A New Science of the Paranormal The Promise of Psychical Research

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-07
  • Publisher: Quest Books
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ESP, poltergeists, hauntings, death-bed apparitions-scientific study of such phenomena is in complete disarray. The major laboratories have closed, and scientific journals have shown nothing new for decades. In fact, little progress in understanding the paranormal has been made in the past hundred years, despite widespread public interest. But, says author Lawrence LeShan, we know far more about psychic phenomena than is generally believed. It is time we accept its reality, just as people once accepted that the power of lightning could be harnessed in a light bulb-to their benefit! Psychic research holds tremendous promise, and, in spite of appearances, this promise is close to fulfilment. With fascinating stories of documented psychic events, Dr. LeShan describes that promise and how we can achieve it. Mainline science rejects the paranormal because it cannot be proven by the classical methods of controlled experiments. But, LeShan points out, sciences such as geology, astronomy, and anthropology cannot rely on laboratory testing for repeatable results, and they do quite well. Moreover, psi concerns consciousness, which is by definition nonquantitative. And in fact, many phenomena critically dismissed as paranormal are accepted in quantum physics as perfectly normal-like the ability of electrons to pass through solid matter. Psi researchers must stop acting like science's poor relations, limiting themselves to controlled experiments such as analyzing statistics of people guessing cards being flipped in the next room.

Author Biography

Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D., is author of the best-selling How to Meditate and many other books on psychotherapy, cancer treatment, and mysticism. He has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America.

Table of Contents

Psychic Research and the Consistency of the Universep. 1
Case History: "The Lost Harp,"p. 19
What Do We Now Know About Psychic Phenomena?p. 23
Case History: A Call to the Wimbledon Undergroundp. 30
Normal and Paranormal Communicationp. 33
Case History: "An Experience in the Forest,"p. 39
Designing a Science of Psychical Researchp. 43
Case History: "A Transatlantic 'Chair Test,'"p. 57
Psi and Altered States of Consciousnessp. 63
Case History: "Mrs. Verrall,"p. 77
Case History: The Four Photographsp. 78
The Next Step: Implications of the New Sciencep. 81
Case History: "The Vanished Man: A Psychometry Experiment with Mrs. Eileen J. Garrett,"p. 92
What Dare I Hope?p. 99
Appendix. "When Is Uvani?"p. 103
Notesp. 119
Indexp. 127
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