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Parapsychology with Loyd Auerbach – The Big Seance Podcast #80

In Interview with parapsychologist, Loyd Auerbach - The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World with Patrick Keller - BigSeance.com

 

Parapsychologist, Loyd Auerbach, discusses the study of parapsychology, evaluating mediums using science, paranormal literature, and the Forever Family Association.

 

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Bewitched, “Abner Kadabra” (1965): Supernatural Candy for the Brain!

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Extrasensory perception (and its acronym, ESP), Supernatural powers, mind over matter, having “the power”, predicting the future, talking to the spirits, secrets of the universe, psychokinetics, séance, and magic. Sounds like just another Big Séance blog post, right? But it’s not. Well, it is, kind of. But all of those terms and phrases were spoken in an episode of Bewitched, titled “Abner Kadabra“, which originally aired in 1965 in its first season. 

It was one of those situations where we turned the TV on, and it was tuned into a channel that I don’t typically watch. I haven’t even seen an episode of Bewitched in many years. We were lucky enough to catch this one from the very beginning, and watched it all the way through, thoroughly entertained for the entire episode! It was such a stress reliever after a really long day. 

Gladys Kravitz, a goofy and crazy neighbor, caught Samantha re-arranging pictures on one of her walls… which she was doing with the help of a twitch of her nose. Mrs. Kravitz, who of course is shocked and frightened by what she sees, accuses Sam of being from Venus and having “supernatural powers”, and even throws in a snide remark about her not being like all the other housewives. Samantha thinks she avoids this mess by suggesting that Gladys actually caused the pictures to move herself, with her mind. Gladys seems to enjoy the attention and believes that she suddenly has “the power”, and runs with it, thinking she can guess numbers, read her husband’s mind, talk to spirits, make it rain (a hilarious scene), and even cook with her magic. 

Abner, Gladys’ husband, is thoroughly annoyed by all of this, but concerned that his wife is going crazy. Samantha ends up arranging a séance, in which Gladys serves as the stereotypical medium, playing the part very well. Samantha’s intention is to scare Gladys, so that she decides on her own to leave her “powers” behind for good. It worked!

The whole thing was just supernatural candy for my brain, and I couldn’t believe the topics and terms that were thrown around in one episode of a 1965 sitcom. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it. It was truly a cute episode that was worth the watch. I even watched it twice. 

And now you can watch it too, because the entire episode is on Hulu! Here’s the link. —> http://www.hulu.com/watch/10998#i0,p28,d0

Enjoy!

 

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ESP Trainer…

Yesterday I found a really interesting app for my iPhone after reading about it online. The ESP Trainer was developed at Stanford Research Institute under a NASA program by Russell Targ. According to ESPResearch.com, “We have found that people are able to improve their ESP scores by using a machine just like this and get in touch with the part of themselves that is psychic. This is often called a clairvoyant ability, and can enhance your life in many surprising ways.”

I downloaded this free app yesterday and have tried it a few times. It is definitely interesting. You can see from the screen shot from my phone above, that four squares (green, yellow, red, and blue) are constantly present. The idea is to use your psychic skills to determine which square “has a picture behind it”. Once you click a square, that is considered a trial. The app keeps track of the trials on the lower right hand of the screen. If the square you chose was not the square with the picture (chosen randomly), then the correct square flashes, letting you know that you were incorrect. If you choose the correct square, the picture (that seems to be different every time) will flash on your screen and then slowly fade out. The phone buzzes and plays a tone as well, but I’ve been playing on silent so as not to complete annoy those around me. The scale at the top of the app keeps track of the ones you guess correctly. At the end of 24 trials, it lets you know how much ESP ability you have. To start again, you must hit “reset”. 

I must tell you, the highest score I got yesterday was an 8, and the app told me I had “some ESP present”, but when I got lower scores, it clearly avoided giving me false hope and just didn’t say anything. 🙂 I will also say I tended to get higher scores when I took my time and really focused. When I went faster my scores seemed to be lower. (Although, I just read a comment from a user who claims he got better scores the less thought he put into it.)

From what I’ve read on ESPResearch.com, apparently there are different levels that you can achieve, but obviously I have not accomplished that yet. What are your thoughts about this? Apparently people really have seen results and have improved their ESP or psychic ability using this app, or at least the program that is similar to this app (I’m not sure). My only concern is, how random is it? Is there ever a pattern that repeats? Is my brain just gradually picking up on a pattern? Maybe not. I’ll have to do more research. But hey, if NASA and Stanford says it works… 

 


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