Parapsychology: The Controversial Science

Parapsychology: The Controversial Science

by Richard S. Broughton Ph.D.
     
 

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"This is the bst piece of writing for the public on serious parapsychology to come along in many years. It is both well written and well time, providing hot-off-the-press coverage of themost recent developments in parapsychological research and thinking."
ROBERT L. MORRIS
Koestler Chair of Parapsychology
University of Edinborough
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"This is the bst piece of writing for the public on serious parapsychology to come along in many years. It is both well written and well time, providing hot-off-the-press coverage of themost recent developments in parapsychological research and thinking."
ROBERT L. MORRIS
Koestler Chair of Parapsychology
University of Edinborough
In this impressively documented work, Dr. Richard S. Broughton, Director of Research at the world-renowned Institute of Parapscyhology, illuminates the history and evolution of parapsychology and directly addresses the raging controversy over its very existence as a science. At the heart of the book he brings together a broad range of recent parapsychological research, from the U.S., China, and the former Soviet Union, complete with full descriptions of the actual techniques and explanations of how researchers apply scientific methods to study the baffling experiences that qualify as psi phenomena.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If claims for ESP, clairvoyance, mind-over-matter and other psychic phenomena are valid, ``the so-called laws of physics will have to be rewritten,'' maintains the author. His careful, low-key survey of modern parapsychology ranges from psychic dreams and apparitions to out-of-body experiences, reincarnation and investigations of ghosts and hauntings. Broughton, research director of the Institute for Parapsychology in North Carolina, presents an impressive array of documented evidence suggesting that psychic phenomena may be authentic. As a state-of-the-art snapshot of contemporary research, this report should appeal to the open-minded reader. Broughton contends that future research will demonstrate psi to be an unusual but practical human ability. (July)
Library Journal
Broughton, director of research at the Institute of Parapsychology in Durham, North Carolina, provides an accessible introduction to the science of parapsychology. Most readers will know something of psychic phenomena--basically extrasensory perception and psychokinesis, but also poltergeist activity, out-of-body experiences, and the like--even if their only knowledge is limited to the sensational aspects. Broughton describes in detail both real-life events and experiences, as well as laboratory experiments in the United States and abroad--some of which involve government researchers. Readers will come away with a sense of the serious research being done which indicates that parapsychology is a maturing science. The bibliography in the appendix is noteworthy. Recommended for all libraries as a basic, yet thorough introduction.-- John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345356383
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/30/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
408

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