Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.29.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 29, 2018

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“…whether we emphasize evidence or meaning or something else, it is essential that we learn more about the basic characteristics of psi experiences, to build what Gardner Murphy called a “taxonomy of the paranormal.”

— Rhea A. White, Review of Approaches To The Study of Spontaneous Psi Experiences

– Upcoming Events –

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 – The Old Royal Naval College in London will host Susan Owens, author of The Ghost: A Cultural History (Tate Publishing), for a discussion on Britain’s artists and writers long relationship with the phantasmal, and how changes in ghostly representation may demonstrate deeper cultural changes:

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 – The Scientific and Medical Network will host a launch for the Galileo Commission Report – Science Beyond a Materialist Worldview: https://explore.scimednet.org/index.php/events/event/launch-of-galileo-commission-report-science-beyond-a-materialist-worldview/

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 – The Green-Wood Cemetery Association, in collaboration with the Morbid Anatomy Museum, will host award-winning photographer and author Shannon Taggart for an illustrated lecture featuring original photographs from her 17 year-long exploration of séance, ritual possession and mediumship: https://www.green-wood.com/event/altered-states-mediums-mambos-and-michael-jackson/

November 8th-11th, 2018 – The Mind and Life Institute will host the 2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Researchhttps://iscr2018.org

November 9th-11th, 2018 – The Forever Family Foundation will host Mediums Behind The Scenes – The Second Biennial Afterlife Explorers & Mediumship Conventionhttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef8pr8gi17e65d39&llr=ydrsgxbab

November 10th, 2018 – the Society for Psychical Research will be hosting a  Study Day, chaired by Prof. Adrian Parker and organised by Erica Brostoff, on the topic of ‘Understanding the Uncanny’: https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=115

Saturday, December 8th, 2018: The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research will host a mini-Conference at the North Sydney Community Centre, NSW, featuring Four Lectures on the Afterlife and Related Themeshttp://www.aiprinc.org

Through December 19th, 2018, The University of Manitoba is hosting an exhibit featuring items from their collections relating to spiritualism and psychical investigation, including séances, life after death, dowsing, psychokinesis, automatic writing, Spirit photography and more – Investigation of the Human Psyche: Spiritualist and Parapsychology Collections at the University of Manitobahttps://lib-umanitoba.libcal.com/event/3451594

May 10th-12th, 2019 – The 2019 Conference of the Open University Psychological Society will focus on the topic of parapsychology: https://www.oups.org.uk/events/annual-conference-parapsychology

The Parapsychological Assocation has announced the 2019 dates for its annual convention – on July 4th-6th, 2019 the event will be held in Paris, France to honor the 100th anniversary of the Institut Métapsychique International. With Program Chair Ramsés D’León Macías and Arrangements Chair Mario P. Varvoglis, this event will bring together international researchers at the avant-garde of science: https://www.parapsych.org/section/59/2019_convention.aspx

June 25-28, 2019 – The Collegium Helveticum Zurich and Center for Consciousness StudiesUniversity of Arizona at Tucson will host the 2019 Science of Consciousness Conference in Interlaken – Switzerland:

– Research Requests and Calls for Papers –

The Estate of Ingo Swann has posted an ‘open invitation to anyone who experiences dreams, premonitions, visions about future events‘ to participate in The Prophecy Project database initiative to create a ‘central prophecy registry‘: http://theprophecyproject.com/

The Parapsychological Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 62nd Annual PA Convention in Paris, Francehttps://parapsych.org/articles/0/464/2019_pa_convention_call_for_papers.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1uBiq3cjvmczqAIj8UlYyc66Y8cCSAMx89U0iXl3wCv3v4h7UqON0mREI

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Hunter on being awarded a honorary research fellowship at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Religious Experience Research Centre! https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/research/humanities-lampeter/religious-experience-research-centre-/

Charles T. Tart, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, joins Jeffrey Mishlove for a conversation on – Future Psychenauts (New Thinking Allowed):


Ectoplasm on the Prairies – CBC News has an interactive online exhibit featuring – Images from University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, Hamilton Family Fonds (CBCNews): https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/ectoplasm-on-the-prairies

Can we predict the future? Larry Dossey talks with Kerry Needs about – The Power of Premonitions:


Contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, Kaitlyn Greenidge admits – I Believe in Ghosts (NYTimes): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/opinion/sunday/ghost-stories-haunted-house-halloween.html

‘Tis the season – Popular Photography brings us back to the days When Cameras Captured Ghosts with a look at – The Fascinating History of Spirit Photography (Popular Photography)https://www.popphoto.com/when-cameras-captured-ghosts

Don’t let all these spirits spook you though, according to a recent NewsWeek opinion piece if you believe in ghosts ‘it just might make you a better person‘ (NewsWeek): https://www.newsweek.com/do-you-believe-ghosts-it-might-just-make-you-better-person-opinion-1188876

According to a new study, we trust our fingertips over our eye when it comes to processing ambiguous information (Neuroscience News): https://neurosciencenews.com/reality-philosophy-touch-10080/

Dr. Cal Cooper (University of North Hampton) joins Christina Bucher in conversation about his research and authorship:


Mary Rose Barrington, Vice President, Society for Psychical Research,  joins Rosanna Schaffer-Shaw on the Shattered Reality podcast to discuss her new book – JOTT – When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens:

Psychics, Saints and Scientists – In this 1972 documentary produced by Irving and Elda Hartley, parapsychologist Thelma Moss introduces the field of parapsychology, including interviews with scientists who were active in exploring particular areas of psychical research during that era:


JSTOR Daily takes us back to Captain Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 19th century Arctic journey – When Clairvoyants Searched for a Lost Expedition (JSTOR Daily):  https://daily.jstor.org/when-clairvoyants-searched-for-a-lost-expedition/

The Parapsychology Foundation has uploaded another presentation talk from their October 2016 PF Lyceum Forum event focusing on physical mediumship, this one featuring Dr. Stephen E. Braude on – The Felix Experimental Group: The Mixed Blessings of Mixed Mediumship


– Papers of Note –

Dr. Carlos Alvarado, research fellow at the Parapsychological Foundation, draws our attention to a recent issue of the journal Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice featuring discussions of precognition by various authors:

A recent paper published in Frontiers of Psychology looks at the – Neural Correlates of Gratitudehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4588123/?fbclid=IwAR3mJMT34mxv9LxfV__hAaY7J6lA1KI597E-z5J-voX8TlfEZfBezPNmggo

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice has published a paper from Renaud Evrard, Chloe Toutain, Jacob Glazier, and Pascal Le Maléfan which looks at – The energy of despair: Do near-death experiences have an evolutionary value?http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-53147-001

John Sabol (I.P.E. Research Center) addresses what he sees as an ‘identity’ crisis in contemporary ‘ghost hunting’ with a recently uploaded paper – Trick or Treat: Ideocultural Affordances and ‘Ghost Hunting’ (Academia.edu):

Steve Parsons has published his Guidance Notes for Investigators of Spontaneous Cases. Apparitions, Hauntings, Poltergeists and Similar Phenomena to Academia.edu – these guidelines are distributed by the Society for Psychical Research: https://www.academia.edu/37667002/Guidance_Notes_for_Investigators_of_Spontaneous_Cases._Apparitions_Hauntings_Poltergeists_and_Similar_Phenomena 


– New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

Indridi Indridason – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/indridi-indridason

Robert Monroe – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/robert-monroe


–  Books –

The popular web magazine Boing Boing has a short excerpt from Peter Bebergal’s new book – Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural (Tarcher/Penguin, 2018):

This month Columbia University Press published Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal by David E. Preseti’s (UC Berkeley): https://cup.columbia.edu/book/mind-beyond-brain/9780231189569?fbclid=IwAR3XadTAuWKKxueT1nAhD2PhIHMQ_NRyv8zr2ZuK1GChcYyir5d1dD8cd3o

You can pick up a copy of “Science beyond a materialist world view” by Harald Walach, written on behalf of the Scientific and Medical Network Galileo Commission, for £6.50 (approx. $8.32 U.S.) here:


–  Doctor’s Advice –

“For Dante, the empyrean, far above Earth’s own moon and the planets of the solar system, is the ultimate goal of the human. in order to make it there, however, humans must change. They must become posthuman.”

– Dr. Diana Pasulka, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion University of North Carolina Wilmington, The Prehistory of the Posthuman

– Featured Sounds –

SUBJECTIVE TECHNOLOGY – Subtle Devices for Exploring Nonphysical Landscapes (The Message, 2016) –

“Now is the time for us to begin building a single whole of humanity. Now is the time to develop our nonrational abilities into a “subjective technology,” which will begin the wedding of science and religion, reason and intuition, the physical and the spiritual. This union of head and heart, insight and instinct, will ensure that as science comes to comprehend the nonmaterial aspect of reality as well as it knows the material – that is, as science approaches omniscience – our knowledge will become wisdom, our love of power will become the power of love, and the universal human of cosmic consciousness can then emerge.” – Edgar Mitchell, Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1974)


– Featured Photo –

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Ectoplasm forms on the face of medium Mary Marshall during a seance at T.G. Hamilton’s home. (Photo: University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, Hamilton Family Fonds)


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