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Parapsychology, Philosophy, & Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration (Constructive Postmodern Thought) Paperback – January 9, 1997
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This is a very thorough integration of the data from parapsychology, both experimental and anecdotal, into the philosophical discussions concerning the nature and role of consciousness. The scholarship is sound, and the issues raised in this book are very hot topics in the academic community, especially among philosophers and cognitive scientists. Richard S. Broughton, Director, Institute for Parapsychology
An informative book about parapsychology that I can recommend highly to all philosophers and theologians. Ian Stevenson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center"
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Professor Griffin comes across as a bit of a rebel when identifying "the central task of philosophy: to criticize the prevailing worldview(s) and to suggest a better one," an assessment that endeared him to this reader. For the record, I am also in accord with Professor Griffin's own "fully naturalistic" worldview which "allows humans again to feel kinship with the rest of nature, and...encourages reverence for life in all of its forms."
In this book, Professor Griffin uses the term "parapsychology" as a synonym for "psychic research.Read more ›
"Parapsychology, philosophy and spirituality" is an extended pitch, directed at scientists and philosophers, to take parapsychology seriously. Griffin argues that parapsychology is a bona fide science, and that its findings strongly suggest that paranormal phenomena are real. He discusses a broad range of such phenomena: telepathy, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, mediumistic messages, etc. CSICOP won't like this book!
Griffin then attempts to explain the phenomena from the viewpoint of process theology. Apparently, many process theologians reject the idea of an immortal soul or life after death. So did Griffin until he turned to parapsychology, at which point he changed his mind in favour of the idea of an immortal soul.Read more ›
various psychological phenomenon. In the end, however, I wish the author had made some definitive statements of his own in terms of this subject. Again, very well-written, and open-minded; hope he'll write another--with his true feelings involved.