Episode 75: Phantasms of the Living, Messages From the Dead

From the dawn of time there have been reports about loved ones returning from the dead for one reason or another. They come to comfort us, or seek revenge, or keep a promise. In some cases these newly spectral friends or family members, may themselves be the ones to deliver news of their demise. Seeing, hearing or feeling the presence of a recently deceased loved one is a surprisingly common occurrence, even today, even in the age of un-superstition. So what does it mean and how does it work? Join us this week as we examine the classic ballad “Cold As Clay,” its origins and successors, and the factual counterparts that give it its weight. We’ll discuss the Society for Psychical Research, with a special focus on the lovely Edmund Gurney; and learn how none other than Mr. Mark Twain inspired his lifelong quest for answers regarding, the Phantasms of the Living.


danliftGuest Storyteller: Daniel Foytik

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William James and psychical research: towards a radical science of mind – Feb 19, 2013

Dead Men Talking: Evidence of Post Death Contact and Continuing Bonds – Aug 02, 2016

Atrium – Issue 6 – Northwestern

Phantasms of the Living Volume I by Edmund Gurney

Phantasms of the Living Volume II by Edmund Gurney

Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death – Trevor Hamilton

The Death Of Jean by Mark Twain

Mark Twain manuscript reveals author’s pain at losing his daughter | Books | The Guardian

Haunted Mark Twain House Museum

Mark Twain’s Curiosity About Spiritualism Focus Of New Exhibit – Hartford Courant

Mark Twain – “The Spiritual Seance”

What Dies? Eternalism and the Afterlife in William James by Jonathan Bricklin – Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research – Vol 7 – December 2016

The Mind of Edmund Gurney by Gordon Epperson

Normal to feel the presence of the dead by Ingrid P. Nuse – Science Nordic – October 6, 2016

Academy for Spiritualism and Consciousness Studies – Biography of Edmund Gurney

The Skeptic’s Dictionary – Leonora Piper

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death by Deborah Blum

Mark Twain after losing his daughter: To me she was but treasure in the bank; I did not know she could go away – Consolatio

Mark Twain House – Twain’s Children

Continuing bonds from a discourse analytic perspective by Justyna Ziółkowska – Polish Psychological Bulletin

Cicero on Divination

Martyr and Confessor Gurias of Edessa

LENORE by Göttfried August Bürger

The Myth of Aphrodite and Adonis

Greek Sources of an English Ballad: “The Return of the Dead Brother” and “The Suffolk Miracle” – K. Mitsakis Comparative Literature Studies

Famous Ghost Stories: Legends and Lore By Brian Haughton

Hallucinations By Oliver Sacks

Seeing Things? Hearing Things? Many of Us Do – NYT

Hallucinations of Loss, Visions of Grief By Ronald Pies, M.D.

Six in ten grieving people ‘see or hear dead loved ones’

The Ghost in the Machine Published in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research – Vic Tandy

the line from Burger’s ‘Lenore'”

Street Ballads in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Ireland, and North America … By David Atkinson, Steve Roud

The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles By John Jacob Niles

English and Scottish Ballads, Volume 1 edited by Francis James Child

Ghost Stories: Visits from the Deceased – Scientific American

Ghost Lusters: If You Want to See a Specter Badly Enough, Will You? – Scientific American






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