A New Look at Ghostbusters,
Flying Phones and Floating Beds
“Michael Clarkson got to the next millennium before the rest of us . . . His research and theories on the powers of the human mind and on the fight-or-flight system and its amazing, mysterious powers are well ahead of his time.” – “The Amazing Kreskin,” mentalist and TV star
A prolific author and award-winning investigative reporter, Pulitzer Prize-nominated Michael Clarkson has come up with an intriguing look at an old subject. His new book is The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-Depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances.
A poltergeist is a disturbance or energy with bizarre physical effects of paranormal origin that suggest mischievous or destructive intent, such as breaking or moving objects and loud knocks or noises.
Reviewing 75 cases and interviewing hundreds of witnesses, paranormal experts, law enforcement officers, psychologists and skeptics, Clarkson reveals some spine-tingling results:
The typical poltergeist case involves a young person from a repressed home who is going through puberty. He or she may have epilepsy, which produces recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, a state in which gravity is temporarily suspended. A respected former Princeton University scientist believes he has proven in laboratory experiments that psychokinesis exists and that poltergeist cases are probably true. This rare energy may be part of a person’s fight-or-flight system, which is hardwired into everyone and can erupt in certain conditions.
Among other compelling incidents that occurred during Clarkson’s investigations, he obtained the only interview with a young man thought to have caused a poltergeist incident that affected an entire shift of police officers.
Clarkson wrote, “Although I try to remain neutral, it is difficult not to arrive at some conclusions. I suspect that poltergeists or at least a type of poltergeist energy exists. Something is going on that seems to defy the laws of physics . . . . if we are too quick to dismiss cases, we might miss some intriguing stories and theories on the edge of science.”