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The Parapsychology Revolution: What A Century Of Psychical Research Reveals About The Powers Of The Mind

For generations, academic research into ESP, telepathy, precognition, retrocausality, telekinesis, and global consciousness has produced repeatable, rigorously juried statistical evidence of extra-physical and extra-sensory powers of thought.

The case is closed: intelligence is non-local, causative, and capable of spanning beyond boundaries of ordinary senses, distance, and time.

In this digital evening, historian of alternative spirituality and popular voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz explores the extraordinary implications of parapsychological findings. Current understandings of the mind, Mitch argues, are reshaping our conception of what it means to be human as much as Darwinism did during the Victorian era. What does this mean for you as a twenty-first century seeker and thinker?Mitch examines the formation of modern parapsychology, its incontrovertible strides, its parallel insights to ancient traditions such as Hermeticism, and considers the evidence—both for and against—its data. He explores how psychical research interplays with the fields of

quantum mechanics, string theory, inter-dimensionality, placebo studies, and neuroplasticity to open a new window on humanagency.

“Thought itself,” Mitch argues, “is a demonstrable force. It is possible that in our generation we may no longer need ritual and ceremony to externalize thought. The very understanding that thought possesses causative and extra-physical qualities may be enough to help us navigate and use it.”

The Parapsychology Revolution provides you with a new estimate of human nature—and of yourself.

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Radical Spirits: How The Occult Shaped Progressive Politics

Atlas Obscura is excited to present a lively and intellectually vibrant presentation, with PEN Award-winning historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz (“Solid gold”—David Lynch), who will explore the little known historical ties between alternative spirituality and radical politics!

During this 90-minute online experience, Mitch will take you on an extraordinary journey to discover the shared roots of alternative spirituality and progressive politics. You’ll meet America's first female presidential candidate (dubbed “Mrs. Satan” in the press); discover the remarkable ties between Spiritualism, seances, and liberatory movements; understand the esoteric references in the talks of pioneering Black nationalist Marcus Garvey; and trace the thought connections between occultist Madame H.P. Blavatsky, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. This is real history that opens a new window on our shared past and present—and reveals how occult spirituality and protest politics have often grown together.

Online Event

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

7pm ET

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Empire Of Mind

Do thoughts shape reality? PEN Award-winning historian and popular voice of esoteric ideas Mitch Horowitz explores the proposition that thoughts are causative—and reveals wholly new dimensions of the history and meaning of an idea that can reshape our conceptions of ourselves. Mitch considers the question of mind metaphysics from its ancient expressions in Hermeticism up through popular spiritual methods and the challenges of today’s scientific frontiers. He delivers a radical and persuasive new understanding of the extra-physical dimensions of thought. 

Online Event 

Friday, November 12, 2021

9pm ET

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Modern Occultism: From Hermeticism To Today—History, Theory, And Practice

Join historian and occult scholar Mitch Horowitz for a 12-week course exploring the history and practice of modern occultism.

 

The course meets weekly Aug 4–Oct 20 from 8–9:30 p.m. ET—REGISTRATiON IS STILL OPEN WITH FREE MAKEUP LINKS.

 

Mitch presents a lively, intellectually serious historical and practical exploration of modern occultism. This twelve-week course provides a comprehensive overview of the ideas, people, movements, and practices that shape our concepts of the esoteric today—and what they offer the contemporary seeker.

  • Each class is presented live with ample time for questions and exchange.

  • On-demand viewing is available for missed classes; all registrants receive complementary links to rewatch favorite sessions or makeup classes.  

  • No background reading is required but helpful supplementary books include Mitch’s Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea, and The Seeker’s Guide to the Secret Teachings of All Ages.

  • Click the registration link to view full syllabus, welcome video, and a free dialogue between Mitch and esoteric scholar Richard Smoley.