“Mystic Powers and More” (SB 3.23.34)

Alachua - February 26, 1997 / (083)

Thompson begins his presentation with a discussion of the Arthurian account of the “Lady of the Lake” which describes an underwater denizen displaying an apparent ability to disappear in one place, and then reappear in another without passing through intervening space. He then questions if contemporary science “can break out of the rather narrow framework in which it has imprisoned itself, and consider the larger class of natural phenomena that have been reported throughout the ages.” As an example of an alternate trend, Thompson discusses the paranormal research conducted by Ian Stevenson, the University of Virginia School of Medicine Research Professor of Psychiatry who founded its Division of Perceptual Studies.