The PK Zone: A Cross-Cultural Review of Psychokinesis (PK)

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This book is a tour de force, which leads the reader through the long and fascinating history of psychokinesis (PK), in all its facets. From the earliest days of levitating saints and rock throwing poltergeists to the latest research being done in the field, this book covers it all. With degrees in both medicine and parapsychology, Dr. Heath documents her material with painstaking care as she puts together all...
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Overview

This book is a tour de force, which leads the reader through the long and fascinating history of psychokinesis (PK), in all its facets. From the earliest days of levitating saints and rock throwing poltergeists to the latest research being done in the field, this book covers it all. With degrees in both medicine and parapsychology, Dr. Heath documents her material with painstaking care as she puts together all of the pieces of this intriguing puzzle.

Long a topic of myth and legend, the first section of the text explores stories of miraculous events from a variety cultures around the globe. The second portion of the book shifts from the anecdotal to what science has taught us. Over a hundred years of experimental research are reviewed to examine what has been learned from archival data, field investigations, and formal controlled studies of this controversial field. The third section of the book describes what performers have themselves said about their experiences, in their own words. Finally, the book considers what kinds of things appear to inhibit, or facilitate, performance. By the end, the reader is left with a comprehensive sense of all that is currently understood about PK.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780595276585
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/10/2003
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    Not to be Missed: How it feels to do mind over matter

    Heath's THE PK ZONE is a must-read for anyone generally interested in psychic abilities or in parapsychological research, and for those specifically interested in Mind over Matter, or PsychoKinesis. THE PK ZONE takes off from where my own book leaves off (MIND OVER MATTER (Kensington, 1996), which is an overview of PsychoKinesis abilities and research). Heath's approach to understanding not only the phenomenon/ability itself, but how it actually feels to be doing PK is amazing, and provides incredible insights into the process of learning and doing. For those who are skeptics, the thought processes of those experiencing PK are just as insightful, even if one is to dismiss psychic abilities as non-existent. In other words, there's much here for everyone, whether you are a believer, disbeliever or somewhere in between. Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    A note from the author

    'The PK Zone' is a project that was started many years ago as part of a personal quest to try to understand psychokinesis (PK). It took me on a long road, leading to my getting a doctorate degree in parapsychology. The basic idea for the format of the book came out of doing my dissertation. I discovered to my horror that no one had summarized the experimental literature since about 1976 ¿ meaning I had to go through every journal article and book I could find since then and try to summarize them. Moreover, most academic books ignored stories about PK as unscientific, and no one had previously studied what the experience of performing PK is like for those who actually do it. It seemed to me that this was a mistake. How can you understand such a complex topic unless you really ground yourself in the material? The answer is simple. You can¿t. It was not an easy task¿-nor one I particularly wanted to do¿-but it had to be done. And what I found was, when I finished putting together all the anecdotal, experimental, and experiential data, that for the first time I felt like I truly understood PK. It was deeply satisfying, but I also wanted to share what I had learned with others. The next four years were spent rewriting, and updating 'The PK Zone' to take it out of academic double talk and make it more understandable. I was helped in part by simultaneously working on a paranormal romance novel, called 'Out of Nowhere' (soon to be published by iUniverse.com). What I ended up with was a casual style, which presents all that we currently know about this intriguing topic. 'The PK Zone' is set up to lead the reader on the same journey that I took. First, it looks at stories of PK from cultures around the world. Next, it reviews the experimental literature and what science has taught us about the phenomena. With this rich backdrop, the reader is then ready to appreciate the final section of the book¿the complex, interactive nature of the experience. 'The PK Zone' was winner of the iUniverse Editor¿s Choice Award, receiving the maximum points possible. The reviewer wrote, 'This book is a tour de force, examining not only the long and controversial history of PK, but ultimately challenging the reader to find out for himself whether every person might not actually have latent PK ability. Since the earliest days of levitating saints to the latest research being done in the PK field, this book covers it all, and is painstakingly documented every step of the way. It¿s a topic that is both timely and timeless, and the reader is hard pressed to put it down once they¿ve started reading ¿. The hardest thing is not to sound too enthusiastic, when this may be the best written, researched and told book this reviewer has seen to date!' I hope you enjoy my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Destined to be a classic read.

    I don¿t have a lot of time to read so when I do I like to read a book with a little meat on its bones. PK Zone will not be a book that you read once and then consign to some dusty shelf, give to a book drive or worse yet place in the circular file. My gut feeling is that this is a book destined to be a classic in its field. This is a scholarly work that will leave you impressed and awed. However you don¿t have to fear a dull or ponderous read. The author has a talent for writing and the pages just fly by. Here we have an enormous undertaking. This is a complete review of the literature pertaining to PK that as far as I know has never been attempted before. She includes wonderful interviews by practitioners of PK. The amount of information this book contains is staggering. I guarantee you will know more than you started with even if you believe you are fairly well versed in the subject matter. Heads up! This is a gift to scholars and educators in this discipline. She has done all the work for you here. All you have to do is sit back in your chair and absorb the information or assign it as required reading for your class. If you are truly interested in furthering you understanding of psychokinesis this book belongs on your shelf.

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