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First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life

Reviewed by Peter Rogerson

James Carpenter, a clinical psychologist and a board member of the Rhine Research Centre, argues that most ‘ESP’ is unconscious and pervasive, only a small fraction coming to consciousness as anomalous experiences. He furthermore argues that what is involved in psi occurrences is not so much the acquisition of knowledge but a kind of apprehension of things. He also queries whether it involves ‘abilities’ in the same manner as musical or athletic abilities. He sees it at an unconscious level as guiding and programming much of our everyday lives without us being aware of it. He examines its similarity to memory.

He bases his views on a wide ranging survey of the laboratory evidence, and to a lesser degree on spontaneous cases, and experience of psi in psychotherapeutic conditions. His survey of the laboratory evidence is wide ranging and includes some material which does not feature in most of the popular accounts and should be of value to anyone researching parapsychology.

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