Archive for the ‘Parapsychology and Popular Culture’ Category

The Dangers of Live TV

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Posted in ESP and other Phenomena, Parapsychology and Popular Culture | 2 Comments »

On Friday night, July 11, 1958, a new tv show debuted on ABC called E.S.P. The reviews were absolutely scathing. "Whatever dignity this 'phenomenon' has enjoyed in the past was quite brutally destroyed on the opening session of the ...

ESP Games and Academic Politics

Sunday, October 18th, 2009 Posted in ESP and other Phenomena, Parapsychology and Popular Culture, People in Parapsychology | No Comments »

In 1939, Rhine learned that the toy company Cadaco-Ellis was planning to come out with a game called Telepathy. The creator was said to be a psychologist named Dr. Ogden Reed. J. B. Rhine suspected and confirmed that Reed was ...

Parapsychology and Pop Culture

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology and Popular Culture, People in Parapsychology | No Comments »

In 1965, two months after the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University closed its doors, the Broadway play On A Clear Day You Can See Forever opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York City. The play is about ...

More Parapsychology and Popular Culture

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology and Popular Culture | No Comments »

In 1946, Gian-Carlo Menotti's full-length opera, The Medium, premiered in New York at Columbia University. Actually, does opera count as popular culture?  Sometimes it does, right?  Definitely in this case I think.  Anyway, The Medium told the story of a ...

Shirley Jackson and J. B. Rhine

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 Posted in Parapsychology and Popular Culture | No Comments »

The end of this passage from my book sounds very melodramatic, I know, but if you read the book and see what happens next, I think you'll agree that I did not over-state it.  I'm describing an example of the Duke ...