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I enjoyed reading Among Mediums as much as I was informed by it. Dr. Beischel takes a serious, yet humorous approach toward the study of mediumship that other's could learn from.
She is one of the signs of hope that I see for a new generation of continuation of consciousness researchers. Relatively young, she is just beginning a long, productive career. I believe that a new generation of physicists, doctors, psychologists and science professionals are starting to come onto the scene, and they will change the face of psi, consciousness, and other 'paranormal' phenomena within the next generation.

My only suggestion (and Beischel points out that research suggestions far outnumber funding offers) is to have sitters numerically rate the emotional impact of individual hits. Mediumship isn't always about sheer volume, but rather, its spiritually transformative quality.

(I have wondered about what mediums actually experience, how the perceptions seem to them, as mental experiences, but for some reason psychic researchers seldom ask, and mediums themselves rarely bother to describe it.)

this seems like it would be the first thing out the gate !

very inspiring research. i like the hospice/mental health co-ordination. that would seem helpful.

sadly one mental ward i saw still hadn't faced the reality of putting some plants around or at the very least serve better food than sliced white bread and jello to the vegetarians. i digress !

great read, robert

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