Lives of the Psychics: The Shared Worlds of Science and Mysticism

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The daughter of a man about to leave on a trip wakes up crying during the night. She has just had a nightmare that his plane will crash. The father flies without incident to Spain, but the next day, the plane he has taken to Spain crashes and burns outside Malaga on its return trip to New York. Was the dream a premonition? Many people experience similar phenomena, ranging from extra-sensory perceptions all the way to near-death experiences on operating tables. Are these events evidence of the paranormal, or are they mere coincidences or hallucinations? How should we regard such claims of supernatural experiences?

Lives of the Psychics, a journey through the terrain of psychic phenomena, tries to answer these questions through interviews with practicing psychics, a survey of the heroic attempts of researchers to test psychic abilities in controlled experiments, and an exploration of out-of-body, near-death, and mystical experiences. Fred M. Frohock brings together a wide variety of psychic claims and examines them with a rich set of materials—interviews, critical anecdotes, history, multiple theories of the paranormal—that allows him to use whatever tools are necessary to illuminate beliefs in the supernatural. He relates real-life events to scientific studies, so the reader is a party not only to fantastic experiences and first-hand stories of the paranormal but also to the rationales for these experiences proposed by scientists. There is no more rewarding guide to the limits and powers of science in explaining psychic phenomena.

To a field filled with uncertainty and suspicion, Frohock brings a discerning eye, a critical sensibility, and a fundamental sense of curiosity about the role of mysticism in science. Even skeptics will be intrigued.

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Fred M. Frohock is professor of political science at Syracuse University and the author of The Nature of Political Inquiry (1967), Normative Political Theory (1973), Public Policy: Scope and Logic (1979), and Abortion: A Case Study in Law and Morals (1983).

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Frohock, whose previous works include books about alternative medicine and spiritual communities, now seeks truth in the ground separating belief and skepticism in psychic phenomena. Lengthy theoretical discussions on the nature of reality, consciousness, and the limitations of scientific inquiry are followed by summations of the results of research experiments designed to test psychic abilities. Most are inconclusive when statistical analysis is involved, yet they reveal some remarkable abilities in individual cases. Frohock's more entertaining chapters contain profiles of the psychics themselves and their counterparts, the professional skeptics. He provides short and interesting historical biographies of the "grand psychics" Daniel Home, Eileen Garret, and Edgar Cayce, but the stories that best illuminate the psychic's mind are those of the present-day spiritual practitioners whom Frohock interviews, and readers will wish he'd devoted more pages to them. They come across as dedicated, caring healers rather than as the charlatans they are often portrayed. In conclusion, Frohock observes that inquiries into the unknown are best conducted with a combination of science, intuition, faith, and spiritual communication. David Siegfried
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