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It's about time Alex Tanous was brought back into the public eye, and this book shows why he should be remembered as one of the best psychics of several generations. Tanous was an enormous influence on me, and I hope that readers of this book feel some of that influence as well." Anyone interested in ghosts, spirit communication or paranormal investigation will gain much from reading this book and getting to know Alex Tanous. Loyd Auerbach Atlantic University "Parapsychologists of a certain generation will know Alex Tanous as a talented psychic who spent years working with researchers to help understand his special abilities. Mr Cooper has done the field a great service by assembling this collection of Tanous' own haunting investigations that reveal not just some good ghost stories but another dimension to Tanous' talent." Richard S. Broughton, PhD Author of Parapsychology: The Controversial Science Dr. Alex Tanous was Dr. Osis' favourite and most successful psychic in sophisticated out-of-body experiments, and in investigations of places of reported hauntings and apparitions. What was particularly prominent in this research was the emphasis on the importance of these phenomena for the question of survival of death. In this book Tanous describes and reflects on his remarkable personal experiences. Erlendur Haraldsson, Ph.D Author of Departed Among the Living. This book chronicles the strategies used by Alex Tanous when he was interacting with entities and realms that mainstream Western society considers imaginary at best and hallucinatory at worst. But Tanous was a deep thinker and careful investigator who worked with scientists and kept meticulous records of his investigations. This is what makes "Conversations with Ghosts" a valuable document, not only for advocates of so-called "psychic phenomena" but for anyone interested in the unexplored potentials of human behavior. Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., co-editor, Varieties of Anomalous Experience "In Conversations with Ghosts," Callum Cooper makes a very important contribution to survival research literature, by bringing to light one of history's most gifted out-of-body projectors, Alex Tanous. Tanous described himself as a "pioneer, - testing, exploring, and discovering through (his own) ability." Cooper includes Tanous' case notes: they offer an inside view into Tanous' psychic abilities and insights regarding the out-of-body experience and the hauntings he investigated. One tantalizing account explains how he personally experienced his own body-double, which went out-of-body with Tanous, forming a "triangle" with Tanous' inert body. Cooper is to be commended for allowing readers to know about this most intriguing researcher and experiencer. Elizabeth E. McAdams, Ph.D. President International Foundation for Survival Research
About the Author
Dr Alex Tanous was a prolific scholar and acclaimed psychic of the latter part of the twentieth century. Having created quite a career for himself internationally, and commanding a great deal of respect amongst scholars and the general public, he spent nearly twenty years as an active researcher, and research participant, for the American Society for Psychical Research. He reached an untimely end in 1990, but established the Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research shortly before his death to preserve his memory and share his research and teachings.
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Dr. Alex Tanous was an interesting (and perhaps contradictory) blend of researcher and psychic. He, in contrast to many self-proclaimed "psychics", actually subjected his experiences to study, attempting to understand the root of them; his out of body experiences, allegedly psychic sensitivities and even, perhaps, mediumistic excursions. Tanous was someone who regularly, apparently, experienced extraordinary things -anomalous phenomena. The book is true to that perspective and it is reminiscent of other notable researcher/psychics, like Eileen Garrett (also Mrs. Margaret Verrall, Helen Verrall -later Helen Salter-, etc). While he lacked the literary fluency of Garrett, Tanous' writing in this book did prove interesting and even sometimes stimulating.
I can't say that I endorse all of Tanous' claims, but he does describe his involvement with research done at the ASPR (with Karlis Osis, etc) and, most importantly for this title, he describes his experiences dealing with ghostly phenomena -his, at times, therapeutic approach to hauntings immediately brings Hanz Holzer to mind and he certainly would have been exposed to Holzer's ideas in his lifetime. Primarily, this is not a scientific exercise, though reference is made to published experiments (if the reader is of a scientific bent and would like to check into those); I think that at a fundamental level it's about one man's life, his thoughts and his journey through a sometimes intangible, ethereal sea of mystery.
Like a mirror for his at least possibly thriving mind (he passed away some years back), this book primarily reflects Tanous' thoughts, considerations, experiences and emotions regarding the subject matter. There are a lot of cases and it is a very readable treatise on a very engaging subject. Students of science will be interested, perhaps because of Tanous' dual role as a researcher and experient; sensible persons who have had anomalous experiences will also find this engaging; it even goes without saying that students of the sensationalist, thrill-seeking paranormal sub-cultures will find much that is entertaining within the pages. Like any good mirror, this book figuratively captures some bit of a man's essence -of his "soul".
Oh yeah. And, without considering the attractive (seductive?) book cover and easy-reading style, which could also make the book an appealing gift for younger children with paranormal interests (who have hopefully seceded the age of slobbering on literature and trying to eat the paper), Cal did a great job editing it.
I’m sure all of you have read tons of books about ghosts and apparitions, but, do you know the difference between a ghost, a soul and a spirit? Have you ever asked yourself why it is so hard to establish a pattern on the way, place or time that ghosts appear? Why do some of them appear mechanical and others so unbelievably alive? Do they have emotional needs? Why do they stay on certain places and why do they bother certain people, especially children?
If we could have a conversation with a ghost, what would we do later? How could we end their apparent suffering and misery?
Is our concept of time the same for them? Do they take their promises beyond our chronological time, that is, beyond physical life?
If you think you know all the answers to these questions, then you don’t need to know about Alex Tanous. But if you want to learn from a man who, not only was a psychic, but also a philosopher, theologist , educator and counsellor, then start reading the book. I am 100% sure that you will find a couple of things that you hadn’t read about anywhere before.
For the most part, I am not particularly interested in the subject of haunted houses, but I had read about Tanous’s unusual paranormal abilities before and was curious enough to read this book. I’m glad I did as it was very enlightening.
In the Introduction, Cooper provides a fairly comprehensive biography of Tanous, who was an experimental subject of the ASPR during the 1970s and early 80s for his out-of-body capabilities. Osis was one of the researchers studying Tanous. “Aside from Dr Tanous being able to project his own apparition, which he and several researchers considered to be important evidence for survival research,” Cooper notes, “apparitions of the dead were equally of interest to Dr. Tanous and his research.” Cooper adds that Tanous approached his research with proper skepticism.
“...I am able, at will, to leave my body, and meet [the ghosts] on their level,’ Tanous is quoted. “With my personal consciiousness, combined with the consciousness of Alex 2 (his spirit body), the two of us are able to contact the ghosts.” He goes on to explain that he was able to relive the scenes that traumatized occupants of the home and resulted in the haunting. He would see the scenes as if he were watching a movie.
Several fascinating investigations are detailed, including one in which two earthly lovers could not find each other in the afterlife because they wre looking for each other in different time periods. Tanous was able to communicate with them and set them straight so that they could find each other.
I had a difficult time putting this book down once I got into it.