In this book, David Ray Griffin, best known for his work on the
problem of evil, turns his attention to the even more controversial
topic of parapsychology. Griffin examines why scientists,
philosophers, and theologians have held parapsychology in disdain
and argues that neither a priori philosophical attacks nor
wholesale rejection of the evidence can withstand scrutiny.
After articulating a constructive postmodern philosophy that
allows the parapsychological evidence to be taken seriously,
Griffin examines this evidence extensively. He identifies four
types of repeatable phenomena that suggest the reality of
extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. Then, on the basis of a
nondualistic distinction between mind and brain, which makes the
idea of life after death conceivable, he examines five types of
evidence for the reality of life after death: messages from
mediums; apparitions; cases of the possession type; cases of the
reincarnation type; and out-of-body experiences. His philosophical
and empirical examinations of these phenomena suggest that they
provide support for a postmodern spirituality that overcomes the
thinness of modern religion without returning to
"This is a very thorough integration of the data from
parapsychology, both experimental and anecdotal, into the
philosophical discussions concerning the nature and role of
consciousness. The scholarship is sound, and the issues raised in
this book are very hot topics in the academic community, especially
among philosophers and cognitive scientists". -- Richard S.
Broughton, Director, Institute of Parapsychology
"This elegantly written book shows a greater command of the
empirical data than any otherwork on the subject by a philosopher,
and no other philosophical work on the survival of death deals with
the conceptual issues with greater subtlety or thoroughness". --
Stephen E. Braude, author of ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical
Examination and The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the
Philosophy of Science
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