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Iain Lawrence



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 1:27 pm    Post subject: ........................... Reply with quote

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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pseudoscience and the Paranormal by Terence Hines is an excellent read or The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan or How to think about Weird Things by Theodore Schick & Lewis Vaughn.

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Iain Lawrence



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankyou very much indeed, I shall dive on to those. I will post a list of my books later today.
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thecactus



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You find a lot of autbiographical books have a bit in them about 'real incidents' - like killing zone by harry mccallion - he grew up in a gangster family in the gorbles in glasgow, very rough childhood - joined the Paras at 17 and was in it for 6 years, the SADF Recces for 2 years, the British SAS for 6 years, RUC for 6 years, then became a barrister and wrote a book - believed in nothing but told a true story that few outside special forces circles would hear otherwise - about an SAS man who died on a mountaineering expedition - too long a story to write here, but apparently it was the locals gods who killed him for hunting in the locality of these 3 sacred mountains - when the SAS men started it was a crystal clear day, by the time they reached the summit, the weather suddenly closed in - an SAS man who was there said it was 'creepy' like 'something' was 'trying to push us off the mountain'.
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thecactus



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another one is - 'My Mother wore a Yellow Dress' Christina McKenna - chapter in it about a haunting in her house when she was about 10 - her aunt died and suddenly the haunting started, lasting a month, only ending with a prolonged exorcism by the priest. The book was just her autobiography.
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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scientific Paranormal Investigation by Benjamin Radford.

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Agentscott



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Ladybird book of UFO's and skeptics.
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Agentscott



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I just couldn't resist.
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thecactus



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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D B Sweeney



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agentscott wrote:
The Ladybird book of UFO's and skeptics.


Very funny.

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ALEX LOCKWOOD



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 11:09 am    Post subject: Re: Any body know of any good paranormal reading ? or maybe Reply with quote

I have a few books in my own library. One of my faves is The A-Z of British Ghosts by Peter Underwood (1992). Another is Folklore, Myths, and Legends of Britain (Reader's Digest, 1977). Both are equally well-thumbed.

One of the most famous psychical researchers was Harry Price [1881-1948]. He is most well-known for his investigation of Borley Rectory. This site is dedicated to him:

http://www.harrypricewebsite.co.uk/index.html

Anything by the Irish ghost hunter Elliott O'Donnell [1872-1965] is worth reading, I feel. A list of his books (and I have one or two of them) can be found at
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http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/o/elliott-odonnell/

Despite the title of the site, most are classed as Non-Fiction. The first list of anthologies can be classed as such.
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thecactus



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ALEX LOCKWOOD, I had heard Harry Price was a confirmed hoaxer, although I know he was very famous in the field.
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Iain Lawrence



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject: Harry Price Reply with quote

Well, what can I say. Good old Harry, an old version of most haunted indeed. I'm forced to say he was a naughty man who did indeed make a lot of stuff up. But for what ever reason he did bring a lot of attention to the field and I thank him for that. The scientific world was effected by these types of frauds and the stigma stuck, which is why the whole environement of research is now so untrusting. I do my best to cover all bases, but shouldn't really have too. Trust is a fine line to walk and once broken the stigma never fades away.
Thanks for the limelight MrPrice, but no thanks for the stigma you passed us to bare.
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thecactus



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, before Harry Price this field was very well respected; I remember when I was studying the book 'The Turn of The Screw' and author Henry James at school - members of his family, I think his brother or Father was a highly respected psychologist, but also a member of The Society for Psychical Research, as this was a serious subject back then, and not laughed at.
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Iain Lawrence



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Money Reply with quote

It was obvious from way back then that money could be made. Mediums had been making a fortune out of it back in the victorian years, but then it sort of faded off as most of the psychic mediums were de bunked. But interest was revived during the first world war and second world war due to familys wanting to get in touch with there loved ones. So thats when the cash started flowing again...love is blind and many people took advantage. I'm not saying all mediums are fake but a lot are and the rest have hell on trying to prove they are genuine. As far as psychical research is conserned, things got seriouse with the forming of the first parapsychology lab set up in America at tha Duke labratorys. But most of that was experimental and involved studies using students in zena tests and such like (I could go on lol). These went on for years with thousands of tests done. This is called Meta analysis. Some were found to be conclusive, but the trust situation still caused a problem even though the results were so over whelming. People said that the results were only from conclusive experiments, but the file draw tests of failed results were also included, which were insignificant and proved even more conclusively to the validity of the tests. The subject was then quietly slipped under the carpet by the scientific community , who have a whole lot to loose through positive varification of psychical research documented evidence? Funding has always been a problem and experimentors have been known to tweek results in order to gain funding, they always get court out and once again the finger of blame falls upon everyone involved with the research. No results or better than fake results. But the money monster always wins the day. Except with some. Gread will always be the downfall of real research. No matter what area it lends itself too.
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