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A new science of the paranormal : the promise of psychical research

Author: Lawrence L LeShan
Publisher: Wheaton, Ill. : Quest Books/Theosophical Pub. House, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Quest edView all editions and formats
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Mainline science rejects the paranormal because it cannot be proven by the classical methods of controlled experiments. But sciences such as geology, astronomy, and anthropology also don?t rely on laboratory testing for repeatable results. Moreover, psi concerns consciousness, which is by definition nonquantitative. "Psi researchers must stop acting like science?s poor relations," says author Lawrence LaShan,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence L LeShan
ISBN: 9780835608770 0835608778
OCLC Number: 262431132
Description: vii, 133 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Psychic research and the consistency of the universe --
Case history: "The lost harp" / Elizabeth L. Mayer --
What do we now know about psychic phenomena? --
Case history: A call to the Wimbledon underground / Lawrence LeShan --
Normal and paranormal communication --
Case history: "An experience in the forest" / Eda LeShan --
Designing a science of psychical research --
Case history: "A transatlantic 'chair test'" / Aristide H. Esser and Lawrence LeShan --
Psi and altered states of consciousness --
Case history: "Mrs. Verrall" / Nandor Fodor --
Case history: The four photographs / Lawrence LeShan --
The next step : implications of the new science --
Case history: "The vanished man : a psychometry experiment with Mrs. Eileen J. Garrett" / Lawrence LeShan --
What dare I hope?
Responsibility: Lawrence LeShan.
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Mainline science rejects the paranormal because it cannot be proven by the classical methods of controlled experiments. But sciences such as geology, astronomy, and anthropology also don?t rely on laboratory testing for repeatable results. Moreover, psi concerns consciousness, which is by definition nonquantitative. "Psi researchers must stop acting like science?s poor relations," says author Lawrence LaShan, "limiting themselves to controlled experiments such as analyzing statistics of people guessing cards being flipped in the next room." This provocative book outlines the principles of making a real study of the large, exciting events? clairvoyance and precognition; mediumship and spirit controls; psychic healing? that would bring mainline science into and revitalize the whole field. "And the issue is not just academic," says LeShan. "The old, materialistic worldview has not worked. Psychic research," he argues, "can transform our sense of reality itself to offer a new and more hopeful picture of ourselves and of the world."

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