From the author’s website: In journalistic fashion, Craig Weiler relates what began as a seemingly harmless attempt to make sure that TED talk videos maintained a high standard and how this exploded into a wild scientific controversy. When the nonprofit company took down one of their YouTube videos by scientist Rupert Sheldrake, who had given a speech on the philosophy of science, they ignited a fierce discussion that eventually grew to include hundreds of people spanning the globe. For a while, ordinary folks, distinguished scientists, Internet trolls and even a Nobel Prize winning physicist all got together to hash out the greatest scientific controversy . . . ever. Further information on the author and the book can be found here
New Books and Media
Psi Wars: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet, by Craig Weiler
Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives, by Jim Tucker
The End of Death: How Near-Death Experiences Prove the Afterlife, by Admir Serrano
Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience, by Christopher C. French and Anna Stone
Conversations with Ghosts, by Alex Tanous with Callum E. Cooper
Education in Parapsychology: Student and Instructor Perspectives, by Harvey J. Irwin
The Infinite Mindfield: The Quest to Find the Gateway to Higher Consciousness, by Anthony Peake
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters, by Larry Dossey
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander
From the author’s website: Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the “soul” is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion – and in essence makes us human – shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, by Greg Taylor
From the publisher’s website: Did Steve Jobs have a vision of the afterlife on his death-bed? Does quantum physics suggest that our mind might survive the physical death of our body? How do some near-death experiencers 'see' outside of their bodies at a time when they are supposed to be dead? In Stop Worrying! There Probably is an Afterlife, author Greg Taylor covers all these questions and more. From Victorian séance rooms through to modern scientific laboratories, Taylor surveys the fascinating history of research into the survival of human consciousness, and returns with a stunning conclusion: that maybe we should stop worrying so much about death, because there probably is an afterlife.
The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable True Story of the Battersea Poltergeist, by Shirley Hitchings and James Clark
From the publisher’s website: It began with a key. One afternoon in 1956, in the home of the Hitchings family in Battersea, south London, a small silver key appeared on Shirley Hitchings’ bed. This seemingly insignificant event heralded the beginning of one of the most terrifying, incredible and mysterious hauntings in British history. The spirit, who quickly became known as ‘Donald’, began to communicate, initially via tapping sounds, but over time – and with the encouragement of psychical researcher Harold Chibbett, whose case-files appear here – by learning to write. Soon, the spirit had begun to make simply incredible claims about his identity, insisting that he was one of the most famous figures in world history – but what was the truth? Here, for the first time, is the full story, told by the woman right at the heart of it all – Shirley herself.
Advances in Parapsychological Research 9, edited by Stanley Krippner, Adam J. Rock, Julie Beischel, Harris L. Friedman, Cheryl L. Fracasso
Introduction: Science and Psi (Stanley Krippner, Adam J. Rock, Julie Beischel, Harris L. Friedman and Cheryl L. Fracasso)
Tribute to Jule Eisenbud (Stephen E. Braude) 9
The Global Consciousness Project: Meaningful Patterns in Random Data (Roger D. Nelson)
An Updated Review of Dream ESP Studies Conducted Since the Maimonides Dream ESP Program (Simon J. Sherwood and Chris A. Roe)
A Comparative Approach to the Theory of Psychopraxia (Lance Storm)
How Much Evidence Is Necessary to Deﬁne the Reality of a Phenomenon? Frequentist, Bayesian, and Quantum Modeling of Ganzfeld ESP (Patrizio E. Tressoldi)
Operationalizing Psi-Conducive Altered States: Integrating Insights from Consciousness Studies into Parapsychology (Adam J. Rock, Harris L. Friedman and Graham A. Jamieson)
Physiological Responses as Unconscious Measures of Psi (Edward Justin Modestino)
Evidence of Psi in Energy Psychology "Surrogate" Treatments (David Feinstein)
Expanding Psi Research: Toward Wider, Wiser, and More Humane Inquiry (William G. Braud)