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North Carolina Ghost Lights and Legends, by Charles F. Gritzner

Publication Details: Blair, ISBN: 9781949467055.
Publish Date: May, 2019
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From the publisher's website: North Carolina is considered one of the US headquarters for ghost lights—that is, for spooky and unexplained luminous phenomenon. Nearly half of all reported ghost lights shine, blink, burn, dance, or float somewhere in the state. These ghost lights are well known in their localities. There are scary and fascinating stories associated with them, and they attract many visitors, each hoping to see a ball of fire floating over a cemetery or a jack-o’-lantern illuminating a corner of the Great Dismal Swamp or a long-dead railroad man swinging his lantern in search of his severed head.

Author Charles “Fritz” Gritzner has been chasing ghost lights for many years. A geography professor and luminous phenomenon buff, he has visited the sites, researched possible scientific explanations for the lights, and recorded the legends surrounding them. In this charming and fascinating book, he does not seek to debunk these phenomena, but to illuminate them as a part of the folk culture of North Carolina.

The Foreseeable Future: The The Mystery of Precognition, by Gary Williams

Publication Details: 6th Books, ISBN: 9781789040852.
Publish Date: May, 2019
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From the publisher's website: Is prophecy possible? Can some people really see the future? Strange feelings of foreboding are often cited by people as evidence that they "foresaw" a disaster. Too vague, argues Gary Williams in this elegantly written collection about lapses in time and space. Williams covers such topics as prevision and romance, foreknowledge and gambling, and the mysterious links between aviation and seeing into the future.

Review by Robert A. Charman.

The Star Gate Archives. Volume 4: Operational Remote Viewing: Memorandums and Reports, compiled and edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

Publication Details: McFarland, ISBN: 9781476667553
Publish Date: May, 2019
The Star Gate Archives. Volume 4

From the publisher's website: During the Cold War, the U.S. government began testing paranormal claims under laboratory conditions in hopes of realizing intelligence applications for psychic phenomena. Thus began the project known as Star Gate––the largest in the history of parapsychological research, it received more than $20 million in funding and continued into the mid–1990s. This project archive includes all available documents generated by research contractor SRI International, and those provided by government officials.

Claims of Reincarnation: An Empirical Study of Cases in India, by Satwant K. Pasricha

Publication Details: White Crow Books, ISBN: 9781786771032.
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: Claims of Reincarnation is one of the foremost works to have been published in India during the latter part of the twentieth century. Dr. Satwant Pasricha has investigated hundreds of cases in her native land and is considered to be one of the leading authorities in the field of empirical investigations into past-life claims. First published in 1990, this book is as relevant today as it was when it made its debut and is a valuable addition for scholars and anyone interested in the subject.

Review by KM Wehrstein.

The Last Farewell Embrace: Spirituality, Near-Death Experiences, and Other Extraordinary Events among Nurses, by Alejandro Parra

Publication Details: Nova Science Publishers, ISBN: 9781536153439.
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: The author summarizes the conclusions of dozens of unexplained experiences, such as visions people have reported when they are about to die, near-death experiences, and patients who have recovered suddenly and completely from illnesses after a religious intervention. Nurses have also often had their own experiences in the hospital context, such as seeing apparitions, noting significant “coincidences,” seeing energy fields, lights, or “electric shocks” around or even emitted from a hospitalized patient. Other such experiences include observing anomalous behavior in animals, noticing the anomalous functioning of equipment or medical instruments, intuitively “knowing” the nature of a patient’s illness, or when he or she will die, and having unexpected experiences in intensive care units, neonatology areas, or pediatric or neuropsychiatric services.

Other nurses, who may not have had such experiences of their own, have heard about them from reliable sources who have told them about these events. Clearly, there are a large number of unusual experiences as reported by doctors, caregivers, and nurses, sometimes in relation to hospitalized patients. Although many professionals have themselves been witness to inexplicable events, very few efforts have been made to organize the narrations of these events in a rigorous and detailed manner. It is important that nurses, as well as physicians, be informed about how to respond to patients who have such experiences. This work, therefore, serves as a guide in the exploration of these impressive stories and extraordinary experiences that have come to light.

The Psychology of the Paranormal, by David Groome, Michael Eysenck and Robin Law

Publication Details: Routledge, ISBN 9781138307889
Publish Date: April, 2019
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Can mediums communicate with the dead? Do people really believe they’ve been abducted by aliens? Why do some people make life decisions based on their horoscope?

The Psychology of the Paranormal explores some commonly held beliefs regarding experiences so strange they can defy an obvious scientific explanation. The book explains how psychologists have conducted experiments to provide insight into phenomena such as clairvoyance, astrology, and alien abduction, as well as teaching us fundamental truths about human belief systems.

From debunking myths about Extra Sensory Perception, to considering whether our lives can truly be fated by the stars, The Psychology of the Paranormal shows us that however unlikely, belief in the paranormal will continue to be widespread.

Review by Nemo C. Mörck.

The Shape of the Soul: What Mystical Experience Tells Us about Ourselves and Reality, by Paul Marshall

Publication Details: Rowman & Littlefield, ISBN: 9781538124772.
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: When Paul Marshall began to pay attention to his dreams, he could not have anticipated the transformative experience that would follow. A tremendous expansion of consciousness exposed the insignificance of his everyday self but also revealed unsuspected depths of mind and hinted at a deeper self that holds the universe within. In The Shape of the Soul, Marshall—now a mysticism scholar—draws on personal experiences, along with a wealth of religious, philosophical, and scientific ideas, to explore this deeper self, sometimes experienced in mystical and near-death states as spherical in form. Drawing inspiration from the philosophers Plotinus and Leibniz, Marshall takes mind to be more fundamental than matter and views the basic units of nature as perceptual beings. We ourselves are such beings, striving for fulfilment in a long evolutionary journey of soul-making. Bringing together mysticism, philosophy, biology, and even some physics, The Shape of the Soul offers a deeply integrated vision of the self and the universe. Addressing the mind–body problem, the origin of the world, evolution, reincarnation, suffering, and the nature of God, Marshall delivers what will surely prove an intellectual classic.

The Spectacle of Illusion, by Matthew L. Tompkins

Publication Details: Thames & Hudson, ISBN: 9780500022429
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: In The Spectacle of Illusion, professional magician-turned experimental psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins investigates the arts of deception as practiced and popularized by mesmerists, magicians and psychics since the early 18th century. Organized thematically within a broadly chronological trajectory, this compelling book explores how illusions perpetuated by magicians and fraudulent mystics can not only deceive our senses but also teach us about the inner workings of our minds. Indeed, modern scientists are increasingly turning to magic tricks to develop new techniques to examine human perception, memory and belief.

Further information on the publisher's website: Thames & Hudson.

Review by Nemo C. Mörck

The Star Gate Archives. Volume 3: Psychokinesis, 1972–1995, compiled and edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

Publication Details: McFarland, ISBN: 9781476667546.
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: Star Gate is the largest funded program in the history of psi research receiving about $19.933 million in funding from 1972 to 1995. Researchers from SRI International, and later at Science Applications International Corporation, in association with various U.S. intelligence agencies participated in this program.

Unseen Forces: The Integration of Science, Reality and You, by Robert Davis

Publication Details: Visionary Living, ISBN: 9781942157465.
Publish Date: April, 2019
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From the publisher's website: Are people seeing a different world, or are they seeing this world differently? Does existing evidence provide clues to perceived encounters with an unseen realm and its inhabitants that seem to permanently transform the personal and philosophical viewpoints of millions who experience them? But don’t waste your time waiting for science to find answers to explain many of life’s most perplexing experiences. This book, written by an unbiased futuristic thinker, may very well provide the answers and wake you up to the significance of them all.

Dr. Davis bridges the gap between science and spirituality through an objective, evidence-based analysis of experimental research and theories. He successfully accomplishes this objective by integrating scientific studies and theories with personal accounts of spiritual awakening and the peak experience. Such accounts, combined with concepts of the mind-brain connection, consciousness, psychology, neuroscience, quantum physics, extrasensory perception, and near-death and out-of-body experiences, among others, will help you develop a more informed perspective of the many controversial issues of our time – the meaning of life, reality, and YOU. The answers may be found in this book, and most importantly, within YOU.

Coleção Mirabelli vol. 3

Publish Date: March, 2019
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From the publisher's website: O paulista Carmine Mirabelli, certamente ocupa um lugar de destaque na lista dos maiores médiuns de efeitos físicos da História Moderna (ou, segundo seus detratores, na lista dos maiores mistificadores). Também figura como um dos médiuns mais perseguidos pela imprensa, no Brasil. A coleção Mirabelli vol. 3, encerrando a restauração histórica da vida e obra desse médium ímpar, reedita as seguintes obras:

- O Médium Mirabelli – O Resultado de um Inquérito, de Rodolpho Mikulasch.
- O Espiritismo Científico e as extraordinárias mediunidades do Sr. Mirabelli, do Dr. Carlos de Castro.
- O Médium Mirabelli Mistifica?, de Miguel Karl.
- Martírio e Glória do Professor Mirabelli, de J. F. Schimidt e Olavo Leite.

No apêndice, apresentamos a Campanha Anti Mirabelli, a maior perseguição movida pela imprensa contra um médium brasileiro. A fase final da vida de Mirabelli é reconstituída através das publicações de Revistas e Jornais pelo país. Philippe Piet van Putten, pesquisador científico espiritualista, em entrevista exclusiva, relata suas pesquisas sobre o médium e abre seu acervo particular de fotos e documentos. E para encerrar, o neto de Mirabelli, Luiz Mirabelli Jr, relata diversas histórias inéditas sobre seu avô, incluindo depoimento importante sobre a famosa foto da levitação, sessão na qual seu pai esteve presente, e apresenta fotos de seu álbum particular de família e atas de fenômenos físicos que aconteceram dentro da prisão, quando o médium cumpria pena nos seus derradeiros anos. A História, agora está recontada!

The publisher's website: Casa do Caminho Santana.

 

Connected: The Emergence of Global Consciousness, by Roger D. Nelson

Publication Details: ICRL Press, ISBN: 978-1936033355.
Publish Date: March, 2019
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Is There an Earth Mind?

This is the story of the Global Consciousness Project, a unique 20-year scientific collaboration of researchers recording the effects of mass consciousness in response to major global events.  Its findings are consistent with the wisdom traditions of many cultures and speak of humanity’s unity and deep connections through love, compassion, and the creative impulse.

Review by Robert A. Charman.