Attention: After seven years of operation, I’ve decided to retire this blog. I will no longer be adding posts, except on special occasions. I’m leaving it up because the information and advice in the links and posts are still useful, and I will still respond and answer questions in the comment sections. Thank you for visiting!
How exciting! The Parapsychology Foundation now has a YouTube Channel. Here is a video about their library, which I would love to explore again. The last time I was there I was very specifically researching the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University. I’d like to go back and widen my search.
You can view their other videos and subscribe here.
If you are lucky enough to live in Durham, North Carolina, the Rhine Research Center is hosting a Halloween party on October 30th, from 6:30 to 9:30. Full details here.
The event will feature a performance by magician Joshua Lozoff. I looked on YouTube for a video of him and found this very charming video. So worth watching. I’m sure he’s going to put on a great show!
“History comes alive in this textured account of the rivalry between Harry Houdini and the so-called Witch of Lime Street, whose iconic lives intersected at a time when science was on the verge of embracing the paranormal.
“The 1920s are famous as the golden age of jazz and glamour, but it was also an era of fevered yearning for communion with an unseen spirit world, after the loss of tens of millions in the First World War and the Spanish-flu epidemic. A desperate search for reunion with dead loved ones precipitated a tidal wave of self-proclaimed psychics—and, as reputable media sought stories on occult phenomena, mediums became celebrities.
“Against this backdrop, in 1924, the pretty wife of a distinguished Boston surgeon became the idolized focus of the raging national debate over Spiritualism, a movement centered on communication with the dead. Reporters dubbed her the blonde Witch of Lime Street, but she was known to her followers simply as Margery. A socially prominent woman of exceptional charm, her most vocal advocate was none other than Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed so thoroughly in Margery’s powers that he urged her to enter a controversial contest, sponsored by Scientific American and offering a large cash prize to the first medium declared authentic by its impressive five-man investigative committee. Margery was the best hope for the psychic practice to be empirically verified, and her supernatural gifts beguiled four of the judges. There was only one left to convince…the acclaimed escape artist, Harry Houdini.
“David Jaher’s extraordinary debut culminates in the showdown between Houdini, the world’s greatest unmasker of charlatans, and Margery, the nation’s most credible spirit medium. The Witch of Lime Street, the first book to capture their electric public rivalry and the competition that brought them into each other’s orbit, returns us to an oft-mythologized era to deepen our understanding of its history, all while igniting our imagination and engaging with the timeless question: Is there life after death?”
Morbid Anatomy in Brooklyn already has a talk and signing scheduled for October 16th. That would be the event to go to, I think. Morbid Anatomy is a must-see place to begin with so arrive early so you can look around at their collection.
You can pre-order The Witch of Lime Street here.
Michael Jawer, the co-author of The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, and the Sixth Sense has written a serious of blog posts about various conditions which include having heightened reaction to sensory stimuli.
He has a section on Psychology Today called Feeling Too Much: How emotion shapes extraordinary sensitivity, and you can see a list of blog posts like “Children Who Seemingly Remember Past Lives” here. From that post:
“Could there be a mechanism, somewhere between life and death, where memories associated with the struggling person’s circumstances are preserved? It would be akin to the echoes, preserved down the eons, of the Big Bang observable through faint but distinct background radiation. Except in the cases we are considering, the intensity of the person’s feelings – his or her life energy, self-awareness and being – might somehow be captured in a fusion of space and time. This ‘imprint’ might become available for another, nascent life form – not “his” or “her” memories (as in reincarnation) but a transmutation just the same.”
The first in the series is titled, Sensory Sensitivity: An Overlooked Thread.
I posted this last year: I was browsing the Rhine Research Center website and I noticed again that they have ESP Cards for sale. “The set includes a box of 25 cards, a manual written by Dr. Louisa E. Rhine and a packet of standard ESP record sheets. Cost is $25.00/set includes shipping & handling. International orders please contact us first.
“Zener cards is the original name given to the ESP cards, named after the perceptual psychologist Karl Zener, a colleague of JB Rhine’s who suggested the five symbols to be used on the cards.”
Here is a picture from the Rhine Research Center archives of Gaither Pratt with ESP cards. I don’t know who the woman is, but if someone can identify her I will update this post.