future.

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Introduction to Premonitions and Precognition (Alvarado)

Week 2: Single Case Studies and Case Collections (Zingrone)

Week 3: Precognition of Disasters (Alvarado)

Week 4: Experiencers with Many Premonitions and Survey Research on Precognition (Zingrone)

Class Materials

Suggested readings (articles, books, and blogs), YouTube videos, experiencer websites, links to presentiment researchers and their websites as well as links to websites that will help you continue studying this topic after the course is over.

To Get the Most out of the Class

Join us to watch the live broadcast or watch the recording at your leisure. Log into the REC Classroom, meet your classmates, join the discussions, and take advantage of the free materials uploaded to the classroom for further study. Take part in the two class projects.