The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science

The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science

by Stephen E. Braude
     
 

The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale-psychokinesis (PK). It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena. It then

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The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale-psychokinesis (PK). It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena. It then examines why PK does not pose a clear threat to the very fabric of science, as many have proposed. The major skeptical challenges to taking large-scale PK seriously and the reason why those challenges are all unsatisfactory are considered. The evidence examined most closely is the turn-of-the-century evidence for physical mediumship, with special attention given to the cases of D.D. Home and Eusapio Palladino. The author compares and evaluates the leading theories of apparitions and considers the extent to which the evidence for collective apparitions can be interpreted as a further type of psychokinetic phenomenon. Finally, the claim that PK (and psychic functioning generally) might occur in refined and extensive forms is considered. It argues that this claim is not as outlandish as many have maintained and that we might have to accept something like the 'magical' world view associated with so-called 'primitive' societies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761806240
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
12/26/1996
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,091,839
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Importance of Non-Experimental Evidence
Ch. 2Physical Mediumship: Two Classic Cases
Ch. 3Physical Mediumship: Miscellaneous Mediums
Ch. 4Apparitions
Ch. 5Toward a Theory of PK
Ch. 6Precognition Without Retrocausation
Ch. 7Reflections on Super Psi
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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