Paranthropology: A Cultural Approach to Psi
with Loyd Auerbach



This 8 week course from the Rhine Education Center may be taken as an adult education course or it may be applied towards a certificate program from the Rhine.  Weekly classes will be broadcast live on Mondays September 21 - November 9th: 8:00pm - 9:30pm.  This is a seminar course, so students will participate in live discussions during class. There is also an interactive online courseroom where students will find weekly discuss topics, resources, and assignments from the course instructor.

If you cannot attend the live class broadcasts, you can watch the recordings of the classes when it is most convenient for you. This is a seminar course, so attendance of the live broadcasts is strongly encouraged. Many successful students have attended courses by watching the class recordings and completing the work in the online courseroom.


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Course Description

This is a Seminar course that will involve live student interaction and discussions. Limited enrollment.

How do native cultures view psi phenomena?

How do culture-based beliefs and folklore around healing and psychokinesis differ between places like China, Mexico, and the Australian Outback? Why are seers and clairvoyants accepted in some cultures but shunned by others, modern culture included? How are culture-bound/religion-bound magic, witchcraft, and sorcery beliefs related to psychic abilities and experiences?

This 8-week academic course will be a high level overview of the ideas and beliefs of psychic experiences, the human mind and spirit, and related areas (life after death, reincarnation, etc.) as those beliefs have been “seen” by anthropologists and parapsychologists around the world.  We will look at the possible instances of psi phenomena best reported in studies of divination, witchcraft and sorcery beliefs and practices, various cross cultural studies, modern beliefs in the occult and supernatural, and the application of psychic functioning in archaeology and anthropology.  From the parapsychological side, we will examine the ways culture affects belief, which in turn affects the psychic experience.


When: Live broadcasts once a week or watch the class recordings at your convenience.

Where: This is an ONLINE COURSE, so you can participate anywhere you have an internet connection.

Tuition: $199


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