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The Parapsychology Revolution: A Concise Anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research Paperback – January 31, 2008
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Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on the Sphinx, and he was featured on the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston.
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I am teaching a course in Parapsychology and I was wanting to review a few books for use by my students. This book will NOT be one of those books.
I will not refer this book to anyone, I just need to find someone to buy this one from me.
Robert Schoch is a member of the College of General Studies at Boston University and Logan Yonavjak is a researcher from the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina. Together they have adopted a scientific approach to accumulating and examining the evidence gathered from more than a century of research into psychic phenomena by presenting the reports of the investigators concerned. The earliest incidents reported are those from Edmund Gurney on Crisis Apparitions (1886) and from William James on the Trance Phenomena of Mrs Piper (1890). Among the most recent are articles by Robert Jahn from 1996 and by Larry Dossey from 2007. The editors interject commentary on the articles throughout and there are references listed at the end of each section of the book.
Their appraisal seems to me to be as objective as it can be. They do not include out-of-body experiences or near-death experiences in their study but consider that the evidence for the existence of telepathy and psychokinesis is rationally convincing. Clairvoyance, precognition and retrocognition are all subsumed into the term ESP and the editors suggest that these phenomena are effectively instances of forms of telepathy. This is an interesting book with a wealth of data - so much so that it is probably best read one topic at a time. There is far too much to assimilate at one reading. There is also a list of Sources and Readings at the end with a good, detailed index.
Howard Jones is the author of The World as Spirit
The Afterlife Explorers: Vol. 1: The Pioneers of Psychical Research
I found this anthology (along with personal comments and experiences by the authors) a must read for skeptics and students alike as it does justice to both pure science and that which is currently considered its evil opposition, bringing a sort of unity to both. In our search for truth may we never loose our sense of awe (even if we have to stand behind the scientific lens of perception).