Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.5.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 5, 2018

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“One could proceed here on the assumption that if ESP occurs in nature, it does so more than once. If is a human ability, even an uncommon one, then by observing carefully the times when with some likelihood it is operating, the true aspects should add up, and the mistakes of individual memory, observation, etc., should, in effect, cancel out. By this method of treatment, a validity based on numbers could be given the material.”

— Louisa E. Rhine, Hidden Channels of the Mind, p21 (William Morrow & Co., 1961)

– Upcoming Events –


Thursday, November 8th, 2018 – Altered States: Mediums, Mambos, and Michael Jackson – 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

November 12th, 2018 – The Southwark Council will host an evening of talks, storytelling and discussion on the history of psychical research in the early 20th century at the Union Theatre in London  – Haunted Histories: War, Spiritualism and the Occult:

November 13-16, 2018 – the Institute of Noetic Sciences is hosting The Dreamwork Summit, a free online event featuring a global gathering of leading dreamwork experts, noted psychology professionals, and inspirational authors:

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

January 31st, 2019 – The London Fortean Society will host, Methods from Madness: Magic, Ghosts and Experimental Psychology.  Experimental psychologistDr Matt Tompkins will mix storytelling and magical scientific demonstrations to explore how scientists, past and present, have approached the study of illusion:  https://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/2018/11/methods-from-madness-magic-ghosts-and.html

March 29-30th, 2019 – Registration has opened for the 2nd International Congress of Health and Spirituality, hosted by the Núcleo de Pesquisa em Espiritualidade e Saúde (Nupes), Faculty of Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora:

May 10th-12th, 2019 – The 2019 Conference of the Open University Psychological Society will focus on the topic of 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 –

Neil Dagnall, Ken Drinkwater & Harvey Irwin, located at the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care within Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), invite participants to take part in an online survey exploring the nature and formation of beliefs: https://mmu.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3EOsWmiWxHoQZRr?fbclid=IwAR3X5opRu1RMG00WtIUhHFVYTckY1nhvFoB4Tc3zF1fFls4TWLyQL92GKmY

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 –

Ghostly Echoes Aboard the ‘Grey Ghost’ – Bryan Williams invites us to consider the haunting of the R.M.S. Queen Mary (Psychical Research Foundation): https://www.psychicalresearchfoundation.com/single-post/2018/10/31/Ghostly-Echoes-Aboard-The-Grey-Ghost

The latest edition of Godfrey’s Almanack looks at the fascinating history behind the peculiar art and practice of ghost-seeing – Reveries of Ghost Land:

A recent YouTube upload features two short clips of Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) pioneers Sarah Estep and Klaus Schreiber from a 1992 episode of the TV show Sightings titled Ghosts:




Ghosts in the Machine: Why Moaning Spirits Are Probably Just in Our Heads – Brain World Magazine has a recent feature on experimental neuroscience’s current understanding of hallucinations: https://brainworldmagazine.com/ghosts-machine-moaning-spirits-probably-heads/

BBC Radio 4 features another angle on Ghosts in the Machine with an investigation into the EVP phenomenon:

The University of West Georgia‘s parapsychology program, lead by Christine Simmonds-Moore, was recently featured on a seasonal episode of Georgia Detours, an ongoing series produced by Georgia State University and Georgia Public Broadcasting (Note: UWG segment starts at approximately 21:53):

Paranoid or ParanormalMusee Magazine offers us another – Brief History of Spirit Photography:  http://museemagazine.com/features/2018/10/31/paranoid-or-paranormal-a-brief-history-of-spirit-photography 

Composer/medium Rosemary Brown claimed to channel classical music’s greats – Érico Bomfim, a Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University,  has dedicated his research to tackling the enduring mystery of her ghostly compositions (CBC News): https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rosemary-brown-composer-channels-ghosts-1.4885588

On the latest New Thinking Allowed episode, host Jeffrey Mishlove talks with Terje Simonsen, PhD, author of Our Secret Powers — Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition — A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal (Pari Publishing, 2018):

From Parlor Tricks to Primetime: The Dead Maidens blog features a new article on – Fame, Gender, and the History of Ghost Hunting: https://deadmaidens.com/2018/07/11/from-parlor-tricks-to-primetime-fame-gender-and-the-history-of-ghost-hunting/ 

Are We Living Quantum Time Machines? – Harvey Bishop brings us the third part of his exploration into recent works by Eric Wargo, Dean Radin and Mitch Horowitz:

Ecuadorian news outlet Diario Extra has a new interview with Caroline Watt, director of the Koestler Parapsychological Unit at the University of Edinburghhttps://www.extra.ec/buena-vida/parapsicologia-ciencia-estudio-informacion-experimentos-CA2453172

The Regina Leader-Post has a recent ‘local arts’ feature that takes us – Inside the Mind of a Channeler:

“Schrödinger’s Bacterium” Could Be a Quantum Biology Milestone – A recent piece in Scientific American looks at experimental results related to placing living organisms in a state of quantum entanglement: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/schroedingers-bacterium-could-be-a-quantum-biology-milestone/

Parapsychology Foundation Research Fellow, Nancy Zingrone looks back on the past year with – The Parapsychology Foundation’s YouTube Project, Another Year On: https://parapsychology.org/the-parapsychology-foundation-youtube-project-another-year-on/

– Papers of Note –

Parapsychology Foundation Research Fellow, Carlos Alvarado has a new blog post that contextualizes the importance of Dr. Etzel Cardeña paper The Experimental Evidence for Parapsychological Phenomena: A Review, which was published this year in American Psychologist (Parapsychology Foundation):

Helen F. Stuart and Hannah Frances Green: The Original Spirit Photographer – Felicity Tsering Chödron Hamer (History of Photography Journal): https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03087298.2018.1498491

The Interpretation of Independent Agents and Spiritual Content in Dreams – Andrew Paquette, King’s College, London (Journal of Dream Research):

–  Books –

Ingo Swann’s overview of human psychic potentials, Psychic Literacy and the Coming Psychic Renaissance, is now available on Amazon (eBook and paperback). This posthumously published includes a special Introduction by the late Colin Wilson and an afterword by Dean Radin:

My Lots Are In Thy Hands – Sortilege and its Practitioners in Late Antiquity (Brill, 2018):

–  Doctor’s Advice –

“To say is it real or not real, it’s real to the person and it may very well have some kind of ostensible existence…it’s very nuanced, and sometimes I think we’re talking about different things – from our initial analysis of our survey data, it looks like there’s a family tree of ghosts, and they might have different etiologies.”

– Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, during an interview for GSUTV’s Georgia Detours


– Featured Sounds –

Transcendigitalism –  A compilation of Esoteric Drones (Silent Records, 2017) –a collection of drone-based works conceived and recorded in altered states of consciousness. These tracks were part of a CD that accompanied the publication of Sustain//Decay: A Philosophical Investigation of Mysticism and Drone Music (Void Front Press, 2017)


– Featured Photo –


American parapsychologist Louisa E. Rhine CA. 1914 (Photo: Anonymous/Wikipedia)

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