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A New Handbook of Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Over the years many of us have found a basic reference work of great help. I am referring to the Handbook of Parapsychology, edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, with the assistance of associate editors Laura A. Dale, Gertrude R. Schmeidler, and Montague Ullman (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977). While still useful, the book has been in need of an update for a long time, since it was published over 30 years ago. Fortunately we now have such an update: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century (Jefferson, NC : McFarland, 2015;...

People in Parapsychology: XXIV: Fatima Regina Machado

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation I am glad to have an interview with Dr. Fatima Regina Machado, who I have visited in her country, Brazil, as well as her husband and colleague Dr. Wellington Zangari. I first met Fatima in 1993 when she came to Durham, North Carolina, to participate in the now defunct parapsychology Summer Study Program at what was then known as the Institute of Parapsychology. I was lecturing there at the time. Dr. Fatima Regina Machado For many years Fatima has been working—sometimes with Wellington—on behalf of parapsychology in an academic...

Note on the Importance of Mediumship for Psychical Research*

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Historically few topics have been so important for the study of psychic phenomena as mediumship (both mental and physical). Spiritualism was spread mainly through the performances of early mediums who fostered both belief and skepticism in such phenomena as spirit communications and materializations. In addition, the communications produced by mediums presented teachings about life after death and other topics that provided the philosophical background for the movement. An example of this is the importance of such teachings in...

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Beyond Physicalism

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Beyond Physicalism <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/theparapsasso-20/detail/1442232382" rel="facebox" target="_blank"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://parapsychologylab.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/570.jpg" style="float: left;width: 132px;height: 210px" /></a>The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared among the world’s great cultural traditions. Most contemporary scientists and philosophers believe that reality is at bottom purely physical,...

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century <a href="http://www.parapsych.org/images/file/640px/571.jpg" rel="facebox"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://parapsychologylab.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/571.jpg" style="float: left;width: 162px;height: 210px" /></a>Many people have experienced such unusual phenomena as dreams that later seem to correspond with unforeseeable events, thinking of a long-lost friend just before he or she unexpectedly calls, or the ability to "feel" the presence of deceased loved ones. What many do not realize is that these types of experiences have been researched for more than a century by eminent...

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Experimentelle Parapsychologie

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Experimentelle Parapsychologie <a href="http://www.parapsych.org/images/file/640px/569.jpg" rel="facebox"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://parapsychologylab.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/569.jpg" style="float: left;width: 149px;height: 210px" /></a>Is there scientific evidence for extrasensory perception, psychokinesis or precognition? These questions systematic have feuled experiments that have been carried out for over 100 years. <a href="http://www.amazon.de/Experimentelle-Parapsychologie-Einf%C3%BChrung-Stefan-Schmidt/dp/3956500792" target="_blank"><em>Experimentelle Parapsychologie: Eine...

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