Science and Séance: A discussion between a Parapsychologist and a Clairvoyant

Science and Séance: A discussion between a Parapsychologist and a Clairvoyant

by Ciarán O'Keeffe, Billy Roberts

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Science and Séance: A discussion between a Parapsychologist and a Clairvoyant by Ciarán O'Keeffe, Billy Roberts

A fascinating discussion between two experts on different sides of the paranormal debate. Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe, a sceptical expert who has appeared on the British television series Most Haunted and Jane Goldman Investigates, exchanges questions and answers with Billy Roberts, one of the UK’s leading stage psychics. Themes covered by the Parapsychologist and the Clairvoyant are quite varied: Defining the Paranormal, Mediumship and com­municating with Spirit, Ghosts and “Things that go bump in the night”, Perceptions of the Spirit world, the Truth about Mediums, Divination methods like Scrying, the Ouija Board, Astrology, topics like Meditation, Superstition, and Spiritual Healing. First published in 2008, the authors have contributed new essays for this edition. The truth is out there—but finding it is not always so easy!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782011835
Publisher: Evertype
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface by Ciarán O'Keeffe
Preface by Billy Roberts
Foreword by Jane Goldman

Chapter 1
The Parapsychologist and the Clairvoyant
Ciarán O'Keeffe, the Parapsychologist
Billy Roberts, the Clairvoyant
Working as a Medium
Ivor James
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Working as a Scientist

Chapter 2
Defining the Paranormal
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Parapsychology and the Paranormal
Psychometry
Mediumship
Billy Roberts: Parapsychology and the Paranormal

Chapter 3
Mediumship and Communicating with Spirit
Billy Roberts
Telepathy or Talking to the Dead?
Implications of Mediumship
The Debunkers
Cold Reading

Ciarán O'Keeffe
Cold Reading
The Rhetoric of Mediumship
The Barnum Effect
Other Problems with Mediumship

Chapter 4
Question Time, Part 1
The Parapsychologist questions the Clairvoyant
The Clairvoyant questions the Parapsychologist

Chapter 5
Ghosts and Things that go "Bump" in the Night!
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Hauntings
Poltergeist
The Phelps Case
The Parker Case
Spirit Lights, Orbs, or What?
Billy Roberts: Corner of the Eye
Spirit Lights
The Phenomenon of Triboluminescence
The Haunted House Syndrome

Chapter 6
Perceptions of the Spirit World
Billy Roberts
Ciarán O'Keeffe

Chapter 7
The Truth about Mediums?
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Psychic Criminology
The Truth about Mediums
Fishing
Dramatization and Imagery
Staging Modesty
Co-operative Strategies
Billy Roberts
When is a Medium not a Medium?
People who consult Mediums
Do Psychic Consultations fulfil a need?
The Truth about Mediums
Mediums in the Security of the Spiritualist Church
Mediums Galore!
Is it healthy to visit Mediums regularly?

Chapter 8
Question Time, Part 2
The Parapsychologist questions the Clairvoyant
The Clairvoyant questions the Parapsychologist

Chapter 9
Divination methods: Scrying, Ouija Board, Astrology
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Introduction to Divination
Billy Roberts: Introductory Warning
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Scrying
Psychological Problems
Billy Roberts
What do you see?
How does it work?
Does this exercise cause any psychological problems?
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Ouija Boards
Billy Roberts
Astrological Status
Ciarán O'Keeffe: Astrological Status
Newspaper Horoscopes (Horary Astrology)
Personality traits and sun-signs
Birth chart horoscopes (Genethliacal Astrology
Chapter 10
Meditation
Billy Roberts
Ciarán O'Keeffe

Chapter 11
Superstition
Billy Roberts
Triskaidekaphobia
Ciarán O'Keeffe
Probability and the Paranormal

Chapter 12
Spiritual Healing
Billy Roberts
Ciarán O'Keeffe

Chapter 13
Final Questions
The Clairvoyant questions the Parapsychologist
The Parapsychologist questions the Clairvoyant

Chapter 14
Final Thoughts
Billy Roberts: The Good Old Days
Ciarán O'Keeffe

Chapter 15
Our perspectives, some years later...
Ciarán O'Keeffe
Billy Roberts

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