New Thinking Allowed

When I record video conversations with members of the P.A. for the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube, I also post here. Many other interviews, relevant to parapsychology, with non-members can be viewed at

Monday, October 29, 2018   10:29 PM

Future Psychonauts with Charles T. Tart

Charles T. Tart, PhD, is emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He is a past-president of the Parapsychological Association. He has published over 100 scientific papers in parapsychology. He is editor of several anthologies including Altered States of Consciousness, Transpersonal Psychologies, Mind at Large, and Body Mind Spirit: Exploring the Parapsychology of Spirituality. Books that he has authored include Psi: Scientific Studies in the Psychic Realm, States of Consciousness, The End of Materialism, Learning to Use Extrasensory Perception, On Being Stoned, Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential, and Open Mind – Discriminating Mind.

Here he reflects upon his classic article, published in Science in 1972, on "states of consciousness and state-specific science". His ambition, yet even yet realized, is to inaugurate a new approach to science in which researchers would enter into altered states of consciousness. He examines the obstacles to realization of this novel objective -- particularly the human tendency to cling to ideologies. The discussion includes meditation, hypnosis, dreams, and the use of psychedelic drugs.

(Recorded on October 23, 2018)

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Monday, October 29, 2018   10:25 PM

The Sociology of SORRAT with James McClenon

James McClenon, PhD has been a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. He is author of Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology, Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution and the Origin of Relgion, and The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery.

Here he describes the history of the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT). The group was founded by the well-known poet and author, John G. Neihardt. Between 1961 and 2017, group members were actively engaged in a variety of spiritualistic practices involving a wide range of apparent paranormal, physical phenomena. Parapsychologist W. Edward Cox devoted many decades to the study of these phenomena and filmed numerous examples of objects moving inside a sealed container. McClenon began his own investigation in 1981.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities. He holds the only doctoral diploma in "Parapsychology" ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).

(Recorded on October 11, 2018)

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