Annekatrin Puhle and Adrian Parker-Reed
Annekatrin Puhle holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Free University Berlin with the subsidiary subjects Comparative Indo-European Languages and Cultural Anthropology. She is also a Health Consultant and is educated in various areas of natural medicine. As a researcher, she is specialised in current psychical research, including lucid dreaming, and cultural history. She has authored a number of books and journal articles, and has participated in both radio and television programmes. Her publications include Light Changes: Experiences in the Presence of Transforming Light (2013).
Adrian Parker-Reed was awarded the first Psychology doctorate with a thesis on parapsychology from the University of Edinburgh. During the tenure of the Perrott-Warrick Studentship in Psychical Research at Trinity College, Cambridge University, he co-founded a technique known as the Ganzfeld for reproducing these experiences in the laboratory. Adrian is also a licenced clinical psychologist, having qualified from the Tavistock Clinic. He is Professor in Psychology at Gothenburg University, where his interests in psychic phenomena, hypnosis and dream states are supported. He is the author of the book States of Mind: ESP and Altered States of Consciousness.
Shakespeare is the most cited person throughout recent history and yet no one pays attention to his views on psychic phenomena. It took another 300 years of paranormal experiences before scholars at Cambridge University helped to found the Society for Psychical Research. This brought scientific scrutiny to the area and the UK is now world leading in university research on this topic.
The book throws new light to many of the historical case reports from Shakespeare’s time onwards. It identifies the core experiences that transcend time and gives clues to an understanding of psychic phenomena. The book highlights Shakespeare’s insights. It shows how these relate to and even amplify the conclusions of later and on-going research. In our time of disconnectedness from Nature, the authors give attention to neglected human experiences which represent an important part of life and which do in fact occur to most of us. In doing so, the book raises awareness against the emptiness of a zombie-like existence in today’s society and offers a new approach to life and death, and possibly to its deeper meaning.