Archive for the ‘Parapsychology’ Category

Madame Blavatsky, biographical documentary

Madame Blavatsky

Madame Blavatsky

Biographical documentary about H.P. Blavatsky, produced by the Theosophical Society in England and the Blavatsky Trust.

Neil Langdon Inglis states that Brian Inglis’s “paranormal texts crackle with hostility”

Brian Inglis

Brian Inglis

In a featured interview with Interlitq about his father, the author Brian InglisNeil Langdon Inglis, U. S. General Editor of Interlitq, and a contributor to Issues 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Interlitq, and Interlitq´s “English Writers 1”, “English Writers 2” and “English Writers 3”, states:

“The paranormal texts crackle with hostility.  For Brian, the existence of the psi force was the great under-reported story of his time, and he displayed a sincere commitment to getting to the bottom of that story. He felt a burning dislike for what he recorded as establishment “resistance movements”, motivated by obscurantism, which sought to quash unorthodox para-scientific research out of fear of the truth. He would always claim to be cool and rational but his feelings on this topic ran very high indeed.”

Neil Langdon Inglis to write about his father Brian Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis, U.S. General Editor of Interlitq, and a contributor to Issues 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Interlitq, will write about his father, Brian Inglis, in Interlitq‘s forthcoming “English Writers Part 1” feature:

Brian Inglis (1916-1993), the presenter of the Granada Television’s classic retrospective of the WWII years “All Our Yesterdays,” was a well-respected public figure with a reputation for intellectual seriousness. As the sixties advanced, his disenchantment with celebrity began to grow and his desire to return to books and journalism propelled him into new and unsuspected fields.  Parapsychology, much in vogue in the 1970s, offered a new and congenial home for Inglis–yet it was a refuge under assault from debunkers, including CSICOP (the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) in the USA. Convinced that the best defense lay in attack, Brian concluded that only a massive and scholarly history of psi would tip the balance and win the war of public and scholarly opinion. “Natural and Supernatural” (1978) and its sequel, “Science and Parascience” (1984), were the end-products of a period in which Brian engaged in tenacious research and considerable personal and intellectual development. His books, crafted in his memorably disciplined prose style, have held up well. What are their strengths and their flaws, and what kind of legacy do they represent?  Brian Inglis’s son, Neil Langdon Inglis turns the spotlight onto “Science and Parascience” which, along with its prequel, has been reissued by White Crow Books.

 

Michael Scammell discusses his book Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic

Michael Scammell

Michael Scammell

Michael Scammell, the author and academic who is a Consulting Editor for Interlitq, discusses his book Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic, about the life and work of Arthur Koestler, the Hungarian-British author and journalist who was born on this day in history, 5 September, 1905.

Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler

Brian Inglis was trustee of Koestler Foundation, devoted to parapsychology

Brian Inglis

Brian Inglis

Brian Inglis, the Irish journalist, historian and television presenter who was born on this day in history, 31 July, 1916, was a trustee of the Koestler Foundation.

British organization founded in 1980 as the KIB Foundation to encourage and promote research in fields outside established science, especially parapsychology and alternative medicine. The trustees were Arthur Koestler, Brian Inglis, Tony Bloomfield, Michael Fullerlove, and Sir William Wood. The foundation’s original name derived from initials of the first three trustees. After the death of Arthur Koestler in 1983 the foundation was given its present name.

The foundation acted as a clearinghouse for information about research in various parts of the world and as a bridge between sponsors and research projects. Selection of projects was by an advisory group that included individuals of distinction in relevant fields of science and medicine. Among its major accomplishments had been the publication of A Glossary of Terms Used in Parapsychology (1982), compiled by Michael A. Thalbourne, on behalf of the Society for Psychical Research. Last known address: 23 Harley House, Marylebone Rd., London, NW1 5HE, England.

Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler