A Critical Investigation into Precognitive Dreams: Dreamscaping without My Timekeeper
The precognitive dream is a compelling, real-world phenomenon that still stands outside the purview of orthodox science. It is spoken about anecdotally and has been alluded to time and time again by renowned psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, and other clinicians expounding upon the nature of their patients’ narratives. However, it receives no empirical airtime because it is incommensurable with conventional explanations of human consciousness like the embodied mind hypothesis and with unconscious philosophical attitudes espoused by disciples of an ostensibly irrevocable Cartesian-Kantian account of the cosmos. This volume examines precognitive dream experiences, offering a comprehensive source of integrated information pertaining to their history and overarching features, their potential neural underpinnings, and the implications for consciousness and competing philosophical theories of determinism and non-determinism. It will serve as a useful reference for both researchers and clinicians hoping to gain insight into an age-old, sublime phenomenon.
Paul Kiritsis, PsyD, is an interdisciplinary scholar, poet, professional writer, certified hypnotherapist, and a doctoral graduate in Clinical Psychology. He is an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, USA. His current postdoctoral training experience involves working with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and severe mental illness at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP) in San Rafael, USA. He is also the psychological testing liaison officer for CIP, as well as their primary evaluator for neuropsychological testing. He has authored five other books, including the creative compendium Confessions of a Split Mind (2017) and a work on the intersection of creativity and disorder entitled The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia: The Muse and the Mad Hatter (2019). His diverse academic interests straddle cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, and philosophy of mind at one end of the spectrum and esotericism, comparative religion, history, and mythology at the other.
"While the marketplace is saturated with plenty of books on dreaming, dream interpretation, and interpretation of symbols and artifacts that are present in dreams, Kiritsis’ book is unique in that the focus is specifically on the study between events, objects, people, conversations, etc. that people have reported having dreamt about, with a later manifestation of the same phenomena in waking, day-to-day life. Kiritsis has dedicated his research to such precognition dreaming, and the resulting book, without doubt, provides a unique, well-researched academic study of this most interesting of windows into the human psyche."
Jonah Meyer The US Review of Books, April 2020
"Dreams about future events have been a source of speculation for millennia. In his book A Critical Investigation into Precognitive Dreams: Dreamscaping without My Timekeeper, Paul Kiritsis summarizes what is known and what is speculated about this fascinating topic. Kiritsis writes in a reader-friendly manner, but does not refrain from addressing the key issues involved, whether they be the role of coincidence or the debate between free will and determinism. Even if you think you know this subject matter well, you are bound to discover historical events, research results, and anecdotal material that you never knew existed."
Stanley Krippner, PhD Co-author, Dream Telepathy; co-editor, Varieties of Anomalous Experience
"Paul Kiritsis’ A Critical Investigation into Precognitive Dreams: Dreamscaping without My Timekeeper dances between scholarly research and playful storytelling of anomalous phenomena and extraordinary dreams. Kiritsis addresses a fascinating subject with engaged enthusiasm and descriptive acuity that both informs and entertains. The subject of extraordinary precognitive dreams is not often addressed this deeply, with chapters that cover significant ground in science, philosophy, astronomy, and the human mystery. If you are interested in a scientific conversation about dreams, time, space, and paradoxes, all with creative artwork demonstrating the ideas Kiritsis shares like a passionate discussion in a coffeehouse without laptops, the first chapters of this book will not disappoint. Finally, Kiritsis presents his own (2014) quasi-experimental investigation (n=15) into precognitive dreaming. After discussing personal vs. collective types of precognitive dreams, he gives examples of participants’ dreams alongside their waking life notes. These dreams and Kiritsis’ discussion around their potential levels of precognition (excellent, good, or average) are rich and interesting to consider. At the end of the book he sends his readers off with final thoughts about precognitive dreaming and the tension between fate and free will. In addition to critical investigation, this book is also a creative resource to add to the growing body of extraordinary dream literature."
Angel Morgan, PhD President, International Association for the Study of Dreams
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