Problems Inherent in Mediumship ResearchwithStephen E. Braude
November 17, 2023
Here he illustrates many of the difficulties associated with researching spirit mediums by referencing a number of prominent cases.
Stephen Braude, PhD, is an emeritus professor and former chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has also served as president of the Parapsychological Association. He is author of The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science, First Person Plural: Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind, Crimes of Reason, The Gold Leaf Lady, Immortal Remains, Dangerous Pursuits: Mediumship, Mind, and Music, and ESP and Psychokinesis. He is the recent recipient of the prestigious Myers Memorial Medal awarded by the Society for Psychical Research for outstanding contributions. He also served for twelve years as editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
In this 2017 video, he describes how his interest in paranormal phenomena was stimulated by an experience he had, as a college student, with table levitation — playing a game called “Table Up”. He outlines the history of table levitation phenomena going back to the 19th century. Then he notes his own experiences researching the [...]
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Here he presents his research on the case of Katie, the Gold Leaf Lady — an individual who experiences a metallic substance, similar to gold leaf, forming on and around her body. Chemical analysis has shown that the substance is actually brass. Braude goes into some detail explaining why he was able to rule out [...]
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In this interview, originally recorded in 2015, he discusses large-scale psychokinetic phenomena, typically observed during séances in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These phenomena included table rapping, table levitation, human levitation, apports and materializations. Of particular interest is the case of Daniel Dunglas Home, perhaps the greatest spiritualist medium known in history, who [...]
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