Parapsychology - Dr. Stephen Braude's Overview Of Interesting Cases

Parapsychology – investigating the existence and causes of psychic abilities, near-death experiences, and life after death using the scientific method is not something new. The above photo, taken in 1898 at the home of French astronomer Camille Flammarion, shows a renowned medium of her time, Eusapia Palladino levitating a table.



Even back in those times people realized that not all mediums are frauds and that there is something to this direct influence of mind over matter.
Many scientists addressed this issue. Among others, the Nobel prize winners Marie and Pierre Curie who researched Eusapia Palladino’s abilities.
Even the Nikola Tesla who was always into hard science famosly said that “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” even though it is not clear what exactly he meant with that “on-physical phenomena”.
In our time, one of the scientists researching in this field is Professor Stephen Braude from the University of Maryland.
In this page he takes a look at a number of interesting cases of phenomena that the current science can’t explain.
It ranges from Daniel Duglas Home in 19th century to Ted Owens in 1976 when a drought, commonly regarded as the worst one in in 72 years hit California.
Ted sent a letter to the media on January 30th 1976 stating

Now I, Ted Owens, PK Man…will change all of that. Within the next 90 days from the time of this letter…I will pour and pour and pour rains onto the State of California…until it is swimming in water, and the dangerous drought is completely over. There will be storm after storm, lightning attack after lightning attack, and high winds…

UPI clipping from February 1, 1976 says:

The cost of a California winter-drought has mounted to about $310.5 million….Ten more days of drought could precipitate an emergency in the livestock industry. But there is little moisture in sight.

And then on February 6, 1976, the headlines are:

San Francisco Snowed by a Record Snowfall
The biggest snowfall in exactly 89 years hit the city and surrounding areas…The storm also featured lightning and sleet. A giant television tower on Mt. San Bruno, south of San Francisco, was hit by lightning about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday knocking several TV stations off the air.

Dr. Stephen Braude lists more such “coincidences” here.


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