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The Rational Psychic: A Skeptic's Guide to Extraordinary Perception Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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“The Rational Psychic is the cutting edge of current parapsychological knowledge. If you really want to know what’s going on ‘out there,’ this book will point you in the right direction.”
—Barry E. Taff, PhD Internationally renowned parapsychologist and author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below
"The Rational Psychic teaches us the difference between real paranormal experiences and the psychological workings of the mind, answering questions that even psychics don't know the answers to."
-Marie Manuchehri, RN
Author of Intuitive Self-Healing
"The Rational Psychic is comprehensive, provocative, and up-to-date, quite simply the best available introduction to psychic phenomena."
-Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.
Director of the American Institute of Parapsychology & Author Of Ghost Detective
"The Rational Psychic is an educational, scientific, and fascinating new look into the world of psychic phenomenon! A must read for everyone in all walks of life!"
Internationally known Psychic Medium & author of Born Knowing
"The Rational Psychic, is a personal and up-front look at the human mind, discussing paranormal and psychic activities...engaging, honest, and highly recommended!"
-Dr. Caron Goode, NCC
Author of Kids Who See Ghosts
"Fantastic! The psychic and paranormal field needs this book. The Rational Psychic makes the unseen seen and the unknown known in a grounded no-nonsense manner."
-John J. Oliver
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Star of Court TV's "Haunting Evidence"
"The Rational Psychic is fascinating. Jack Rourke's experiences on the 'inside,' as an experiencer, investigator and researcher provide the reader with a very interesting and understandable viewpoint."
-Loyd Auerbach, MS
Parapsychologist & author of A Paranormal Casebook
"The Rational Psychic is a provocative masterpiece marrying science and the soul. It empowers readers to dive deeper into the world of authentic psychic phenomenon. I wish I had this book as a guide to my personal intuitive journey."
Soul Intuitive, author and Radio Personality
About the Author
Jack Rourke has astounded civilians and law enforcement by remotely detecting verifiable facts he could not possibly know. Dubbed world-renowned by AOL's Celebrity News, his predictions have been distributed globally by the Associated Press. Jack is also a recognized paranormal expert whose been featured by CNN, The History and Travel Channels, the hit CBS show The Mentalist, and more. For more, visit jackrourke.net.
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The Rational Psychic stands between two realms that many might think are mutually exclusive. Rationality and psychic functioning. There is plenty in the book that not only works towards the idea that psychic functioning is reliant on rationality, but that it can also be improved by it. This stands in contrast to the mystical ideals surrounding psychic functioning, which do more to obfuscate and lend to towards misdirection, than providing any clarity or improvement. Definitely worth the read, especially if you've been waiting for something more credible to point your way. Influential indeed.
Those who search for mystical explanations for practically everything will want to move on. In short, the author advocates seeking the obvious explanations first. He's done his historical research and deftly explains the emergence of "demons" in our culture and the genesis of those remarkable human behaviors about which novels and movies have been written. Rourke's explanation is sane, logical and utterly not movie material.
This is a great book for people who are wondering if someone in their life claiming to be psychic is the real thing. For those who believe they may be experiencing psychic phenomena, the author's description of his own journey and encounters with real and wannabe psychics will probably help confirm or disprove the validity of these experiences. Having said that, i suspect that most who "should" have their self-conception as a psychic disproved won't be reading this book in the first place.
I gave it four stars for being well-written and accomplishing its stated purpose.
I enjoyed the scientific explanations as much as the personal stories that could only be called amazing.
Anyone who practices the healing arts, is a mental health professional or perhaps someone in law enforcement serving the community directly could benefit by hearing the voice of compassion throughout this book. One story of a client suffering from an alleged possession stood out in my mind. Mr. Rourke's description of his client's experience was thoughtful and respectful making his work even more credible.
I recommend reading this book if you are not completely on board with psychic phenomena but are curious because of the substantiated information by a wide array of scientists in addition to the author. I also recommend this book to those already practicing psychic healing so that you can understand your gifts and be a better practitioner.
I would have liked more personal experiences from the author, and maybe more examples of what he experiences in his work. I have to say that he does include some great examples...I would have just liked more.
I'm glad this book was written during a time when everyone and their mothers are going into psychic and/or spiritual work... I feel that some people are only winging it; thinking it will be fun, and that they will be admired. This is not to say there aren't some excellent people in the field, doing excellent work, but how easy is it for a rookie to give Angel readings and be getting the information from his or her own ideas, thoughts and imagination with no education and no actual psychic ability to speak of?
Proceed at your own risk with your money; try to find answers from within before running from psychic to psychic.
This book is on your side. It is not cynical...just asks you to step cautiously with intelligence and love.