Eusapia Palladino: Remembering a Great Physical Medium with Carlos Alvarado

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation, and Adjunct Research Faculty at Sofia University. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Near-Death Studies and the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, and is the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Parapsychology, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Alvarado is also the recipient of the 2010 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award, the Parapsychological Association 2017 Outstanding Career Award. He is author of the book, Charles Richet: A Nobel Prize Winning Scientist’s Explorations of Psychic Phenomena.

Here he describes the various investigations conducted with one of the most colorful and fascinating characters in the history of psychical research. Although it was widely acknowledged that Eusapia Palladino sometimes employed fraudulent methods to produce ostensible paranormal effects, he argues that a careful study of the literature provides convincing evidence that many of the phenomena she produced were genuine. These included materializations and table levitations. Seances with her inspired many different theoretical and experimental approaches.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is a past vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and is the recipient of the Pathfinder Award from that Association for his contributions to the field of human consciousness exploration. He holds a unique doctoral degree in parapsychology from the University of California at Berkeley.

(Recorded on February 28, 2020)

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