A New Science of the Paranormal: The Promise of Psychical Research

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Quest Books, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 133 pages
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Mainline science rejects the paranormal because it cannot be proven by the classical methods of controlled experiments. But sciences such as geology, astronomy, and anthropology also don’t rely on laboratory testing for repeatable results. Moreover, psi concerns consciousness, which is by definition nonquantitative. "Psi researchers must stop acting like science’s poor relations," says author Lawrence LaShan, "limiting themselves to controlled experiments such as analyzing statistics of people guessing cards being flipped in the next room."

This provocative book outlines the principles of making a real study of the large, exciting events — clairvoyance and precognition; mediumship and spirit controls; psychic healing — that would bring mainline science into and revitalize the whole field. "And the issue is not just academic," says LeShan. "The old, materialistic worldview has not worked. Psychic research," he argues, "can transform our sense of reality itself to offer a new and more hopeful picture of ourselves and of the world."
  

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I did not care for the Ad Hominen position the author chose, nor for the way in which a point would be stated, and restated in slightly different language, then sometimes further restated. I felt the author was trying to manipulate the reader which made for a very disappointing read. Read full review

Contents

Psychic research and the consistency of the Universe 1
what Do we Now Know About Psychic Phenomena? 23
Normal and Paranormal communication 33
Psi and Altered States of consciousness 63
implications of the New Science 81
what Dare i hope? 99
Notes 119
index 127
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About the author (2009)

Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D. is a research and clinical psychologist who has worked with cancer patients for over forty years. His pioneering research in psychological factors in cancer has led him to be called "The father of mind-body medicine". He is past president of the Association of Humanistic Psychology and has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America.

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