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The World's Top 10 Paranormal Visionaries

Spiritual seeker, paranormal investigator, true believer and self-professed "psychic junkie".


The World's Top 10 Paranormal Visionaries

1 J.B. Rhine

2 Robert Jahn & Brenda Dunne

3 Dean Radin

4 Rupert Sheldrake

5 Ingo Swann

6 Stanislav Grof

7 Semyon Kirlian

8 Konstantīns Raudive

9 Ed and Lorraine Warren

10 Diane Hennacy Powell

Okay, so I am not a scientist or a smarty pants (I try not to be anyway) but I feel it is about time the psi heroes of the paranormal get a little more credit for their work in the field of parapsychology and the supernatural.

Like good old Don Quixote paranormal experts on this list have researched the mysteries of the world of psi with respect and without fear. They are explorers of the paranormal who have all shown a true passion to find answers for the unexplained mysteries of the world, despite all the criticism and scrutiny they have faced in their careers!

A 2005 Gallup poll showed that 75% of people surveyed believe in at least one paranormal phenomenon, 41% believe in ESP and 55% percent believe in the power of the mind to heal the body. Very few people believe things they have not seen or experienced for themselves, not true? There must be something to what all these ordinary people believe! The heroes on my list give everyday believers faith because they come up with explanations for the psychic and paranormal experiences of millions of ordinary people all over the world. The are amazing!

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Why this list?

It always looks to me like the media are more interested in reporting on the kind of science that disproves stuff. They love negative opinions and skepticism! The moment some old stuffy professor somewhere announces that his study shows that something does not exist, the cameras and flashlights are there to capture the historic moment. To celebrate what? That we have been robbed of some more of the magic in our lives?

I really like the brave people on this top 10 list. They are all heroes to someone like me who has reason to believe in the world of the unseen. They help me to make sense of the mystical things I have experienced. They offer me hope and peace knowing that I am part of something greater than myself. There are many other researchers and authors who have contributed to this field and it is impossible to include all of them. The people on this list inspired me and that is why I chose them.

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How you can contribute!

My list is obviously not complete and will never be. I have chosen these 10 paranormal experts on based on a variety of factors and also my personal preferences. You may not agree with my choices, but there are only 10 open slots on this ranking - there is no way I can include every parapsychology researcher and visionary the world has ever seen.. But this page also offers you the opportunity to vote for the paranormal expert of your choice, or you can submit your own personal favorite at the bottom of this page. Your input and contributions are welcome!

Tribute to the "Crazy Ones"

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

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Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Apple Inc


Joseph Banks Rhine is known today as the "father of parapsychology". He is most famous for coining the term "extrasensory perception" or ESP. Dr Rhine also founded the term "parapsychology" to separate the work he was doing with his wife, Dr Louisa E. Rhine, and his collaborator Prof. William McDougall, from the traditional field of psychology. Before Rhine started doing psychical research the focus at labs was mainly on mediumship and afterlife evidence. Rhine used Zener cards to study clairvoyance, precognition and telepathy. In more than 80% of the studies he completed statistically significant results were found. For more information about the work of J.B. Rhine visit The Rhine Research Center.

There is something operative in man that transcends the law of matter and, therefore, by definition, a nonphysical or spiritual law is made manifest... This new world of the mind, represented and perhaps only suggested by the psi operations already identified, may very well, through further exploration, expand into an order of significance for a spiritual universe beyond the dreams of religion’s own prophets and mystics.

— J.B. Rhine


Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne founded the The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory to research psychokinesis (PK) and remote viewing. Dr. Jahn wanted to find out if any interaction happens between human consciousness and machines or technical devices. Their research findings suggest that the human mind can influence machines through telekinesis, that ESP and remote perception is possible and that human consciousness may be involved in creating our physical reality. For more information about the work of Jahn and Dunne visit Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)

It is not unfounded, therefore, to hope that the same exquisite consciousness that has so brilliantly conceived and refined its science of the objective, and that has at the same time so fully experienced and celebrated the subjective dimensions of its life, can now finally integrate these complementary perspectives into a super-science of the whole, wherein consciousness will stand as full partner with its cosmos in the establishment of reality

— Robert G. Jahn & Brenda J. Dunne


Dean Radin is a leader in the field of parapsychology research. He is a scientist, author and speaker who has done so much to create a new awareness of how traditional science has ignored and suppressed evidence of psi phenomena over the years. Dr. Radin has come to the conclusion that some psychic abilities and paranormal phenomena do exist, after studying it for the past 30 years. He also believes that it is a mistake for science to leave these findings accumulated over a century, out of our modern worldview. Dr. Radin says that he has found that "those who loudly assert with great confidence that there isn't any scientifically valid evidence for psychic abilities don't know what they're talking about". For more about Dean Radin's work visit his official website at

After a century of increasingly sophisticated investigations and more than a thousand controlled studies with combined odds against chance of 10 to the 104th power to 1, there is now strong evidence that psi phenomena exist. While this is an impressive statistic, all it means is that the outcomes of these experiments are definitely not due to coincidence.

— Dean Radin


Rupert Sheldrake is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance which describes the universe as something that is alive and growing and that has its own memory. In the field of parapsychology he is known for his interesting research experiments in telepathy, the unexplained paranormal powers of animals, and the psychic sense we all sometimes experience of "being stared at". He is also known for being a visionaty scientist who has the courage to stand up to the status quo and freely speak his mind. Dr Sheldrake says his main concerns in his work is the "opening up of science" to free inquiry. and exploring the connections between science and spirituality. For more information about the work of Rupert Sheldrake visit his official website at

The next time you are far away from somebody you know well, think about them and form the intention to telephone them. They may just pick up on that thought and start thinking about you. Then all of a sudden the phone rings and it’s that person. I call that telephone telepathy, and it is the most common kind of telepathy in the modern world. It’s just another way in which we are all interconnected.

— Rupert Sheldrake


Ingo Swann was a parapsychologist and famous psychic research subject who has been called parapsychology's "most tested guinea-pig". He helped to develop the scientific field of "remote viewing" together with physicists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute (SRI). Swann was also a member of the team at the Stargate Project sponsored by the U.S. military where they developed new tests to make the research of psychic phenomena, like clairvoyance and out-of-body experiences, more scientific. Swann believed that our ability to sense and perceive is extraordinary and remarkable and that we have psychic potential beyond anything that has been identified in science. For more information about Ingo Swann's legacy visit his official website at Superpowers of the Human Biomind

In addition to memory and imagination which are universally shared by all specimens of our species, the several formats of intuition and of the telepathic transfer of information are also very broadly shared.These first four of the superpowers are accepted as naturally existing, although they cannot be explained by conventional beliefs based in conventional concepts of matter and time.

— Ingo Swann


Stanislav Grof is one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology which aims to integrate science with spirituality and the supernatural. Dr Grof is best known for his powerful approach to self-exploration and healing known as "holotropic breathwork", and his controversial research of experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics like LSD. He has collected many anecdotes about psychic phenomena reported by people under the influence of drugs. The famous author and consciousness guru Deepak Chopra describes him as "one of the most important pioneers in the scientific understanding of consciousness". For more information about his research and books visit his official website at

Our ability to leave our physical bodies and travel to other places has been demonstrated in controlled laboratory experiments by researchers with good academic credentials.

— Stanislav Grof


Semyon Kirlian was a Ukrainian engineer who accidentally discovered that he was able to capture auras or a "corona discharge" that looks like a glowing halo around objects using electro-photography. For centuries clairvoyants and spiritually sensitive people have reported seeing auras around others, but until Kirlian and his wife Valentina invented this unique photographic technique there was no way to capture this paranormal phenomenon. His discovery inspired new parapsychology research into the astral body, energy healing and telepathy. For information about his life and work visit his page on Wikipedia

Numerous cultures describe a matrix of subtle energies that support, shape, and animate the physical body, called qi or chi in China, prana in the yoga tradition of India and Tibet, yesod in the Jewish cabalistic tradition, ki in Japan, baraka by the Sufis, wakan by the Lakotas, orenda by the Iroquois, megbe by the Ituri Pygmies, and the Holy Spirit in Christian tradition.

— Donna Eden


Konstantīns Raudive was a Latvian writer and student of Carl Jung who had a lifelong interest in parapsychology and the existence of the afterlife. Together with German parapsychologist Hans Bender he did groundbreaking work in the field of Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP). Dr. Raudive devoted most of the last ten years of his life exploring EVP and recorded over 100,000 audiotapes. Raudive also developed several different approaches to the recording of EVP and is considered by modern paranormal investigators to be the father of EVP research. For more information about EVP visit

When we listened to an audio recording made at that time, someone said my name, but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t others on the team. It was somebody out there. They actually said my name "Nick" in kind of raspy, whispered voice.

— Nick Ferra


Ed and Lorraine Warren have been described as America's "top ghostbusters" and leading experts on the subject of poltergeists, hauntings and demonology. They are regarded by many as pioneers in the field of paranormal investigation and exorcism and have dedicated more than 50 years of their lives to their work. Ed is a demonologist and Lorraine is a trance medium. The Warrens founded The New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 with the goal of investigating hauntings, which includes an Occult Museum. They have worked on many famous paranormal investigation cases, but they are most famous for their work on cases that became the subject of Hollywood films, like The Amityville Horror and more recently The Conjuring. Lorraine is also said to have been the inspiration for the medium character seen in the film Poltergeist. For more information about the Warrens visit their official website at

If you look at a fan and it's standing still, you can see the propellers very easily. But, if that fan starts up you can't see anything - it's invisible. Spirits are on that different vibrational field. They're all around us right now but you can't see them. But if you were like Lorraine, you could see them clairvisually, hear them clairaudially.

— Ed Warren


Diane Hennacy Powell is a former Harvard professor who wrote one of my favorite books about psychic phenomena, The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena. Many books about psychic abilities and paranormal phenomena are often written by psychics or paranormal investigators. Dr. Powell is not a psychic, but a neuroscientist nad psychiatrist and in her book she investigates empirical data to examine psychic abilities like telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance and the ability to see into the future. I love her book because it can be understood by ordinary lay people like myself and it has contributed much to greater public awareness of the truth about psychical research. Powell says it is her her passion "to look for clues to a deeper understanding of the unsolved mysteries of human consciousness". For more information about Diane and her book visit her official website at

There are theories about how the brain works, and what people do is design experiments to generate data that fits with that theory. If they run into data that doesn't fit into their theory, they just ignore it. But a true scientist will throw out the existing theory if they have a lot of data that cannot be explained. Theories are man-made, and therefore fallible. Data is what's most important.

— Diane Hennacy Powell

Interesting Parapsychology Websites

There are many useful sites on the internet for people who are interested in psychic phenomena and the paranormal. Try some of these websites that have been very interesting and useful in my personal research.

Psychic Science

Psychic Science is a fun website that explores psychic abilities and the paranormal. My favorite section is the Introduction to Psychical Research and Parapsychology.

The Parapsychological Association

The Parapsychological Association is an international professional organization of scientists who study psi experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition. Their primary objective is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences does nonprofit consciousness research and the realization of human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.” The IONS explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.

Physics and Psi

A collection of opinions on the problems arising between the standard scientific view of the world and psi phenomena. Typical issues are discussion of experimental results, their credibility, possible explanations or conjectures from quantum physics, epistemological problems, matter and consciousness, synchronicity. There is also a collection of papers.

The Weird Science Database Of Anomalous Phenomena

Have you experienced a bizarre and inexplicable event? Well, you're not alone! Check out our large collection of unusual phenomena reports below. Then add your own report to the growing collection.


alixmartin on March 23, 2015:

This is so interresting

Best Psychic (author) from United Kingdom on August 08, 2014:

Thank you for supporting this hub. xxx

Mackenzie Sage Wright on December 13, 2013:

Interesting list of people. I hadn't heard of all of them. Pioneers in a field that deserves a lot more attention. Great hub.

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