Greater Dimensions

Crimes, Clairvoyance & A. Conan Doyle

BY SUSAN MARTINEZ, Ph.D.

“Gradually, the mists will clear and we will chart the shadowy coast” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was in the year of 1919 that London’s semi-secret Crimes Club enjoyed a talk by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on the subject of “Crime and Clairvoyance.” The twelve distinguished members of the all-male and highly exclusive club were connoisseurs of crime, a dozen Sherlocks who, over cigars and port, shared their insights on real-life mysteries and villainies. Sir Arthur—as agreeable as his Dr. Watson and as perspicacious as…

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Out-of-Body Experience

BY PATRICK MARSOLEK

Have you ever had the experience of being out of your body? If it hasn’t happened to you, it’s likely that it has happened to someone you know. People from all walks of life have experienced feeling detached from their body and able to ob­serve it and their surroundings with lucidity. For many people this happens during or at the threshold of sleep, but it can also happen when highly aroused such as during a rock-climbing fall, a traffic accident or to a mother during…

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Telephone Telepathy

BY JOHN KETTLER

The Holy Grail of psi research has long been a simple, readily replicable experiment which yielded statistically signifi­cant results, preferably way beyond mere chance. Guess what? Iconoclast biologist, scientific free thinker and author Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, perhaps best known for his morphogenetic theory, which holds that matter is a kind of flesh applied over an existing energy skeleton in all life (as perhaps exquisitely exemplified in the famous Kirlian photo­graph of a cut leaf) appears to have done just that, in the process, pioneering large-scale…

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Places That Never Were

BY FRANK JOSEPH

An episode from the old Twilight Zone television series concerns an airliner on an otherwise ordinary cross-country flight, until the plane inexplicably accelerates into a cloudy void. Eventually emerging from the overcast, everyone on board is dismayed to behold a Jurassic jungle populated by hungry dinosaurs instead of the New York skyline. Reluc­tantly taking his microphone in hand, the captain dourly proclaims the obvious by informing passengers, “we have apparently flown back in time.” He guns the throttles and climbs the lumbering Boeing 707 back…

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Grasping the Future

By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

Based on the evidence, some of which I summarized in a previous issue of Atlantis Rising (Issue 71), I am convinced that at least some “signals” (for lack of a better term) can pass from the future to the present and leave their influ­ence. But how is this possible? Doesn’t it go against the fundamental principles of physics upon which our modern technological and scientific society is built? Doesn’t it defy plain logic and commonsense? The very notion of the fu­ture affecting the present or…

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The Curious Death of Harry Houdini

By John Chambers

Five traits usually characterize the classical tragic hero, according to the experts. He (or she) is born into humble cir­cumstances; he early performs great feats of strength; he rapidly rises to the heights of fame; he is abruptly brought down through hubris, or excessive pride; and, however briefly, he returns from the dead. Harry Houdini, who lived from 1874 to 1926—and who was arguably the greatest escape artist of all time—seemed in his day to embody all five of these characteristics. Born in Budapest and…

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The Paranormal Travels of Mark Twain

By John Chambers

In late May 1858, about to disembark with his younger brother Henry as a cub pilot on board the steamboat Pennsyl­vania, Samuel Clemens, then twenty-two, one day to call himself Mark Twain, had a terrifying precognitive dream. The future author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884, 1885) later wrote that, in this dream, he “had seen Henry’s corpse. He lay in a metallic burial case. He was dressed in a suit of my clothing, and on his breast lay a great bouquet of flowers,…

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Thoughts Through Space

By Brenden D. Murphy

In 1942, the remarkable though little-known book, Thoughts Through Space, by Australian-born aviator-explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins (1888–1958) and American author, playwright, and “sensitive” Harold Sherman (1898–1987), was published. It detailed the first experiment (conducted from late 1937 to early 1938) of its kind: a long-distance and long-term telepathy experiment where Wilkins, who was aiding in the aerial search for a missing Russian craft and its crew in the Arctic, would attempt to telepathically send information regarding his activities to Sherman, who, as a psychic, would…

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Music from the Other Side

BY JOHN CHAMBERS

On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in a Live From Lincoln Center/PBS-TV concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, the renowned music-making trio of Emanuel Ax (piano), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), and Itzhak Perlman (violin), gave the audience more than it bargained for when they dis­cussed the life of Schumann, one of the world’s great composers and music critics. They revealed that the German composer believed he had two spirit guides, one he called “Fiery,” and the other he…

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Surgeon Searches for the Soul

By Michael E. Tymn

There is one short question that sums up mankind’s greatest concern: Are brain and mind one and the same? If, as mainstream science chooses to believe, they are the same, we live in a purely mechanistic world without any real meaning, and we are all marching toward an abyss of nothingness. The materialist who waves the banner of human­ism will argue that meaning is found in building a better world for future generations, but that begs the question of what future generations will strive for…

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