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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Grail Publishing (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987422448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987422446
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on 22 April 2014
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Finding empirical proof to investigate plain science is hard enough but searching through global religions and archives to find supporting evidence of phenomena that are still considered sacred, taboo and even extra terrestrial is a feat on it's own.
This book is well written and easy to read but demands the readers full attention in order to completely grasp concepts that might contend with one's own beliefs and perceptions regarding what is 'normal' and what is not.
The authors of this book have made an extraordinary attempt to map and open up routes into the paranormal. They take the reader out of her/his comfort zone and demand that we take a closer look at things we have passively accepted as mystical and paranormal.
Some sections press the readers beliefs to the limits, but perhaps that is a good thing as with our guard down we are free to contemplate that what we have considered up till now as 'impossible' is perhaps another way of looking at our every expanding universe in a different light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Read on 26 May 2014
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For the open minded here are scientific perspectives on a world wide(spread) and ancient phenomenon which avoids tripping at the first and usual hurdle of western scientific shortsightedness and taboos, for which see Rupert Sheldrake's "The Science Delusion - Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry". The contributors in this expert and very valuable volume closely scrutinise practices, beliefs and actualites, even using that old scientific tradition of self-participation to reveal spirit insights and practices which work. Could anything be more enlivening?
Perhaps, but these new understandings will do for me for a while, if I had known of them before I wrote my own book I might have been better placed to integrate my psychedelic experiences.
Roderick Read author of 'LSD - Blew Out Grandad's Windows; Integrating Psychedelic Experience'
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October 2014 Journal of Spiritual and Consciousness Studies
Romancing Necromancers
David Stang

Talking with the Spirits: Ethnographies From Between The Worlds was authored and edited by Jack Hunter and David Luke (Daily Grail Publishing, Brisbane, Australia, 2014). Hunter is a Phd candidate at the University of Bristol and Luke is a senior lecturer at the University of Greenwich. This 364 page paperback consists of a dozen articles written mainly by social science scholars, some of whom like to refer to themselves as paranthropologists. The "para" prefix is meant to suggest the paranormal, a realm that paranormal psychologists also have long enjoyed researching. A featured aspect of paranormal research is the study of mediums and mediumship. A synonym for medium is necromancer. The editors of Talking With The Spirits stress that the contributors to the book take "a phenomenological approach to mediumship" often tending "to duck thorny issues of belief and skepticism and the various ontological obstacles that can hinder access to core experience."
Most of the authors of this very informative book completed their doctoral dissertations within the past few years (or are presently writing it) and have condensed their findings into essays describing their research and its results. Unlike many of their predecessors who exhausted themselves jumping through hoops trying to impress their faculty member dissertation reviewers that what they concluded was grounded methodologically in empirical science, these younger scholars have chosen to imply that when examining mediumship it is not necessary to achieve empirical perfectionism.
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Talking with the Spirits 27 May 2014
By Carlos S. Alvarado - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most important recent publications about mediumship is Talking With the Spirits: Ethnographies From Between the Worlds (Brisbane, Australia: Daily Grail Publishing, 2014), a collection of essays edited by Jack Hunter and David Luke. The authors of the chapters discuss mediumship from different parts of the world, among them Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, and Great Britain.

The book is highly recommended, particularly to those who want to obtain a view of mediumistic manifestations from different cultures. In addition to anthropology, the essays have much to offer to students of parapsychology, psychology, and sociology. Furthermore, the authors of the essays say much about the various manifestations of mediumship, illustrating the complexity of the phenomenon. The diversity of mediums discussed may allow, as the editors point in the introduction, “for discernment to emerge on what might be universal or near-universal features of mediumship, such as, for example, the role of a control spirit and the use of an altered state of consciousness, respectively.”

There is also much to learn from the essays regarding the attitudes the researcher can take to the study of what some see as extraordinary phenomena. This includes belief, skepticism, and various other middle points, not to mention the bracketing of the reality of the paranormal to focus on purely anthropological concerns.

Talking with the Spirits is a welcome and much needed addition to the current literature about mediumship that will help us expand our views of the various manifestations of this fascinating phenomenon.

Carlos S. Alvarado
interesting, eclectic selection of anthropological accounts, with enough ... 15 Aug. 2014
By Walter E. Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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interesting, eclectic selection of anthropological accounts, with enough of the skeptical point of view to maintain credibility.
Well chosen reports.
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