Book Announcement: Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research

Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp370, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Shakespeare’s Ghosts Live: From Shakespeare’s Ghosts to Psychical Research by Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed.

Shakespeare has been one of the most-cited authors since his plays were performed, and yet little attention has been paid to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, which brought scientific scrutiny to the area, and the UK is now a world leader in university research on this topic. This book throws new light on many historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and give clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights, showing how these relate to, and even amplify, the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from nature, the book discusses neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do, in fact, occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and their deeper meaning. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Formations of Terror

Formations of Terror now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp270, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Formations of Terror by Simon Bell.

There are a host of books about fear but, as yet, there has been little attempt to methodically and systemically assess how fear emerges and is targeted. This highly readable yet rigorous book sets about the methodical assessment of fear as an emergent property. Working from the personal experience of fear as ‘everyman’, and then using examples and case studies, it explores the main principles which lie behind the manifestation of fear of all kinds. Using climate change as its specific point of focus, fear is seen to be a major force in problem assessment and analysis and, by accident or intention, a significant confusion to human decision making. By the systemic development of the main features of the Paradigm of Fear and the identification of Fear Amplifying and Fear Attenuating systems, the book demonstrates how fear can be contained, how new social forms can arise and how new behaviours and social qualities can mitigate the Formations of Terror. Continue reading

In Search of the Universal Truth: Beyond Shackles, Beyond Prejudices

The journey of the author is my own journey. This is the journey of every scholar born with the so called “eastern” psychology while professionally trained in the “western” one. We are born and brought up with the unwritten rule of understanding the metaphor. This is part of the ceremonial cultures we belong to. Now the West takes a very different approach to science, or, more precisely, knowledge. The person getting into career building in the West goes through a painful adjustment process of rationalizing “emotions”. This is not an easy task to achieve. The adjustment process doesn’t rationalize our way of thought or feeling. It rather leaves a deep sense of emptiness, a feeling of guilt for not being able to search the truth, but rather building a narrative which is “authentic” in terms of the dominant research tradition, but not “representative” in the human sense of the world.

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Cosmic rays from space reveal the history of our eroding coasts

media_499198_en-450x300New research on how the Sussex coast has eroded over the last seven millennia could help provide insight into how climate change might affect UK cliffs in the future.

In a new paper published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and Colorado, Imperial College London, the British Geological Survey and the Environment Agency describe how they have used a process known as cosmogenic dating to learn how rapidly the chalk cliffs at Beachy Head and Seaford Head have eroded.

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