Author: Jacob

Photos taken by Dr. T.G. Hamilton at seances since 1920 on display

A local station in Winnipeg, Manitoba, reports on a collection of 15 years of photographs from séances in a home in Winnipeg, beginning around 1920, taken by Dr. T.G. Hamilton. Many of the photos show ectoplasm (called “externalized teleplasms” in the news segment). What I found interesting by looking at the ectoplasm photos in the embedded video, is that it appears like 2 of the photos have small faces of people as part of the ectoplasm. I knew that ectoplasm was sometimes described as being used to materialize the discarnate persons but I never heard of only a small part of it being used for creating a face. Of course, I could be seeing wrong, and in any case, we don’t know how it changed over time, which would’ve been even more interesting to see. Arthur Conan Doyle in Winnipeg Researching more on the topic, I found this other article from Manitoba Historical Society describes the visit of Arthur Conan Doyle to Winnipeg in 1923, during which he gave lectures on spiritualism and attended the above-mentioned séance circle. That article includes photographs both of Dr. Thomas Glendenning Hamilton and of the ectoplasm with the “images” of people in it. The article claims that these are absolutely fake. It’s a pretty interesting article, go read...

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Parapsychology Research in China is on the rise

I always thought that countries whose cultures have a long history of accepting psi phenomena have a better chance of conducting effective experiments and promoting scientific research in the field of parapsychology. The reason for my thoughts was that, hopefully, the scientific establishment in these countries is not as a priori averse to these topics as their colleagues in the western universities. I had my hopes that countries like China and India, from which many of these traditions come, will take a deeper, scientific look at the claims of siddhis, Qi, etc. That being said, I also thought that...

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Dean Radin to release a new book on science and magic

Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), to release a new book, called “Real Magic”. The book will be released on April 10, 2018. I love how he promoted this on Twitter: When’s the last time you heard of a book on esoteric magic endorsed by a Nobel Laureate physicist, a president of the American Statistical Association, a program director at the National Science Foundation, etc.? Never? Well, now you have. On the book’s web site there’s also the following video that covers the background for the book and the main points it discusses. What...

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Surviving Death by Leslie Kean – Book Review

I recently finished reading Leslie Kean’s second book, “Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife”. It was the first book in a while on this topic of survival of consciousness that I read but certainly far from first. I bought the book on Amazon for my Kindle Paperwhite reader. I like reading on the Kindle because I can read in bed before going to sleep and it’s easy to highlight passages of text and find them later. Back to review. The short version is that I found this book to be the most compelling and well-structured book that I’ve ever read on this topic. And even though I’ve read about some of the accounts described in the book, I find that Leslie Kean could gather more information about them and present them in a very clear manner. In fact, she says that some details of cases were only provided for her book. She mentions which ones they are. The book’s purpose is to consider the existing evidence that a person’s consciousness can survive bodily death. The book is organized into 4 parts, which in a way build one upon the other, or at least they go from the “simpler” to the more “complex”, or hard to understand or to believe, aspects of her research. The author also reports her own experiences related to that, some as part...

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Andrija Puharich documentary needs your help

A documentary about a parapsychologist and inventor Andrija Puharich is in the works by a New York-based filmmaker, Greg Mallozzi. Andrija Puharich Andrija Puharich is perhaps best known in parapsychology circles for bringing Uri Geller into the United States, and writing a book about him, Uri: A journal of the mystery of Uri Geller. He was also investigating Brazilian psychic surgeon, Zé Arigó. The film producer is looking for donations, in part because “Andrija left behind hundreds of tapes and videos, as well as written material and personal journals. Part of the budget will go directly to once and...

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