The Invisible Picture

A Study of Psychic Experiences


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About the Book

Long among the foremost figures in parapsychological research, Dr. Rhine has at last provided a report on her over forty years of investigations into the apparently psychic experiences of an enormous variety of ordinary people. This magnificent book is the most comprehensive and summary study of anecdotal evidence for the existence of psychic phenomena ever published. The author discusses the numerous case histories in plain language and sorts them into types—an important advance for researchers and teachers—noting such features as the form in which extrasensory information was perceived and the mental processes that seem to have been involved. Most of the chapters are devoted to specific phenomena, such as general ESP, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, precognition and contact with survivors. Dr. Rhine’s findings bring to light many new human interconnections and offer a wealth of new directions for laboratory-based work. An extensive list of references is appended. There are five tables and a thorough index.

About the Author(s)

The late Louisa E. Rhine was the author of several books, including two published by McFarland. She and her husband J.B. Rhine were the primary developers of parapsychological research in the 20th century, first at Duke University, then independently.

Bibliographic Details

Louisa E. Rhine

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 275
Bibliographic Info: tables, references, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1981]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6753-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

A Preview      vii

1. Miracle—or Psi?      1
2. Parapsychology: Experiment and Anecdote      7
3. An Early Case Study and Its Background      20
4. A Different Kind of Case Study      31
5. The Reach and Types of Psi      39
6. Conviction      55
7. The Forms of ESP—and PK      67
8. The ESP Process and the S-R Model      86
9. Time, Imagery and People      98
10. What Must Be, Must Be, or Must It?      109
11. Who’s Who in Telepathy?      121
12. Hallucinatory Psi Experiences      135
13. Apparitions—Old and New      144
14. The Psi Process in ESP      165
15. The Psi Process in PK      193
16. Psi in Reverse      207
17. The Subject Matter of Psi Experiences: Its Significance      216
18. The Total Picture      245

References      259
Index      263

Book Reviews & Awards

“very readable…intriguing…an air of the mystery story. Essential for anyone interested in parapsychology”—Library Journal

“requires of the reader no specialized knowledge…Rhine’s persistent and often rewarding efforts to find consistency in diverse material give the book great value”—Choice

“very important studies”—Parapsychology Review

“uncompromisingly thorough…illuminates the process of science as much as the nature of the phenomena itself…valuable for its insight into the process of the phenomena as well as its insight into the process of the research. As history and as treatise it is of the best we have…an excellent introductory educative tool and a classic reference work”—MPRI Newsletter

“extremely interesting…many thoughtful and provocative conclusions…scrupulous integrity”—JASPR

“rigorous research”—The Institute For Religious Psychology

“contains a wealth of illustrative experiences…the conclusions drawn and the reasoning behind these conclusions are what makes this book so important”—Theta

“vividly descriptive”—Fate

“commended…compelling reading”—The Christian Parapsychologist

“exciting and provocative…there is enough food for thought here to engage any inquiring mind, and I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in human beings”—Gertrude Schmeidler, psychology professor, City College, CUNY