The public reputation of parapsychology

“When I delve into new scientific insights in my novel ‘Jedem das Seine’ one must not see it as an affront, because it is certainly not my intention to insult anybody. It is rather a case of presenting a new, expanded understanding for our existence here on Earth, ergo to presenting new directions and possible explanations for our existence on Earth, the way the latest research into reincarnation indicates.” The court did not allow itself to be influenced in any way by such argumentations. The verdict on the 30th of May 2000, was once again DM 4’500 and the banning of the book. The grounds for the verdict contained amongst other things: “The accused cannot appeal to the freedom of doctrine and belief, conscience and confession. Judged by the constitutional order of values, these freedoms take second place behind honour and human dignity and others that have to be respected.” Now we know: The law of karma – if it really exists – can apply to everyone around the whole world. Only in Germany (but not even in Israel) has it been abrogated in regards to Jews through a court order. One can express any blasphemy in Germany or proclaim that soldiers are murderers. All of this is legitimised through freedom of speech. But when something is expressed in Germany that Jews might find unpleasant, one quickly stands in front of a judge accused of inciting the public. One might consider the fact that in its strictest application, it also applies to millions of ReichGermans and other Germans that lost their life after the last war through displacement, forced labour and in captivity. With the doctrine of reincarnation and the law of karma, we are dealing with a religious philosophy. Legal processes concerning the astronomical view of the world that should be gotten rid of, already took place four hundred years ago. It concerned the discoveries of the Frauenburger Canon and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543). He replaced the antiquated, geocentric view of the world with the heliocentric view of the world, that is to say, he recognised that the Sun was the centre of the planetary system and not the Earth. This stood in contrast to what the Catholic Church saw as the truth. The very famous Italian mathematician and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) came out in favour of this doctrine in 1613 in his dissertation about sunspots. This brought him in front of the court of inquisition in Rome during 1615/16. The entire Copernican doctrine was banned and Galileo forbidden the teach it or defend it. Galileo did however not abide by this and instead published a novel in 1632, that is to say, a fictitious account that he called Dialoghi (dialogue). In this, two people, a simpleton and a pundit discuss the Copernican view of the world. The simpleton defends the geocentric view of the Church and the pundit the heliocentric view of Copernicus. In 1632, Galileo was very quickly dragged in front of the court of inquisition and condemned to an undetermined length of time in prison. Besides, in a solemn session of the Holy Office, he had to renounce the Copernican doctrine on the 22nd of June 1633 whilst on his knees with the words: I, Galileo Galilei, son of the late Vincenzo Galilei of Florence, aged seventy years, being brought personally to judgment, and kneeling before you, Most Eminent and Most Reverend Lords Cardinals, General Inquisitors of the Universal Christian Commonwealth against heretical depravity, having before my eyes the Holy Gospels which I touch with my own hands, swear that I have always believed, and, with the help of God, will in future believe, every article which the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church of Rome holds, teaches, and preaches. But because I have been enjoined, by this Holy Office, altogether to abandon the false opinion which maintains that the Sun is the centre and immovable, and forbidden to hold, defend, or teach, the said false doctrine in any manner ... I am willing to remove from the minds of