Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science

Limits of Influence Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale psychokinesis PK It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not and perhaps cannot convince mo

  • Title: Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science
  • Author: Stephen E. Braude
  • ISBN: 9780761806240
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale psychokinesis PK It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena It then examines whyThe Limits of Influence is a detailed examination and defense of the evidence for largescale psychokinesis PK It examines the reasons why experimental evidence has not, and perhaps cannot, convince most skeptics that PK is genuine, and it considers why traditional experimental procedures are important to reveal interesting facts about the phenomena It then examines why PK does not pose a clear threat to the very fabric of science, as many have proposed The major skeptical challenges to taking large scale PK seriously and the reason why those challenges are all unsatisfactory are considered The evidence examined most closely is the turn of the century evidence for physical mediumship, with special attention given to the cases of D.D Home and Eusapio Palladino The author compares and evaluates the leading theories of apparitions and considers the extent to which the evidence for collective apparitions can be interpreted as a further type of psychokinetic phenomenon Finally, the claim that PK and psychic functioning generally might occur in refined and extensive forms is considered It argues that this claim is not as outlandish as many have maintained and that we might have to accept something like the magical world view associated with so called primitive societies.

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    1. If you're like most people, you simply dismiss the veridicality of psi claims without a second thought. "Of course that kind of stuff doesn't happen." And of course if you're honest you know that's a knee jerk response. You know you've never given any serious attention to the evidence or arguments parapsychologists have invoked in favor of psychokinetic PK ability.Braude's book might not convince you that PK ability exists. It does convince you that your skepticism is unwarranted. It defends tho [...]

    2. My first real attempt at understanding parapsychology and I must admit I am disappointed. This book is merely a waste of paper-not at all enlightening and boring. This should be sufficient commentary on this excuse for a book, but I do not want to offend and telekinesis believers. So maybe my lack of enthusiasm for this book is due to the possibility that I am not open-minded and intelligent enough to understand whatever it is that Braude spend too many pages writing about.

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