Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality

Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality

Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality

Addressing the split between practitioners of science and those of spirituality, Charles Tart presents the considerations of well-known researchers and authors such as William Roll, Ramakrishna Rao, Michael Grosso, and Jeffrey Mishlove on such subjects as God, life after death, channeling, and other dimensions. A ground-breaking work that may surprise many readers.With Body Mind Spirit the leading figures in parapsychology finally break the self-imposed silence that has sequestered the field behind a wall of methodology and laboratory data. Researchers, including William Roll, Michael Grosso, and Rhea White, reveal how their work and that of their peers is a prelude to a transformation in the relationship between science and spirituality. While Body Mind Spirit doesn’t spend time arguing for the validity of paranormal phenomena, it is no less important than any experimental test data in its efforts to crack Western dogma that has relegated science to the material world and designated the church as sole proprietor of the spiritual realm. The paradigm presented by these authors opens the door to scientific exploration of a milieu that transcends the boundaries set by mainstream science.

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  1. George W. Fisk said,

    Wrote on March 13, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    a classic evaluation of the paranormal in trustworthy style, August 23, 1998
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    Charles Tart, with a strong academic background (electrial engineering, psychology) has been diving into the depths of the paranormal many years. This book is not for those simply looking for exciting, unexplainable events. It is for those who want to carefully look at all possible explanations in their search for the truth.

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  2. Hidden Wisdom said,

    Wrote on March 13, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the better recent books in this field, March 10, 2000
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    I read just about everything in this field, and this is one of the more serious and thought-provoking of the recent works. It brings together a variety of perspectives from serious researchers. None of the chapters (each by a different author) was a waste of my time, and several were excellent. In answer to the previous reviewer, I don’t believe the intent of this book is to “convince” anyone of the reality of psychical phenomena — I believe the intent is to provoke thought as to how these phenomena might be explained and what they may mean. The entire problem with modern psychical research is that it has moved away from studying the phenomena on their own terms and has tried to cater to scientific materialism by imposing laboratory controls, an effort which has proved largely (but not entirely) fruitless. Anyway, this book is not aimed at close-minded skeptics (if it was, it would be published by Prometheus — right?). It is aimed at those whose minds are open enough to take the evidence at face value and consider what it may mean. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence (of which there is plenty) — but they also demand extraordinary investigation and extraordinarily serious thought, efforts which the debunkers seem unwilling to make.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on March 13, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Seriously Enlightening, June 1, 2001
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    Hidden Wisdom (Palo Alto, CA USA) –

    Charles T. Tart’s “Body Mind Spirit” is a reasonably satisfying exploration of metaphysical matters. Eleven parapsychologists explain their beliefs about psychic phenomena and spiritual hypotheses. There’s no hype here: these are serious scientists doing their best to test rare and subtle effects. Experimental parapsychologists claim to have proven that people can sometimes communicate nonphysically (telepathy), perceive distant objects or events (clairvoyance), foretell the future (precognition), and influence quantum events (psychokinesis). One can disagree, of course, but the experiments can be studied in parapsychology texts by Edge, Krippner, Kurtz, and Wolman (listed here in footnotes and a lengthy bibliography). Other parapsychologists try to rule out the above four influences when they study out-of-body and near-death experiences, past-life recall, apparitions, channeling, poltergeists, and dozens of other reported phenomena. As William Braud says, “A great deal of what is encountered along the spiritual path is quite beyond the reach of current science. Here, one must be armed with trust, faith, hope, love, discernment, and a tolerance for ambiguity and for contraries, rather than with the feelings of safety, certainty, familiarity, and understanding that science can provide.” One of Tart’s conclusions, after decades of such study, is that something spiritual probably does survive death, but that little of a separate, body-shaped personality is likely to survive for long. William G. Roll argues that souls attach not to our bodies so much as to our families, posessions, and all that we value and protect, overlapping with other such souls. I still don’t know what to believe, but I had fun reading the book.

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