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Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain

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ISBN-13: 978-0137320813
ISBN-10: 0137320817
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Trade (February 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137320817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137320813
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Wachsman on March 7, 2009
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When I first read Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain in 1971, I realized that we had better not let an ESP gap become the next missle gap. At the time I was working as a systems engineer on a project that was not practical with the technology that was then available, and decided that I wanted to research the ideas in this book instead. However, when I told them this at work, I was let go the next day. If I was going to research these issues I would have to do it on my own time using my own money. While we still don't have all the answers, or even know all the questions that must be asked to unravel these mysteries, much work has been done by many different researchers both here and abroad to at least verify that these psychic phenomena are real, if not always reproducible at will. It turns out that much depends on sunspot activity and the phases of the moon insofar as it affects changes in the Earth's magnetic field. There is an updated version of this book that consists of a condensed versiou of PDBTIC plus an update on research conducted behind the Iron Curtain since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe. Ironically, one of the most important discussions in the original edition was omitted in the new one, indicating that even the authors failed to appreciate its significance. Unfortunately, a bedbug problem forced me to have to get rid of most of my books including this one, so I was thrilled to find a copy readily available at AMAZON.COM I plan to purchase the new edition too. For anyone interested in psychic phenomena, this is probably the best first book to read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 10, 2014
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THIS is the book which took the stigma of "unscientific" out of the subject of the psychic realm. It changed me--it opened my mind. The international effort at quantifying psi effects is well documented in this my second copy. Your biases may poo-poo this book, but it would be a feeble effort. The research is just so overwhelming internationally to refute. More scientists are standing up for such efforts and applauding it. This is the book that started even more serious world-wide research, and forms a textbook for the inquirers. Worth the money at all cost.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johns on September 27, 2010
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An introduction to subjects like Kirlian photography and telepathy. This book may have caused alarm in high circles. The Warrior's Edge: Front-Line Strategies for Victory on the Corporate Battlefield refers to a DIA report titled "Controlled Offensive Behavior - USSR" that expressed concern about Soviet ESP developments.

One of the book's subjects is Wolf Messing, a man who demonstrated his psychic ability to Stalin by brainwashing his guards into thinking that he was secret police chief Beria and so was waved through all of Stalin's personal security checkpoints. Other subjects include Leonid Vasiliev who pioneered experiments in mental suggestion and Felix Ziegel, who wrote of how UFOs frightened some peasants of Kazakhstan back into church.

The authors visited the USSR in the late 60s, when it seems that orthodox science there was, for a short time, open to exploration of the mysteries of the unknown. The book features an interesting introduction from the always insightful Ivan Sanderson who makes the valid point that "parapsychology" is an awful word as psychology is not a science. He suggests "paraphysics" as a replacement.

The authors seem too credulous at times. For instance, the "blind seeress of Bulgaria", Vanga Dimitrova is spoken of as "a great psychic on a par with Jeane Dixon". I've seen a few of Ms. Dixon's prophecies and she seems to have been wrong far more often than she was right. Also, they refer to apparent fraudster Madame H.P. Blavatsky, whose "psychic powers ripened to perfection in India".
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan William Burrill on January 17, 2014
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This is a little known book that changed the world, as we knew it. As an adept occultist, I was thrilled to obtain an excellent example of a first addition of this 'infamous' work. This is the book that caused US intelligence agencies to soil their shorts! It prompted the CIA to initiate the funding for "Remote Viewing" research and training programs - which culminated in the "Stargate" program. Remote viewing has now become part of our collective popular culture. Courses (often taught by some of the official program participants), are still growing in popularity and number. Even movies have been made about this phenomenon. The data obtained on remote viewing has become important to consciousness research. And modern consciousness research has change the paradigm of how we define us - what it is to be human. We are now seeing a radical redefining of what it is to be human. And this little known book was the catalyst for the land-slide change in our post modern definition of humanity.
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