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Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain

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Well-documented, in-depth books shed new light on the existence and meaning of paranormal and parapsychological eventsIn this radical revision of their 1970 investigation of Russian parapsychological research, the authors present six new chapters of post-Cold War activities. They offer evidence indicating that the Russians have been successful in harnessing psychic energy ...more
Published February 29th 1984 by Fireside Books (first published 1970)
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May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I don't think a more important book than this was published during the cold war, with the exception of all other books published during the cold war.

I underexaggerate. I know what you're thinking. I just made you think what you did merely by presenting dark shapes on light because you've been conditioned to process these shapes mentally in a largely pre-determined way. If I want you to think of an elephant, it doesn't matter where you live (elephant) or your cultural background; your ex
Sandra Nedopričljivica
Zanimljiva knjiga o paranormalnim ispitivanjima i njihovim istraživačima u Istočnoj Europi: tadašnjim Sovjetskom Savezu, Čehoslovačkoj i Bugarskoj. Kirlijanova fotografija, telepatija, psihokineza samo su jedne od tema koju su proučavale dvije američke novinarke.

Meni je ipak najbolja priča o slijepoj babi Vangi i kako kažu autorice:
"Vanga je u svojem brižnom životu sklopila posebni sporazum s vremenom. Ona jasno vidi kroz vrijeme. Svojim slijepim očima ona vidi onda kad drugi sa zdravim očima o
Charlie Canning
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1967, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder were invited to Moscow to attend a conference on ESP. After the conference, the two traveled throughout Russia, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia gathering research on the paranormal. What they discovered was extraordinary: precognition, auras, prophecy, past lives, faith healing, the power of forms – the list goes on and on.

In a chapter entitled, “Pavel Stepanek, An Answer For The Skeptics,” Ostrander and Schroeder write about a young Czech named Pavel St
Leo deSouza
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For the record. For future generations since it was published, the book is absolutelly fantastic.

I never ask anyone to be a believer, but I think it is fair to ask from people to be, at least, open to new ideas.

After reading this book, either you conclude that it is a well elaborated piece of fake registers, or that things really happen. There is no middle term.
Read this a long time ago, just brought it back from my parents house to re-read again. I found it interesting at the time, but can't rate it till a re-read. ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
The kindest thing that can be said of this book is that the authors were fed a pack of disinformation by the KGB.
Rob Williams
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating look at the history of remote viewing research in Eastern Europe with some info not readily available elsewhere. There is an interesting contradiction I'm still trying to understand - in some obvious ways the United States has been a much more open society than Russia for quite a while with freedom of the press, etc. So why is it that in other ways the Russian culture and Russian scientific scene has long been so much more open minded and ready for new paradigms than those ...more
Samar Almazyad
ترجمة ممتازة جداً ومتقنة جداً .. طبعة الكتاب قديمة جداً من ١٩٩١ .. اعتبر الكتاب خيبة أمل ان لم تكن أمريكي ومتخصص بالباراسايكولوجي .. الكتاب ليس للعامة ومعلوماته هي نتاج بحث وسفر خاص لكشف الإنتاج الروسي وتحفيز الأمريكان .. والأزفت فيه كثير مواقف مذكورة لاتمت إلى الباراسايكولوجي حسب رأيي وحسب ثقافتي وديني اللي يؤمن بوجود الجن ..الظاهرة اللي مايؤمنو فيها الغربين .. كتاب دسم ومرهق .. الثلاث نجمات هي للترجمة الاحترافية .
Antti Ahonen
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormaali
Ihan kiinnostava kurkistus kadonneeseen maailmaan, paljon kiinnostavia yksityiskohtia. Kirjoitustyyli on vähän erikoinen ja faktojen todennettavuus vähän kyseenalainen, mutta hyvä kirja kaikille aiheesta kiinnostuneille.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read as much of this weird Kremlin propaganda as I could slog through before giving up. It is not great. Two stars for ludicrous content.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sheila Ostrander examines the psychic program in the 60s and 70s behind the Iron Curtain.
Lisa Hofmann
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, worth reading.
Stephen Coates
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is certainly comprehensive, covering telepathy, telekinesis, acupuncture, Kirlian photography, astrological birth control, a blind woman who could read books by passing her finger over text and a whole lot more, most in Russia but with chapters on research in Bulgaria and what was then Czechoslovakia. It was certainly interesting and thought provoking, especially to one who is of the view that the human mind has many capabilities which are largely dormant. However, close to 50 years hav ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Of this list of well completed criteria for a good book, the setting’s description was of the highest quality. The authors provided detailed descriptions of where they were at each stage, when these events took place, why the conference was held at its location, why the people who attended were significant, and what was gathered from each conversation and lecture. The information on the experiments conducted by the various scientists are extremely detailed, and give accounts of the first psychic ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr seltsames und sehr unterhaltsames Buch über die Erforschung parapsychologischer Fähigkeiten im (damaligen) Ostblock. Die Autoren sind vorurteilsfrei durch die einzelnen besprochenen Staaten (Sowjetunion, Bulgarien, Tschechoslowakei) gewandert und haben sich für die vielen Gerüchte Beweise vorlegen lassen. Im Buch werden alle verfügbaren Materialien ohne Unterschied zitiert: Dabei entsteht der Eindruck eines freundlichen Ostblocks, in dem die Wissenschaft unerklärte Phänomene gut gelaunt ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult, history
Lystikäs, iloisen kritiikitön kuvaus 60-luvulla itäblokin alueella vaikuttaneista meedioista, telepaateista ja heidän tempuistaan innostuneista tiedemiehistä. Sisällöltään köykäinen mutta hauska lukukokemus joka voi olla myös opettavainen jos koko ajan pitää mielessään kysymyksen "mikä tässä koeasetelmassa on pielessä?". ...more
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Not a brilliant or detailed book but the only English-language text documenting Soviet research into what the West considers paranormal behavior. Information moldy--from the mid 60's--but that's all there is, so if that's what you need, it's a valuable text. ...more
Signor Mambrino
May 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
utter shit. a waste of time.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting contrast to some of the programs that were going on in the US but I'm going to have to label this fiction. If this technology were real then where is it now? ...more
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I have 1970 edition
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