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    psi research

    I know "psi" is any purportedly psychic phenomenon, as psychokinesis, telepathy, clairvoyance, or the like.
    Is the acronym "psi" short for "psychic"?

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    ex)...The respected author and researcher Dean Radin did an exhaustive analysis of psi research involving more than eight hundred studies and sixty investigators over nearly three decades...

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    Re: psi research

    I'd use parapsychology:

    The term parapsychology was coined in or around 1889 by philosopher Max Dessoir. It was adopted by J.B. Rhine in the 1930s as a replacement for the term psychical research in order to indicate a significant shift toward experimental methodology and academic discipline.[2] The term originates from the Greek: παρά para meaning "alongside", and psychology.
    Parapsychology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: psi research

    Thanks a lot!!!

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    Re: psi research

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    To me, "psi" without context is meaningless. If this is a common shortcut for parapsychology, then I've learned something new. And in 9 seasons (ok 8) of The X-Files, I can't remember Mulder ever using the phrase "psi research"

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    Re: psi research

    It appears to be in use: A Short History of Psi Research - The Skeptic's Dictionary - Skepdic.com

    I had seen it before, though I don't know much about the area.

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    #6

    Re: psi research

    It just means "pounds per square inch" to me.

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    Re: psi research

    It probably explains somewhere on Wikipedia - but I''ll cut to the chase: 'psi' is the name of the Greek letter ψ, which was the initial letter of the word ψυχη - the basis of many related words - psychology, parapsychology... etc.

    PSI is also used in other contexts, but spelled out. As an example of just one, I used to work on a product called 'VAX PSI'; there, it stood for 'Packet-Switched Interface'. But this was nothing to do with 'psi research'

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