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O'Neill, Terry, 1944-
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San Diego [Calif.] : Greenhaven Press, [2003]

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160 pages ; 23 cm.
Examines the arguments for and against the existence and usefulness of ESP.
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Is it possible to read others' minds, move objects using mental power, and see events occurring thousands of miles away? While some experts say yes, others say these are no more than staged magician tricks and simple fraud. The articles in this book delve into the mystery of psychic abilities.

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Gr 5-8-This unbiased presentation leads off with half a dozen descriptions of experiments that purportedly demonstrate the existence of extrasensory abilities in humans and animals. One reporter describes her participation in a Ganzfeld telepathy study and other contributors tell of Russian telekinesis and of experiments with ESP in animals, insects, and humans. The CIA's foray into "remote viewing" offers some proof of the potential value of ESP. Nearly every essay in the "fact" half of the book is directly countered by one in the "fiction" section. Arguments by skeptical investigators cast doubt on the reality of supernormal abilities and disparage the methods used to study them. The well-structured introduction provides solid background information on the subject, and the epilogue walks readers through a logical method for analyzing the essays. This work brings a careful, thoughtful balance to a sometimes emotional field. However, many books, including some in the various "Opposing Viewpoints" series (Greenhaven), present one or several sides of this topic.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Pauline OehlerSheila Ostrander and Lynn SchroederD. Scott RogoMary RoachJames SchnabelDean RadinJames RandiMassimo PolidoroRay HymanDoug TroutenMichael WhiteJames E. Alcock
Forewordp. 5
Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 ESP Is Fact
1. Ted Serios: Psychic Photographerp. 21
2. Scientists Have Proven the Ability of Russian Psychicsp. 32
3. Animals Have ESPp. 44
4. A Reporter's Ganzfeld Experiencep. 57
5. The CIA Successfully Used Psychic Spiesp. 64
6. Laboratory Studies Suggest That ESP Is Realp. 71
Chapter 2 ESP Is Fiction
1. Ted Serios Is a Fraudp. 81
2. Russian Psychics Exposedp. 90
3. "Psychics" Simulate ESP by Cold Readingp. 98
4. Christians Should Not Fool Around with ESPp. 110
5. The CIA Psychic Spy Experiment Was Unsuccessfulp. 117
6. ESP Research Does Not Follow the Rules of Sciencep. 123
Epilogue: Analyzing the Evidencep. 133
Glossaryp. 149
For Further Researchp. 151
Indexp. 156