Letters & Essays
Oxford Forum Publications
All books are available from Amazon UK.
Please note that we have had to raise our prices for books sold on Amazon US and Amazon Canada because of an increase of over 50% in UK overseas postage rates, which unfortunately is not reflected in Amazon’s shipping allowance.
Charles McCreery presents a theory of out-of-the-body experiences according to which they are a manifestation of sleep. He argues that the subject of an OBE is in stage 1 sleep, often in the form of a brief 'microsleep' episode.
McCreery discusses a number of electrophysiological studies carried out on OBEs, including his own work on inducing OBEs in the laboratory, carried out at Oxford University's Department of Experimental Psychology.
In the final two chapters McCreery shows how his theory of OBEs can be extended to provide an explanatory model of psychosis.
THE CORPSE AND THE KINGDOM
Celia Green's latest collection of thoughts on society, and its evolution, will delight her fans — while no doubt irritating teachers, doctors, social workers and other bien pensants.
Green forcefully rejects the idea of the benevolent state, and expresses scepticism about a range of ideas that are taken for granted in contemporary ideology.
The Corpse and the Kingdom contains a number of new aphorisms, a literary form to which Green's acerbic wit is particularly well suited.
LETTERS FROM EXILE
A collection of letters and essays written by Celia Green during the period 1990 to 1999, containing trenchant analyses of education, collectivised medicine, and modern ethics. The final section of the book introduces a provocative and original distinction between tribal and territorial morality.
"I don't doubt that she is a genius."
THE ABOLITION OF GENIUS
An analysis of the relationship between genius and money.
Charles McCreery proposes the controversial thesis that the possession of a private income, either by the genius or by his or her patron, has been a necessary condition of the productivity of the great majority of geniuses throughout history.
His analysis is illustrated with many instructive, and sometimes surprising, examples.
"This is a courageous, well-argued and timely book."
THE IDEOLOGY OF THE ELITES
In The Ideology of the Elites, Fabian Tassano dissects, via a series of concise essays, the intellectual foibles of the political and cultural elites. He exposes contradictions and dishonesties, and reveals an ideology purportedly egalitarian and open-minded, but covertly elitist and intolerant.
ADVICE TO CLEVER CHILDREN
Reflections on education, religion and the human predicament.
"Young people wonder how the adult world can be so boring. The secret is that it is not boring to adults because they have learnt to enjoy simple things like covert malice at one another's expense. This is why they talk so much about human understanding. It has a certain rarity value in their world."
"Celia Green has written an important and mentally stimulating book which goes far beyond its title."
"What this aggressive, stimulating book does is to make us face up to some of the polite fictions we have come to accept."
Institute of Psychophysical Research, reissued by Oxford Forum
extract: Chapter 23 – Belief in Society
extract: Chapter 24 – Centralisation
A devil's dictionary for the twenty-first century, and a guide to analysing the ideology often hidden behind contemporary culture.
"Delightfully dissects the language of modern egalitarianism and political correctness."
"A marvellous counterblast against the psychobabble emanating from the politically correct pseudo-intellectuals who now infest British academia."
MEDIOCRACY: the eBook
THE POWER OF LIFE OR DEATH
A book which argues against medical paternalism and suggests that the increasing power given to doctors to give or withhold treatment represents a dangerous infringement of individual liberty.
"A terse, clear, incisive, intellectually first-class study of the growing power of doctors and of the lack of effective checks upon the too easily concealed but surely numerous abuses of that power."
"His view goes straight to the medical jugular."
"Tassano presents hair-raising case studies ... his book is a timely polemic."
Duckworths, reissued by Oxford Forum
THE HUMAN EVASION
An attack on the way of thought of modern man, revealing the patterns of prejudice underlying his most cherished opinions. Surveying the whole field of contemporary thought, the author finds the same disease at work in modern Christianity as in theoretical physics. Trenchant, provocative, controversial, and brilliantly funny.
"A brilliant exposition of the human predicament."
"A subtle and sustained attack on contemporary ways of thought."
"Refreshing ... so much sparkle."
Hamish Hamilton, reissued by Oxford Forum
online: The Human Evasion in Slovenian (PDF)
THE LOST CAUSE
Foreword by Professor Howard Robinson
The concept of causation enters into many fields of philosophy. This analysis has been written with special reference to philosophy of mind, but is of general relevance.
"Celia Green has succeeded in bringing together considerations from a wide range of disciplines: philosophy, obviously, but also psychology, neuroscience and fundamental physics, making skilful use of her own empirical investigations ... most impressive."
"A worthwhile reminder of the various problems which surround the physicalism which currently dominates the philosophy of mind. ... Green does a good job of exposing the dogmatic underpinnings of current materialism, adherence to which makes mental causation seem deeply problematic."
Celia Green & Charles McCreery
Hallucinations are usually thought to be a feature of abnormal mental states, but evidence suggests they occur more widely.
Apparitions is an analysis of two hundred first-hand accounts of experiences in which individuals appeared to see people or things that were not really there.
Authors Green and McCreery propose the radical theory that some, or even all, apparitions are "metachoric" — meaning that not just the apparitional figure, but the whole of the visual field, is temporarily hallucinatory.
"An excellent piece of documentation, soberly treated, and well worth reading."
Hamish Hamilton, reissued by Institute of Psychophysical Research