EXECUTIVE ESP by Lynn & Others Schroeder

EXECUTIVE ESP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An interesting report on a series of experiments conducted by electrochemist Douglas Dean and industrial engineer John Mihalsky at the Newark College of Engineering. The first demonstrated physiological correlations of telepathy by means of a plethsymograph (a machine indicating changes of blood volume in the body's extremities), when ""receivers"" consistently (though not consciously) reacted to names of acquaintances (but not control names picked from the phone book, or, oddly enough, the names of the sender's acquaintances) transmitted to them by a person in another room, or sometimes, places several thousand miles away. The later experiments were management-oriented game plans to test what laymen call intuition and psychic experimenters call precognition -- in this case, by asking high-level business executives (generally corporation presidents) to predict a hundred digits which an IBM computer will later generate. Successful businessmen turned out to be good guessers (generally with a chance factor of around a respectably low one-half percent), with relevant parameters including competition, absence of tension, belief in ESP (skeptics did better), group dominance (whatever sex was in the minority, scored lower), and attitude towards time. The book's main flaw is in its lack of organization -- a mishmosh of experimental data, personal anecdote, biographical info, plus intriguing tidbits on current and future applications of biofeedback in areas such as dowsing and determining work cycles.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1974
Publisher: Prentice-Hall