PARAPSYCHOLOGY: AN INSIDER'S VIEW by J. Gaither Pratt

PARAPSYCHOLOGY: AN INSIDER'S VIEW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Pratt who was for many years Dr. Rhine's chief assistant at Duke University does his cause a disservice with a balsawood book of popular journalism illed with recent newspaper incidents and exclamations which go !!! down the page. That his case is just is not shown by the manner of treatment, nor his plea for open-mindedness; nor his insistence that ESP is The Cause for today's Galileos of the mind. Pratt adumbrates that parapsychology is a revolution in progress, now picked up by Russia, India and Japan and extended by truly materialistic societies who understand thought transference but with a Zen slant or socialist-realist ent). Parapsychology deserves better than it gets here. Who can deny its value when no one disproves it? Dr. Pratt reviews the accomplishments of a few experimentalists over the past 80 years, much of which has had book form presentation before. Many readers will be affected by the ""scientific"" suggestion of immortality and by manifestations which prove the inconceivable conceivable. Is there talk after death? The answer here is muffled by the fact that ""voices from beyond"" may actually be clairvoyant living voices. Otherwise there must be billions of voices floating around, Swahili voices, Mongolian voices, Shakespeare's voice, all in a ighty babble. It makes you think- where it does not altogether convince.

Publisher: Doubleday