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Engaging the Anomalous: Collected Essays on Anthropology, the Paranormal, Mediumship and Extraordinary Experience, edited by Jack Hunter

Publication Details: White Crow Books, ISBN: 9781786770554
Publish Date: April, 2018

From the publisher's website:

Engaging the Anomalous is a collection of essays written by Jack Hunter between 2010-17. Together, the essays push toward the development of a non-reductive, participatory and experiential anthropology of the paranormal. Over the course of the book, Hunter surveys:

• Trends in anthropology’s engagement with the paranormal

• The anthropology and neuroscience of spirit possession

• The history of Spiritualism and the phenomena of physical mediumship

• The overlaps between mediumistic practices and other mind-body phenomena

Hunter also poses serious questions about consciousness, experience, spirits, mediumship, psi, the nature of reality, and how best to investigate and understand them. In addition, the book features a selection of illuminating interviews with the author, as well as an original Foreword by leading parapsychologist and trickster theorist George P. Hansen. Engaging the Anomalous is a bold contribution to Anomalistic literature.

An extract from the book is available here: White Crow Books.

Medjugorje and the Supernatural, by Daniel Maria Klimek

Publication Details: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780190679200
Publish Date: April, 2018
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From the publisher's website: 

  • Challenges the widely-held belief that religious and mystical experiences can be explained naturally or pathologically.

  • Synthesizes a huge body of over 30 years of research on the visionaries of Medjugorje.

  • Proposes a holistic hermeneutical model for understanding supernatural experiences.


Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe, by Dean Radin

Publication Details: Harmony Books, ISBN: 978-1524758820
Publish Date: April, 2018
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From the publisher's website: The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice.

But wait, aren’t things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the US government’s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives.

Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.

About the author:

Dean Radin, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. For nearly four decades he has been engaged in consciousness research. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Princeton University, and several Silicon Valley think tanks, including SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic phenomena for the U.S. government.

Review by Nemo C. Mörck

The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery, by James McClenon

Publication Details: Anomalist Books, ISBN: 9781938398797.
Publish Date: April, 2018

A Host of Phenomena that Boggle the Mind

The Entity Letters describes a years-long sociological investigation of a sitter group that witnessed table movements, table levitations, poltergeist phenomena, earthquake effects, and other startling physical events. The group was known as the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), founded in 1961 by John G. Neihardt, the famous poet and author of the best-selling book Black Elk Speaks. SORRAT hoped to replicate Spiritualist phenomena to increase scientific understanding of psychokinesis (mind over matter). After meeting weekly for a few months, the group heard rapping sounds, seemingly from Black Elk and other spirits. The phenomena grew to include ostensibly spirit-written messages found within a sealed container called a mini-lab specially designed to preclude the possibility of fraud. Eventually, the “spirits” began communicating by mail with dozens of S0RRAT members, describing life after death, the nature of time, and spiritual development. The Entity Letters explores the idea that these kinds of experiences shaped ancient religions.

About the Author:

James McClenon, Ph. D., a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker, has written three books: Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology (University of Pennsylvania Press), Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief (University of Pennsylvania Press) and Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution, and the Origin of Religion (Northern Illinois University Press).

Further information about the book (including table of contents) can be found at Anomalist Books

Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism, by Emily Ogden

Publication Details: University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 9780226532332.
Publish Date: March, 2018
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From the publisher's website: From the 1830s to the Civil War, Americans could be found putting each other into trances for fun and profit in parlors, on stage, and in medical consulting rooms. They were performing mesmerism. Surprisingly central to literature and culture of the period, mesmerism embraced a variety of phenomena, including mind control, spirit travel, and clairvoyance. Although it had been debunked by Benjamin Franklin in late eighteenth-century France, the practice nonetheless enjoyed a decades-long resurgence in the United States. Emily Ogden here offers the first comprehensive account of those boom years.

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

Der Welt-Geist: Wie wir alle miteinander verbunden sind, by Roger D. Nelson and Georg Kindel

Publication Details: edition a, ISBN: 9783990012505,
Publish Date: March, 2018

From the publisher's website:

An der Universität Princeton war er als Forschungskoordinator des Labors für technische Anomalien für alles zuständig, was sich die Wissenschaft nicht erklären konnte. Danach widmete sich Roger D. Nelson dem Global Consciousness Project, bei dem über 100 Wissenschaftler weltweit den Fragen nachgehen, ob alle Menschen über ein gemeinsames Bewusstsein miteinander verbunden sind, und wenn ja, was das bedeutet. Die Antworten, die er durch seine Forschung inzwischen liefern kann, verändern das Bild des Menschen. Es besteht kein Zweifel: Wir sind alle miteinander verbunden.

Der Autor:

Roger D. Nelson forschte und lehrte an der Universität Princeton und war von 1980 bis 2002 Forschungskoordinator des Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR). 1997 gründete er das Global Consciousness Project.Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit sind die Erforschung des gemeinsamen Bewusstseins und die Rolle des Geistes in der physischen Welt.

Review by Gerhard Mayer

Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife, by Leslie Kean

Publication Details: Three Rivers Press, ISBN: 978-0451497147
Publish Date: March, 2018
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From the publisher's website: Kean explores the most compelling case studies of young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and of the physical world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and people who die and then come back to report journeys into another dimension. Based on facts and scientific studies, Surviving Death includes fascinating chapters by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and PhDs from four countries. As a seasoned journalist whose work transcends belief systems and ideology, Kean enriches the narrative by including her own unexpected, confounding experiences encountered while she probed the question concerning all of us: Do we survive death?

Review by Nemo C. Mörck

Being and Biology: Is Consciousness the Life Force?, edited by Brenda Dunne and Robert Jahn

Publication Details: ICRL Press, ISBN: 978-1936033287
Publish Date: February, 2018
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From the publisher's website:

Is consciousness actually the Life Force, the animating principle which underlies and unifies mind, body, and spirit in all living things, and which philosopher Henri Bergson termed the élan vital? This book offers a compendium of empirical evidence and theoretical perspectives from a broad range of scholarly disciplines, which suggest that there is an unbroken, non-local, collective aspect of consciousness that links distant individuals and events—a kind of resonant connectedness that defies separation in space and time.

Paranormal Encounters on Britain's Roads: Phantom Figures, UFOs and Missing Time, by Peter A McCue

Publication Details: The History Press, ISBN: 9780750984386
Publish Date: February, 2018

From the publisher's website: In this detailed book, Dr Peter McCue reflects on the enormous range of paranormal phenomena to have been reported along Britain’s roads, and examines the theory that certain areas seem to be hotspots for such occurrences, such as the A75 and B721 roads in southern Scotland, and the Blue Bell Hill area in Kent. He delves into the sightings of apparitional vehicles; encounters with ‘colliding apparitions’; ‘phantom hitch-hikers’; out-of-place big cats; phantom black dogs; UFOs; ‘missing time’ (strange memory gaps); vehicle interferences (such as mysterious breakdowns); and incidents in which drivers and passengers seem to have been translocated in space or time. This thorough book debates the evidence and theories in a critical but open-minded way, and is a welcome addition to the genre.

Review by Chris Jensen Romer

Reality Denied. Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did, by John B. Alexander

Publication Details: Anomalist Books, ISBN: 9781938398858
Publish Date: February, 2018
From the publisher's website: Reality Denied confronts conventional wisdom with events that, although quite real, seem to challenge the revered “laws of science,” proving them to be wrong or incomplete. The thorny issues of life after death, mind over matter, UFOs, remote viewing, telepathic communications with animals, and more are all addressed from Col. John Alexander’s firsthand perspective. Here physical and spiritual domains collide, providing glimpses of worlds beyond everyday reality.

About the Author:

JOHN B. ALEXANDER, Ph.D., is a retired senior Army officer with decades of experience with a wide range of phenomena. Traveling to all eight continents, he has encountered events that defy common explanation. He has met with shamans in the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Andes, East and West Africa, and Northern Mongolia. In Tonga, he dived in open ocean with humpback whales, and was involved with telepathic experiments with wild dolphins in the Bahamas. A psychic adventurer, he practiced psychokinetic metal bending, fire walking, and caused a white crow to fly for the National Academy of Sciences. A founding board member of IRVA, he is a past-president of IANDS, and former SSE councilor. Straddling two worlds, he is also retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and served on studies with the National Research Council, the Army Science Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, and was a senior fellow of a DoD university. Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross headed his doctoral committee.

The Bothell Hell House: Poltergeist of Washington State (2nd Ed.), by Keith Linder

Publication Details: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, ISBN: 9781983988363.
Publish Date: February, 2018
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From the back cover: 2nd Edition July 2018 - In 2012, my girlfriend and I took up residence in a suburban home right outside Seattle, Washington. What we saw and experienced within weeks of moving in, end up sending shock waves through the paranormal community. BREATH IN / BREATH OUT, because this tale is like no other. The Bothell Hell House has finally arrived. This book explains what happened to me and my girlfriend while living there from 2012 to 2016. But that's not all. I’m not only going to share our horrible experience. I’m going to provide some evidence. Video reenactments of what scared me the most. Aftermath pictures of what attacked us combined with the audio and video evidence are what set this book apart from other haunted tales. What I and my girlfriend lived through and equally important what others before us lived through has come full circle. Yes, this house was featured on Travel Channels Ghost Adventures episode titled “Demons in Seattle.” The episode where Zak Bagans and crew left empty-handed. Why did they leave empty-handed? How does one investigate a malevolent haunting? Those questions and more are finally getting answered. Prepare yourself for an interactive journey. Recently updated.

Review by Chris Jensen Romer.

Investigating Ghosts: The Scientific Search for Spirits, by Benjamin Radford

Publication Details: Rhombus Publishing, ISBN: 978-0936455167.
Publish Date: January, 2018

Ghosts have fascinated and haunted us for millennia. They appear in our campfire tales, films, books, and television shows as well as in our dreams and nightmares. Despite widespread belief in spirits and the popularity of television ghost hunting shows, scientific evidence for them remains elusive. Investigating Ghosts is the first book to examine the history and techniques of ghost hunting from folkloric, scientific, and sociocultural perspectives.

No mere armchair scholar, author Benjamin Radford's book is based on nearly twenty years of first-hand, science-based investigations and research. Investigating Ghosts will entertain and educate skeptics and true believers alike, separating fact from fiction about this timeless mystery.

Topics include: 1) Guidelines for scientifically investigating ghost reports; 2) Analyzing photographic, audio, and video evidence; 3) Ghost hunting equipment: What works, what doesn't, and why; 4) In-depth case studies of solved ghost investigations; 5) Understanding the psychology of ghost experiences.