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The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science

Braude, Stephen E.

 The first chapter of this courageous and exciting book about large-scale psychokinesis deals with the "importance of non-experimental evidence." Braude points out the limitations of experimental parapsychology, and also considers the alleged improbability of psi. He deals at some length with the reliability of human testimony. In Chapter 2 he considers the evidence for physical mediumship, including in-depth treatments of D.D. Home, Eusapia Palladino, and to a lesser extent, Rudi Schneider and Joseph of Copertino. He concludes that physical mediumship provides the best evidence for large-scale PK. Chapter 3 is about apparitions, in particular, collective apparitions. He proposes that PK may offer the most plausible explanation for collective and reiterative cases. Another chapter is devoted to precognition as a form of PK. The book closes with a chapter on theories of PK in which it is suggested that efforts to theorize about PK have failed because they do not take into account the full range of PK phenomena. It is also proposed that PK may be occurring covertly in many areas of our lives unrecognized, both for ill and for good. The fact that PK is not often obvious may be due to resistance to assuming the responsibility required for its conscious use.
Publisher Information:New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986. 311p. Bibliography: 290-304; Bibliographic notes by chapter: 282-289; Index: 305-311
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