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In this article, parapsychology is defined as the organised attempt to create a for parapsychology, through the publication of popular science books and. () - Reviewed by Michael Nahm [Web, PDF] Book Review: Parapsychology and the skeptics: a. More popularly written introductory books on parapsychology have been published in recent years. The titles of most of them may be found in the literature cited.
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Home Page. Notable NDEs. What's New. Triggered NDEs. Research Conclusions. Mediumship and survival Roe provides an overview of mediumship in which the Fox sisters, Palladino and Piper appears. Somewhat more interesting are the brief section about eyewitness testimony and the more extensive section about cold reading, used by fraudulent mediums and psychics.
Roe regards cold reading as referring to a set of techniques rather than to a specific method. His own research in the s concerned the psychology of deception, and the overview, written with laymen in mind, seem adequate.
Roe notes that although much is known about cold reading surprisingly few experiments have been conducted to test how well it actually works.
A few studies involving mediums are eventually outlined, but the criticism of them are not. Roe first outlines a quite well-known study by Beischel and Schwartz which has been subject to criticism i.
The reports are quite messy given that eight different experimental designs were used and data gathered under different conditions seem to have been combined rather arbitrary Hayes, In addition, some of the reported probability values are in error Hansen, ; Markwick, , although this is not believed to affect the conclusions Mason, ; Markwick, Possession and exorcism French acknowledges that he has relied heavily on Spanos when writing his essay, which covers glossolalia in addition to possession and exorcism.
Researchers familiar with the writings by Spanos will however notice that Dissociative Identity Disorder formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder which was important in his attempts to explain possession is only mentioned in passing. French primarily offers psychological explanations and seems reluctant to acknowledge other perspectives.
No cases that have been subject to serious interest from parapsychologists are discussed. Laymen may wonder why the essay does not include any commentary about Spirit Release Therapy. Belief in possession and the associated belief that rituals can force the possessing entity to leave is certainly still widespread. French concludes: There is no compelling evidence to support the claim that such phenomena involve anything paranormal.
Although such beliefs and associated practices may produce psychological benefits for some under particular conditions, they can also result in tragic cases of extreme abuse and even death. Such concepts should have no place in the modern world p. The latter kind of experiences are often interpreted as false memories, which have possibly been induced during hypnosis or have arisen due to misinterpretation of unpleasant sleep paralysis experiences.
Given his earlier writings on false memories and sleep paralysis French is well-suited to deal with alien abduction experiences from a psychological perspective. To parapsychologists fantasy proneness is an unfortunate concept. Wilson and Barber presented data from interviews with 26 excellent hypnotic subjects.
Most of them considered themselves to be psychics and related numerous paranormal experiences. In addition, most reported having had out-of-body experiences, many thought they had the ability to heal and had seen apparitions. Half of them had also experienced automatic writing. Hence paranormal experiences were incorporated into the concept fantasy proneness. Wilson and Barber does not seem to have attempted to properly test their interviewees - they implicitly assumed that their experiences were merely fantasies!
Due to the origin of the concept, the Inventory of Childhood Memories and Imaginings ICMI , the most commonly used measure of fantasy proneness, which Ring regarded as a heterogeneous hodgepodge, include items about paranormal phenomena. A more recent, less extensive, measure of fantasy proneness, the Creative Experiences Questionnaire CEQ consists of 25 items — four items inquire about whether the respondent has experienced precognition, had an out-of-body experience or has experienced automatic writing.
Parapsychologists need to be aware of this.
French acknowledges that the evidence linking fantasy proneness and alien abduction experiences is at best mixed. In the few studies in which ICMI or CEQ have been administered to different kinds of experiencers and a control group no significant differences have been found. French writes that he and his colleagues once reported a small but significant difference, however according to the report French et al.
A more likely cause of false memories of alien abduction experiences may be, as French and others, suggests unclear memories of unpleasant sleep paralysis experiences. French notes that the widespread use of hypnosis to revive memories of alien abduction experiences is unfortunate since it may induce false memories. Near-death experiences Roe provides a clear description of near-death experiences.
He does however not acknowledge the existence of hellish near-death experiences nor does he mention the aftereffects which often follow near-death experiences. This is not surprising given that near-death experiences can arise during very different conditions. As Roe notes such experiences are sometimes reported by people who were never really near-death. Although some case of ostensibly veridical perception are mentioned Roe does not stress the paranormal aspects of near-death experiences.
Reincarnation claims The essay is written by French, who argues that past-life memories are based upon false memories.
As an overview of the evidence for reincarnation the essay is inadequate since stronger cases are not even mentioned in passing. He presents evidence which suggests that cryptomnesia most likely contributed to the past-life memories. French also relates the results of his own brief investigations which took place in Lebanon in There belief in reincarnation is universal among the Druze people.
At a school with about pupils 21 claimed to have past-life memories. Some of them were subject to investigations, but to French the results were unconvincing. He thinks it is important to remember that there are numerous non-evidential cases in addition to the ones that are published. To French the non-evidential cases are important because they show that false memories of past-lives can develop. Dreams Ronald Roberts starts his essay by relating a lucid dream he once had, in which he spoke with a deceased friend and woke up with a strong sense of having been in her presence.
Dreams about deceased are however unfortunately not discussed nor are mutual dreaming. Instead Roberts describes dreams in general and theories. Eventually he provides a brief sketchy account about the dream ESP studies at Maimonides Medical Center and the results of a dated meta-analysis of more recent dream ESP studies i. Curious parapsychologists may notice that the coverage of the so-called Mars effect is sketchy, biased, and omits the controversy that occurred.
Concerning the Mars effect Groome cites Dean , but not Ertel who disagreed. He also fails to inform the reader about the fact that Dean and Ertel were engaged in a prolonged debate about the Mars effect.
Laymen are likely to feel overwhelmed by the numerous findings that he briefly presents. The reviewed research concerns, among other things, beliefs and rituals.
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Eysenck has however not made any real attempt to relate the results he presents to the literature about paranormal belief reviewed by Irwin and others. Psychic fraud Wiseman has written a brief essay about psychic fraud.
Given that he is a magician and has long been interested in the psychology of deception he is a well-suited author.
The essay has however not really been updated: the changes that have been made are trivial. Instead of describing specific techniques used by fraudulent psychics Wiseman describes more general stratagems. Focus is on fraudulent psychics and little is said about physical mediums.
Conspiracy theories The essay is written by Robert Brotherton and French, who argue that the inclusion of their review in an anthology about paranormal belief and experiences is appropriate. Nevertheless, it is not obvious whether it really is or not. Some of the research they cover is however relevant to researchers interested in the correlates of paranormal belief. Brotherton and French argue: It is useful to consider both belief in conspiracies and paranormal belief as examples of magical thinking, along with traditional superstitions, belief in various pseudosciences, New Age beliefs and, arguably, religious beliefs.
It is noteworthy that the tendency towards all forms of magical thinking increases in situations where individuals feel that events are beyond their control. It would have worked better as an introduction to the anthology. Feyerabend, Kuhn, Popper and Laing are mentioned, almost in passing, which seem somewhat unfortunate since all readers are not necessarily familiar with their ideas.
Some discussion about how science and pseudoscience differ would also have been appropriate, likewise some commentary about parapsychology.
Cognition and belief If there is no such thing as psi how come that so many believe that psi phenomena exist? This is basically the question which David Groome and Robin Law attempts to answer in the final essay. The literature on the correlates of paranormal belief is however far too extensive to review in a brief essay. The review is hence necessarily somewhat sketchy, unfortunately it is also marred by some troublesome inaccuracies. For example, the participants in the studies by Thalbourne and French and Peltzer were students not schizophrenics.
The anthology ends rather abruptly without any final commentary about the contents by the editors. Since the editors are not known for their interest in parapsychology, it would have been of some interest to learn whether their views changed during the editing process. Summary The anthology, aimed at undergraduates is like its predecessor clearly wide-ranging and is perhaps of most interest to individuals who study anomalistic psychology.
Parapsychologists will note some instances of bias, unfortunate omissions, and inaccuracies.
When taken together this might mislead rather than enlighten students. In addition, to parapsychology students some of the essays do not seem particularly relevant.
Some, but not all essays end with suggestions for further reading. At best, the anthology will inspire its readers to do further reading.
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Parapsychology: Science or magic? Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press. Battista, C. Madness in the method: Fatal flaws in recent mediumship experiments. Augustine Eds.
The myth of an afterlife pp. Beischel, J. Contemporary methods used in laboratory-based mediumship research. Journal of Parapsychology, 71, Anomalous information reception by research mediums demonstrated using a novel triple-blind protocol.
Explore, 3, Blackmore, S. A postal survey of OBEs and other experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 52, Dean, G. Is the Mars effect a social effect? Skeptical Inquirer, 26 3 , Ertel, S. The Mars effect cannot be pinned on cheating parents.Parapsychology Foundation. A proposed basis for choosing terms in parapsychology.
The blue sense: We start to see the contours of a residual category: French primarily offers psychological explanations and seems reluctant to acknowledge other perspectives. Steven Sutcliffe , p. Asprem, Egil. Paranthropology Journal - http: This "indirect evidence" as so to speak, forced upon his attention by we may call it, was, another worker against own anticipation. The main hypothesis under test is itself new and debatable, and counterhypotheses need not have much justification in order to demand full consideration.