By Patrick Harpur
Lake monsters, yetis, UFOs, crop circles, mum or dad angels and visions of the Virgin Mary can all be defined as apparitions, and Patrick Harpur weaves jointly an account of them during this ebook. He argues that basically within the final 3 centuries or so - and simply in Western tradition - have such sightings develop into discredited. In well known mythology they're as lively as ever, even though spaceships and extraterrestrial beings can have changed the Land of Faerie and its population. Drawing on Jung's "Collective Unconscious", Blake's "Imagination", and the Neoplatonic "soul of the area" between others, Harpur means that those phenomena should be made intelligible back via attractive to another world-view, one that takes them heavily yet now not actually.
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Although the subj e ct gets to remove his shoes and recline in a reclining chair, he also has ping-pong ball halves taped over his eyes and listens to white noise played over headphones. 36 / Conceptual Foundations Between the diffused light resulting from the ping-pong balls and the hissing of the white noise, the subject is presented with a relatively homogeneous visual and auditory fie l d . The purpose of this is to quiet m aj or sources of sensory stimula tion and (through the resulting reduction in po tentially distracting patt erning) to allow other men tal processes to em erge more clearly .
G . , Flew's extremely sup erficial treatment of the issue of repeat ability in [ 5 2 ] . Conceptual F oundations / 4 3 differences t e n d to be accompanied by d i fferences in t h e general conditions of t h e exp eriment, o r the experimental environment. These may include differences in the actual participants. But even if the participants remain the same, we can expect changes in their attitude or m o o d , or even in the condition of the experimental apparatus required (esp ecially sophisticated, sensitive, or delicate equipm ent), all of which may vary subtly or dramatically from one test to another.
For example, in some of the 'remote-viewing' experi ments conducted at the Stanford Research Institute (see I cannot explore in detail here the entire issue of the intelligibility of the n o tion of back ward causation. There already exists a s u b s tantial body of literature on this t o p i c , and for those who wish to explore this issue and its relation to parapsychology, I suggest, as an introduction, Beloff [ 1 2 ] , Brier [ 2 1 ] , [ 2 2), Broad [op. cit. ] , Ducasse [ 43 ] , [ 44 ] , D u m m e t t [ 4 5 ] , and Mundle [ l 0 1 ] .