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Altered States of Consciousness and Psi: An Historical Survey and Research Prospectus (Parapsychological Monographs, No. 18)

Kelly, Edward F., & Locke, Ralph G.

 Kelly, a parapsychologist whose training is in psycholinguistics, and Locke, an anthropologist, review not only the literature of psychical research but also that of historical and comparative religions and cultural anthropology for material bearing on the question of altered states and psi. Their goal is a generation of hypotheses that can be tested experimentally. They cover early studies of trance mediumship and hypnosis, psi phenomena associated with saints, yoga, shamanism, and the induction of ecstatic and other altered states. In their "research prospectus" they conclude that "unusually strong manifestations of psi are systematically related to various kinds of strong ASCs" (p. 43) and that these altered states are capable of systematic cultivation. They propose that these techniques be inventoried, analyzed, and incorporated in psi-testing situations. An appendix presents a preliminary model of ASC induction and psi, and suggestions for its application.
Publisher Information:New York: Parapsychology Foundation, 1981. 91p. Bibliography: 85-91; 3 tables
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