The battle over materialisation phenomena

PSYCHO-SCIENTIFIC FRONTIERS Selected publications from a variety of subjects of psycho-scientific research. Editor: Rolf Linnemann (Certificated Engineer) * Steinweg 3b * 32108 Bad Salzuflen * Tel. (05222) 6558 Internet : E-Mail : Translator’s email: Extract from the journal “Border areas of Science”, Booklet 47 1998-1. Theme : The battle over materialisation phenomena Author : Professor Dr. W. Schiebeler Editor : Professor Dr. P. Andreas Resch, director of the Instituts für Grenzgebiete der Wissenschaft (IGW), Innsbruck (Institute for border areas of Science, Innsbruck) “Border areas of Science” is an inter-disciplinary quarterly journal for the border areas of science of physics, bios, psyche and pneuma, about their legalities and spontaneity, about evidence and life experiences, immanence and transcendence. Preface So-called materialisation phenomena caused an immense sensation and equal contrariness when they first gained prominence from about 1850 to 1950. If they had been accepted as being genuine, they would have resulted in far-reaching implications for science, philosophy and religion. But according to the maxim, things that should not be cannot be, mediums and investigators must therefore have been swindlers, imbeciles or charlatans. But those that ardently and unprejudiced study otherworldly research reports must recognise that honourable and eminent researchers observed, photographed and documented actual processes of nature without hallucinations, namely the temporary paranormal creation of human-like forms (Phantoms). If these results do not fit into people’s view of the world, they must naturally be hushed up. They will then never have happened! Bad Salzuflen, August 2000 1. The nature of materialisations Amongst the physical apparitions within parapsychology, so-called materialisation phenomena have always aroused the greatest sensations. One is dealing with the temporary, paranormal creation or formation of strange substances that are called teleplasm or ectoplasm . Tissue, veils, images or human limbs (arms and legs) and completely constructed human bodies with breathing and circulation capabilities (audible heartbeat) can form from it. The last mentioned entities are usually called phantoms (apparitions). They declare to be deceased people that are supposed to have lived