Archive for March, 2009

Let’s Confront Lady Wonder and Get it Over With

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 Posted in Science Experiments | 3 Comments »

I was so excited to see a book devoted to quantum entanglement, by someone named Louisa Gilder.  But then I saw this unfortunate section about J. B. Rhine and telepathy.  “Rhine has displayed the extent of his scientific rigor quite early, ...

From the Letters in the Parapsychology Lab Archives

Monday, March 30th, 2009 Posted in Letters to the Lab | No Comments »

The letters received at the Lab gave me such an amazing picture of the people in this country, both good and bad. Seventy-five foreign students from twenty-two countries had come to Duke in the summer of 1954 to enroll in various ...

Parapsychology and Drugs

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 Posted in Science Experiments | No Comments »

“The big new, hot issue these days in many American circles is DRUGS. Have you been tuned in on the noise?” That's actually from Arthur Koestler's piece, Return Trip to Nirvana. Koestler and Aldous Huxley were the ...

Alfred P. Sloan

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 Posted in ESP and other Phenomena, People in Parapsychology | No Comments »

  One of the lab's more interesting donors was Alfred P. Sloan, the former president and chairman of General Motors who is probably best known for the Sloane-Kettering Institute which he founded with his friend Dr. Charles Kettering. Sloan initially ...

The Last Witch of Langenburg

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Posted in Books and Publications | No Comments »

I met Duke history professor Tom Robisheaux while I was in Durham last week and I was so impressed I immediately put his book The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village on my "to-read" list.  I just ...

Feedback from one of the Duke Scientists

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 Posted in People in Parapsychology | 2 Comments »

It was scary sending my book out to the scientists who actually lived the story I did my best to tell. But I got a letter from Dr. Elizabeth McMahan: "... I find that your factual history of Parapsychology is just ...

Poltergeists in Virginia

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 Posted in Ghost Stories | 23 Comments »

A few years before he died, Gaither Pratt was once again called to a scene of poltergeist activity.  It was 1974, and it involved a family in the small town of Powhatan, VA.  The police had been contacted just as ...