Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People
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Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People

by Stanley C. Krippner Ph.D.
     
 

An introduction to the scientific study of psychics and mediums—those who are frauds, those who are psychotic, and those whose claims seem to defy easy dismissal.

• Includes essays from several expert contributors, each an accomplished scientific researcher in the fields of parapsychology, neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience

• Offers case

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Overview

An introduction to the scientific study of psychics and mediums—those who are frauds, those who are psychotic, and those whose claims seem to defy easy dismissal.

• Includes essays from several expert contributors, each an accomplished scientific researcher in the fields of parapsychology, neurobiology, and cognitive neuroscience

• Offers case studies on definitive episodes of both fraudulent and not-easily-disproven psychic events

• Provides a bibliography of references and additional readings, including print and online resources

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Krippner (psychology, Saybrook U.) and Friedman (psychology, U. of Florida, Gainesville) assemble nine articles that examine claims of parapsychological experiences like telepathy, psychokinesis, and precognition from a neurobiological perspective. Instead of promoting a position on the existence or non-existence of these phenomena, they aim to introduce readers to pioneering efforts exploring the mind through neurobiological perspectives and technologies like neuroimaging and EEG. They consider such phenomena as ESP, trance, and paranormal experiences, as well as the skepticism of mainstream scientists, the neurochemistry of these phenomena, and the relationship between the mind and the body. Contributors are psychologists, neurobiologists, and specialists in behavioral medicine and parapsychology from North America, Europe, Australia, and Brazil." - Reference & Research Book News

"Recommended." - Choice

"There isn't space here to review every chapter in this timely volume, but each one offers worthwhile perspectives on psi and neurobiology. The editors are to be applauded for assembling this range of informative material. The anthology shows that there could be real value in bringing neuroscience into the realms of parapsychology, with potential benefits to both areas of research…" - The Noetic Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313358661
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Larry Dossey

"Within a mere five generations, physics has moved from a hard-core materialistic perspective to one that honors consciousness as a primary factor in our concept of reality. As Mysterious Minds makes clear, other areas of science appear to be moving in the same direction. As a result, our current concepts of mind and consciousness will eventually appear as antiquated as the four humors of medieval medicine. No human on earth can consider him/herself decently educated who is unaware of the information, revelations, and controversies contained in this magnificent book."

Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Science of Premonitions and Healing Words

Executive Editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

Rosemarie Pilkington
"Mysterious Minds is a welcome addition to our attempts at understanding mental and physical mediums and the phenomena they produce. The book contributes to the development of a much needed transdisciplinary field of inquiry that may help us in conceiving how these mysterious phenomena 'work.'"

Rosemarie Pilkington

"Mysterious Minds is a welcome addition to our attempts at understanding mental and physical mediums and the phenomena they produce. The book contributes to the development of a much needed transdisciplinary field of inquiry that may help us in conceiving how these mysterious phenomena 'work.'"

Rosemarie Pilkington, Ph.D., author of The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Seance Phenomena

Larry Dossey
"Within a mere five generations, physics has moved from a hard-core materialistic perspective to one that honors consciousness as a primary factor in our concept of reality. As Mysterious Minds makes clear, other areas of science appear to be moving in the same direction. As a result, our current concepts of mind and consciousness will eventually appear as antiquated as the four humors of medieval medicine. No human on earth can consider him/herself decently educated who is unaware of the information, revelations, and controversies contained in this magnificent book."

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Meet the Author

Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, CA.

Harris L. Friedman, PhD, is a research professor of psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.

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