Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Para by Stacy HornUnbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from the Duke Para by Stacy Horn

Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from…

byStacy Horn

Paperback | March 9, 2010

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From The Sixth Sense to Medium, Ghost Whisperer to Ghost Hunters, the paranormal stirs heated debate, spawning millions of believers and skeptics alike. Nearly half of us say we believe in ghosts, and two-thirds of us believe in life after death.

What would you make of rain barrels that refill themselves? Psychic horses? Mind-reading Cold War spies? For a group of scientists at the Duke Parapsychology Lab under the leadership of Dr. J. B. Rhine—considered the Einstein of the paranormal—such mysteries demanded further investigation. From 1930 to 1980, these dedicated men and women attempted to test the bizarre, the frightening, and the unexplainable against the rigors of science, ultimately finding proof that the human mind possesses telepathic powers.

Stacy Horn, a contributor to National Public Radio'sAll Things Considered, is the author ofThe Restless Sleep,Waiting for My Cats to Die: A Memoir, andCyberville. She lives in New York City.
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Title:Unbelievable: Investigations into Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, and Other Unseen Phenomena, from…Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:March 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating History I stumbled upon this book in the science section of my favourite bookstore. When I saw the words “ghosts”, “poltergeists” and “telepathy” in its subtitle, I thought that it had simply been misplaced from another section. But upon browsing it, it became clear to me that this was really a history of serious scientific research into the paranormal. So, out of curiosity, I bought it and read it – and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book’s main focus is the professional life of Dr. J.B. Rhine, a botanist by training, who, along with his associates, performed decades of serious scientific research into the psychical abilities of humans. In particular, he and his team concentrated on ESP/telepathy, but they also delved into psychokinesis and, to a much lesser extent, various ghostly phenomena (although these are also extensively discussed). The book follows Dr. Rhine from the mid 1920s to his death in 1980, and concentrates on his work before, especially during, and after the creation (and his directorship) of the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory (which existed from 1935 to 1962). Thanks especially to the author’s clear, friendly and engaging prose, but also due to the interesting social climate of the period covered and the subject matter itself, I found this book to be absolutely fascinating and very difficult to put down. This book should be of great interest to anyone fascinated by the history of serious, scientific research into the paranormal. Since the author does not “take sides” in this controversial subject but reports the events in a seemingly very objective manner, the book should prove to be quite enjoyable to both “sceptics” and “believers” alike.
Date published: 2010-11-03

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