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Record Type: Review   ID: 1095

ESP: The Search Beyond the Senses

Cohen, Daniel

 This is a somewhat skeptical history of parapsychology by journalist and free-lance writer Cohen. He begins with the period before ESP was scientifically studied—when it was associated with prophets and visionaries. He covers the investigations of the Society for Psychical Research in England, and then the heyday of ESP and tests. There are chapters on the "Current Scene" and "Psychic Spectaculars." In a chapter entitled "Strange Abilities" he discusses dowsing, eyeless vision (or dermo-optic perception), psychic photography, healing, stigmata, poltergeists, and OBEs. In each instance he tries to offer nonpsi hypotheses to account for the results, and he concludes that the case for psi is not proven, but that "the search remains as frustrating, yet as compelling" (p. 174) as it did in SPR founder Henry Sidgwick's day.
Publisher Information:New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973. 187p. Classified bibliography: 179-180; Glossary: 175-178; 1 figure; 13 illustrations; Index: 181-187
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