The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 2008 - Psychology - 232 pages
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For over thirty years, Stephen Braude has studied the paranormal in everyday life, from extrasensory perception and psychokinesis to mediumship and materialization. The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations is a highly readable and often amusing account of his most memorable encounters with such phenomena. Here Braude recounts in fascinating detail five particular cases—some that challenge our most fundamental scientific beliefs and others that expose our own credulousness. Braude begins with a south Florida woman who can make thin gold-colored foil appear spontaneously on her skin. He then travels to New York and California to test psychokinetic superstars—and frauds—like Joe Nuzum, who claim to move objects using only their minds. Along the way, Braude also investigates the startling allegations of K.R., a policeman in Annapolis who believes he can transfer images from photographs onto other objects—including his own body—and Ted Serios, a deceased Chicago elevator operator who could make a variety of different images appear on Polaroid film. Ultimately, Braude considers his wife’s surprisingly fruitful experiments with astrology, which she has used to guide professional soccer teams to the top of their leagues, as well as his own personal experiences with synchronicity—a phenomenon, he argues, that may need to be explained in terms of a refined, extensive, and dramatic form of psychokinesis. Heady, provocative, and brimming with eye-opening details and suggestions, The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations will intrigue both adherents and detractors of its controversial subject matter alike.
  

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User Review  - AJBraithwaite - LibraryThing

The subject matter was intriguing, but the tone of the book was highly defensive. I got the impression that the author has had to spend a lot of his professional life justifying his interest in ... Read full review

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FULL DISCLOSURE. I was only able to make it through half of this book before I had to throw in the towel. 1. This book is so littered with logical fallacies that it is at times near impossible to read ... Read full review

Contents

1 Katie the Gold Leaf Lady
1
2 Historical Interlude
25
Subject from Hell
55
Subject in Hell
77
5 K R or Who Can You Trust?
97
A Postscript
107
7 The Synchronicity Confusion
127
Some Thoughts on Astrology
153
Appendixes
179
Glossary
183
Notes
185
References
195
Index
201
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Stephen Braude is professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of some sixty journal articles and four previous books, including The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science and, most recently, Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life after Death.

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