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Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics

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A factual and conscientious argument against materialismandrsquo;s vehement denial of psi phenomena andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Explores the scandalous history of parapsychology since the scientific revolution of the 17th century andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Provides reproducible evidence from scientific research that telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis are real andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Shows that skepticism of psi phenomena is based more on a religion of materialism than on hard science andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Reports of psychic abilities, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and psychokinesis, date back to the beginning of recorded human history in all cultures. Documented, reproducible evidence exists that these abilities are real, yet the mainstream scientific community has vehemently denied the existence of psi phenomena for centuries. The battle over the reality of psi has carried on in scientific academies, courtrooms, scholarly journals, newspapers, and radio stations and has included scandals, wild accusations, ruined reputations, as well as bizarre characters on both sides of the debate. If true evidence exists, why then is the study of psi phenomena--parapsychology--so controversial? And why has the controversy lasted for centuries? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Exploring the scandalous history of parapsychology and citing decades of research, Chris Carter shows that, contrary to mainstream belief, replicable evidence of psi phenomena exists. The controversy over parapsychology continues not because ESP and other abilities cannot be verified but because their existence challenges deeply held worldviews more strongly rooted in religious and philosophical beliefs than in hard science. Carter reveals how the doctrine of materialism--in which nothing matters but matter--has become an infallible article of faith for many scientists and philosophers, much like the convictions of religious fundamentalists. Consequently, the possibility of psychic abilities cannot be tolerated because their existence would refute materialism and contradict a deeply ingrained ideology. By outlining the origin of this passionate debate, Carter calls on all open-minded individuals to disregard the church of skepticism and reach their own conclusions by looking at the vast body of evidence.

About the Author

Chris Carter received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Oxford. He is the author of Science and Psychic Phenomena and Science and the Near-Death Experience. Originally from Canada, Carter currently teaches internationally.Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, a former research fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge, a current fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences near San Francisco, and an academic director and visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University and was a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, where he carried out research on the development of plants and the ageing of cells. He is the author of more than eighty scientific papers and ten books, including Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home; Morphic Resonance; The Presence of the Past; Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness; The Rebirth of Nature; and Seven Experiences That Could Change the World.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Foreword by Rupert Sheldrake andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Introduction andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Background andlt;BRandgt;The Nature of the Controversyandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;1andlt;/Bandgt; Origins of the Debate andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;2 andlt;/Bandgt;The Modern Critics andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;3andlt;/Bandgt; The Historical Evidence andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Question I andlt;BRandgt;Is There Conclusive Experimental Evidence for Psi?andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;4andlt;/Bandgt; The Early Years andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;5andlt;/Bandgt; Psychokinesis: Mind over Matter andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;6andlt;/Bandgt; Telepathy: Silent Communication andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;7andlt;/Bandgt; The Great Ganzfeld Debate andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;8 andlt;/Bandgt;The Research of the Skeptics andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Question II andlt;BRandgt;Would the Existence of Psi Contradict Established Science?andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;9 andlt;/Bandgt;The Roots of Disbelief andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;10andlt;/Bandgt; Modern Science versus Classical Science andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;11andlt;/Bandgt; The andldquo;Extraordinary Claimsandrdquo; of Parapsychology andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;12andlt;/Bandgt; Psi and Physics andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;13andlt;/Bandgt; Toward a New Worldview andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Question III andlt;BRandgt;Is Parapsychology a Science?andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;14andlt;/Bandgt; The Impoverished State of Skepticism andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;15andlt;/Bandgt; The Nature of Science andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;16andlt;/Bandgt; The Scientific Status of Parapsychology andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;17andlt;/Bandgt; Humeandrsquo;s Argument Revisited andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;18andlt;/Bandgt; Paradigms and Parapsychology andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Postscript andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Notes andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Indexandlt;/Bandgt;

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594774515
Author:
Carter, Chris
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Author:
Sheldrake, Rupert
Subject:
Metaphysics-Parapsychology
Subject:
ESP (Clairvoyance Precognition Telepathy)
Subject:
NEW SCIENCE;PARAPSYCHOLOGY;PHENOMENA;NEAR DEATH;OUT OF BODY;TELEPATHY;CLAIRVOYANCE;PSI PHENOMENA
Edition Description:
2nd Edition, New Edition of andlt;iandgt;Parapsychology and the Skepticsandlt;/iandgt;
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 bandamp;w illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.6 in 18.41 oz

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