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The adventures of a parapsychologist

Author: Susan J Blackmore
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"True skepticism has nothing to do with disbelief," says Susan Blackmore. "It is about taking people's claims seriously and trying to understand them." As a starry-eyed student, Blackmore was convinced of the reality of astral planes, telepathy, and life after death. She was determined to devote her life to parapsychology, but what she found wasn't what she had bargained for. None of her cleverly devised experiments  Read more...
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Blackmore, Susan J., 1951-
Adventures of a parapsychologist.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, ©1986
(OCoLC)572067577
Named Person: Susan J Blackmore; Susan J Blackmore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan J Blackmore
ISBN: 0879753609 9780879753603
OCLC Number: 14069215
Description: 249 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The fish is hooked --
The first mistake --
How do you become a parapsychologist? --
Starting to test my theory --
The doubts begin --
The theory starts to fail --
Psi always around the next corner --
Explorations into the tarot --
Young children as psychic subjects --
Why can't i find psi? --
Inspiration in St. Louis --
Hopes for the ganzfeld --
Growing grounds for skepticism --
The dilemma of psi --
Disappointment in cambridge --
New research in holland --
The illness catches up with me --
A time for reassessment --
Back to my own experience --
Is there psi in the OBE? --
An experience in iceland --
From OBEs to poltergeists --
More non-paranormal experiences --
Regression to past lives --
The power of belief --
The failure of the psi hypothesis --
I don't know.
Responsibility: by Susan Blackmore.

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"True skepticism has nothing to do with disbelief," says Susan Blackmore. "It is about taking people's claims seriously and trying to understand them." As a starry-eyed student, Blackmore was convinced of the reality of astral planes, telepathy, and life after death. She was determined to devote her life to parapsychology, but what she found wasn't what she had bargained for. None of her cleverly devised experiments revealed a hint of the psi she was seeking. In a determined effort to find it somehow, she tested young children in play groups, trained students in imagery and altered states of consciousness, and even put Tarot cards to the test. She visited haunted houses and was regressed to a "past life." Finally, accused of being a "psi-inhibitory experimenter" with the power of abolishing paranormal effects, she visited other, more successful, experimenters. Here she found only errors in their experiments. In this new and updated edition of The Adventures of a Parapsychologist, Blackmore is at last at liberty to explain just what she found in those ill-fated experiments at Cambridge. She brings her story up to date in a lively and personal account of one scientist's never-ending search for the paranormal.

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