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Saturday, 12. April 2008
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained
'The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained' consists of fourteen broad-subject chapters covering a wide range of high-interest topics: Afterlife Mysteries; Mediums and Mystics; Religious Phenomena; Mystery Religions and Cults; Secret Societies; Magic and Sorcery; Prophecy and Divination; Objects of Mystery and Power; Places of Mystery and Power; Ghosts and Phantoms; Mysterious Creatures; Mysteries of the Mind; Superstitions, Strange Customs, Taboos, and Urban Legends; and Invaders from Outer Space.
Each chapter begins with an Overview that summarizes the chapter’s concept in a few brief sentences. Then the Chapter Exploration provides a complete outline of the chapter.
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 1
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 377 pages | PDF | 7.1 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 2
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 335 pages | PDF | 9.2 MB
The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Vol 3
Gale Cengage, 2003 | 357 pages | PDF | 7.2 MB
by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger.
Monday, 31. March 2008
Transkommunikation - Transcommunication
Interessanterweise handelt es sich bei diesen Stimmen oft um intelligente und bezugnehmende Äußerungen, z.B. auf vorher gestellte Fragen. Die ganzen Begleiterscheinungen, die Inhalte der Aussagen, der Stimmcharakter der Sprechenden usw. legen die Vermutung nahe, daß es sich dabei um die Äußerung von Verstorbenen handelt. Hier könnte also ein wissenschaftlich fundierbarer Beweis für das Weiterleben der Seele nach dem Tode gefunden werden.
Auf der Website des Vereins für Transkommunikations-Forschung (VTF) e.V. finden Sie alles zu diesem Phänomen. Es hat auch eine Anleitung wie man man Tonbandstimmen einspielt. (German version)
Transcommunication is a collective name for all kinds of making contact with other realms of consciousness. Among conventional mediumistic practices, this includes primarily EVP recordings.
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) are intelligent utterances upon sound recording media which are physically unexplainable. The voices received by various means are often reasonable messages replying to corresponding questions. All the side effects - the contents of the statements, the characteristics of the speakers etc. - suggest that they are manifestations by deceased persons. Here now is the unique chance that a scientifically based evidence can be given for the survival of the soul after the bodily death.
Here you will find all about this phenomena:
The German Association for Transcommunication Research. With instructions how to do your own EVP recordings.
Da es schon viele Seiten gibt die das Phänomen der Tonbandstimmen beschreiben, werde ich hier nicht näher auf Technik und Methoden eingehen. Vielmehr möchte ich hier erzählen wie ich zur Transkommunikation gekommen bin und welche, teilweise erstaunlichen, Ergebnisse wir in den letzten Jahren erzielen konnten.
Stimmen aus dem Jenseits - mit Hörbeispielen. (German)
We invite you to explore this website with an open mind. Find out about EVP and ITC. See what members have discovered. You will find sufficient information about EVP and ITC techniques to test these ideas for yourself.
Übrigens - kennen Sie den Thriller über das Tonbandstimmen-Phänomen "White Noise - Schreie aus dem Jenseits"?
Saturday, 15. March 2008
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
A wealth of knowledge!
'Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology' by Spence Lewis is a compendium of information on the Occult Sciences, Magic, Demonology, Superstitions, Spiritism, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Psychical Science, and Parapsychology, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Comprehensive Indexes. Edited by J. Gordon Melton.
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 1: A-L
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology - VOL 2: M-Z
Gale Group, 5th edition, 2001 | 954 + 989 pages | PDF | 8.5+ 8.8 MB
Wednesday, 07. November 2007
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly Podcast talkshow with nearly 30,000 regular listeners. Produced by the New England Skeptical Society (NESS) in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) : discussing the latest news and topics from the world of the paranormal, fringe science, and controversial claims from a scientific point of view.
The latest Podcast #119 has:
Your Questions and E-mails: Supplements, Spine tingling
Randi Speaks: Jaque Benveniste (A weekly commentary by master magician and skeptic James Randi)
Science or Fiction
In a recent episode is also an Interview with former President Jimmy Carter. From the press release:
He flatly dismissed claims that in 1969 he witnessed an alien spacecraft. Though he did see a mysterious light in the sky, Carter described it as a UFO only because "it was unidentified, it was flying, and it was an object."
"I have never thought there were extra terrestrial beings on a ship from outer space," Carter explained.
Dr. Steven Novella, host of the "The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe" said, "UFO stories like these are almost always the result of mundane astronomical events." He went on to explain that Former President Carter may have witnessed the planet Venus under unusual atmospheric conditions.
Probably the press release is a bit misleading on some points ... if you listen to the interview, you'll hear how Carter said: "No, no, no ... all of us were outdoorsmen, we were thoroughly familiar with Venus ... it was not Venus."
Obviously Carter saw something he couldn't explain - so I think President Carter didn't refutes the UFO Story ... but check it out by yourself ... and by the way: In October 1969, it could not have been Venus because it was the morning star at the time ...
Tuesday, 30. October 2007
Ghostvillage: Halloween/Samhain 2007 - Special Broadcast
Tune in to this page on October 31st at 5:00 PM (eastern time) for the live, three-continent broadcast!
This is guaranteed to be a night of extraordinary intrigue as they take you on a journey into the realm of the unknown, the unexplained, and the unbelievable on three continents!
Halloween/Samhain 2007 - Special Broadcast by Ghostvillage Radio.
You may also like to listen other paranormal radio shows from the archive.
Ghostvillage is dedicated to providing ghost research, evidence, and discussion from around the world. We welcome and explore all viewpoints, from the skeptical to the religious, and from the scientific to the metaphysical.
Explore Ghostvillage by Jeff Belanger.
Wednesday, 12. September 2007
For over 100 years Spiritualists and others in the field of psychic research have tried scientifically to prove that people have souls that live on after death. Spiritualists have often used spirit photography as proof of survival-after-death. Photography itself dates back to the 1840's and has progressed from daguerreotypes to the highly evolved photography that we know today. Amazingly, spirit photography which first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century also continues to evolve and is alive and well in this twenty-first century.
Spirit photography began with one man, a Boston engraver named William H. Mumler, who discovered ghostly images of individuals on a photograph he had taken of a colleague in 1862. Mumler, who had been casually experimenting with his camera at the time, claimed to have had little or no interest in spiritualism. The news of Mumler's discovery quickly spread around the world and shortly after Mumler started a business as a medium/photographer claiming he could call up deceased celebrities, strangers and family and friends of well-paying clients. He charged ten dollars per photograph at a time when an average portrait cost merely pennies. Mumler's portrait sittings were like any other, a person would sit for their own picture expecting their deceased friend or relative, a spirit "extra," to appear not in the studio but in the negative and prints.
Beyond the Grave: A Brief History of Spirit Photography
by Anne Harney and Leigh McCuen.
Do You Believe? - A Ghostly Gallery
Monday, 27. August 2007
Experiment of Out-of-Body Experiences
Out-of-body experience recreated
Experts have found a way to trigger an out-of-body experience in volunteers.
The experiments, described in the Science journal, offer a scientific explanation for a phenomenon experienced by one in 10 people. Two teams used virtual reality goggles to con the brain into thinking the body was located elsewhere. The visual illusion plus the feel of their real bodies being touched made volunteers sense that they had moved outside of their physical bodies.
The researchers say their findings could have practical applications, such as helping take video games to the next level of virtuality so the players feel as if they are actually inside the game. Clinically, surgeons might also be able to perform operations on patients thousands of miles away by controlling a robotic virtual self.
For some, out-of-body experiences or OBEs occurs spontaneously, while for others it is linked to dangerous circumstances, a near-death experience, a dream-like state or use of alcohol or drugs.
One theory is that it is down to how people perceive their own body - those unhappy or less in touch with their body are more likely to have an OBE.
But the two teams, from University College London, UK, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, believe there is a neurological explanation. Their work suggests a disconnection between the brain circuits that process visual and touch sensory information may thus be responsible for some OBEs. In the Swiss experiments, the researchers asked volunteers to stand in front of a camera while wearing video-display goggles.
"We feel that our self is located where the eyes are"
UCL researcher Dr Henrik Ehrsson
Through these goggles, the volunteers could see a camera view of their own back - a three-dimensional "virtual own body" that appeared to be standing in front of them. When the researchers stroked the back of the volunteer with a pen, the volunteer could see their virtual back being stroked either simultaneously or with a time lag. The volunteers reported that the sensation seemed to be caused by the pen on their virtual back, rather than their real back, making them feel as if the virtual body was their own rather than a hologram.
Even when the camera was switched to film the back of a mannequin being stroked rather than their own back, the volunteers still reported feeling as if the virtual mannequin body was their own. And when the researchers switched off the goggles, guided the volunteers back a few paces, and then asked them to walk back to where they had been standing, the volunteers overshot the target, returning nearer to the position of their "virtual self".
Dr Henrik Ehrsson, who led the UCL research, used a similar set-up in his tests and found volunteers had a physiological response - increased skin sweating - when they felt their virtual self was being threatened - appearing to be hit with a hammer. Dr Ehrsson said: "This experiment suggests that the first-person visual perspective is critically important for the in-body experience. In other words, we feel that our self is located where the eyes are."
Dr Susan Blackmore, psychologist and visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England, said: "This has at last brought OBEs into the lab and tested one of the main theories of how they occur. "Scientists have long suspected that the clue to these extraordinary, and sometimes life-changing, experiences lies in disrupting our normal illusion of being a self behind our eyes, and replacing it with a new viewpoint from above or behind."
Source: BBC News
Elsewhere about the study:
Why being out of the body is all in the mind by Times Online.
Out-of-body experiences are 'all in the mind' by NewScientist.
Olaf Blanke, of the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, explains how it was done:
It's news to me. Notably, this new study is the first to demonstrate something akin to an 'out-of-body-experience'.
But it's not really the same as the classic experience where you see your body in front of you, perhaps as you float above it, something known as autoscopy or heautoscopy in the medical literature.
So in my opinion the OBE is not explained with this nice experiment.
In fact, you can do something similar at home.
Thursday, 19. July 2007
All in the Mind
The BBC has a large catalogue of its mental health and psychology magazine programme: All in the Mind (not to be confused with the Australian ABC Radio programme of the same name).
This week BBC features two items of interest. The first on parapsychology, and the other a study of laughter.
Fifty percent of the population holds some form of paranormal belief. Parapsychology research is booming and there are UK university departments studying phenomena such as psychics, séances, and telepathy. Much of the growth of parapsychology in the UK might be owed to the late Bob Morris, who in 1985 became the inaugural holder of The Koestler Chair of Psychology in Edinburgh University.
Dr Raj Persaud discusses the latest developments in the world of parapsychology with Dr Caroline Watt, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at Edinburgh University; and Professor Christopher French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
The psychological and scientific study of laughter has recently taken a turn for the serious. Evolutionary theory argues that any behaviour as universal as laughter must have some solemn survival purpose. And laughter has such profound effects on people’s brain and mind that it is now being seriously deployed to assist those suffering bereavement, having surgery, and even fertility treatment. Could further understanding of the function laughter served become a weapon in our armoury of persuasion and manipulation of others?
A recent study by the Universities of Kent and Liverpool revealed that laughter acts as a social lubricant and increases altruism towards strangers. Mark Van Vugt, Professor of Social Psychology and a member for the University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Group Processes explains how this theory was tested.
Listen to this programme in full here (30 minutes).
You can also listen to the archives online (see the "Latest Programme" panel on the right).
Only one thing is sad - you need the Real Audio Player ...
Friday, 25. May 2007
Magick Mind Radio
Magick Mind Paranormal Research Radio continues to bring you such interesting and informative guests as:
Stanton Freidman, Dr. David Jacobs, Dr. Joseph P. Ferrell, Keith Age, Troy Taylor, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Donna LaCroix, Lloyd Auerbach, Dr. Bruce Macabee, George Lutz, John Anthony West, John Holland, Grant Wilson, Dr. Simeon Hein, James Randi, Peter Gilmore, Brad Steiger, Ryan Wood, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Richard Dolan, John Zaffis, Steve Alten, Nick Redfern, Jeff Belanger, Mary Ann Wintowski
Along With Many More New and Informative Guests!!!
If you are interested in Ufology, Cryptozoology, Haunting's, Demonology, Dreams, Angels, Near Death Experiences, Ancient Mysteries, Atlantis, the Foundations of Human Origins, Out of Body Experiences, and many more aspects of the "un"known. Then, you have come to the right place.
Magick Mind Paranormal Research Radio strives to bring you, the listener's, more of the complete and relaxed picture in a realistic and "down to earth" format that makes it comfortable for scholar and skeptic alike. We pride ourselves here on being the one show where it is safe to explore the mysteries of life's great questions and still, "agree to disagree", as to the answers. So, be sure and tune in LIVE five nights week as we "Put the Normal Back into the Paranormal". Every Monday thru Friday at 7-8pm Eastern Time/ 4-5pm Pacific Time.
Magick Mind Paranormal Research Radio
Tonight's guest, May 25, 2007: Jim Brown, discuss Electronic Voice Phenomenon, UFO's and more, live 7-8pm Eastern Time/ 4-5pm Pacific Time.
Thursday, 05. April 2007
The Time Traveller
Håkan Nordkvist claims to have met his future self. He says he went into some kind of time warp and met himself as an older man.
Is it really him? Or perhaps his father ... or someone who just resembles him? Could this possibly be true?
Take a look - you decide.
Friday, 12. January 2007
S P I R I C O M - Communication With The Dead
See also The research of George W. Meek.
Really fascinating stuff, isn't it? Genuine or hoax? Impressive or otherwise?
Oh! And don't miss to explore the World ITC - Instrumental Transcommunication. The use of TVs, radios, telephones, computers, and other technical equipment to get information from the other side.
Wednesday, 06. December 2006
Surnateum - the Museum of Supernatural History
The Surnateum is far more than a website designed to entertain and enlighten you. It is the virtual front-end for one of the most astonishing collections of authentic magical artefacts and strange stories gathered from around the world by the Collectors and Curators for more than a century.
That is probably the world’s foremost collection of strange and enchanted relics and artifacts, going from ancient magician props to Egyptian papyrs for enchantment and spells, to the original photos of fairies signed by Arthur Conan Doyle. A human horned skull is not missing.
See also Hauntiques - The Bizarre Magick of Christian Chelman.
Sunday, 26. November 2006
How to do a Simple Remote Viewing Session
One of the burning questions people have when they first discover remote viewing is, How can I try it? Though it takes training, time, and practice to become a highly-skilled operational-level remote viewer, it is fairly easy for even a beginner to do a simple remote viewing experiment successfully. Here are some guidelines for two basic experiments.
How to do a Simple Remote Viewing Session by Paul H. Smith.
Check also the other Remote Viewing Articles.
Remote Viewing / Fernwahrnehmung (English & German)
Saturday, 04. November 2006
Secrets Of The Supernatural: Mind Over Matter
Psychokinesis, less often called telekinesis, is the ability to move or affect matter with your mind. This includes all forms of affecting dice rolls, levitation, teleportation, etc.
Most have heard of Uri Geller who claims to be able and has demonstrated his apparent ability to bend spoons and stopping watches as well as having effects on electrical equipment along with being able to cause light bulbs to go out by the power of thought that he uses to control the external objects. Others with this ability state they can make pencils roll across a table top by an act of willpower and focusing the mind, this can happen at times spontaneously with some, while others claim to be able to use these powers at will, which indicates conscious and unconscious will powers can be involved.
Does Psychokinesis really exist? The video 'Secrets Of The Supernatural: Mind Over Matter' by 5th Dimension is an attempt to find out. You decide.
Here is part 2, duration 29 minutes.
Friday, 22. September 2006
Where do we go after death?