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Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections: Volume 1

by Rosemarie Pilkington, ed.

Trade Paperback, 184 Pages

$15.95, ISBN: 1933665505

Genre(s): Paranormal Psychic Abilities

ESPRIT: Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections: Volume 1, is a collection of autobiographical essays by a group of esteemed 20th century psi researchers, giving us a glimpse of why these gifted, astute individuals devoted much, if not most, of their life's work to this fascinating but monetarily unrewarding field. In the process, Jule Eisenbud, Eileen Coly, Gertrude Schmeidler, Karlis Osis, and eight others advise a younger generation on what pitfalls to expect and what they felt were the most important areas of investigation. This is the first of a planned three-volume series. 

About the Author:

Rosemarie Pilkington earned a Ph.D. in Psychology (Consciousness Studies) from Saybrook Graduate Institute, under the mentorship of Prof. Stanley Krippner. She has written articles and reviews of books on psi phenomena for Fate, the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, and other periodicals.  Her latest book, The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof:  The Enigma of Seance Phenomena, a study of physical mediumship, is also published by Anomalist Books. Visit her website at SÉANCE SCIENCE.

This reprint of a book originally called Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections represents the beginning of a brand new series to be edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. 

The second volume in the series is now available: MEN AND WOMEN OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY, PERSONAL REFLECTIONS, ESPRIT VOl. 2


Editor’s Note 


Foreword (by Stanley Krippner) 

Jule Eisenbud : My Life with the Paranormal 

Montague Ullman: The World of Psychic Phenomena as I Came to Know It 

Jan Ehrenwald: An Autobiographic Fragment 

Eileen Coly: Interview with Eileen Coly 

Joseph H. Rush: Parapsychology: Some Personal Observations 

Gertrude R. Schmeidler: Questions and Attempts at Answers 

Emilio Servadio: Interview with Emilio Servadio

Renée Haynes: Aspects of Psychical Research 

Hans Bender: A Positive Critic of Superstition

Karlis Osis: The Paranormal: My Window to Something More 

George Zorab: Eight Decades in Parapsychology 

Bernard Grad: Experiences and Opinions of an Unconventional Scientist 



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What they're saying:

"I have come to the realization that this book should be acknowledged as being among the top tier of the enduring classics of science of the Twentieth Century."  — Prof. Robert A. McConnell 

"Congratulations and cheers . . . One doesn't have to read too closely to realize that despite certain attitudes and beliefs in common . . . your contributors differ remarkably on some of the most fundamental issues involving psi, its present and its future.  Nowhere else have I seen this so clearly displayed.  I personally find this exciting and enriching. . ." — Jule Eisenbud, M.D. 

"Pilkington's volume will have a lasting appeal.  I would like to encourage her here to consider bringing out another volume with new essays . . . A series of books like Men and Women could provide . . .rich material for historians of parapsychology.  In any case, Pilkington has certainly done a laudable job whether or not she commits to the development of such a series." — Nancy L. Zingrone,  Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research

Esprit is a rich biographical resource for historians of the field, but it really is much more. It is the human story behind the scientific reports. It provides an insightful glimpse into what motivated a diverse group of gifted men and women to devote a large part of their lives to the exploration of an elusive and controversial dimension of human consciousness, and with little concern for monetary or societal reward…Esprit offers valuable guidance to the novice, some new “discoveries” of unfinished work and speculations for the more experienced parapsychologist, and possible fodder for the skeptic who just wonders about the makeup of a parapsychologist. But regardless of one’s belief about psi, this collection of essays provides priceless vignettes of a band of dedicated and selfless pioneers.”—Sally Rhine Feather, Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center, in the Journal of Scientific Exploration


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