The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind

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Inner Traditions/Bear, Feb 7, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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Examines unexplained phenomena in psychiatric and psychological terms rather than occult terms

• Explores how the unconscious mind manifests paranormal phenomena

• Shows how the cerebellum--the seat of the unconscious--is the source of these energies, subpersonalities, and manifestations

• Identifies our neglected “Neanderthal” subconscious as responsible for the rising incidence of paranormal happenings

Alien abduction, poltergeist attacks, incubi, succubi, split and multiple personalities, possessions, precognition, spontaneous combustion--the list of phenomena not just unexplained but ignored by mainstream science seems endless. Yet the key to the origin of all these manifestations lies deep within our own brains.

In The Origins of Psychic Phenomena, Stan Gooch explores the functioning of the dream-producing part of the brain--the cerebellum--and how the unconscious mind is able to externalize itself. The cerebellum is the physical seat of the unconscious and was once equal to or even superior to the cerebrum as essential to our functioning. In modern times it has been shunted into the subliminal, yet the cerebellum continues to process our worldly experiences and reveals its concerns in misunderstood, often frightening, manifestations. Gooch explains that Neanderthal Man possessed a much larger cerebellum than Cro-Magnon Man and posits that the modern repression of the cerebellum’s role in our consciousness has given rise to these supernatural phenomena.

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Review: The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind

User Review  - Silverrabbit - Goodreads

Good arguments on how to apply probable scientific explanations to all the "paranormal phenomena" but what was very confusing to me is how in spite all these explanations the author claims to be ... Read full review

Review: The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind

User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

It had good arguments for the author's beliefs, but felt it too dismissive of other's. I did appreciate the many cases brought into play, his well-researched references and personal additions. It was ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Stan Gooch began his career as a highly regarded psychological researcher by exploring the evolution and history of the brain in his books Total Man and Personality and Evolution. His subsequent research on paranormal influences and Neanderthal culture appear in his books The Dream Culture of the Neanderthals, The Double Helix of the Mind, and The Secret Life of Humans. He passed away in 2010.

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