The one thing everyone arguing about parapsychology can agree on is – they admire Stanley Krippner
This week Village Voice Media put on the front page what everyone who’s been seriously engaged in the academic study – and debunking – of parapsychology has known: Saybrook University professor Stanley Krippner stands out as the Grand Old Man of the field.
Author most recently of Debating Psychic Experience, which puts some of psychic phenomenon’s strongest advocates and most compelling counter-advocates in direct debate, Krippner is also the editor of The Variety of Anomalous Experience – a compendium of every commonly reported anomalous experience, from Alien Abductions to Telepathy, along with a review of all the relevant scholarly literature address what might have really happened.
(The American Psychological Association press is schedule to publish a second edition of Variety of Anomalous Experiences soon)
From legendary debunker James Randi to J.B. Rhine, it seems like everyone in the field has worked with Krippner, and have nothing but praise for his evenhanded approach to the study of anomalous phenomenon.
Here’s how the SF Weekly put it:
He has established a firm standing in the realm of parapsychology — the scientific study of psychic phenomena generally known as extrasensory perception — akin to the (Grateful) Dead's place in the pantheon of rock 'n' roll. Among both "advocates" and "counter-advocates" of ESP, his decade of meticulous experimentation with "dream telepathy" is viewed as some of the field's strongest and most methodologically sound work of the 20th century.
"Stan belongs on the Mount Rushmore of parapsychology," says fellow ESP researcher Charles Tart. James "The Amazing" Randi, perhaps the world's most prominent skeptic, also offers Krippner his benediction: "There are so few things in this field you can depend on, and there are so many people who are prejudiced and biased. But I can depend on Stan. And I don't think he's biased at all."
There is a great deal more, of course, to Krippner’s extraordinary life and work than just the study of parapsychology. To quote reporter Joe Eskenazi:
He has penned close to 1,000 papers on subjects as far-reaching as childhood creativity, combating soldiers' post-traumatic stress disorder, and worldwide shamanistic rituals. He has won more laurels from more organizations than he can keep track of, including several lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association — the world's largest organization of psychologists and the definer of mainstream thought in the field.
And that doesn’t even begin to Krippner’s seminal role in the development of the “Grateful Dead Sound,” or his pioneering dream studies – all of which are covered, in delightful detail, in the cover story.
Other significant works published by Krippner include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (2012)
- Haunted by combat: Understanding PTSD in war veterans (2010)
- Personal Mythology: Using ritual, dreams, and imagination to discover your inner story (2008)
Krippner teaches in Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, and is actively involved in its concentration program in Consciousness and Spirituality and its certificate in Dream Studies, among many other programs.
Photo by J.P. Dobrin, courtesy of SF Weekly