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“A Superb Release”

June 11, 2013

A few men, but so far no women, and not all of them parapsychologists, have reviewed Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Esprit Vol. 2, edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. It’s “a superb release,” says fortean Nick Redfern, in his review of the book on Mysterious Universe, “that makes for fascinating reading…The [21] authors share with us not just their thoughts, data and theories relative to parapsychology, but also their inner-most memories and life-experiences that helped sculpt them into the people they are today. It’s seldom that you see both angles so successfully fused into one, but [this book] skillfully achieves exactly that.” And Tom Ruffles of the Society of Physical Research praises the “excellent idea of Pilkington’s to gather reminiscences” of some of the field’s “older workers, while there was still time,” to produce a book that “tracks those who make a significant contribution to the subject, and who well deserve to have their achievements noted.” And Carlos Alvarado, who in his review of the book, writes: “Dr. Pilkington has contributed much to the field by bringing these autobiographical materials together. Similar to the first volume [Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology Personal Reflections, Volume 1 ], she continues here to remind us of the personal face of parapsychology. The field, like any other human activity, is not only research, methodology, theory, and publications, but a dynamic gestalt of wishes, aspirations, human courage and perseverance, not to mention difficulties and disappointments. Pilkington’s presentation, and her authors’, help the reader to unveil the different levels on and themes to which all these people contributed to parapsychology.”