Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder ; Introduction by Ivan T. Sanderson
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey : Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1970. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 423 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 21 cm. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
The materialistic, unimaginative bureaucrats of the USSR would seem the least likely to pour time, scientific talent, and money into the concentrated study of parapsychology. Yet surprisingly, extensive authorized research into the why's of ESP has been carried out by top scientists of the Soviet bloc nations. Their conclusions are remarkable, their inventions astounding—and the research continues today.
In the summer of 1968, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder visited Soviet Russia, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia to explore the facts behind psychic research in laboratories from Prague to Moscow. Now they reveal —for the first time in the West—astonishing breakthroughs and introduce the key personalities who are spearheading exploration of man's unknown powers. Already the Soviets have mastered "artificial reincarnation," trained animals and induced hypnosis by telepathy, and filmed telekinesis ("mind over matter") in the laboratory. Here, too, is Wolf Messing, the Polish refugee who proved his psychic power to Stalin; Nikolaiev, Russia's most tested psychic; the Moscow housewife who moves objects without touching them; the blind seeress of Bulgaria, and many others. Here are incredible new inventions: a new Soviet dowsing rod, the Czech pyramids that mummify meat and sharpen razor blades; astrological birth control, Bulgarian Suggestology, and most amazing of all, a machine that photographs the human "aura."
Lastly, the authors examine the grave issues these new discoveries raise: what are the practical—and military—uses of ESP? What are the political pressures on psychics and scientists today? And how far is the West behind the Communists in this new and powerful field?
In addition to scientifically documented evidence of fantastic new knowledge in every realm of parapsychology, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain provides actual photographs of the "aura," of Moscow's Telekinesis Medium at work, and of many others who have pushed their countries into the forefront of mind research. Also included are the directions for building a Czech pyramid yourself, and an exclusive bibliography of Communist bloc parapsychological literature.
An enthralling, compelling, and often frightening book, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain is a landmark in man's investigation of the mind, and offers conclusive proof—as Ivan T. Sanderson points out in his enthusiastic introduction—that ESP is not "Extra-sensory," but an outgrowth of powers that are available to us all.
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