DURHAM, N.C. — Often referred to as the sixth sense, extrasensory perception is the receipt of information through psychic abilities. The Rhine Research Center in Durham is dedicated to the study of extrasensory perception and other forms of parapsychology — paranormal psychic phenomena.
Such research began in Durham at Duke University in 1935, when Joseph Banks Rhine led a professional study of parapsychology.
In 1965, Rhine started the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man and moved the center off campus. Banks passed away in 1980, and in 1995, his center was renamed The Rhine Research Center.
Today, the center is less than a mile from Duke’s campus in the first-ever facility to be built for the experimental work of parapsychology.
The Rhine provides group tours of its facility and museum. Tours and motorcoach parking must be arranged in advance.
“Along with an introductory talk about the history of The Rhine and our research, groups are given a guided tour through the research labs,” said Susan Freeman, events coordinator and public relations director at the center.
The center continues to produce original research on the nature of human consciousness.
“Our research has grown beyond proving extrasensory perception to exploring the mechanisms that enable extrasensory perception abilities using scientific methods,” Freeman said. “There are unusual types of experiences that suggest we have capabilities unrecognized in the domain of human personality.”
The center’s library is in possession of rare and out-of-date books on various extrasensory perception subjects, as well as several historic pieces of equipment that were once used for research.
In addition to tours, the center offers meetings, where groups may discuss psychic experiences; remote viewing practices, where groups without prior training can participate in remote viewing; workshops; presentations; and other educational opportunities.
For more information, call (919) 309-4600 or visit www.rhine.org.