The Apports of Amyr AmidenwithStanley Krippner
May 17, 2016
He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University, is a Fellow in five APA divisions, and past-president of two divisions (30 and 32). Formerly, he was director of the Maimonides Medical Center Dream Research Laboratory, in Brooklyn NY. He is co-author of Dream Telepathy, Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them, The Mythic Path, and Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans, and co-editor of Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion, Healing Tales, Healing Stories, Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, Advances in Parapsychological Research and many other books. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and has published cross-cultural studies on spiritual content in dreams.
Here he describes his complex relationship with individuals he terms “scoffers” of parapsychology. Some of these individuals have labeled him a “charlatan” and have also consistently misrepresented the details of his own research – even after having been repeatedly corrected. However, on other occasions he has developed good working relationships with skeptics – many of whom contributed chapters to his anthology on Debating Psychic Experiences. Krippner goes into some detail describing his experiences with the magician James Randi and his “Project Alpha”.
(Recorded on May 12, 2016)
Published on May 18, 2016
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Here Stanley Krippner explains that he was motivated to research the question of combat trauma, because of his childhood experiences with a cousin who was traumatized during WWII. He describes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a healthy response to an unhealthy event. He notes that many people diagnosed with PTSD are inappropriately prescribed psychiatric medications [...]
Here he reviews his half-century of experience as a parapsychologist, pointing out that the American Psychological Association has always been open to his symposium proposals and has published two editions of Varieties of Anomalous Experience. Parapsychology still has hurdles to overcome with regard to replication. However, the same problem exists in all other behavioral and [...]
Here he suggests that, at a subconscious level, we are all subject to the influence of myths operating in our lives. Some of these are irrational and destructive. Others are positive and rational. Through the use of ritual, dreams, and mental imagery, we can bring these powerful dynamics into the light of consciousness. Krippner describes [...]
Here Stanley Krippner discusses the three main spiritist religions of Brazil: Candomblé, Umbanda, and Kardecismo. Candomblé and Umbanda are, essentially, variations of the African Yoruba tradition. The African slaves in Brazil incorporated Catholic Saints into their religion in order to disguise the fact that they were still worshipping the deities of their homeland. The Kardecismo [...]
Here Stanley Krippner describes his association with Harry Benjamin, the doctor who first introduced gender reassignment surgery into the United States. Krippner’s studies showed that transgender individuals typically came from normal backgrounds and did not suffer from any psychiatric condition. They are simply individuals whose inner gender identity is not consistent with their sexual organs. [...]
Here he discusses the common features that he has observed in his studies of shamans around the world. He describes their rituals in terms of drumming, dancing, sensory deprivation, drugs, diet, and dreaming. He notes that shamans often invoke the “trickster” archetype, but that this should not be taken to imply that they are necessarily [...]
Here he tells how he was introduced to Rolling Thunder by Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. That was the beginning of a friendship that lasted for twenty years. During their time together Rolling Thunder exhibited an uncanny ability to communicate with animals and even, it seemed, directly with nature. With help from the Grateful [...]
Here Stanley Krippner describes how he was inspired to learn hypnosis as a child by reading the “Mandrake the Magician” comic books. He describes how trickery can be used to augment the efficacy of hypnosis. He notes that hypnosis is a powerful tool that can be used to improve study habits, overcome addictive behaviors, help [...]
Here he describes his encounters, during the early days of the psychedelic movement, with such notable figures as Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert, Salvador Roquet, Maria Sabina, Jean Houston, Robert Masters, and the Grateful Dead. He maintains that psychedelic experiences have been uniformly positive for him – and that he always approaches [...]
Scientist Russell Targ describes remote viewing research he conducted with sponsorship from the CIA and military intelligence establishment. He presents graphic illustrations of the tests that persuaded the government to fund this research. He describes his own personal experiences as a remote viewer. He explains that remote viewing, or free-response clairvoyance, is probably the single [...]
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Here he describes a very personal journey that has led him to explore and endorse theological Satanism. He makes a point of distinguishing the biblical tradition in Genesis 3, and the writings of John Milton, William Blake, and Percy Bysshe Shelley from the popular accounts of Satanism as depicted in fiction, film, and mass media. [...]