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Among Mediums: A Scientist's Quest for Answers Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1459 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Windbridge Institute, LLC (January 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1MZMHM
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Julie Beischel, PhD, co-founder and Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, received her doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona in 2003 where she later served as the William James Post-doctoral Fellow in Mediumship and Survival Research. Dr. Beischel is a professional member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and the Forever Family Foundation. She is Director of both the Spirits and Spirit Communication and the Survival and Life After Death research departments at the World Institute for Scientific Exploration and she is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University. Her primary interests include empirical investigations of the information reported by mediums; studies of their unique experiences and physiological, psychological, and neurophysiological characteristics; and research regarding the socially beneficial applications of mediumship readings. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband Mark Boccuzzi and their dog Moose.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tymn VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
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In the epigraph heading up Chapter 1 of this short and concise but absorbing book, Professor James Hyslop, a dedicated psychologist and psychical researcher of a century ago, is quoted as asking, in effect, why science aimed at discovering man's origin is considered so honorable while science aimed at determining where man goes after death is seen as so dishonorable. It was so "dishonorable" that when Hyslop, while teaching ethics and logic at Colombia University, showed an interest in psychical research one of his academic colleagues tried to have him fired.

Dr. Julie Beischel, the author of this book, has likely asked that same question many times during her 10 years of research with mediums. At least, Hyslop had a little company in his research with mediums. Beischel is much more a loner in that respect.

Although Hyslop and a number of other esteemed scholars and scientists of that era who closely studied some credible mediums found an abundance of evidence strongly suggesting the humans survive death in another realm or dimension of existence, and even offered some clues as to what the "afterlife" is like, mainstream scientists and academicians turned up their noses at their findings, seeing it all as a retreat to the superstitions and follies of organized religion rather than "progress" - progress meaning acceptance of a materialistic philosophy holding that we are nothing but atoms and molecules marching toward an abyss of nothingness.

Ironically, even orthodox religion rejected survival research, probably because some of the findings of the pioneers of psychical research conflicted with established dogma and doctrine, thereby threatening the authority and wisdom of Church leaders.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bohacz - bestselling techno-thriller author on March 5, 2013
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I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in survival of consciousness after bodily death. This book is as much for those grieving as it is for those seeking answers as it is for those looking for objective data. This book impressed me as much by what was in it as by what was not in it. The author takes great pains to remain as objective and scientific as possible. There is very little subjective material other than that required for full disclosure by the author. In this effort to remain as objective as possible, the author goes far above and beyond what you'd normally find in a book reporting on any scientific investigation. She has to go the extra mile because her topic is something that the scientific establishment has a hard time dealing with. I am a physicist and as such know how hard a pill this kind of medicine can be to shallow because as scientists we are forced to stretch our minds in a direction we are not accustom to going. The mental muscles have become a little too inflexible with age. I am also a young widower and so the material in this book is of great importance to me. This book is a breath of fresh air injected into a field of study that is all too often populated by people who are so ridged, defensive, and diatomic in their "beliefs." I am speaking of both the dogma of professional skepticism on one side and the dogma of pseudoscience on the other side. Ultimately this is a question that cannot be answered fully by science until science opens its framework to include new discoveries.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. on January 22, 2013
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With the public conversation becoming more open about questions surrounding the survival of consciousness, it's important to have informed voices join the discussion to provide some grounding. It was an absolute pleasure to see that Julie Beischel had written this e-book introducing her work to the world, and more importantly it was an absolute pleasure to read!

At the moment Windbridge is one of the few scientific institutes in the United States that has the courage to conduct these kinds of experiments despite the vocal protestations of skeptics that such things as mediumship are simply "impossible." It would probably surprise many that in South America and the United Kingdom there are a number of researchers working in mediumship studies, and producing fascinating insights into human consciousness. Along with so many other areas of contemporary progress, this too is one of the areas where the United States is falling far behind.

As is readily seen in Among Mediums: A Scientist's Quest for Answers, this is not the fault of those scientists in the U.S. who continue to pursue the work, despite the lack of funding and potential backlash from the academic establishment. In my work as a writer I have been fortunate to meet and talk with the leading scientists in this field, and the work being conducted at Windbridge is some of the most exciting and accessible I've encountered.

What makes this book different from others seeking to bring the scientific study of these liminal areas to public light is Julie herself. The work is prefaced with the fact that she is going to present things as she would to someone sitting down to coffee with her, and in the same easy manner she makes you forget that what she is describing is "impossible" by our current cultural standards.
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