The Sociology of SORRAT with James McClenon

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James McClenon, PhD has been a sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. He is author of Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology, Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution and the Origin of Relgion, and The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery.

Here he describes the history of the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT). The group was founded by the well-known poet and author, John G. Neihardt. Between 1961 and 2017, group members were actively engaged in a variety of spiritualistic practices involving a wide range of apparent paranormal, physical phenomena. Parapsychologist W. Edward Cox devoted many decades to the study of these phenomena and filmed numerous examples of objects moving inside a sealed container. McClenon began his own investigation in 1981.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities. He holds the only doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).

(Recorded on October 11, 2018)

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