Let me introduce him to you.
Bertrand Méheust was born, as it is written in France, on 12 July 1947, and one of his early complaints to his mother was that he wasn't born three weeks earlier, on 24 June. (Both Méheust and I were raised in poor, working class families.)
Méheust is a researcher and writer in French, who is known as a specialist in Jungian ufology, parapsychology, sociology, and politics. Formerly a professor of philosophy at Troyes, Méheust is now retired. (I was a fulltime university researcher and associate/assistant/adjunct professor in documentary film, anthropology, sociology, and social work. I retired from teaching in 2003.)
Méheust's masters thesis, in 1981, was on William James. He is a doctor of sociology, received in 1997 from the Sorbonne, on animal magnetism. (My masters thesis, in 1978, was on sexism in the professions. I was admitted but never finished two Ph. D. programs, one in social anthropology, one in sociology.)
He is a member of the steering committee of the International Psychic Institute. (I was a founding member/honorary member/life member of the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained and the International Society of Cryptozoology; I am the founder/director of the International Cryptozoology Museum.)
In 1978, Bertrand Méheust wrote his first book (pictured at top), dealing with the question of the anticipation of science fiction of the UFO phenomenon. His mentor was Aime Michel. (Mine were Ivan T. Sanderson, Bernard Heuvelmans, and John Keel.) Méheust's book examined how the authors of the pulp science fiction novels at the beginning of the 20th century presented a phenomenon that would not appear until several years later. One must consider that it was only in 1947 that Kenneth Arnold brought about the modern history of flying saucers.
Méheust's book is regularly cited by skeptics who see a strong argument in favor of a simplistic psychological explanation of the UFO phenomenon. But Méheust's thesis is much more complex. In his book, which was very influenced by Carl Gustav Jung, Méheust defends the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
In 1999, his university thesis, investigating mediums, was published in two volumes (1,200 pages). The book was updated on the controversy surrounding parapsychology, but also psychology. It traces the history of research, theories and concepts that have generated the issue of potential hidden human abilities, since the end of the 18th century.
Georges Bertin wrote of Méheust's work on mediums, that he has "against the irrevocable existential certainty that conscience is inaccessible to any other consciousness, the author will examined historically and sociologically, to consider and discharge, the field of magnetism, the métagnomie and the magnetic lucidity evacuated by rationalism."
Méheust asked both how the phenomena observed and supported on primary properties of the human psyche and how they tie in to culture, observing that, of all the cultures that have integrated and updated this potentiality, Western culture is the only to have opted for the rejection of it.