Mind-Matter Interaction:
A Review of Historical Reports, Theory and Research

Mind-Matter Interaction is the updated, expanded and revised version of my earlier book, The PK Zone. A number of things have changed since I wrote its predecessor--not the least of which is the fact that parapsychologists now refer to psychokinesis (PK) as "mind-matter interaction." The title change reflects that, as well as the extensiveness of how different this book is in style from the earlier one. Citations are now endnotes. The writing a bit more casual. Many of the block quotes are gone. All of these make for easier reading. I've also benefited from talking to a lot of PK performers in the last four years, answering questions, and thinking about the material. My understanding of the phenomena has sharpened.

As before, the book is divided into three sections. Part I explores stories of miraculous events from a variety cultures around the globe, since the times of ancient Greece and China. See below for the list of topics. It includes the materialization/transformation of matter (which is new), and an expanded sections on other topics.

The second portion of the book shifts from the anecdotal to what science has taught us. It covers over a hundred twenty-five years of experimental research, including spontaneous case collections, archival data, field investigations, and double-blind controlled studies. Beginning with studies of physical mediums and looking at dice and sphere experiments, poltergeist research, random generator research, EVP research (expanded), healing research (expanded), staring studies (new), metal bending studies, and other work up until 2007 (updating The PK Zone with 7 years worth of data). It then considers what what science has taught us about these phenomena, and discusses the training techniques, models, and theories that have emerged from this wealth of information.

Finally, the third section of the book investigates what the experience of performing mind-matter interaction is like for those who do it. It includes descriptions of experiences in their own words. It also considers what kinds of things appear to inhibit, or facilitate, performance.

Topics include:

Part 1: MMI through the Ages: A Historical Cross-Cultural Review of Anecdotal Material
  • An Overview of Religious and Spiritual MMIs
  • Levitation
    • Catholic Levitators
    • St. Teresa of Avila
    • Sister Marie Baourdie, “The Flying Nun”
    • St. Joseph of Cupertino, the “Flying Friar”
    • Voodoo Practitioners
    • Arguments against Levitation
    • Conclusion
  • Stigmata
  • Inedia
  • Teleportation
  • Bilocation
  • Fire-immunity
    • External Fire-Immunity
    • Incendium Amoris: Internal Fire-immunity
  • Luminosity
  • Materialization/Transformation of Matter
    • Transformation of Matter
    • Multiplication of Matter
  • Hemography
  • Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage Phenomenon
  • Weather MMI
  • Physical Mediums
    • History of Mediumship
    • Margaretta and Catherine Fox
    • Daniel Douglas Home (1833—1886)
    • Eusapia Palladino (1854—1918)
    • Willi and Rudi Schneider
    • Stella Cranshaw Deacon
  • Anomalous Healers
    • Historical Healers in Europe
      • Valentine Greatrakes
      • Franz Anton Mesmer
    • Healing Traditions in Asia: Qigong and “Ki” Energy
    • Psychic Surgery
      • The Philippines
      • Brazil
    • Common Features
  • Martial Artists and Athletes
    • Martial Artists
    • Other Athletes
  • Poltergeists
  • The Wild Card: Spontaneous Nonrecurrent MMI

Part II: MMI Research and Theory

  • Spontaneous Case Collections
  • Poltergeist Research
    • Archival Research and Surveys
    • Field Investigations
    • Types and Patterns of Activity Reported
    • Theories and Explanations
    • Summary
  • Early Research with Physical Mediums
    • Sir William Crookes (1832—1919)
    • “Controlled” Studies with Eusapia Palladino (1854—1918)
    • Harry Price (1881—1948)
    • Experimental Research with Rudi Schneider (1908—1957)
    • Summary
  • Dice and Sphere Experiments
  • Random Generator Research
    • Group MMI Effects
    • Retroactive MMI Research
    • Animal MMI (Anpsi)
    • Summary
  • Biological System Research
    • Fire-Walking Field Investigations
    • Direct Mental Interactions with Living Systems (DMILS) Research
    • Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage Phenomenon Research
      • Field Investigations
      • Controlled Experimental Research
    • Anomalous Healing Research
      • Archival Research and Surveys
      • Field Investigations
      • Controlled Experimental Research
      • Possibilities for How Anomalous Healing Works
    • Summary
  • Macro-PK Research
    • Individual “Star” Performer Research
      • Nina Kulagina
      • Chinese children with exceptional human functioning
      • Yan Xin
      • Zhang Baosheng
      • Tomaz Coutinho
      • Matthew Manning
      • Felicia Parise
      • Martin Caidin
      • Alex Tanous
      • Ingo Swann
    • Group Macro-PK Research
    • Summary
  • Metal-bending Research
    • Survey Research
    • Controlled Research
  • Instrumental Transcommunication Research
    • Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP)
      • A Brief History
      • Characteristics
      • EVP Methods
      • EVP as a Tool
    • Direct Voice Phenomena
    • ITC Images
    • Formal Research
    • Explanations for ITC
    • Summary
  • Other Areas of Research
    • Psychic Photography
    • Levitation
    • Multiplication of Matter
    • Double-slit Experiments
  • Performance Factors
    • Physical and Environmental Factors
      • Target Type
      • EMF and GMF
      • Local Sidereal Time
      • Solar Activity
    • Personality Factors
    • Psychological Factors
      • The Decline Effect
      • The Sheep-Goat Effect
      • Experimenter Effects
      • Goal Orientation
    • The Brain and MMI
  • MMI Facilitation and Training
    • Techniques
      • Hypnosis
      • Feedback
      • Yoga and Meditation
      • Relaxation and Emotional Factors
      • Punishment and Negative Reinforcement
      • Imagery Training
    • Qualitative Reports
    • Summary
  • What Learning Theories Suggest about MMI
    • Operant Learning Theory
    • Social Learning Theory
    • Self-Efficacy
  • MMI Models and Theories
    • Energy Transfer Theories
    • Electromagnetic Theories
    • Acausal theories
    • Mind-Matter Interplay Theories
      • Conformance Theory
      • Quantum Theories
        • Observational Theories
          • The Holographic Model
          • Collapsing the Probability Wave
        • Entanglement
        • The Ordering of Quantum Fluctuations
  • Summary

Part III: The MMI Matrix: Experiential Research

  • Phenomenology
  • Altered State of Consciousness (ASC)
  • Connection
  • Dissociation from the Individual Ego Identity
  • Suspension of the Intellect
  • Playfulness and/or Peak Emotion
  • Sense of Energy
  • The Physical State
  • Focused Awareness (Attention)
  • Trust in the Process
  • Investment
  • Openness to the Experience
  • “Knowing”
  • Guiding the Process
  • Impact
  • ESP and MMI Overlap
  • MMI Facilitation and Inhibition
    • Facilitators
    • Inhibitors
  • Conclusions
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

Other Info

Length: 319 pages, including six black and white photos, a glossary of some basic terms, extensive endnotes, a complete bibliography, and an index of names and terms.

ISBN number: 978-0-7864-4971-2.

Cost: $45 for print version if you buy directly from McFarland here (it's actually cheaper now than getting it from Amazon) or $16.19 for the Kindle edition.