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Dark Cognition: Evidence for Psi and its Implications for Consciousness, by David Vernon

Publication Details: Routledge, ISBN: 9781138331020.
Publish Date: October, 2020
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From the publisher's website: Outlining the scientific evidence behind psi research, Dark Cognition expertly reveals that such anomalous phenomena clearly exist, highlighting that the prevailing view of consciousness, purely as a phenomenon of the brain, fails to account for the empirical findings.

David Vernon provides essential coverage of information and evidence for a variety of anomalous psi phenomena, calling for a paradigm shift in how we view consciousness: from seeing it as something solely reliant on the brain to something that is enigmatic, fundamental and all pervasive. The book examines the nature of psi research showing that, despite claims to the contrary, it is clearly a scientific endeavour. It explores evidence from telepathy and scopaesthesia, clairvoyance and remote viewing, precognition, psychokinesis, fields of consciousness, energy healing, out of body experiences, near-death experiences and post death phenomena, showing that not only do these phenomena exist, but that they have significant implications for our understanding of consciousness.

Featuring discussion on scientific research methods, reflections on the fields of dark cognition and end-of-chapter questions that encourage critical thinking, this book is an essential text for those interested in parapsychology, consciousness and cognitive psychology.

Further information at the publisher's website: Routledge

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, by Kate Summerscale

Publication Details: Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9781408895450.
Publish Date: October, 2020
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From the publisher's website: London, 1938. Alma Fielding, an ordinary young woman, begins to experience supernatural events in her suburban home. Nandor Fodor – a Jewish-Hungarian refugee and chief ghost hunter for the International Institute for Psychical research – begins to investigate. In doing so he discovers a different and darker type of haunting: trauma, alienation, loss – and the foreshadowing of a nation's worst fears. As the spectre of Fascism lengthens over Europe, and as Fodor's obsession with the case deepens, Alma becomes ever more disturbed. With rigour, daring and insight, the award-winning pioneer of historical narrative non-fiction Kate Summerscale shadows Fodor's enquiry, delving into long-hidden archives to find the human story behind a very modern haunting.

Further information at the publisher's website: Bloomsbury.

Contact with the Future: The Nature of Extrasensory Perception, by Jon Taylor

Publication Details: Independently published, ISBN: 9798670033022.
Publish Date: September, 2020
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From the back cover: This book is about the nature of extrasensory perception, and is based on a 25-year investigation into the physical and biological principles underlying its occurrence. Jon Taylor has carried out a careful examination of the case histories and laboratory research. He concludes that precognition is the fundamental phenomenon of ESP, and that it occurs when people connect with their future experience of an event. The precognition is due to a transfer of information from the brain in the future to the brain in the present, just as telepathy is due to a transfer between different brains. Taylor rejects the clairvoyance interpretation—direct connection with the event—and suggests that acceptance of this interpretation by a majority of parapsychologists has led to an important misunderstanding about the nature of ESP.

Mediality on Trial: Testing and Contesting Trance and other Media Techniques, edited by Ehler Voss

Publication Details: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, ISBN: 9783110416367
Publish Date: September, 2020
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From the publisher's website: This volume addresses controversies connected to the testing of the capacities and potentials of mediums. Today we commonly associate the term "medium" with the technical communication between transmitters and receivers. Yet this term likewise applies to those who cooperate with agencies that exceed the presumed domain of the material world. Insofar as one presumes a division between distinctly opposed categories of religion and the secular, technical media tend to be associated with the secular and human (trance) mediums tend to be associated with religion after 1900. This volume concerns the ways in which the term medium still marks an overlapping of – and thus problematizes – the aforementioned division between religion and the secular, the personal and the technological.

Further information at the publisher's website: De Gruyter.

Sensitive Soul: The Unseen Role of Emotion in Extraordinary States, by Michael A. Jawer

Publication Details: Park Street Press, ISBN: 9781644110829.
Publish Date: September, 2020
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From the publisher's website: In this exploration of the role of emotion in non-ordinary states and abilities, Michael Jawer shows how the flow of our emotions greatly influences the development of personality, exceptional capacities, and sensitivities. He also reveals the significant role of emotion in PTSD, autism, savantism, synesthesia, déjà vu, phantom pain, migraines, and extreme empathy.

Further information the publisher's website: Park Street Press.

The Pagan Book of the Dead: Ancestral Visions of the Afterlife and Other Worlds, by Claude Lecouteux

Publication Details: Inner Traditions, ISBN: 9781644110478.
Publish Date: September, 2020
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From the publisher's website: Charting the evolution of afterlife beliefs in both pagan and medieval Christian times, Claude Lecouteux offers an extensive look at the cartography and folklore of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven as seen by our ancestors. He also explores tales of near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, dream journeys, and travels made by a double or fetch.

Further information at the publisher's website: Inner Traditions.

Common Phantoms: An American History of Psychic Science, by Alicia Puglionesi

Publication Details: Stanford University Press, ISBN: 9781503612778
Publish Date: August, 2020
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From the publisher's website: Séances, clairvoyance, and telepathy captivated public imagination in the United States from the 1850s well into the twentieth century. Though skeptics dismissed these experiences as delusions, a new kind of investigator emerged to seek the science behind such phenomena. With new technologies like the telegraph collapsing the boundaries of time and space, an explanation seemed within reach. As Americans took up psychical experiments in their homes, the boundaries of the mind began to waver. Common Phantoms brings these experiments back to life while modeling a new approach to the history of psychology and the mind sciences.

Drawing on previously untapped archives of participant-reported data, Alicia Puglionesi recounts how an eclectic group of investigators tried to capture the most elusive dimensions of human consciousness. A vast though flawed experiment in democratic science, psychical research gave participants valuable tools with which to study their experiences on their own terms. Academic psychology would ultimately disown this effort as both a scientific failure and a remnant of magical thinking, but its challenge to the limits of science, the mind, and the soul still reverberates today.

Further information at the publisher's website: Stanford University Press.

Dangerous Pursuits: Mediumship, Mind, and Music, by Stephen Braude

Publication Details: Anomalist Books, ISBN 9781949501155
Publish Date: August, 2020
Dangerous Pursuits

From the publisher's website: Dangerous Pursuits is a wry allusion to philosopher Stephen Braude’s obstacle-strewn career path over the past several decades—to the vindictive hostility, ridicule, and condescension he’s encountered for his decision to look carefully at the data and theoretical issues of parapsychology. The diverse chapters, which are incisive but not without humor, focus on the topic of mediumship, and in the process address major parapsychological themes, including the evidence for postmortem survival and the unsettling question of the limits of paranormal influence. In the end, it turns out the real danger is the widespread ignorance of how these issues impact our understanding of reality. 

Further information on the publisher's website: Anomalist Books.

Resurrecting the Mysterious: Ingo Swann's 'Great Lost Work', by Ingo Swann

Publication Details: Swann-Ryder Productions, ISBN 9781949214611
Publish Date: August, 2020
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RE-INTERPRETING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AWAKE: The Hidden Revelation, a previously unpublished manuscript of Ingo’s, was discovered by Nick Cook in 2016 in a nondescript folder tucked inconspicuously among some of Ingo’s notes. Now, together with Beyond the Gods’ Devices, another undiscovered manuscript, it is published for the first time as Resurrecting The Mysterious, a posthumous compilation that delivers what we (that is Nick and Swann-Ryder Productions, LLC) offer here as Ingo’s’ ‘grand unified theory’ of the human experience (and, in part, of consciousness itself). This asserts that paranormality is part of an ‘expanded reality-set’ rooted in the relationship between quantum theory, us the observer and something infinitely more profound, even, that is fully described in Beyond the Gods’ Devices. The Hidden Revelation is more concerned with us, the immanent experience, the inward journey; Beyond the Gods’ Devices with that world, whatever that world truly is, that binds and connects us to ‘the numinous’ -- that, which, at present, science is unable to describe. For many, it may also make the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness just that little bit easier to comprehend. We certainly hope so.

Ethel Post Parrish: Mediumship in America, by Gerald O'Hara

Publication Details: Independently published, ISBN 9798663887489
Publish Date: July, 2020
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From the back cover: Ethel Post Parrish led a roller-coaster life, of police raids, undercover journalists, accusations of fraud, court cases over leases, and legacies. Four-times married. Ethel was a perfectionist who expected a high standard, earned respect, and was accepted in the best Spiritualist circles. An enterprising, business-like woman and founder of Camp Silver Belle. The Camp witnessed a Golden Age of American mediumship. Arthur Ford, Frank Decker, Clifford Bias, Maina Tafe, and Lula Taber; Ethel knew and employed them all at Silver Belle.America’s most versatile psychic. Ethel Post Parrish has waited since 1958 for a biography worthy of her stature. America’s leading medium of the 1930/50s. Much admired, envied, and ridiculed in her lifetime, Ethel’s sensational materialization seances featured spirits of different sexes, ages, races, and cultures. With numerous spirits visible in ruby light, Ethel’s famous Indian guide Silver Belle presided over the séances with a “tinkling laugh.” Ethel Post Parrish: Mediumship in America, breaks new ground in 20th Century US Spiritualist studies. The first of a series of books planned in this subject area. American Spiritualism witnessed tremendous expansion between the wars, and this book illustrates and quantifies that growth. The only account of America’s premier influential medium is set in the movement in which lived and shaped. Tough, loving, loyal Ethel had charisma. A uniquely talented medium and above all, a remarkably successful woman.

I Come to the Garden: Mediumship in America (2nd Ed.), by Gerald O'Hara

Publication Details: Independently published, ISBN: 9798664629156.
Publish Date: July, 2020
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From the back cover: For over fifty years, the Reverend Dorothy Graff Flexer demonstrated the unique gift of Trumpet Mediumship. The voices of the departed and Master Teachers were heard again in the mortal world. Dorothy and her husband, Doctor Russell Flexer, devoted their lives to the spiritual community that they founded and which still flourishes at Sarasota, Florida. Trained by Ethel Post Parrish at Camp Silver Belle, Dorothy became a noted teacher and medium associated with the camp for 28 years. The Flexers had a vision of how the study of mediumship, Christian teaching, and spiritual texts could enrich the life of the individual. Every week the members could experience demonstrations of extraordinary mediumistic phenomena. The vision of Reverend Dorothy and Dr. Russell was of a new religion, “Metaphysical Christianity,” which would appeal to reason and understanding ...

 

Poltergeist! A New Investigation Into Destructive Haunting, by John Fraser

Publication Details: 6th Books, ISBN: 9781789043976
Publish Date: July, 2020
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From the publisher's website: There are few factual books written about poltergeist phenomena, John's Fraser's Poltergeist! A New Investigation Into Destructive Haunting fills that void, advancing and updating Colin Wilson's work Poltergeist!, this study's namesake from over 38 years ago. Fraser takes readers on a journey from the Borley Rectory to the Isle of Man, and grounds his readers in an historical overview of 'poltergeist phenomena'. He examines where such events overlap with other paranormal investigations of 'apparitional' ghosts. What do they have in common, what do they differ? To answer this, Fraser looks to new research on paranormal events, never before published in book form. Fraser contends, perhaps controversially, that ghost sightings are and always will be ambiguous and near-impossible to prove, that only poltergeist phenomena can be empirically verified.

Review by Nemo C. Mörck.