The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations



For Over Thirty Years, Stephen Braude Has Studied The Paranormal In Everyday Life, From Extrasensory Perception And Psychokinesis To Mediumship And Materialization The Gold Leaf Lady And Other Parapsychological Investigations Is A Highly Readable And Often Amusing Account Of His Most Memorable Encounters With Such Phenomena Here Braude Recounts In Fascinating Detail Five Particular Cases Some That Challenge Our Most Fundamental Scientific Beliefs And Others That Expose Our Own Credulousness Braude Begins With A South Florida Woman Who Can Make Thin Gold Colored Foil Appear Spontaneously On Her Skin He Then Travels To New York And California To Test Psychokinetic Superstars And Frauds Like Joe Nuzum, Who Claim To Move Objects Using Only Their Minds Along The Way, Braude Also Investigates The Startling Allegations Of K.R., A Policeman In Annapolis Who Believes He Can Transfer Images From Photographs Onto Other Objects Including His Own Body And Ted Serios, A Deceased Chicago Elevator Operator Who Could Make A Variety Of Different Images Appear On Polaroid Film Ultimately, Braude Considers His Wife S Surprisingly Fruitful Experiments With Astrology, Which She Has Used To Guide Professional Soccer Teams To The Top Of Their Leagues, As Well As His Own Personal Experiences With Synchronicity A Phenomenon, He Argues, That May Need To Be Explained In Terms Of A Refined, Extensive, And Dramatic Form Of Psychokinesis Heady, Provocative, And Brimming With Eye Opening Details And Suggestions, The Gold Leaf Lady And Other Parapsychological Investigations Will Intrigue Both Adherents And Detractors Of Its Controversial Subject Matter Alike.The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations

Stephen E Braude is an American philosopher and parapsychologist He is a past president of the Parapsychological Association, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, and a professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Balti County He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer.Braude received his Phd in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts Amhers

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  • ebook
  • 205 pages
  • The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations
  • Stephen E. Braude
  • English
  • 19 April 2018
  • 9781281959201

10 thoughts on “The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations

  1. says:

    Let me just say that I could have easily given this book three stars, because even though it was very poorly written and unprofessional in tone, it was sort of hilarious to learn about the extent of the author s defensiveness of parapsychology Because that s really the subject of this book If he s not interrupting nearly every paragraph to mention that he ll discuss its topic later on, he s maligning nearly every person who has criticized him in his quest to learn about psychokinetics Nearly half the preface is taken up with this subject, in fact, and it comes out into his descriptions of the cases that he has investigated For example, he muses that the woman who spontaneously produces brass leaf on her skin could be unconsciously motivated to do so because it gets her respectful attention from scientists and acadmenics And it s likely that she holds the somewhat naive view that these people are distinguised and deserving of admiration, simply because they re members of the scholarly community Those who are actually member of that comm...

  2. says:

    The subject matter was intriguing, but the tone of the book was highly defensive I got the impression that the author has had to spend a lot of his professional life justifying his interest in psychic phenomena to his academic colleagues, often without success.The book was a strange mixture of things case studies, both contemporary and historical a philosophical discursion on the nature of synchronicity and a rather odd chapter promoting the author s wife s skills in astrological pred...

  3. says:

    IntroStephen Braude here presents accounts of some of his personal investigations into the paranormal world of parapsychology The result, therefore, is a hands on look at parapsychology than his previous books of a theoretical nature His retelling of the investigations also make for a accessible look at parapsychology and thus the book is fit for a beginner, both to philosophy and the world of parapsychology both of which, and especially the latter, are filled with unfamiliar specialized terms that can make for rough reading However, the book does have its forays into the theoretical and also offers a crash course in the history of parapsychology by giving an overview of what Braude takes to be some of the best cases calling for explanation Braude also exposes the weakness of the arguments most frequently employed on behalf of psi skeptics when trying to debunk psi phenomena generally, or Braude s best cases in particular Along with this Braude also exposes some of the close mindedness and dogmatism among those who are supposed to be defenders of reason and followers of arguments wherever they lead His tr...

  4. says:

    If you are intrigued by the field of Parapsychology, The Gold Leaf Lady is a solid start for beginning your exploration of the parapsychological Please understand, however, that this is really and truly just the author s commentary on his personal experiences and theories, with little to no solid evidence offered as proof You are not going to suddenly become a believer just by gazing at a copy of this book However, some of the author s ideas and ponderances are intriguing and worth a second thought though most are useless, unsubstantiated opinions written out to fill pages There is no true meat on these bones rather this is a lengthy diatribe from an author who clearly loves to hear the sound of his own voice or in this case, see his own words in print Short of using this book as a launching p...

  5. says:

    Recommended to those interested in parapsychology The case with the gold leaf lady is mindboggling to say the least Braude is a good writer, and this book takes you through some of the ups and downs of being a parapsychological investigator Some hoaxes, some disturbed persons and a few genuinely intrigu...

  6. says:

    FULL DISCLOSURE I was only able to make it through half of this book before I had to throw in the towel 1 This book is so littered with logical fallacies that it is at times near impossible to read 2 The author cherry picks his evidence regarding historical spiritualists 3 Had the author has be...

  7. says:

    Read this with Tim Craighead as we were reading about mysticism and the paranormal in 07 08 Braude is a former professor of mine and gets autobiographical in this text as he reveals how he goes about his parapsychological investigations think Agent Fox Mulder There s drama in this book mixed with philosophico scientific rigor Note he does some intersting...

  8. says:

    Not very informative and also not very well written It s not atrocious but it s borderline waste of time.

  9. says:

    Excellent and brilliantly documented, albeit a tad academic at times.

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