Parapsychology Revolution: A Concise Anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research

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Grounded in both scientific acumen and constructive inquiry, this anthology shines a rare, clarifying light on the controversial realms of psychical and paranormal research, surveying reports, essays, and arguments from more than a century of investigation into matters such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and past-life regression.

In the past one hundred and twenty-five years-despite a relative paucity of funding and the troubling persistence of fraud-serious inquiry into the ...

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Overview

Grounded in both scientific acumen and constructive inquiry, this anthology shines a rare, clarifying light on the controversial realms of psychical and paranormal research, surveying reports, essays, and arguments from more than a century of investigation into matters such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and past-life regression.

In the past one hundred and twenty-five years-despite a relative paucity of funding and the troubling persistence of fraud-serious inquiry into the paranormal, particularly as it relates to clairvoyance and psychical perception, has successfully entered the scientific age.

Studies in the modern laboratory, employing rigorous methodology and peer-reviewed oversight, have conclusively detected statistical anomalies that suggest the presence of some not yet understood faculty of the human mind. In The Parapsychology Revolution, Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.-a scholar widely known for his geological theories that question the conventional dating of the Great Sphinx-and researcher Logan Yonavjak introduce and anthologize core writings that underscore the range and continuing challenges of psychical research.

The book's extensive introduction and the editors' commentary on individual essays and sections highlight milestones, feuds, and key players that mark the nascent history of this fascinating and important field of research. Finally, The Parapsychology Revolution addresses and clarifies the all-important question: Is there legitimate evidence for a world beyond the ordinary?

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585426164
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2008
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 714,509
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on the Sphinx, and he was featured on the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Taking the Paranormal Seriously     1
Spontaneous Instances of the Paranormal     59
Telepathy and Monitions     65
Crisis Apparitions and the Theory of Chance-Coincidence, 1886   Edmund Gurney     65
On the Frequency of Monitions, 1923   Charles Richet     87
Mediumship: Quasi-Spontaneous Psi     94
On Trance Phenomena of Mrs. Piper, 1890   William James     94
Poltergeists: Spontaneous Psychokinesis     103
Poltergeists, Electromagnetism and Consciousness, 2003   William G. Roll     105
Notes on Reincarnation     123
Experimental and Laboratory Work on the Paranormal     127
Extra-Sensory Perception, 1934   J. B. Rhine     131
The Psychokinetic Effect, 1943   Louisa E. Rhine   J. B. Rhine     137
Information, Consciousness, and Health, 1996   Robert G. Jahn     144
Replication and Meta-Analysis in Parapsychology, 1991   Jessica Utts     163
Some Practical Applications of Psi Studies     205
Biology and Healing     212
Distance Healing: Evidence, 2007   Larry Dossey, M.D.     216
Remote Viewing     232
Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Transcendent and Asymmetric Warfare Implications of Remote Viewing, 2001   L. R. Bremseth     232
Overviews and Reflections on Psi     253
Skeptics and Debunkers of the Paranormal     255
On Some Unfair Practices Towards Claims of the Paranormal, 1998   Marcello Truzzi     255
The Elusive Nature of Psi     265
What Is Beyond the Edge of the Known World?, 2003   Jean E. Burns     265
Theories of Psi     300
Theories on the Physical Basis of Psi, 1997   Paul Stevens     300
Psi, Science, and Society     309
Some Thoughts Inspired by the Essay Title: "How the Scientific Establishment's Acceptance of ESP and PK Would Influence Contemporary Society,", 1992   Serena Roney-Dougal     309
Concluding Remarks     329
Thinking Clearly About the Paranormal. Where Do We, the Compilers, Stand? The Future of Parapsychology, and the Future of the Planet     329
Acknowledgments     355
Permissions     357
Sources and Readings     359
Index     403
About the Compilers     421
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