James McClenon describes a years-long sociological investigation of a sitter group that witnessed table movements, table levitations, poltergeist phenomena, earthquake effects, and other startling physical events. The group was known as the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT), founded in 1961 by John G. Neihardt, the famous poet and author of the best-selling book Black Elk Speaks. SORRAT hoped to replicate Spiritualist phenomena to increase scientific understanding of psychokinesis (mind over matter).
James McClenon, Ph. D., is a retired sociology professor and licensed clinical social worker. His research involves shamanic practitioners throughout Asia, haunting/poltergeist cases in the USA, surveys of anomalous experience in the USA, China, and Japan, and the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT).