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Barrett, W.F. ON THE THRESHOLD OF A NEW WORLD OF THOUGHT, reviewed by H. Arthur Smith, Journal 13, 1908, pp. 275-6. Discusses the failure of psychical research after 25 years to establish the genuineness of its subject matter. book review/psi/theory 

Boirac, Emile. LA PSYCHOLOGIE INCONNUE: INTRODUCTION ET CONTRIBUTION A L’ETUDE EXPERIMENTALE DES SCIENCES PSYCHIQUES, reviewed by Eleanor Sidgwick, Journal 13, 1908, pp. 285-8. Argues for a ‘psychic force’ emanating from some human bodies in a way to influence others, which the author regards as the basis of telepathy and psychokinesis. book review/psi/theory 

Munsterberg, Hugo. PSYCHOTHERAPY, reviewed by W. M’D, Journal 14, 1910, pp. 402-3. Ironic review of a work by a noted sceptic, which seeks to popularise the principles of modern psychology while dogmatically insisting on a mechanistic approach to psychical research. book review/psi/theory 

Barrett, W.F. PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, Journal 15, 1911, pp. 148-50. Introduction to the work of the Society. book review/psi 

McDougall, William. BODY AND MIND: A HISTORY AND A DEFENCE OF ANIMISM, reviewed by Gerald W. Balfour, Proceedings 26, 1912, pp. 344-67. Study of human doctrines and ideas concerning the existence of an animating principle independent of the body. book review/consciousness/theory 

Pitt, St. G. L. Fox. THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION, Journal 16, 1914, pp, 250-51. Urges that education rely less on the concrete and tangible than on the ‘spiritual side of our nature’. book review/theory 

Bruce, H. Addington. ADVENTURINGS IN THE PSYCHICAL, Journal 16, 1914, pp. 253-4. Discussion of psychical research. book review/psi/theory 

Maeterlinck, Maurice. THE UNKNOWN GUEST, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 17, 1915, pp. 14-16. Essay based on the Society’s work, welcomed by the reviewer, but also criticised for sometimes betraying an incautious and over-enthusiastic approach. book review/psi/theory 

Carrington, Hereward. MODERN PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA, Journal 19, 1920, p. 252. Theoretical speculations on wide range of topics, including crystal gazing and psychic photography. book review/psi/theory 

Bergson, Henri. L’ENERGIE SPIRITUELLE, Journal 19, 1920, pp. 267-8. Collected essays by the French dualist philosopher. book review/psi/theory

Kingsford, S.M. PSYCHICAL RESEARCH FOR THE PLAIN MAN, Journal 19, 1920, pp. 283-4. Evidence of the supernormal based on SPR research. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 20, 1921, pp. 50-51. book review/psi

Richardson, C.A. SPIRITUAL PLURALISM AND RECENT PHILOSOPHY, reviewed by F.C.S.Schiller, Journal 19, 1920, pp. 201-4. A philosopher draws on psychical research for metaphysical speculations. book review/psi/theory

Dessoir, Max. VOM JENSEITS DER SEELE, reviewed by F.S.C. Schiller, Proceedings 32, 1921, pp. 146-7. Discussion of psychical research by a Germany psychologist, whose position of critical interest is compared to that of Frank Podmore. A review of the revised sixth edition by Theodore Besterman is in Journal 27, 1931, pp. 118-20. book review/psi/theory

Hollander, Bernard. IN SEARCH OF THE SOUL AND THE MECHANISM OF THOUGHT, EMOTION AND CONDUCT, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 20, 1921, pp. 25-7. Treatise containing some speculations on psychical matters and their relation to science. book review/psi/theory

Smith [Carington], W. Whately. THE FOUNDATIONS OF SPIRITUALISM, Journal 20, 1921, p. 25. Introduction to psychical research. book review/psi

Tischner, R. EINFUHRUNG IN DEN OKKULTISMUS UN SPIRITISMUS, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Proceedings 33, 1922, pp. 435-7. Introduction for German readers to psychical research, encompassing much of the Society’s work. book review/psi/theory

Konstantin, T. OCCULTISM AND MODERN SCIENCE, reviewed by E.J. Dingwall, Journal 21, 1923, pp. 78-80. ‘.. .brief but cautious survey of the present position of psychical research’. book review/psi/theory

MacKenzie, W. METAPSYCHICA MODERNA, Journal 21, 1923, pp. 126-8. Italian review of psychical research. book review/psi

Wagner, Adolf. DAS ZWECKGESETZ, Journal 21, 1924, pp. 253-4. Refutation of mechanistic theory of life by a Swiss biologist. book review/psi/theory

Tischner, Rudolf. GESCHICHTE DER OKKULTISCHEN FORSCHUNG VON DER ANTIKE BIS ZUR GEGENWART, Journal 21, 1924, pp. 336-7. History of the occult. book review/psi

Baerwald, Richard. DER OKKULTISMUS IN URKUNDEN 2, ed Max Dessoir, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Proceedings 36, 1926, pp. 333-40. Introduction to paranormal topics for German readers, with reference to the work of the SPR. book review/psi

Holms, A. Campbell. THE FACTS OF PSYCHIC SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY COLLATED AND DISCUSSED, Journal 23, 1926, pp. 50-51. Introduction to psychic research marred by the view that conjurers whose tricks cannot be explained are probably mediums. book review/psi/magic

Tischner, Rudolf. EINFUHRING IN DEN OKKULTISMUS UNO SPIRITISMUS, Journal 23, 1926, pp. 51-2. German survey of psychic research. book review/psi

Sudre, Rene. INTRODUCTION A LA MÉTAPHYSIQUE, Journal 23, 1926, pp. 79-81. Survey of psychical research and discussion of its philosophical implications. book review/psi/theory

Jaschke, Von Willy K. DIE PARAPSYCHOLOGISCHEN ERSCHEINUNGEN, reviewed by E.J. Dingwall, Journal 24, 1927, p. 76. Short account of psychical phenomena. book review/psi

Bennett, E.N. APPOLLONIUS, OR THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 90-91. Brief survey of psychical research. book review/psi

Messer, August. WISSENSCHAFTLICHER OKKULTISMUS, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 139-40. ‘...excellent little introduction to psychical research’. book review/psi

Lodge, Oliver et al. THE CASE FOR AND AGAINST PSYCHICAL BELIEF, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 104-7. Symposium lectures on the aims and value of psychical research, with contributions by Lodge, Conan Doyle, Blight Bond, Walter Franklin Prince, L.R.G. Crandon (husband of ‘Margery’), F.C.S. Schiller, and Gardner Murphy. The sceptics’ viewpoint is made by Harry Houdini and Joseph Jastrow. book review/psi/theory

Dunne, J.W. AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME, reviewed by S.G. Soal, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 119-23. Classic study of dream precognition, based on the author’s personal experiences. The reviewer offers a critique of his theoretical explanations. A review of a new edition, by G.N.W. Tyrrell, offers further discussion: Journal 28, 1934, pp. 270-74. book review/volitional psi/altered states/dreams/precognition

Herrick, C. Judson. FATALISM OR FREEDOM: A BIOLOGIST’S ANSWER, Journal 24, 1927, p. 163. Concludes that ‘real freedom is freedom by adaptation, that is, natural freedom’. book review/theory

Joad, C.E.M. THE MIND AND ITS WORKINGS, Journal 24, 1927, p. 163. Essay on mind-body theories. consciousness/theory

Sinel, Joseph. THE SIXTH SENSE: A PHYSICAL EXPLANATION OF CLAIRVOYANCE, TELEPATHY, HYPNOTISM, DREAMS AND OTHE RPHENOMENA USUALLY CONSIDERED OCCULT, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 138-9. Argues that the pineal gland of the brain is the active agent in clairvoyance and telepathy. The reviewer rejects the thesis and expresses doubts about the author’s experimental reliability. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 255-6. The reviewer comments on the controversy arising from his remarks. book review/spontaneous psi/volitonal psi/theory

Driesch, Hans. MIND AND BODY: A CRITICISM OF PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM, reviewed by F.C.S. Schiller, Journal 24, 1927, pp. 158-60. Philosophical study of the mind-body problem, arguing that while ‘the physical thing consists of very few elements, and perhaps of only one, the mental ‘thing’ comprises a large number of different kinds of psychical ‘elements’. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 208. book review/consciousness/personality/theory

Vesme, C. de. HISTOIRE DU SPIRITUALISME EXPERIMENTAL, Journal 24, 1928, p. 240. ‘.. .unsystematic survey of a variety of mysterious phenomena... ‘. book review/psi

Palmer, E. Clephan. THE RIDDLE OF SPIRITUALISM, Journal 24, 1928, p. 240. A journalist decides in favour of sceptics of psychical research, but without consulting experts. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Baerwald, Richard. OKKULTISMUS UNO SPIRITISMUS UNDIHRE WELTANSCHAULICHE FOLGERUNGEN, reviewed by P. Solovovo, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 289-92. Critical study of psychical phenomena. book review/psi

Gordon, George Lindsay. THE GREAT PROBLEM AND THE EVIDENCE FOR ITS SOLUTION, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 293-4. Historical and contemporary survey of psychical research, poorly reviewed. book review/psi

Driesch, Hans. DER MENSCH UND DIE WELT, Journal 24, 1928, p. 399. Philosophical problems of man in his relation to the world, with indirect relevance to psychical research. book review/consciousness/psi

Lambert, Helen C. A GENERAL SURVEY OF PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA, Journal 24, 1928, pp. 399-40. Popular digest of the author’s contributions to American research Journalsbook review/psi

Suringar, J. Valckenier. VERSCHIJNSELEN VAN GEDACHTEN-OVERDRACHT, Journal 25, 1929, p. 95. Summary of evidence for thought-transference, clairvoyance, psychometry, possession, survival, etc. book review/psi

Schole, Heinrich. OKKULTISMUS UND WISSENSCHAFT, Journal 25, 1929, p. 96. Expresses total scepticism about the phenomena of psychical research and demonstrates how to produce pseudo-telepathic phenomena. book review/psi/magic/cheating

Képhren, K. LA TRANSMISSION DE PENSEE, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 25, 1929, p. 165. Theoretical discussions of thought-transference and kindred subjects. book review/volitional psi/spontaneous psi/telepathy/theory

Anon. THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, Journal 25, 1929, pp. 164-5. The space given to psychical research in the newly Americanised publication is drastically reduced. book review/psi

Gruber, Karl. OKULTISMUS UND BIOLOGIE, Journal 26, 1930, p. 81. Collection of papers by a German researcher, associate of Schrenck-Notzing. book review/psi

Brath, Stanley de. THE DRAMA OF EUROPE, OR THE SOUL OF HISTORY, reviewed by A.W. Trethewy, Journal 26, 1930, pp. 99-100. Study of history as the effect of a law of spiritual consequence. book review/beliefs

Carrington, Hereward. THE STORY OF PSYCHIC SCIENCE, reviewed by W.H. Salter, pp. Journal 26, 1930, pp. 141-2. Summary of the findings of psychical research by an experienced investigator. book review/psi

Anon. PSEUDO-PROPHECIES AND PSEUDO-SCIENCES, reviewed by Eleanor Sidgwick, Journal 26, 1930, p. 144. Critical analysis of astrology, numerology, palmistry, prophecy, etc. book review/psi/theory

Besterman, Theodore, (ed.) TRANSACTIONS OF THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Gardner Murphy, Proceedings 40, 1931, pp. 99-104. Papers include suggestions by W. Salter for bringing order to the investigation of mediums, a German poltergeist report, an account of "bleeding1 religious pictures, the status of psychical research, long-distance telepathy experiments. book review/psi

Saupe, E. (ed.) EINFUHRUING IN DIE NEUERE PSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 27, 1931, p. 42. Study of psychical research conducted by university professors. book review/psi

Prince, Walter Franklin. THE ENCHANTED BOUNDARY, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Proceedings 39, 1931, pp. 415-8. Ironic repose to uninformed sceptics of psychical research. book review/psi/theory

Brath, Stanley de. THE PHYSICAL PHENOMENA OF SPIRITUALISM, reviewed by J.A.H., Journal 27, 1931, pp. 38-40. Compilation of facts and conclusions regarding dowsing, raps, telekinesis, hauntings, apports, direct voice, materialisation, with quotations from leading investigators. book review/psi

Lafora, Gonzalo R. DON JUAN AND OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES, Journal 27, 1931, pp. 7-8. Five essays, including one on ‘spiritism’. book review/psi

Cailliet, Emile. LA PROHIBITION DE L’OCCULTE, reviewed by Theodore Besterman, Journal 27, 1931, p. 8. Argues that scientific prejudice against psychical research is based on ‘an unconscious though natural and deeply-rooted metaphysic’. book reviewp/psi

Servadio, Emilio. LA RICERCA PSICHICA, Journal 27, 1931, p. 9. Compact history of psychical research. book review/psi

Bret, P. Thomas. PRECIS DE METAPSYCHIQUE, reviewed by Helen Salter, Journal 27, 1931-2, pp. 225-6. Also Journal 28, 1933, p. 47. Study of the theoretical basis of psychical research. book review/psi/theory

Thomson, J. Arthur. SCIENTIFIC RIDDLES, reviewed by J.G.P., Journal 27, 1932, pp. 348-9. A scientist engages with the problems presented by psychical research. book review/psi/theory

Bavink, Bernhard. THE ANATOMY OF MODERN SCIENCE, reviewed by Gerald Heard, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 7-9. Refers to the facts of psychical research to argue that a materialist explanation of the physical universe is no longer possible. book review/psi/theory

Driesch, Hans. PARAPSYCHOLGIE: DIE WISSENSCHAFT VON DEN OKKULTEN’ ERSCHEINUNGEN, reviewed by Helen Salter, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 29-30. Offers guidance to psychical researchers in observation and theoretical interpretation. book review/psi/methodology

Carrington, Hereward. A PRIMER OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by E.S.T., Journal 28, 1933, pp. 47-8. Introduction to psychical research, lacking precision and objectivity, according to the review. book review/psi/theory

Schrenck-Notzing, A. von. DIE ENTWICKLUNGEN DES OKKULTISMUS ZUR PARAPSYCHOLOGIE IN DEUTSCHLAND, reviewed by R. Lambert, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 115-6. Discusses the development of psychical research in Germany, suggesting that its recognition by science was facilitated by the support of Professors Driesch and Oesterreich. book review/psi/theory

Hill, J.A. LETTERS FROM SIR OLIVER LODGE, reviewed by E. Lyttelton, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 116-7. Letters written by the physicist and psychical researcher to the author on a range of subjects. book review/psi/theory

Carington, Whately. THE DEATH OF MATERIALISM, reviewed by H.F. Saltmarsh, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 131-3. Detailed attack on materialism, with the main target the mechanist explanations offered by biology and psychology. book review/psi/theory

Lodge, Oliver. MY PHILOSOPHY, reviewed by Whately Carrington, Journal 28, 1933, pp. 145-7. The physicist defends his doctrine of an objective ether of space. book review/physics/theory

Driesch, Hans. PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Whately Carrington, Journal 28, 1933, p. 159. Survey by the German philosopher, accepting the genuineness of telepathy but uncertain as to the true explanation of mediumistic communications. book review/psi/theory

Fodor, Nandor. ENCYLOPAEDIA OF PSYCHIC SCIENCE, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 28, 1934, pp. 207-9. Wide-ranging reference work on episodes in the history of psychical research, including articles, biographies of researchers and mediums, accounts of research societies and publications, as well as theoretical accounts. The review makes some criticisms of the author’s leniency in dealing with charges of fraud and his hostility to the Society’s stance on physical phenomena, also the inaccurate claim of mass defections following the resignation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from the Society. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Richet, Charles. LA GRANDE ESPERANCE, reviewed by Helen Salter, Journal 28, 1934, p. 211. The French physiologist and psychical researcher offers a personal view on the intellectual development of humanity, in which he believes psychical research will play a major role. The review notes that he ‘accepts as established cryptaesthesia (including telepathy), ectoplasmic phenomena and telekinesis’ and does not reject survival unconditionally. book review/psi/theory

Anon. PROBLEMY METAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 28, 1934, pp. 209-10. Enquiry by a Czech newspaper on the state of psychical research in European countries, based on the answers to a questionnaire. The review gives some indication of views concerning the existence of distinctive English and French positions, and hedging on the question of survival. book review/psi/theory

Besterman, Theodore. INQUIRY INTO THE UNKNOWN, reviewed by E.R.D., Journal 28, 1934, pp. 310-11. Talks given during a BBC Symposium, with sceptics represented by Professor Seligman, and psychical research by Dame Edith Lyttelton, Oliver Lodge and others. book review/psi/theory

Coster, Geraldine. YOGA AND WESTERN PSYCHOLOGY: A COMPARISON, reviewed by Gerald Heard, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 43-5. Links modern discoveries of science with the wisdom of the East. book review/beliefs/theory

Dunne, J.W. THE SERIAL UNIVERSE, reviewed by H.F. Saltmarsh, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 42-3. Elaborates the theory of Serialism introduced in Dunne’s first book An Experiment With Time, applying it to concepts of modern physics such as quantum mechanics. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/physics/theory

Broad, C.D ‘MR DUNNE’S THEORY OF TIME IN AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME’ in PHILOSOPHY, reviewed by H.F. Salter, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 109-10. A critique of Dunne’s theories by the Cambridge philosopher. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/physics/theory

Moser, von F. OKKULTISMUS: TAUSCHUNGEN UNO TATSACHEN, reviewed by P-P. Solovovo, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 135-7. Weighty and wide-ranging survey on psychical research, with analysis and commentary on the literature of mediums, telepathy, apparitions, etc. book review/psi/theory

Tubby, Gertrude Ogden. PSYCHICS AND MEDIUMS: A MANUAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR STUDENTS, Journal 29, 1935, pp. 138-9. Advice to beginners, for study and the exercise of personal psychic faculties. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Carrel, Alexis. MAN THE UNKNOWN, reviewed by T.W. Mitchell, Journal 29, 1936, pp. 265-7. A well-known scientist argues that, ‘whereas the sciences of inert matter have made immense progress, those of living beings remain in a rudimentary state. The directions in which science has developed have led to "the brutal materialism of our civilisation" and modern conditions of life have brought about a "state of intellectual, moral and physiological atrophy" ‘. book review/consciousness/theory

Kourmoulis, Telemachus. THE HALLUCINATIONS OF LOGOCRATIA, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 29, 1936, p. 267. Discusses philosophical, psychological and ethical problems of concern to psychical research. book review/psi/theory

Eagle, Albert. THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION VERSUS THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, reviewed by W.H. Salter, Journal 29, 1936, p. 296. Attack on science with relevance to psychical research, of which, however, the author seems to know little. book review/psi/theory

Tanagras, A. LE DESTIN ET LA CHANCE, reviewed by C.V.C.H., Journal 29, 1936, pp. 219-20. Proposes that energy from disturbances in the unconscious mind can exteriorise, causing telepathic, PK and other effects. book review/psi/theory

Thomson, Sir J.J. RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS, reviewed by Helen Salter, Journal 30, 1937, pp. 31-2. Reminiscences by a distinguished physicist, vice-president of the Society, with a chapter on psychical research. book review/psi/physics

Tyrrell, G.N.M. SCIENCE AND PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA, reviewed W.H. Salter, Proceedings 45, 1938, pp. 88-96. Survey of psychical research, with examples and theoretical approaches to spontaneous and experimental ESP, and the mediumistic trance, with comments on the telepathic and survivalist interpretations of ostensibly spiritistic material. book review/psi/theory

Anon. KNOWLEDGE AND FOREKNOWLEDGE, reviewed by H.F. Saltmarsh, Proceedings 45, 1938, pp. 88-96. Symposium papers, including contributions by philosophers C.D. Broad and H.H. Price on foreknowledge, described briefly by the reviewer. book review/psi/precognition/theory

Carrington, Hereward. THE PSYCHIC WORLD, Journal 30, 1938, p. 228. Collection of studies and articles published in different Journals on various topics relating to psychical research. book review/psi

Richmond, Zoe. EVIDENCE OF PURPOSE (‘PSYCHICAL EXPERIENCES’ Series), reviewed by N. W., Journal 30, 1938, pp.239-40. Readable introduction to the material of psychical research. book review/psi

Bozzano, Ernesto. DISCARNATE INFLUENCE IN HUMAN LIFE, reviewed by H. F. Saltmarsh, Journal 30, 1938, pp. 277-8. Argues that the existence of a supernormal subliminal faculty, here called ‘animism’, is not a product of evolution and tends to prove the claims of spiritualism. The review doubts the value of the claims, but praises the quality of case material used. book review/psi/theory

McDougall, William. THE RIDDLE OF LIFE, reviewed by G. N. M. Tyrrell, Journal 31, 1939, pp. 10-12. Review of biological theories of life based on mechanical genetics. book review/consciousness/theory

Poortman, Johannes T. DREIVORTRAGE UBER PHILOSOPHIE UNO PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Hans Driesch, Journal 31, 1939, pp. 56-8. Three lectures: Kant, the relationship between parapsychology and philosophy, and the relationship between parapsychology and literature. book review/psi/theory

Warcollier, René. EXPERIMENTS IN TELEPATHY, reviewed by G. N. M. Tyrrell, Journal 31, 1939, pp. 130-31. English translation of writings by a French investigator, offering theoretical deductions as to the mode of working of telepathy drawn from his experiments. book review/spontaneous psi/volitional psi/telepathy/theory

Price, Harry. FIFTY YEARS OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH: A CRITICAL SURVEY. Reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 31, 1939, p. 132. Full survey by the well-known psychical researcher, not associated with the SPR. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 31, 1939, pp. 125-6. book review/psi

Carrington, Hereward. PSYCHOLOGY IN THE LIGHT OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA, reviewed by Ina Jephson, Journal 32, 1941, pp. 66-8. Pleads the great importance of psychical research to philosophy and psychology. book review/psi/theory

Dunne, J. W. NOTHING DIES, reviewed by K. R., Journal 32, 1941, pp. 87-8. The author of Experiment With Time sets out his theory of existence in time for readers with little knowledge of science and mathematics. book review/psi/survival/theory

Rhine, J.B. ‘IT FOLLOWS FROM ESP’ in JASPR 35, 1941, reviewed by Kenneth Richmond, Journal 32, 1941, pp. 123-4. Essay reflecting on the nature and implications of ESP, as a mental event that is independent of space and time ‘.. .discussion of the psycho-physical problem must either be desultory and inconclusive, recognising our lack of knowledge, or else draw upon the inventive imagination: Dr Rhine prefers to leave his speculations scrappy but within touch of conclusions from observation and experiment, and at the same time leaves the reader at liberty to speculate in his own way’. book review/psi/theory

Gowan, Captain C.H.B. THE SCIENTIFIC CLAIMS OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH. The Hibbert Jnl, Vol. XL, No.l, Oct. 1941, reviewed by K.R., Journal 32, 1942, pp. 147-8. Expresses frustration at the failure of the science establishment to take seriously the claims of psychical research and suggests pressure be applied to change its view. book review/psi/theory

Schrodinger, Erwin. WHAT IS LIFE?, reviewed by A. J. C. Wilson, Journal 33, 1946, pp. 242-3. Argues that the laws of chemistry and physics, as presently constituted, fail to account for the degree of organisation that leads to the phenomena of life. Includes an epilogue on determinism and free will, arguing that there is a ‘single consciousness for the universe, and we are windows through which it manifests.’ The reviewer points out that the SPR researcher Whately Carington ‘has arrived at somewhat the same conclusion through his telepathic experiments: so far as these phenomena are concerned, things happen not as if many minds were involved, but only one’. book review/psi/physics/theory

Dessoir, Max. BUCK DER ERINNERUNG, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 33, 1946, pp. 263-4. Memoir by the German philosopher, psychologist and psychical researcher, reflecting on the currents of thought leading up to the war. Features reminiscences of contemporary European researchers, including a largely negative account of the leading German figure in the field, Schrenck-Notzing. book review/psi/theory

Tyrrell, G.N.M. THE PERSONALITY OF MAN, Journal 34, 1947, pp. 98-100. Commentary, analysis and speculation on the facts of psychical research relative to human consciousness. ‘Nine years ago Mr Tyrrell laid all psychical researchers under a heavy debt of gratitude by producing in his Science and Psychical Phenomena much the best survey of their subject that had appeared for a generation. He has now repeated his success with a book on a smaller scale...’. book review/psi/theory

Anspacher, Louis K. CHALLENGE OF THE UNKNOWN, Journal 34, 1947, p. 100. Wide-ranging study of psychical research by an American philosopher. book review/psi

Ehrenwald, Jan. TELEPATHY AND MEDICAL PSYCHOLOGY, Journal 34, 1948, pp. 211-5. Theory of telepathy based on principles of abnormal psychology. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 35, 1949, pp. 45-6. book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy/personality/theory

Tromp, S.W. THE RELIGION OF THE MODERN SCIENTIST, Journal 34, 1948, pp. 252-3. Proposes that the phenomena of psychical research can be explained within the materialist framework. book review/psi/theory

Dessoir, Max. DAS ICH, DER TRAUM, DER TOD, [THE EGO, DREAMS AND DEATH], Journal 34, 1948, p. 255. Short survey of the field of psychical research, by a sympathetic German philosopher. book review/psi

Carington, Whately. MATTER, MIND AND MEANING, reviewed by C.D. Broad, Proceedings 49, 1949, pp. 51-2. Unfinished philosophical work, completed by H.H. Price and posthumously published, considered by the reviewer to be interesting for Price’s introduction and as an introduction to the works of other philosophers on which the author bases his ideas. book review/consciousness/theory

Tute, Richard Clifford. AFTER MATERIALISM - WHAT?, Journal 35, 1949, p. 90. Brief investigation, favouring the existence of a multi-dimensional universe. book review/psi/physics/theory

Zorab, G. WONDEREN DER PARPSYCHOLGIE, Journal 35, 1950, p. 217. Dutch language introduction to parapsychology. book review/psi

Payne, Phoebe D. & Bendit, Laurence J. THIS WORLD AND THAT: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF PSYCHIC COMMUNICATION, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 245-8. Wide ranging study of psychic phenomena. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 293-4. book review/psi

Tischner, Rudolf. ERGEBNISSE OKKULTER FORSCHUNG, Journal 35, 1950, pp. 312-3. Survey of paranormal phenomena. book review/psi

Anon. PROC. OF THE SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL CONGRESS OF RADIONICS AND RADIESTHESIA, Journal 36, 1951, pp. 504-5. Papers on various kinds of radiation and emanation: odic force, human, earth, etc. book review/physics/theory

Moncrieff, M.M. THE CLAIRVOYANT THEORY OF PERCEPTION, Journal 36, 1951, pp. 523-4. A neurological theory of clairvoyance. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 602-5, 636-7. book review/psi/clairvoyance/theory

Langham, James. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 600-601. Popular introduction to psychic phenomena. book review/psi

Rawcliffe, D.H. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE OCCULT, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 624-7. Debunking of psychical research. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 633-4. book review/psi

Smith, Alson J. THE PSYCHIC SOURCE BOOK, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 627-8. Wide ranging introduction to the phenomena of parapsychology. book review/psi

Tyrrell, G.N.M. HOMO FABER: A STUDY OF MAN’S MENTAL EVOLUTION, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 679-81. Philosophical analysis demonstrating the need for a non-specialist approach to human existence that science cannot provide. book review/consciousness/theory

Hettinger, J. TELEPATHY AND SPIRITUALISM, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 723-6. Miscellany of experiments, experiences and visions by an investigator of mediums. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 42-4, 82. book review/telepathy/psi

Still, Alfred. BORDERLANDS OF SCIENCE, Journal 36, 1952, pp. 731-2. ‘...potted history of the wax of science and psychology and the wane of superstition... ‘, including a brief survey of paranormal phenomena. book review/psi/theory

Jung, C.G. & Pauli, W. NATURERKLÂRUNG UNO PSYCHE, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 26-35. Essays: Pauli on Kepler, and Jung proposing a new theoretical framework that can accommodate supernormal phenomena. book review/physics/psi/theory

Broad, C.D. RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 165-8. Study by a Cambridge philosopher and analyst of psychical research. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Flew, Antony. COINCIDENCE AND SYNCHRONICITY, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 198-201. Comments on coincidence and synchronicity. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 37, 1954, pp. 297-8. book review/coincidences/theory

Johnson, Rayner C. THE IMPRISONED SPLENDOUR, Journal 37, 1953, p. 206. Scholarly treatment of natural science, psychical research and religious mysticism by a physicist. book review/psi/beliefs/physics/theory

Anspacher, Louis K. CHALLENGE OF THE UNKNOWN, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 206-8. ‘.. .general and discursive setting out of a philosophy of life, supported by illustrations from psychical research’. book review/psi/theory

Flew, Antony. A NEW APPROACH TO PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, Journal 37, 1953, pp. 280-88. Review of psychical research by a sceptical philosopher. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 37, 1954, pp. 352-5. book review/psi/theory

Price, H.H. SOME ASPECTS OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION, Journal 37, 1954, pp. 243-4. Lecture reviewing the claims of the religious and scientific worldviews. book review/beliefs/theory

Rhine, J.B. NEW WORLD OF THE MIND, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 28-9. Follow up to New Frontiers of the Mind and the Reach of the Mind, containing material on Duke explorations and general views about parapsychology. book review/psi/theory

Amadou, Robert. LA PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 31-2. French introduction to parapsychology. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Musso, J. Ricardo. EN LOS LIMITES DE LA PSICOLOGIA, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 34-5. Examination of psi evidence by a founder of the Argentinian Institute of Parapsychology. book review/psi

Dunne, J.W. INTRUSIONS?, Journal 38, 1955, pp. 187-8. Restatement and development of the author’s theory of Serialism, interrupted by his death. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/physics/theory

Johnson, R.C. PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, Journal 38, 1956, pp. 220-1. Introduction to psychical research. book review/psi

Dingwall, E.J. & Langdon-Davies, John. THE UNKNOWN - IS IT NEARER?, Journal 38, 1956, pp. 270-71. Popular introduction to psychical research. book review/psi

Wolstenholme, G.E.W. & Millar, Elaine C.P. CIBA FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM ON EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION, Journal 38, 1956, pp. 369-75. Conference papers: field theory, pigeon homing, outstanding ESP percipients in Spain, psi among primitive peoples, etc. book review/psi/conferences

Knox, Crawford. THE IDIOM OF CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT, reviewed by J. R. Smythies, Journal 39, 1957, pp. 86-7. Arguments about physical reality. book review/psi/physics/theory

Sudre, René. TRAITÉ DE PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by W. H. Salter, Journal 39, 1957, pp. 87-8. Sub-title: attempt at a scientific interpretation of paranormal human phenomena, their integration in general biology, and the philosophy of evolution. Sudre, René. TREATISE ON PARAPSYCHOLOGY. Essay on the Scientific Interpretation of the Human Phenomena Known as the Supernatural. Reviewed by G. A. Joy, Journal 40, 1960, p. 373. English translation. book review/psi/theory

Zorab, George. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by W. H. S., Journal 39, 1958, pp. 198-9. Select bibliography containg ‘most of the important literature’ of psychical research. book review/psi

Rao, K. Ramakrishna. PSI COGNITION, reviewed by C. C. L. Gregory, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 289-291. Indian perspective on psychical research. book review/psi

Vaubel, Dr Hildegard. DER LEBENSABLAUF DES MENSCHENIM RAHMEN EINER WELLENLEHRE, reviewed by Anita Kohsen, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 293-5. Attempt at a unified theory of reality based on waves. book review/physics/theory

Tenhaeff, Professor W.H.C. TELEPATHIE EN HELDERZIENDHEID, reviewed by Anita Kohsen, Journal 39, 1958, pp. 323-8. Extensive Dutch study of parapsychology, fully reviewed. book review/psi

Edsall, F.S. THE WORLD OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA, reviewed by Kay A. Gay. Journal 40, 1959, p. 33. Popular introduction to psychical research. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Heywood, Rosalind. THE SIXTH SENSE: AN ENQUIRY INTO EXTRA-SENSORY PERCEPTION, reviewed by R. H. Thouless, Journal 40, 1959, pp. 140-2. Descriptive appraisal of high points in past psychical research by an active member with frequent psi-experiences of her own. book review/psi

Schilpp, Paul A. (ed). THE PHILOSOPHY OF C D BROAD, reviewed by C.W.K. Mundle, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 1-12. Discusses two chapters by A.G.N. Flew and C. J Ducasse on the Cambridge philosopher’s ideas about precognition and other psychical research issues. book review/psi/theory

Murphy, Gardner. CHALLENGE OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, A PRIMER OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by W.H.Salter & D. J. West, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 73-9. Major study by leading American parapsychologist and commentator. Chapters on spontaneous cases, experimental ESP and PK, mediumship and cross correspondences. ‘This primer will prove interesting to experienced parapsychologists as well as to newcomers’. bookreview/psi/theory/methodology

Ludwig, A. & Tischner, R. GESCHICHTE DER PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 79-80. ‘Historical handbook’ offering introduction to alleged paranormal phenomena. book review/psi

Langdon-Davies, John. MAN: THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, reviewed by A. D. Cornell, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 89-90. ‘...presents the known facts about man and some of his paranormal faculties in a well-balanced manner, and urges the continuation of a scientific approach to that which is still unknown... ‘. book review/psi

Heine, H.G. THE VITAL SENSE, reviewed by C. F. C. Spedding, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 84-5. Physiological explanation of psi phenomena, found to be unconvincing. book review/psi/theory

Whiteman, J.H.M. THE MYSTICAL LIFE, reviewed by John N. East, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 83-4. ‘This book considers the phenomena of out-of-the-body experiences, or separation, from a mystical point of view and deals with the moral and spiritual values, an aspect in psychic research which one rarely meets’. book review/consciousness/psi/out of body experiences/theory

Figueras, A. & Zeberio, José Tomas. LA ENERGETICA HUMANA: SU PATOLOGIA Y TRATAMIENTO, reviewed by E. J. Dingwall, Journal 41, 1961, pp. 157-8. Investigation into supposed human fields of energy. book review/physics/theory

Osborn, Arthur W. THE FUTURE IS NOW: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PRECOGNITION, reviewed by G. F. Dalton, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 258-61. Collection of cases of precognition, followed by an account of experiments, a summary of theories, and the author’s own theory. book review/spontaneous psi/precognition/methodology/theory

Hesse, Mary B. FORCES AND FIELDS: A STUDY OF ACTION AT A DISTANCE IN THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS, reviewed by Celia Green, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 263-5. Discussion of the interaction of bodies across space, with some reference to psychical research. book review/physics/psi/theory

Gubisch, Wilhelm. HELLSEHER, SCHARLATANE, DEMAGOGEN? KRITIK AN DER PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Aage Slomann, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 313-8. Sceptical treatment of parapsychology, focusing on the ‘will-to-believe’. book review/psi/theory

Ikin, A. Graham. BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING, reviewed by Peter Maddeley, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 318-320. Attempt at building bridges between various fields of human study. Chapter headings: the spiritual crisis of our times, cosmos or chaos; the process patterns of evolution, psychical research and parapsychology. book review/psi/theory

Greidanus, Johan H. FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL THEORY AND THE CONCEPT OF CONSCIOUSNESS, reviewed by Celia Green, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 321-3. Attempts to ‘introduce the concept of consciousness explicitly into fundamental physical theory.’ book review/consciousness/physics/theory

Beloff, John. THE EXISTENCE OF MIND, reviewed by Cyril Burt, Journal 41, 1962, pp. 431-7. Refutes the behaviourist denial of mind and consciousness and puts forward alternative views that take account of the findings of parapsychology. Fully reviewed. book review/consciousness/theory

Tribe, D.H. PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Margaret Eastman, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 29-30. Article that debunks parapsychology as an ‘unjustified survival from a pre-scientific era’. book review/psi

Broad, C.D. LECTURES ON PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 71-8. Rigorous philosophical analysis of survival evidence, including statistical investigations, the Hansel-Soal controversy, hallucinations, the ‘astral body’, etc. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 147-8. book review/psi/survival/theory

Osborn, Arthur W. THE AXIX AND THE RIM, reviewed by Peter Maddeley, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 81-3. Wide ranging speculations on truth and reality. book review/consciousness/theory

Zanstra, Herman. THE CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 129-33. Lectures by a Dutch physical scientist on the epistemological foundations of science and of knowledge generally. book review/consciousness/theory

Good, I.J. (ed). THE SCIENTIST SPECULATES, reviewed by C.W.K Mundle, Journal 42, 1963, pp. 192-9. Collection of ‘partly-baked’ ideas by scientists that would be unlikely to find publication elsewhere; includes speculations on consciousness and ESP. book review/psi/consciousness/theory

Vasiliev, L.L. EXPERIMENTS IN MENTAL SUGGESTION, reviewed by H.A.C. Dobbs, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 229-48. Translation of a treatise on telepathy by a prominent Russian scientist, professor of physiology at Leningrad University. The reviewer discusses the book at length, attracted by the author’s ‘resolutely physicalist’ approach to telepathy. book review/telepathy/theory

Thouless, Robert H. EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by D.J. West, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 248-50. ‘Reliable and civilised summary of the present position of psychical research... [an] excellent introduction’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Anon. MARGINS OF THE MIND: SIX STUDIES OF THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by G.W. Fisk, Journal 42, 1964, pp. 261-4. Articles published in Punch magazine dealing with issues of psychical research: J.B. Priestley on various attitudes to the paranormal; H.J. Eysenck on the difficulty of devising telepathic experiments; Jacquetta Hawkes (Mrs J.B. Priestley) on paranormal belief by primitive and ancient peoples; Rosalind Heywood on early researchers; Doris Langley Moore on personal experiences of coincidences; Celia Green on the study of ESP. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 367-8. book review/psi/theory

Prokop, O. (ed.) MEDIZINISCHER OKKULTISMUS, PARAMEDICINE, reviewed by A. Slomann, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 39-41. Rejection of psi phenomena by German professor of forensic medicine. book review/psi/theory

Rush, Joseph H. NEW DIRECTIONS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by D. J. W., Journal 43, 1965, p. 44. The author, a physical scientist, ‘allows anecdotes [on paranormal experience] to stimulate him to imaginative theorising, and then produces equally imaginative ideas for testing the theories experimentally’. book review/psi/theory

Gerloff, Dr Hans. THE CRISIS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY. STAGNATION OR PROGRESS? reviewed by G. Zorab, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 153-5. Polemic against those who hold neutral or sceptical views of paranormal phenomena. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 329-31. book review/psi/theory

Lethbridge, T.C. ESP: BEYOND TIME AND DISTANCE, Journal 43, 1965, pp. 156-7. Claims to have established by the use of pendulums that people and objects are surrounded by ‘biconical fields of force’. ‘The book contains a great deal of archaeological and natural historical lore, and reaches conclusions about the ‘fourth dimension’. book review/psi/theory

Colodny, Robert G. (ed.) FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY, Journal 43, 1965, p.156. Papers bringing parapsychology together with psychoanalysis, philosophy, biology, physics, etc. book review/psi/theory

Rhine, J.B. and Associates. PARAPSYCHOLOGY FROM DUKE TO F.R.N.M., reviewed by G.W. Fisk, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 367-371. Reports giving ‘a bird’s-eye view of the New World’s past and present progress of organized Psychical Research... ‘. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Edmunds, Simeon. MIRACLES OF THE MIND: AN INTRODUCTION TO PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 371-2. ‘Useful introductory text’ to mediums and other paranormal phenomena. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Hill, Douglas & Williams, Pat. THE SUPERNATURAL, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 376-7. Illustrated popular study of supernatural powers, beings, occultists, etc. book review/psi

Smythies, J. R. (ed). BRAIN AND MIND: MODERN CONCEPTS OF THE NATURE OF MIND, reviewed by C. H. Whiteley, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 434-6. Nine papers by scientists and philosophers on various aspects of the mind-brain problem - H.H.Price, Beloff, Ducasse, Flew, Smythies, etc. book review/consciousness/theory

Hart, Hornell. TOWARDS A NEW PHILOSOPHICAL BASIS FOR PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL PHENOMENA, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 317-20. Philosophical speculations on the basis of the paranormal, by an American sociology professor and author of papers on apparitions. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 43, 1966, pp. 436-8. book review/psi/theory

Guarino, Salvatore. ISISTEMITELEPATICI? LA TELEVISIONS UMANA, Journal 44, 1967, p. 43. ‘.. .theory of telepathic systems (agent-percipient linkages), their possible role in stone age societies, their decline in our own society, and their possible development and use in the future.’ (Brief notice). book review/spontaneous psi/telepathy/theory

Kilner, W.J. THE HUMAN AURA, reviewed by Arthur J. Ellison, Journal 44, 1967, pp. 27-34. Reprinted study of the ‘human aura’ by an American physician who claimed to have trained himself to see a ‘grey mist’ around people. Fully reviewed, with summary of the author’s experiences and speculations. book review/psi/aura/theory

Bender, Hans (éd.) PARAPSYCHOLOGIE: ENTWICKLUNG, ERGEBNISSE, PROBLEME, reviewed by Martin Ebon, Journal 44, 1967, pp. 34-6. Anthology of writings in psychical research and related subjects. book review/psi

Edmunds, Simeon. SPIRITUALISM: A CRITICAL SURVEY, reviewed by Muriel Hankey, Journal 44, 1967, pp. 160-162. ‘ excellent index, containing...references to most of the personalities and prominent ‘cases’ concerned with Spiritualism or psychical research during the past eighty or more years up to the present day’. book review/psi

Hare, Michael M. MICROCOSM AND MACROCOSM, reviewed by H. A. C. Dobbs, Journal 44, 1967, pp. 196-7. Dissents from orthodox views of physical reality, unconvincingly in the opinion of the reviewer. book review/physics/theory

Smythies, J.R. SCIENCE AND ESP, reviewed by C. H. Whiteley, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 247-250. Thirteen papers on the relation between science and ESP. book review/psi/theory

Berendt, C.H. PARAPSYCHOLOGY - THE WORLD BEYOND OUR FIVE SENSES, Journal 44, 1968, p. 299. ‘This book, a general survey of the subject, is the first work on parapsychology to be published in the Hebrew language.’ (No review) book review/psi/methodology/theory

Poortman, J.J. OCHÊMA, deel VI. De zin van het Hylisch Pluralisme (The significance of Hylic Pluralism), reviewed by G. Zorab, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 352-5. Extensive survey of the philosophical and religious concepts concerning the ‘subtle body’ through the ages, with theoretical speculations. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Koestler, Arthur. THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE, reviewed by C. I. Howarth, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 401-4. ‘.. .Koestler’s latest attempt to assess the human condition and to combat what he calls the ‘flat earthism’ of contemporary materialistic concepts’. book review/consciousness/psi/theory

Besterman, Theodore. COLLECTED PAPERS ON THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by W. E. Manning, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 407-10. Writings by a sceptical researcher of the 1930s. book review/psi/theory

McDougall, William. EXPLORER OF THE MIND, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 44, 1968, pp. 414-5. Anthology of writings on parapsychology by an American psychologist and researcher. book review/psi/theory

Reichenbach, Karl von. THE ODIC FORCE: LETTERS ON OD AND MAGNETISM, Journal 44, 1968, p. 416. Provides ‘a shorter and easier introduction to his doctrines than does his longer PHYSICO-PHYSIOLOGICAL RESEARCHES’ (brief notice). book review/hypnosis/psi/theory

Andreas, P. & Adams, G. BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH, Journal 44, 1968, p. 416. Popular introduction to psychical research (brief notice). book review/psi/theory/methodology

Miller, George A. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMMUNICATION, Journal 44, 1968, p. 416. Introduction to aspects of information theory and psycholinguistics (brief notice). book review/consciousness

Rhine, J. B. and Robert, Brier, eds. PARAPSYCHOLOGY TODAY; NEW WRITINGS ON ESP, TELEPATHY, CLAIRVOYANCE, PRECOGNITION, PK, MIND OVER MATTER, reviewed by G. W. Fisk, Journal 45, 1969, pp. 179-82. Compilation of articles from the Journal of Parapsychology and other publications. book review/psi/theory

LeShan, Lawrence. TOWARD A GENERAL THEORY OF PARANORMAL: A REPORT OF WORK IN PROGRESS, reviewed by H. H. Price, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 247-9. Advances a theory of reality capable of accommodating paranormal experience. book review/psi/theory

McGraw, Walter. THE WORLD OF THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by S. McMaster, Journal 45, 1970, pp. 310-11. ‘.. .lively and readable popular account of a wide range of aspects of modern parapsychology’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Rhine, Louisa E. MIND OVER MATTER, reviewed by C. Maxwell Cade, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 138-140. American researcher, wife and colleague of J.B. Rhine, discusses the reality or otherwise of paranormal faculties. book review/psi/theory

Cavanna, R. (ed.) PSI FAVORABLE STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON METHODOLOGY IN PSI RESEARCH, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 184-5. Conference papers on psi research, and transcripts of following discussions. book review/psi/methodology

Roberts, F. Somerville. DOES MAN HAVE A SOUL? Reviewed by Roger Woolger, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 245-7. Surveys the major arguments against the materialist doctrine of mind and examines some of the broader implications of the mind-body problem. book review/consciousness/theory

Anon. AN ENQUIRY INTO ESP; TWENTIETH CENTURY VOL 179, No 1046, reviewed by C. Maxwell Cade, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 191-3. Papers by Rosalind Heywood, John Beattie, Renée Haynes, W.H.C. Tenhaeff and John Cutten. book review/psi/theory

Bender, Professor Hans. UNSER SECHSTER SINN, reviewed by John H. Cutten, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 197-9. Condensed primer of parapsychology for the layman. book review/psi

Rhine, J.B. (ed.) PROGRESS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 239-43. Edited papers from the Institute of Parapsychology. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 53, 99, 218-20; Journal 47, 1973, p. 279 Attacks cruelty in animal experiments. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Wright, J. Stafford. CHRISTIANITY AND THE OCCULT, reviewed by E. Garth Moore, Journal 46, 1971, pp. 249-51. Theological approach to psychical research. book review/psi/beliefs

Anon. A CENTURY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH: THE CONTINUING DOUBTS AND AFFIRMATIONS, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 38-40. Conference papers: Proceedings of the nineteenth international conference of the Parapsychology Foundations, held at Le Piol, St. Paul de Vence, September 2-4, 1970), Parapsychology Foundation Inc., New York, 1971. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Saetti, Andrea. LE FORZE SOTTILI? LA LORO AZIONE, reviewed by Emilio Servadio, Journal 46, 1972, p. 98. Collection of articles on scientific subjects relating to parapsychology, lacking interest in the opinion of the reviewer. book review/psi/theory

Bender, Hans. TELEPATHIE, HELLSEHEN UNO PSYCHOKINESE. AUFSATZE ZUR PARAPSYCHLOGIE, reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 169-170. Reprinted papers on parapsychology and spiritualism. book review/psi

West, John Anthony & Toonder, Jan Gerhard. THE CASE FOR ASTROLOGY, reviewed by C. Maxwell Cade, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 170-71. Claims, with apparent lack of justification, that astrology is supported by science. book review/beliefs/theory

Gauld, Alan. THE FOUNDERS OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Fraser Nicol, Proceedings 55, 1972, pp. 341-67. The circumstances leading to the founding of the SPR are described, its initial activities, and the individuals who participated. Sections of the review are devoted to William Eglinton, Helena Blavatsky, Eusapia Palladino, Leonora Piper and Rosalie Thompson, and the theories of F.W.H. Myers. G.W. Lambert (pp. 368-9) takes issue with the statement that the SPR’s founders were spiritualists, arguing that they were in fact scholars and scientists. PsiLine book review/psi/theory/methodology

Mcconnell, R.A. ESP CURRICULUM GUIDE, reviewed by D. Scott Rogo, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 42-3. Reference guide to the considerable opportunities for the study of parapsychology. book review/psi/methodology

White, R.H. & Dale, L. PARAPSYCHOLOGY IN PRINT, A SELECTIVE BUYING GUIDE, Journal 46, 1972, p. 46. New edition of reference work. book review/psi

White, R.H. & Dale, L. PARAPSYCHOLOGY IN PRINT, A SELECTIVE BUYING GUIDE, Journal 46, 1972, p. 46. New edition of reference work. book review/psi

Zwecker, O. DIE PHYSIK AN DER SCHWELLE DER SEELE, reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 46, 1972, pp. 214-5. Draws a parallel between the concepts of modern physics and their mathematical background. book review/physics/theory

Guarino. TELEPATIA DI IERI, DI OGGI, DI DOMANI, Journal 46, 1972, p. 215. In Italian. Collection of articles. ‘... stresses what a variety of disciplines... is now involved in the study of ESP.’ book review/psi

McCreery, Charles. PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA AND THE PHYSICAL WORLD, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 108-12. Forces a fresh look at ‘reality’, with reference to cases of lucid dreams, OBEs, apparitions and materialisations. book review/psi/theory

Ashby, Robert H. THE GUIDEBOOK FOR THE STUDY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 113-4. Reference guide to experimental work, with extensive bibliography, Who’s Who of investigators, list of major societies engaged in psychical research in Britain and the US, and a glossary of terms. book review/psi

Wedesk, Harry E. with the assistance of Wade Baskin. DICTIONARY OF SPIRITUALISM, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 113-4. Reference work for the occult. book review/psi

Keating, Leslie. A DICTIONARY OF PSYCHIC TERMS, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 113-4. Offers definitions of paranormal phenomena. book review/psi/methodology

Larcher, H. & Ravignant, P. LES DOMAINES DE LA PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Renée Haynes, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 117-120. In French. Study of psychical research in France and elsewhere. book review/psi

Kenny, A.J.P. et al. THE NATURE OF MIND, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 192-4. Papers by four philosophers and scientists, stimulating but lacking reference to psychical research. book review/consciousness/theory

Patry, André. MATIÈRE, VIE ET PSYCHISME, reviewed by Hubert Larcher, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 198-9. In French. ‘Written in a style which is clear, concise and agreeable to read, with detailed references to bibliographical source-material of a high scientific standard, this work sets parapsychology and its psycho-physical implications in the dynamic perspective of evolution, in which all things interact’. book review/psi/theory

Anon. PARAPSICOLOGIA ? SCIENZA ESATTA A CONFRONTO (Parapsychology and Exact Science in Confrontation), reviewed by Emilio Servadio, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 200-201. International conference papers. book revew/psi/theory/methodology

Greenhouse, Herbert B. THE BOOK OF PSYCHIC KNOWLEDGE, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 203-4. Information about psychical research culled from Journals, magazines, experimental papers, and anecdotes recorded by the author. book review/psi

Evans, Dr. Christopher. CULTS OF UNREASON, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 259-60. The author ‘is not so much concerned here with paranormal claims as with the sociological, psychological and commercial contexts in which these may arise and be promoted’. book review/beliefs/theory

Rogo, D. Scott. METHODS AND MODELS FOR EDUCATION IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by R. H. Thouless, Journal 47, 1973, pp. 260-61. Discusses how parapsychology should be taught at university level. book review/psi/methodology

Watson, Lyall. SUPERNATURE, reviewed by John Randall, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 326-9. Wide ranging popularisation of psi research. book review/psi/theory

White, Rhea A. & Dale, Laura A. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: SOURCES OF INFORMATION, reviewed by R. H. Thouless, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 337-8. ‘...contains brief accounts of the contents of nearly three hundred books on parapsychology including some that are hostile to the field of enquiry’. book review/psi

Tenhaeff, W.H.C. TELEPATHY AND CLAIRVOYANCE: VIEWS OF SOME LITTLE INVESTIGATED CAPABILITIES OF MAN, reviewed by James F. McHarg, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 373-5. English translation of Dutch study of psychical research. book review/psi/theory

Hardy, Alister et al. THE CHALLENGE OF CHANCE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 319-326. Discussion of parapsychological problems by Alister Hardy, Robert Harvie and Arthur Koestler, fully reviewed. CORRESPONDENCE, p. 466. book review/psi/theory

LeShan, Lawrence. THE MEDIUM, THE MYSTIC, AND THE PHYSICIST, reviewed by Robert Harvie, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 448-50. Attempts to formulate a theory of reality that encompasses ESP. book review/psi/theory

Bender, Prof. Dr Hans. TELEPATHIE, HELLSEHEN UNO PSYCHOKINESE: AUFSATZE ZUR PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Scott Hill, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 454-7. ‘.. .interesting collection of articles suitable for technical workers in other fields who wish to learn more about parapsychological research’. book review/psi

Pratt, J. Gaither. ESP RESEARCH TODAY: A study of developments in parapsychology since 1960, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 47, 1974, p. 517. ‘An excursion over the field of modern parapsychology’ by an American researcher. book review/psi

Beloff, John (ed). NEW DIRECTIONS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 47, 1974, pp. 510-12. ‘.. .the papers contained in this volume strongly suggest that the new directions in which parapsychology has branched out in the last decade or so are likely to provide a far more promising basis for capturing the ever elusive psi.’ book review/psi/theory/methodology

Brier, Bob. PRECOGNITION AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, reviewed by J. E. Orme, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 45-6. Reviews some philosophical implications of precognition. Concludes there is no logical objection to precognition in that there are no really convincing philosophical reasons against backward causation. book review/precognition/theory

Roll, W.G. (éd.) et al. RESEARCH IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY 1972, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 48, 1975, p. 49. Abstracts and papers from the fifteenth Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, 1972. ‘The papers included in this volume range over a vast field covering the most diverse topics and approaches’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Gauquelin, Michel. COSMIC INFLUENCES ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 49-51. A French statistician establishes marked correlations between certain individual’s careers and the planetary positions at the time of their birth. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Bauer, Eberhard (ed). PSI UND PSYCHE (PSI AND THE MIND), reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 112-4. Collection of papers: ‘the authors are all distinguished academics who have either taken part themselves in psi research or have read widely about it, and their views on the nature and functioning of psi phenomena are original and stimulating’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Panati, Charles. SUPERSENSES: Our Potential for Parasensory Experience, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 164-8. Study of parapsychology: outline of history; full account of modern research with altered states of consciousness; psychic healing; telepathy; animal experiments. ‘.. .this book is well worth reading’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Burt, Sir Cyril. ESP AND PSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by R. H. Thouless, Journal 48, 1975, p. 179-82. Collection of the psychologist’s writings on psychical research. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Poynton, J.C. (ed). PARAPSYCHOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 48, 1975, pp. 227-30. Conference papers: psi and divining in local cultures; personal ESP experiment; teleportation; out-of-body experiences (Whiteman); etc. book review/psi

Randall, John L. PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND THE NATURE OF LIFE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 275-8. Serious study of parapsychology, focusing on recent experimental work and extending to theoretical speculations concerning the true nature of mind. book review/psi/experiments/theory

Smith, E. Lester (ed). INTELLIGENCE CAME FIRST, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 309-12. ‘The authors begin by declaring that their aim is to reverse the generally accepted idea that creative intelligence was the last phenomenon to emerge from the evolutionary process... instead, they put forward the idea that intelligence is primal and that the Cosmos if pervaded by it’. book review/consciousness/beliefs/theory

Playfair, Guy Lyon. THE INDEFINITE BOUNDARY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 315-6. Subtitled: An investigation into the relationship between matter and spirit. Information about the psychic scene in Brazil, and a discussion of the theories of Herman Guimaraes Andrade, who believes that ‘behind all living matter there is s psi component...’. book review/psi/theory

Hintze, Naomi A. & Pratt, J. Gaither. THE PSYCHIC REALM: WHAT CAN YOU BELIEVE?, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 316-7. An American novelist presents case material of the paranormal. Endorsed by the reviewer and other leading researchers. book review/psi

Thakur, Shivesh C. (ed). PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 336-40. Ten essays expressing different philosophical approaches to the meaning of paranormal phenomena and parapsychology, including contributions by Alan Gauld, Hywel Lewis, David Cooper, and A. Flew. book review/psi/theory

Rogo, D. Scott. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A CENTURY OF INQUIRY, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 349-50. Popular study of psychical research, regarded as well-meaning but flawed by reviewers. book review/psi

Schmeidler, Gertrude R. (ed.) PARAPSYCHOLOGY: ITS RELATION TO PHYSICS, BIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND PSYCHIATRY, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 400-402. Twelve conference papers linking parapsychology to physics, biology, psychology and psychiatry. book review/psi/theory

Oteri, Laura (ed). QUANTUM PHYSICS AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY. Proc. of an International Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. August 26-27, 1974, reviewed by Kenneth Shirmer, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 402-4. Attempts to understand some of the findings of psychical research in the light of quantum theory. book review/psi/physics/theory

Anon. EXPLORING ESP AND PK. Selections from ASPR Newsletter and other material. The American Society for Psychical Research, New York, 1976. reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 48, 1976, pp. 404-7. ‘This of great value as a potted review of progress to date in research by the American SPR’. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Douglas, Alfred. EXTRA SENSORY POWERS: A CENTURY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 453-5. Summary of evidence in four parts: the dawn of psychical research; major investigations; psychical research in the laboratory; and present trends. Well reviewed. book review/psi/theory

Barber, Theodore X. PITFALLS IN HUMAN RESEARCH - TEN PIVOTAL POINTS, reviewed by Robert Thouless, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 452-3. Examines potential pitfalls in all scientific research, such as methods of selecting and analysing data and designing experiments. book review/experiments/methodology

Douglas, Alfred. EXTRA SENSORY POWERS: A CENTURY OF PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 453-5. Summary of evidence in four parts: the dawn of psychical research; major investigations; psychical research in the laboratory; and present trends. Well reviewed. book review/psi/theory/methodology

White, Rhea A. (ed). SURVEYS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY: REVIEWS OF THE LITERATURES WITH UPDATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 455-6. Collection of articles ‘aimed at providing information on parapsychology, stimulating interest in the subject, and encouraging students to turn to the all-important periodical literature.’ The emphasis is on experimental work. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Wheatley, James M.O. & Edge, Hoyt, L. PHILOSOPHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Pamela M Huby, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 458-9. Wide-ranging papers by philosophers on psychical research, including Broad, Ducasse and H.H. Price. book review/psi/theory

Green, Celia. THE DECLINE AND FALL OF SCIENCE, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 467-8. A worker at the Institute of Psychophysical Research at Oxford argues for continued research into psi phenomena, concluding with an appeal for funds. book review/psi

Shapin, Betty & Coly Lisette. EDUCATION IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY: PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD IN SAN FRANCSISCO, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 14-16, 1975, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 544-5. Discusses the practical problems of course contents and degree programmes, as well as the aims and value of an education in parapsychology. book review/psi/methodology

Schatz, Oskar, (ed.) PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A TEXTBOOK, reviewed by Frank Spedding, Journal 49, 1978, p. 553. Papers by eminent academics examining the relationship of parapsychology to philosophy and religion. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Morris, J.D. et al. RESEARCH IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Ernesto Spinelli, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 554-5. Wide ranging papers on psi research. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Addey, John M. HARMONICS IN ASTROLOGY, reviewed by Arthur T. Oram, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 617-9. Seeks astrological insights through mathematics. book review/beliefs/theory

Moore, E. Garth. BELIEVE IT OR NOT: CHRISTIANITY AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 667-8. Discussion of the study of spontaneous phenomena by a lawyer and president of The Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical and Spiritual Studies. book review/spontaneous psi/beliefs

Tart, Charles T. PSI: SCIENTIFIC STUDIES OF THE PSYCHIC REALM, reviewed by Robert Thouless, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 758-9. ‘.. .all-round study of the present position of parapsychological research.. .most useful for readers with a scientific background who do not know details of the technical publications in this subject’. book review/psi

Shapin, Betty & Coly, Lisette. THE PHILOSOPHY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Pamela M. Huby, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 835-7. Sixteen conference papers by philosophers and others on parapsychology and the nature of reality. book review/psi/theory

Moore, R. Laurence. IN SEARCH OF WHITE CROWS, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 883-5. Cultural history of nineteenth century Spiritualism and twentieth century parapsychology in the USA. book review/psi/spiritualism/theory

Inglis, Brian. NATURAL AND SUPERNATURAL: A HISTORY OF THE PARANORMAL FROM EARLIEST TIMES TO 1914, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 826-8. Detailed history of psychical research, emphasising the difficulty faced by investigators in persuading scientists and sceptics of the veracity of their work and claims. book review/psi/methodology

Eisenberg, Howard. INNER SPACES: PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS OF THE MIND, reviewed by Rosalind Heywood, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 890-91. Study of parapsychology: ‘.. .should be helpful and stimulating to teachers, students and laymen alike ... into its 164 pages are compressed an astonishing number of facts, their sources and very fair summaries of interpretations other than the author’s own’. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Wolman, B.B. HANDBOOK OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Carl L. Sargent, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 892-3. Survey of current topics with contributions by Beloff, Schmeidler, J.B. Rhine, Louisa Rhine, Roll, Eisenbud, Gauld, Stevenson, etc, on ESP and PK experiments, spontaneous PK, poltergeists, healing, survival and reincarnation. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Marabini, Enrico. PROPEDEUTICA PARAPSICOLOGICA, reviewed by Pamela M. Huby, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 958-9. An introduction to parapsychology for university students, regarded as misleading by the reviewer. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Gooch, Stan. THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 49, 1978, pp. 960-61. Uncritical attack on parapsychology. book review/psi/theory

Underwood, Peter. DICTIONARY OF THE SUPERNATURAL, reviewed by R.Heywood, Journal 49, 1978, p. 964. Mini-encyclopedia with descriptions of folk-lore, primitive religious beliefs, magic, legendary monsters, wishing wells, the Cabala, and some psychical research. book review/psi

Ludwig, Jan (ed.) PHILOSOPHY AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY reviewed by Pamela M. Huby, Journal 50, 1979, pp. 117-9. Collection of essays offering various viewpoints: George Price and others on the possibility of fraud in Soal’s experiments; philosophical approaches to miracles, precognition, and mind-body. book review/psi/theory

Nash, Carroll B. SCIENCE OF PSI, ESP AND PK, reviewed by D. J. West, Journal 50, 1979, pp. 180-81. Panoramic survey of psychical research, with over 600 items, referenced and with a bibliography. ‘.. .will prove a valuable resource for the serious student’. book review/psi

Gris, H. & Dick, W. THE NEW SOVIET PSYCHIC DISCOVERIES, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 50, 1979, pp. 181-4. Report by two American journalists, who made a number of trips to the Soviet Union to learn about its parapsychological activities. Also includes references to other topics such as ufology, dream research, hypnotism and hypnotherapy. book review/psi

Sanchez-Perez, J.M. OUR SIXTH SENSE: AN ORGANIC THEORY OF THE UNKNOWN, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 50, 1980, p. 307. Proposes a physicalist theory to explain the paranormal, in which sensitive neurcells located at the base of the fingernails and toenails act as antennae for the brain. book review/psi/theory

King, Clyde S. (ed). PSYCHIC AND RELIGIOUS PHENOMENA: A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INDEX, reviewed by Brian Nisbet, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 309-10. Gives references to 2100 published accounts by individuals of psychic events and 600 books dealing with psychic phenomena.... book review/psi/beliefs/methodology

Goran, Morris. FACT, FRAUD AND FANTASY: THE OCCULT AND PSEUDOSCIENCES, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 311-2. Sceptical study. book review/psi

Gauquelin, Michel. THE SPHERES OF DESTINY, reviewed by A. T. Oram, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 481-2. Introduction to the author’s statistical work demonstrating the influence of the planets on personality, giving the character traits involved in the interpretations of the selected planets and biographical sketches of individuals. book review/beliefs/theory

Branden, Victoria. UNDERSTANDING GHOSTS, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 482-3. An English teacher writes about apparitions, dreams, OBEs, poltergeists, mediumship, biofeedback, yoga, healing, witchcraft, etc. The book ‘is clearly and humorously written, and betrays its origins by an agreeable literary flavour. There are sensitive accounts of the writer’s own psychic experiences’. book review/psi

Braude, Stephen E. ESP AND PSYCHOKINESIS: A PHILOSOPHICAL EXAMINATION, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 50, 1980, pp. 532-5. Philosophical discussion of the mind in relation to the facts of parapsychology, with reference to psi experimentation, together with an attack on the observational theory of psi and the concept of synchronicity. book review/psi/psychokinesis/theory

Leeds, M. & Murphy, G. THE PARANORMAL AND THE NORMAL: A HISTORICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL AND THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 26-7. Serious discussion of the fundamentals of parapsychology, with a final contribution by Gardner Murphy before his death. book review/psi/theory

Shapin, B. & Coly, Lisette (éd.) COMMUNICATION AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by J. L. Randall, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 97-9. Conference papers: Robert Morris on ‘psi communication’; Carroll Nash on the impact of modern physics on parapsychology; Robert Rosenthal on experimenter effects and non-verbal communication; Martin Ruderfer on theories of consciousness; etc. book review/experiments/psi/theory

Nester, Marian L. and O’Keefe, Arthur S. T. (compiled). EXPLORING PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A NEW COLLECTION FROM THE ASPR NEWS-LETTER, reviewed by David Christie-Murray, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 99-101. Twenty articles from the ASPR Newsletter. book review/psi/experiments/methodology/theory

Sheldrake, Rupert. A NEW SCIENCE OF LIFE: THE HYPOTHESIS OF FORMATIVE CAUSATION, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 156-8. Offers an alternative theory to Darwinian evolution theory, based on a concept of ‘morphic resonance’. book review/psi/theory

Bohm, David. WHOLENESS AND THE IMPLICATE ORDER, reviewed by Alan Montefiore, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 158-60. Theoretical physicist argues for a holistic approach to nature and postulates a multi-dimensional reality. book review/physics/theory

Pedler, Kit. MIND OVER MATTER: A SCIENTIST’S VIEW OF THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 163-4. Book of a television series: ‘beneath the somewhat chatty [...] style one could see that the author had made a serious effort to get to grips with his material...’. book review/psi/theory

Gooch, Stan. THE SECRET LIFE OF HUMANS, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 51, 1981, pp. 177-8. ‘.. .concerns man’s potential and the manifestation at times of powers which all too often science is unwilling to recognise, no matter how strong the evidence’. book review/psi

Gardner, Martin. SCIENCE, GOOD, BAD AND BOGUS, reviewed by Denys Parsons, Journal 51, 1982, p. 318. Essays on a variety of psychical subjects by a leading debunker. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 88-9. book review/psi/theory

Eisenbud, Jule. PARANORMAL FOREKNOWLEDGE, reviewed by James F. McHarg, Journal 51, 1982, pp. 386-7. The author of a study of Ted Serious’s ‘thoughtography’ proposes a theoretical framework for precognition. book review/volitional psi/precognition/theory

Collins, H.M. & Pinch, T.J. FRAMES OF MEANING, THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF EXTRAORDINARY SCIENCE, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 51, 1982, pp. 309-14. Sociological approach to parapsychology and its sceptics, arguing that concepts of reality only have meaning when embedded in a social context. book review/psi/theory

Evans, Hilary. INTRUSIONS - SOCIETY AND THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by D. Scott Rogo, Journal 51, 1982, pp. 392-3. ‘.. .not primarily about psychic phenomena of other paranormal events [but] about belief in these occurrences and the belief-structures of various eras and cultures that have tried to deal with these ‘intrusions’ into everyday life. The book might be considered a brief social history of the paranormal’. book review/psi/beliefs

Shapin, Betty & Coly, Lisette, (eds.) PROCEEDINGS OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: CONCEPTS AND THEORIES OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY (1980), reviewed by Serena Roney-Dougal, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 71-3. Six papers: William Braud ‘Lability and inertia in psychic functioning’; Stephen E. Braude, ‘Taxonomy and theory in psychokinesis’; Charles Honorton, ‘PSI, INTERNAL ATTENTION STATES AND THE YOGA SUTRAS OF Patanjali’; Robert Jahn & Brenda Dunne, ‘Physical models of psychic process’; Robert Morris, ‘Developing "extreme case" causal models for synchronistic phenomena’. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Roll, William & Beloff, John. RESEARCH IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY 1980, reviewed by Adrian Parker, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 79-82. Conference papers: remote viewing, personality correlates, the experimenter effect, mother-baby psi, fraudulent crisis apparition. book review/psi

Grattan-Guinness, Ivor (ed.) PSYCHICAL RESEARCH: A GUIDE TO ITS HISTORY, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES, reviewed by K. Ramakrishna Rao, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 135-7. Introduction to psychical research by parapsychologists and writers from other disciplines: brief history in Britain and other countries; the range of phenomena from mediumship to Kirlian photography (including a well-reviewed article on survival by Ian Stevenson; theories and research methods; resources and glossary. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Haynes, Renée. THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH: A HISTORY, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 139-41. (published in association with the SPR). Chatty review of psychical research from the point of view of the SPR, enlivened by humour, shaped by the author’s personal interests, but marred by antipathy to sceptics’ arguments. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 220-21, 333, 399. book review/psi/theory/methodology/SPR matters

Randall, John L. PSYCHOKINESIS: A STUDY OF PARANORMAL FORCES THROUGH THE AGES, reviewed by D.J. West, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 141-2. Scholarly review of historical and contemporary accounts of paranormal physical phenomena, tending in the reviewer’s opinion to understate the problems with evidence and difficulties faced by researchers when dealing with psychics. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 286-7. book review/psychokinesis/psi/theory

Cerullo, John J. THE SECULARISATION OF THE SOUL: PSYCHICAL RESEARCH IN MODERN BRITAIN, reviewed by Anita Gregory, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 147-9. Argues that the interest in parapsychology has its basis in spiritual needs that society is failing to satisfy. ‘.. .thoughtful, attractive and sensitive.. .it combines detailed scholarship.. .with admirable literary subtlety and competence, and fine intuitive human sympathy’. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Dubrov, A.P. PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 149-50. Soviet Russian study that aims to ‘introduce to science the surprising facts of parapsychology: not only to demonstrate that these facts are real, but also to invite scientists to analyse them and draw appropriate theoretical conclusions.’ book review/psi/theory

Shallis, Michael. ON TIME, reviewed by Archie Roy, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 150-51. Discusses the nature of time, in terms of both of physics and cosmology, and of material familiar to parapsychology such as probability, randomness, acausal synchronicities, retro-and pre-cognitions. book review/physics/psi/theory

Thalbourne, Michael. A GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by John Palmer, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 205-7. Comprehensive, fully annotated glossary of parapsychological terms. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 337-9. book review/psi/methodology

CORRELATION: THE ASTROLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN, reviewed by Arthur T. Oram, Journal 52, 1983, pp. 213-4. The research Journal of the Astrological Association: papers by Hans Eysenck, Michel Gauquelin, etc. book review/beliefs/theory

Laudan, Rachel. THE DEMARCATION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND PSEUDO-SCIENCE, reviewed by I. Grattan-Guinness, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 270-72. Eight papers discussing aspects of pseudo-scientific practices. Overall this volume conveys a good impression’. book review/theory

Smith, E. Lester. OCCULT CHEMISTRY RE-EVALUATED, reviewed by Jean Kollerstrom, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 273-5. The author, a chemist, endorses the claim of the theosophist Leadbeater to have correctly visualised by clairvoyance the structure of atoms in terms of their ultimate particles some seventy years before they were discovered by science. ‘This book is a thoroughly learned, well-argued and articulate statement... [but] to my mind is too full of unjustifiable speculations to be convincing’. book review/theosophy/psi/theory

Taylor, Gordon Rattray. THE GREAT EVOLUTION MYSTERY, reviewed by Brian Goodwin, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 276-8. Documents in detail the evidence accumulating from different areas of biological investigation to contest the Darwinian notion of natural selection as a complete explanation of evolution. book review/beliefs/consciousness/theory

White, Rhea A. & Edwards, Harriet, (eds.) PARAPSYCHOLOGY ABSTRACTS INTERNATIONAL, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 278-9. First volume in an ambitious project to provide abstracts of virtually all parapsychological literature to the present date. book review/psi/methodology

Simpson, Janet Ellen Buchanan. A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY ON PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Rhea A. White, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 279-80. Bibliography of parapsychology compiled by South African students, biased towards American research and including general books as well as scholarly articles. The reviewer doubts its reliability and regards it as ‘geared more to the reading interests of persons who are not so much interested in advancing parapsychology as a science as they are in reading about the potentials of psi phenomena’. book review/psi/methodology

Mons, W.E.R. BEYOND MIND, reviewed by Robert H. Thouless, Journal 52, 1984, p. 329. ‘... shows a wide range of interests including psychical research but... does not seem to contribute any new understanding’. book review/consciousness/psi/theory

MacDougall, Curtis D. SUPERSTITION AND THE PRESS, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 329-30. Collection of press articles on superstition, collected by a sceptic, whose ignorance of psychical research leads him to include ESP in the same category as reports from the Flat Earth Society. book review/psi/theory

Anon. THE ISTHMUS LECTURES, 1982-3 IN THE PERKINS JNL, reviewed by Crawford Knox, Journal 52, 1984, pp. 327-9. Papers by five lecturers, four of them Nobel prize-winners, on current convergences of science and religion - Ilya Prigogine, Roger Sperry, B.D Josephson, Sir John Eccles, Schubert M. Ogden. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Bauer, Eberhard & Lucadou, Walter v. SPEKTRUM DER PARAPSYCHOLOGIE, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 49-50. German-language festschrift for the German parapsychologist Hans Bender, with contributions on a range of topics, including ‘fringe subjects’ such as synchronicity, astrology, UFOs, faking shamans, etc. The reviewer singles out Lucadou’s ‘Elusive Hauntings’ and Bonin’s ‘Doppelgaenger, Mirror-images and Masks’ (problems of autoscopy; the quest for identity). book review/psi/theory/methodology

Inglis, Brian. SCIENCE AND PARASCIENCE: A HISTORY OF THE PARANORMAL 1914-1939, reviewed by Carlos S. Alvarado, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 100-108. The sequel to Natural and Supernatural, covering the cross-correspondences, Gladys Osborne Leonard, the Goligher circle, continental mediums including Eva C. and Willy Schneider, the Margery mediumship, ESP research, and many others. The detailed review makes a number of criticisms but is generally favourable. book review/psi

McClenon, James. DEVIANT SCIENCE: THE CASE OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by I. Grattan-Guinness, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 117-9. A sociological review of parapsychology, exposing the prejudices in the views of critics and the media while remaining objective. Generally welcomed by the reviewer with minor criticisms. book review/psi

Bauer, ? & Lucadou, W. von. (eds.) PSI - WAS VERBIRGT SICH DAHINTER? WISSENSCHAFTLER UNTERSUCHEN PARAPSYCHOLGISCHE ERSCHEINUNGEN, reviewed by I. Grattan-Guinness, Journal 53, 1985, p. 119. Aims to give German readers ‘a generally intelligible introduction to central and current themes of modern parapsychology.’ Includes ESP research, a historical survey of psychical research, psychokinesis, metal-bending, apparitions, the paranormal in literature, the Soviet Union. book review/psi

Inglis, Brian. THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by D. Scott Rogo, Journal 53, 1985, pp. 180-83. Wide ranging overview of paranormal topics, criticised by the reviewer for its relative neglect of experimental research and leniency to mediums accused of fraud. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 53, 1985-6, pp. 257-8. book review/psi

Anon. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OCCULTISM AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A COMPENDIUM OF INFORMATION ON THE OCCULT SCIENCES, MAGIC, DEMONOLOGY, SUPERSTITIONS, SPIRITISM, MYSTICISM, METAPHYSICS, PSYCHICAL SCIENCE AND PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 53, 1986, pp. 398-9. Covers a wide range of occult and parapsychological topics. Praised by the reviewer as well-selected and well-balanced. book review/psi

Roll, W.G., Beloff, J. & White, R.A. (eds.) RESEARCH IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY 1982: JUBILEE CENTENARY ISSUE, reviewed by Trevor A. Harley, Journal 53, 1986, p. 399. Abstracts and papers from the combined 25th annual convention of the Parapsychological Association and the Centenary Conference of the SPR. An exhaustive volume but poorly produced, according to the reviewer. book review/psi

Inglis, Brian. THE HIDDEN POWER, reviewed by John Palmer, Journal 54, 1987, pp. 151-5. Examines the evidence for psi, covering biological psi in plants and animals, shamanism, pre-historical and classical epochs, and modern psychical research, attacking sceptics for the implausibility of their non-paranormal explanations. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 280-81; 284. book review/psi

Oppenheim, Janet. THE OTHER WORLD: SPIRITUALISM AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH IN ENGLAND, 1850-1914, reviewed by Alan Gauld, Journal 53, 1986, pp. 239-40. Historical study of nineteenth century Spiritualism and psychical research, praised for ‘a wealth of detailed information, a breadth of background knowledge, a grasp of abstract issues, and an impartiality of judgement that are most impressive’. book review/psi/spiritualism

Shapin, Betty & Coly, Lisette, (eds.) THE REPEATABILITY PROBLEM IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by DJ.West, Journal 53, 1986, pp. 458-60. Conference Proceedings: nine papers on repeatability issues by William Braud, John Beloff, Marilyn Schlitz, Charles Honorton and others. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Braude, Stephen E. THE LIMITS OF INFLUENCE: PSYCHOKINESIS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 54, 1987, pp. 72-5. Philosophical treatment of problems of parapsychology, with reference to nineteenth century mediums, apparitions (supporting the PK-type approach) and precognition. The reviewer welcomes the book but takes issue with some of the author’s views (see here below). Braude, Stephen. THE LIMITS OF INFLUENCE: PSYCHOKINESIS AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (REVISED ED), reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 62, 1998, pp. 465-6. With new final chapter defending the thesis ‘that we have no reason to set any limit whatsoever to the scope of psi and, more especially, to that of PK’. book review/psi/psychokinesis/theory

Nash, Carroll B. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF PSIOLOGY, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 54, 1987, pp. 155-7. Concerned chiefly with ‘the characteristics of psi as these have been ascertained by experiment involving such variables as the subject, the type of test, the mode of psi,’ etc. Proposes the term ‘psiology’ as a preferred alternative to parapsychology, which the author argues stresses the mental at the expense of the physical aspects. book review/psi

Flew, Anthony, (ed.) READINGS IN THE PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Journal 54, 1987, pp. 272-4. Philosophical essays selected by an atheist philosopher, tending to cast doubt on the reality of psi. The reviewer prefers collections published earlier. book review/psi/theory

Krippner, Stanley, (ed.) ADVANCES IN PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 157-9. Reviews recent contributions, including Douglas Stokes on ‘Theoretical Parapsychology’, Rex Stanford on ‘Ganzfeld and Hypnotic Induction Procedures in ESP Research, Gertrude Schmeidler on PK and poltergeists, and a select bibliography of parapsychology from 1982 to 1985 by Rhea White. book review/psi/methodology/theory

White, Rhea A. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A READING AND BUYING GUIDE TO THE BEST BOOKS IN ENGLISH, reviewed by Robert L. Morris, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 160-62. Bibliography: 420 books on parapsychology available to purchase. book review/psi

White, Rhea A. PARAPSYCHOLOGY FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE, reviewed by Robert L. Morris, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 160-62. Bibliography: sources of information on education and parapsychology (for teachers and students); general source for layperson; information on methodology. book review/psi/methodology

Gregory, Richard L. (ed.) THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE MIND, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 55, 1988, pp. 236-7. Several entries concerning the paranormal are shown by the reviewer to be erroneous, poorly-researched and with an unwarranted sceptical bias. book review/consciousness/psi/theory

Ellison, Arthur. THE REALITY OF THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Michael Perry, Journal 55, 1989, pp. 292-3. Copiously-illustrated popular introduction to paranormal phenomena by a former president and active member of the Society. book review/psi/theory/methodology

LeShan, Lawrence. FROM NEWTON TO ESP: PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND THE CHALLENGE OF MODERN SCIENCE, reviewed by Ivor Grattan-Guinness, Journal 55, 1989, pp. 293-5. Discusses conventional and alternative approaches to the scientific understanding of reality. The review takes issue with some of the author’s propositions. book review/psi/theory

Sargent, Carl. THE ASTROLOGY OF RISING SIGNS, reviewed by Simon Best, Journal 55, 1989, pp. 295-6. Astrology book by the controversial parapsychologist, which the reviewer criticises as unoriginal and often erroneous. book review/theory/beliefs

Zollschan, George K; Schumacher, John F; Walsh, Greg F. (eds.) EXPLORING THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Brian Inglis, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 169-71. Collection of articles by Tart, Braude, Eisenbud, Krippner, Thalbourne, Beloff and others. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Smythies, J.R. MIND, BRAIN, SPACE, TIME: AN ESSAY REVIEW OF ROGER PENROSE’S ‘THE EXPEROR’S NEW MIND’, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 229-34. Review of a major contribution to the study of consciousness, which challenges the ‘artificial intelligence’ view that mind is nothing more than algorithmic processes in the brain. The book also argues that ‘physics itself is not yet at a state of development from which we could in principle understand how the brain works. To support this Penrose takes us on a dazzling tour of much of physics and mathematics including complex numbers, complexity theory, Turing machines, phase space, black holes, entropy. Quasicrystals, and many other topics, all written with limpid clarity and flashes of humour.’ book review/consciousness/physics/theory

Radnor, Alan. PARANORMAL OR NORMAL, reviewed by Tom Ruffles, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 237-9. Journalistic overview, dismissed as superficial and poorly researched. book review/psi

Irwin, H.J. AN INTRODUCTION TO PARAPSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Jane Henry, Journal 56, 1990, pp. 239-40. ‘Chapters include a lucid introductory overview, the usual ESP, PK and theories of psi, along with sections on survival, poltergeist, near-death, out of body, apparitional, and reincarnation experiences plus a mention of clinical and applied psi and the sociology of psi debate. Each chapter concludes with a list of key terms and study questions that might be useful for educators, and the book is fully referenced. Irwin’s clear thinking delights throughout’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Kurtz, Paul. THE TRANSCENDENTAL TEMPTATION: A CRITIQUE OF RELIGION AND THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Betty Markwick, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 366-9. The secular humanist philosopher and founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) argues that paranormal belief is rooted in a human propensity for magical thinking, and a yearning for deeper truths. Includes some debunking references to Eusapia Palladino, Uri Geller and S.G. Soal and dismisses psi research. ‘The book provides a fascinating insight into a sceptical, yet reflective mind confronting the claims of anomalous experience’. book review/psi/theory

Beloff, John. THE RELENTLESS QUESTION: REFLECTIONS ON THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Ian Stevenson, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 426-7. A collection of papers by the parapsychologist showing, in the opinion of the reviewer, a shift from commitment to the experimental approach exemplified by J.B. Rhine to a belief in the value of spontaneous phenomena as demonstrating the reality of psi. book review/psi/methodology

White, Rea A. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: NEW SOURCES OF INFORMATION, 1973-1989, reviewed by M.H.Coleman, Journal 58, 1991, pp. 103-4. Reference work listing books and articles on parapsychology. book review/psi

Smythies, John R. & Beloff, John., eds. THE CASE FOR DUALISM, reviewed by Chris Cherry, Journal 57, 1991, pp. 427-30. Nine essays on dualist approaches to the mind-body debate. Those by John Foster and Alan Gauld are recommended, while some others are found to be less useful. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 58, 1991-2, pp. 58-9; 282-3. book review/consciousness/theory

Talbot, Michael. THE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 270-73. Claims to be a ‘remarkable new theory of reality that explains the paranormal abilities of the mind, the latest frontiers of physics and the unsolved riddles of brain and body’. The reviewer disagrees. book review/physics/theory

Broughton, Richard. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: THE CONTROVERSIAL SCIENCE, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 389-91. Recommended as One of the most readable and up-to-date reviews’ of parapsychology, although ‘its conclusions are about as positive as you can possibly extract from this "controversial science" ‘. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 59, 1993, p. 156. Rebuts criticisms in a review of Broughton. book review/psi/methodology/theory

Frazier, Kendrick. THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY AND OTHER PARADIGMS OF THE PARANORMAL: A SKEPTICAL INQUIRER COLLECTION, reviewed by Richard Ward, Journal 58, 1992, pp. 398-400. Third collection of articles from The Skeptical Inquirer, the Journal of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). book review/psi/theory

Rubik, Beverly, ed. THE INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MIND AND MATTER, reviewed by David Lorimer, Journal 59, 1993, pp. 310-11. Conference papers representing physics, biology, medicine, parapsychology, psychology and philosophy, by Helmut Schmidt, Brenda Dunne and Robert Jahn, Ramakrishna Rao, David Peat, Brian Josephson, Steven Rosen and others. book review/consciousness/psi/theory

Charet, F.X. SPIRITUALISM AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF C.G. JUNG’S PSYCHOLOGY, reviewed by Roderick Main, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 52-6. Investigates Jung’s interest in spiritualism and argues that his experiences in this area were the most decisive influence on the development of his psychological theories. ‘.. .a richly informed work’. book review/beliefs/spiritualism/theory

Trajna, Carlo M. THE PSYCHOTEMPORAL MODEL, reviewed by Bernard Carr, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 59-60. A mathematical model originally proposed to explain the Electronic Voice Phenomenon is here generalised to explain all psychic interactions. The reviewer, a mathematician, finds it interesting but confusing. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 120-21. book review/psi/methodology

Budden, Albert. ALLERGIES AND ALIENS - THE VISITATION EXPERIENCE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, reviewed by David Stevenson, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 112-3. Proposes that alien contact and abduction experiences are hallucinations resulting from such factors as exposure to electromagnetic fields from power lines and child abuse. Found here to be improbable and unsupported by argument. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 60, 1994-5, pp. 191-2. book review/hallucinations/electromagnetisni/spontaneous psi/theory

Parra, Alejandro. HISTORIA DE LA PARAPSICOLOGIA EN LA ARGENTINA [HISTORY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY IN ARGENTINA], reviewed by Jorge Villanueva, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 113-4. ‘.. .fills a void for anyone interested in a detailed study of the history of parapsychology, in particular South America and Argentina’. book review/psi

White, Terry. THE SCEPTICAL OCCULTIST, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 60, 1994, pp. 114-7. A critical but ultimately sympathetic examination of paranormal phenomena, including hauntings, poltergeists, miraculous cures and cases of reincarnation. book review/psi  

Milton, Richard. FORBIDDEN SCIENCE, reviewed by P.H.Plesch, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 174-6. Dissident view of’establishment’ science and its tendency to dismiss unorthodox areas, including psi research. Found to be interesting in some respects but generally unconvincing and incoherent. book review/psi

Beloff, John. PARAPSYCHOLOGY: A CONCISE HISTORY, reviewed by Rhea A. White, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 180-2. Introduction for the general reader by a leading parapsychologist. Covers mesmerism, spiritualism, early SPR research, mediumistic research in Europe and the USA, J.B.Rhine’s pioneering psi research, and recent developments, including experimental parapsychology, special subjects such as Nina Kulagina and Uri Geller, modern survival research, and ways in which the evidence gathered by parapsychologists have been conceptualised. book review/psi

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. THE GUINESS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GHOSTS AND SPIRITS, reviewed by Andrew MacKenzie, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 270-71. Detailed reference book which includes many SPR cases, although the reviewer criticises the bias towards American researchers at the expense of British. book review/psi/hauntings

Claxton, Guy. NOISES FROM THE DARKROOM: THE SCIENCE AND MYSTERY OF THE MIND, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 274-5. Materialist attack on the idea of ‘self, enthusiastically reviewed by a like-minded academic psychologist. CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 60, 1994-5, pp. 412-3. book review/consciousness/theory

Smythies, John R. THE WALLS OF PLATO’S CAVE, reviewed by Jonathan Harrison, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 329-32. A contribution to the mind-body debate, ‘recommending introspection, pointing out the existence of the body image, defending sense-data, advocating a representative theory of perception, and rejection identity theory.’ CORRESPONDENCE, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 63-4. book review/consciousness/theory

Parra, Alejandro, (ed.) ACTAS PRIMER ENCUENTRO PSI: NUEVAS DIMENSIONES EN PARAPSICOLOGIA [PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST PSI ENCOUNTER: NEW DIMENSIONS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY], reviewed by Carlos S. Alvarado, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 405-6. Spanish-language conference papers from Argentina on healing, ESP and yoga, hyperaesthesia and dowsing (abstract), historical topics, past life, experimental parapsychology, etc. book review/psi

Budden, Albert. ELECTROMAGNETIC INDIGMENT: UFOS PSYCHIC CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, reviewed by Manfred Cassirer, Journal 60, 1995, pp. 406-7. Study of psychic phenomena in relation to UFO episodes. book review/psi/electromagnetism/theory

Ravaldini, Silvio. CATALOGO GENERALE DELLA BIBLIETCA BOZZANO-DE BONI 1881-1991, reviewed by Carlos S. Alvarado, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 56-7. Catalogue of the holdings of a psychical research library located in Bologna, Italy. The reviewer visited the library which he says is particularly strong in the old non-English language European psychical research and spiritualist literature. It includes complete collections ofAnnali dello Spiritismo in Italia and Luce e Ombra, as well as less complete runs of the publications of the SPR and ASPR and Journals such as Annales des Sciences Psychiques, Psychic Science and Revue Métapsychique, among others. book review/psi

Blackmore, Susan & Hart-Davis, Adam. TEST YOUR PSYCHIC POWERS, reviewed by Richard Wiseman, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 57-8. Aims to help the public design and carry out experimentation into a wide range of parapsychological phenomena, including telepathy, dowsing, premonitions, psychokinesis, the Ouija board, palmistry and astrology. Commended for encouraging critical thought, but criticised for the failure to provide references to further sources of information. book review/psi/methodology

Vitzthum, Richard C. MATERIALISM: AN AFFIRMATIVE HISTORY AND DEFINITION, reviewed by J.C.Poynton, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 176-8. Philosophical defence of materialism. However, ‘the doctrine remains vague and ill-defined, and nothing substantial is provided to persuade the critic that it is true.’ book review/consciousness/theory

Humphrey, Nicolas. SOUL SEARCHING: HUMAN NATURE AND SUPERNATURAL BELIEF, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 121-4. Perrot-Warrick funded defence of materialism by an academic psychologist against the threat posed by claims of the paranormal. Largely ignores psychic evidence in favour of speculation concerning the reasons for paranormal belief. book review/psi/beliefs/theory

Kirk, Eric. THE TIMELESS UNIVERSE, reviewed by H.P.Wilkinson, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 181-2. Speculations that attempt to accommodate paranormal phenomena in a new theory of physical reality. Found to be obscure and lacking in fresh insights. book review/psi/physics/theory

MacLellan, A.W. SPECULATIONS ON THE NATURE OF ESP FROM A SPIRITIST PERSPECTIVE, reviewed by Peter Hallson, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 182-3. Speculates that ESP has a largely physical explanation based upon electromagnetic radiation, with references to neurophysiological experiments and to parapsychological and spiritist literature. The reviewer finds that the book raises many new questions and fails to produce any coherent theory, although it is thought-provoking. book review/psi/theory

Stenger, Victor J. THE UNCONSCIOUS QUANTUM: METAPHYSICS IN MODERN PHYSICS AND COSMOLOGY, reviewed by J.L. Randall, Journal 61, 1996, pp. 256-60. A physicist attacks the misappropriation of quantum theory by mystical movements, among which he numbers parapsychology. Praised as a straightforward exposition of the concepts which underlie present-day quantum mechanics, but criticised for lack of objectivity and understanding on other topics. book review/psi/physics/theory

Ralphs, John D. EXPLORING THE FOURTH DIMENSION: SECRETS OF THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by J.L. Randall, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 72-4. Mathematical approach to unknown dimensions as an explanation of paranormal events, such as apparitions and spirit messages. Found to be useful and interesting, although let down by factual inaccuracies. book review/physics/theory/psi

Cook, Emily Williams, (ed.) RESEARCH IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY 1992: ABSTRACTS AND PAPAERS FROM THE 35th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 1992, reviewed by Montague Keen, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 80-82. Conference papers: physiological studies, ganzfeld, PK, psychological factors inducing or inhibiting the operation of psi, methodology, displacement effect of psi-missing, and the disproportionate time spent satisfying sceptics instead of on actual research. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Tipler, Frank I. THE PHYSICS OF IMMORTALITY. MODERN COSMOLOGY, GOD AND THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, reviewed by Bernard Carr, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 78-80. A cosmologist proposes a physical interpretation of the Christian resurrection. The reviewer finds it stimulating, but doubts whether most theologians and physicist will take its conclusions seriously. book review/physics/beliefs/theory

Radin, Dean. THE CONSCIOUS UNIVERSE: THE SCIENTIFIC TRUTH OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA, reviewed by J.C. Poynton, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 273-6. Readable introduction, pointing out the sheer extent of the evidence suggestive of paranormal phenomena that psi researchers have accumulated and arguing that where this is ‘judged by the same standards as any other scientific discipline ... the results are as consistent as those observed in the hardest of the hard sciences’. book review/psi/theory

Stokes, Douglas M. THE NATURE OF MIND: PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND THE ROLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 62, 1997, pp. 280-81. The author will be known to many readers as a regular reviewer for our sister Journal the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research. Here he offers us his overview of the field which he knows so well and considers its wider philosophical implications. The upshot is a powerful book which can be strongly recommended to all who are concerned with the issues that are raised by parapsychological findings.’ book review/psi/consciousness

Griffin, David Ray. UNSNARLING THE WORLD-KNOT: CONSCIOUSNESS, FREEDOM, AND THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM, reviewed by R.W.K.Paterson, Journal 62, 1998, pp. 368-71. Attempts to resolve the difficulties and inconsistencies thrown up by both materialist and dualist approaches. Contains fewer mentions of psychical research than an earlier work by the same author Parapsychology, Philosophy, And Spirituality: A Postmodern Exploration. CORRESPONDENCE, P. 472. book review/psi/consciousness/theory

Varvoglis, Mario. PSI EXPLORER: UNFOLDING THE MIND’S POTENTIALS (INTERACTIVE CD ROM), reviewed by David Fontana, Journal 63, 1998, pp. 50-52. Interactive exploration tool with five areas: information on psi theories; presentation of main parapsychological experiments; personal test of telepathy powers; relaxation experience; video game; resource centre. book review/psi/methodology

MacLellan, A.W. FURTHER SPECULATIONS ON THE NATURE OF ESP, reviewed by Peter Hallson, Journal 62, 1998, pp. 464-5. Sequel, with some new material, including discussion of the Vasilescu’s electromagnetic experiments bearing on telepathy. book review/psi/theory

Wiseman, Richard. DECEPTION AND SELF-DECEPTION: INVESTIGATING PSYCHICS, reviewed by Susan Blackmore, Journal 63, 1999, pp. 232-4. Papers by an academic psychologist, amateur conjuror and sceptic of paranormal phenomena. Includes among others a general overview of the methods by which fraudulent psychics deceive their audience; a claim that the Naples Report in which British researchers endorsed Eusapia Palladino as genuine was fatally flawed (see Wiseman, Richard. THE FEILDING REPORT: A RECONSIDERATION, Journal 58, 1991-92, pp. 129-52); an experiment in which ‘psychic detectives’ performed at chance level, and no better than a control group; and a firsthand but inconclusive study of Sai Baba and other Indian ‘miracle-workers’. book review/psi/theory/methodology

Tinoco, Carlos A. PARAPSICOLOGIA ? CIENCIA, reviewed by Guy Lyon Playfair, Journal 63, 1999, p. 314. Brazilian study of parapsychology. ‘The book is well laid out and clearly written, and the author packs a good deal into his seven chapters, which cover all aspects of parapsychology from the sociological, philosophical and epistemological to the practical. He shows that while much has been learned about psi, the lack of a general theory has led to its continuing rejection by mainstream science’. book review/psi

Oram, Arthur. THE SYSTEM IN WHICH WE LIVE, reviewed by John L. Randall, Journal 63, 1999, pp. 314-7. Theoretical study by a veteran member of the SPR, seeking progress towards a ‘general conclusion’ to which all parapsychological data point, the lack of which was lamented by G.N.M. Tyrrell. The reviewer welcomes Gram’s consideration of existing theories and his attempts to relate them to the widest possible range of psychical phenomena, but is more critical of his ‘trusting’ attitude towards ostensible communications from the dead, with which a large part of the book is concerned. book review/psi/survival/theory

Blackmore, Susan. THE MEME MACHINE, reviewed by John Poynton, Journal 63, 1999, pp. 312-14. Materialist approach to consciousness, following evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’s concept of the même, ‘a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation.’ Blackmore argues that we can satisfactorily live out our lives ‘as a complex interplay of replicators and environment, in the knowledge that that is all there is.’ The reviewer contests this view and the author’s materialist interpretation of Buddhist spirituality. book review/consciousness/theory

Lorimer, David, ed. THE SPIRIT OF SCIENCE: FROM EXPERIMENT TO EXPERIENCE, reviewed by John Poynton, Journal 64, 2000, pp. 52-3. Lectures given at ‘Mystics and Scientists’ conferences organised by the Scientific and Medical Network, with an aim of ‘formulating a new consciousness united the material and the spiritual’. Includes contributions by Fritjof Capra, David Bohm, Paul Davies, James Lovelock, Lyall Watson, Rupert Sheldrake, Charles Tart, Matthew Fox, Anne Baring, etc. book review/psi/consciousness/theory

Moody, Raymond A. THE LAST LAUGH: A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES, APPARITIONS, AND THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Tony Lawrence, Journal 64,2000, pp. 50-52. Argues that the paranormal is best viewed as a form of entertainment, and that parapsychologists, sceptics, and fundamentalist Christians should be ignored. book review/psi/theory

Chambers, Paul. SEX AND THE PARANORMAL, reviewed by Leslie Price, Journal 64, 2000, p. 185. Little in the book to justify the title, according to the reviewer, who however makes some comments of his own regarding attitudes to sex by past psychical researchers. book review/psi

Lamont, P. & Wiseman, R. MAGIC IN THEORY, reviewed by Matthew Smith, Journal 64, 2000, pp. 248-9. Demonstrates the psychological trickery used by magicians, with the aim of helping parapsychologists spot false claims of psychic ability. book review/psi/theory/magic/cheating

Budden, Albert. ELECTRIC UFOS - FIREBALLS, ELECTROMAGNETICS AND ABNORMAL STATES, reviewed by Hilary Evans, Journal 65, 2001, pp. 50-54. Study of the electromagnetic forces in and around the earth, arguing that these are responsible for a wide variety of hitherto unexplained anomalies, such as alien abductions, ghosts, OB Es, spirits of the dead, street-lamp interference, etc. CORRESPONDENCE, pp. 281-3, Journal 66, 2002, p. 190-91. book review/electromagnetism/psi/theory

Carlton, Eric. THE PARANORMAL: RESEARCH AND THE QUEST FOR MEANING, reviewed by John Poynton, Journal 66, 2002, pp. 53-5. Exploration of the nature of paranormal belief, by an academic sociologist. book review/psi/beliefs

Roberts, Ron & Groome, David, (eds.)   PARAPSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE OF UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE, reviewed by John Beloff, Journal 66, 2002, pp. 56-7. Misleadingly-titled book better described as ‘Anomalies’ or ‘Abnormal Psychology,’ but with useful chapters on probability and coincidence, alien abduction, near-death experiences, unconscious awareness, dreams, ESP testing, and psychic fraud. book review/psi/theory/methodology

MacLellan, A.W. THE PHENOMENA OF PREDICTION, REMOTE VIEWING, OUT-OF-THE-BODY EXPERIENCES AND INSANITY, reviewed by Peter Hallson, Journal 66, 2002, p. 123. Theory of ESP as an effect of electro-magnetic radiation, in which the brain acts as a transmitter and receiver of radio waves. The review argues this fails to take account of the selectivity of ESP, nor the lack of any scientific observation of electromagnetic radiation in the human brain. book review/psi/electromagnetisni/theory

Whiteman, J.H.M. OLD AND NEW EVIDENCE ON THE MEANING OF LIFE: THE MYSTICAL WORLD-VIEW AND INNER CONTEST... VOL 2: THE DYNAMICS OF SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT, reviewed by John Poynton, Journal 66, 2002, pp. 185-7. ‘The focus of this volume is on individual life, inner growth and character development, yet this focus covers a very broad terrain of human existence from the agonised to the exalted, the murderous to the saintly, and physical to non-physical life. In keeping with his earlier work, Whiteman’s treatment rests on direct experience, not on conjecture based on some preconceived world-view’. book review/beliefs/psi/personality/theory