- Nineteenth-Century Books About American Spiritualism* January 17, 2015Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation The early literature of American spiritualism is so vast that it is not possible to summarize it here properly. Nonetheless I will present a few comments about selected publications, all of which are freely available in various virtual libraries (click here, here, and here). A particularly good book giving […]
- Analyses of Healing Studies January 13, 2015Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Chris A. Roe, Charmaine Sonnex, and Elizabeth C. Roxburgh just published a paper entitled “Two Meta-Analyses of Noncontact Healing Studies” (Explore, 2015,11, 11-23). Here is the abstract: “Objective: Reviews of empirical work on the efficacy of non-contact healing have found that adopting various practices that incorporate an intention […]
- Author Interviews: II: James C. Carpenter’s First Sight January 6, 2015Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation In this, the second of the series of author interviews, I have the pleasure to interview Dr. James C. Carpenter, a clinical psychologist and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, who has a long track record in […]
- Nineteenth-Century Books About American Spiritualism* January 17, 2015
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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The experimenter effect should not be any surprise to parapsychologists. If any psi study is successful it is because a correspondence has been found between participants’ responses and the targets they aimed at. But what are the targets? From the … Continue reading
The First Sight Model asserts that a psychic connection to the world is going on all the time for everyone. If that is so, someone might ask why everyone isn’t having psychic experiences (ESP or PK) all the time? The … Continue reading