- Hypnosis and the Study of Consciousness November 15, 2014Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation In a recently published article Etzel Cardeña discussed the historical and contemporary importance of hypnosis in the study of consciousness, including ESP. The article is entitled “Hypnos and Psyche: How Hypnosis Has Contributed to the Study of Consciousness” (Psychology of Consciousness: T […]
- People in Parapsychology: XVII: Lance Storm November 5, 2014Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center While I have not met Dr. Lance Storm I have had some email contact with him and have followed his published work. He has a PhD in psychology from the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Lance is the editor of the Australian Journal of Parapsychology and […]
- Bystander Deathbed Experiences October 31, 2014Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center In a short paper published in the newsletter of the Forever Family Foundation Nancy L. Zingrone and I briefly discussed “Bystander’s Perceptions of Deathbed Phenomena” (Signs of Life, 2013, 10(4), 5, 8; click here and go to page 5). These cases include visual, auditory and other perceptions [ […]
- Hypnosis and the Study of Consciousness November 15, 2014
Carpenter’s basic premise is that even if psi is currently anomalous in terms of known physical and neurobiological mechanisms, it is not psychologically anomalous. Like memories of past experiences, subliminal stimuli, and unconscious motives, psi is a nonconscious, continuously present resource in the development of all conscious experience.
In arriving at a conscious thought, perception, or intended action, we nonconsciously combine pertinent information from all these resources.. . . . Carpenter’s First Sight theory integrates many previously scattered and little understood findings in psi research and is richly generative in suggesting new lines of research. Overall, the theory constitutes a transformational contribution to both psi research and the psychology of consciousness.
Daryl J. Bem (Professor Emeritus, Cornell University), ESP is not a Psychological Anomaly, a review of First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life. PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 57(50), 2012.
- In this engaging and beautifully crafted book Jim Carpenter shows in remarkable depth and detail how situating the paranormal in the context of other preconscious receptive and expressive processes allows us to understand a host of existing findings in a way that makes excellent psychological sense – a significant theoretical achievement that should command the attention of parapsychologists and mainstream psychologists alike. —Edward F. Kelly, Ph.D. Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia
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