Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.12.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 10, 2018

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“While visual imagery is implicitly assumed to be primary in psi perception tasks, it was clear from the discussions that non-visual impressions, including kinesthetic, auditory and olfactory images, are of equal or greater importance to psi percipients.”

— Marilyn Schlitz, Esalen Meetings on Psi Research, Parapsychology Review Vol. 15, No. 6, Nov-Dec 1984, p10 (Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.)

– Upcoming Events –

Monday, 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:

Friday, November 16th, 2018 – The Rhine Research Center hosts Loyd Auerbach for a talk on what he’s learned about finding “good” psychics and mediums. In the session, he covers how to best assess whether the readings you might get do provide psychic or spirit related information, whether the practitioner is making more observations than having psychic perceptions, or even whether the practitioner might be psychic at all, connecting with spirits, or is a fake (On site and Online):

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – The Arlington Institute’s Transition Talks series will host Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. (MAJ, US ARMY, RET), founder of Remote Viewing Instructional Services,  for a presentation on the history of remote viewing and a power exploration of the practical applications of refined extrasensory sense:

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – Loyd Auerbach will return to The Rhine Research Center for an Advanced Ghost Hunting Workshop focused on helping field researchers improve their investigation techniques (On site and Online):

Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – The Grupo Uninter (Brazil) will host a Symposium on Anomalistic Psychology and Science of Religions (Simpósio De Psicologia Anomalística E Ciência Das Religiões):

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 – The Society for Psychical Research will host Dr. Simon Duan as he presents a brief historical account of Psi research in China, including a critical review of some key experiments, findings, implications, problems and proposed theoretical models to explain Psi:

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 Themes:

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 – The Arlington Institute’s Transition Talks will host a presentation by Arlington Institute founder, futurist John L. Peterson, focusing on emerging signs and trends that may indicate we are watching as – A New World Emerges: The Outline of a New Way of Living:

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 Manitoba:

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

February 7th, 2019 – The Society for Psychical Research will host Dr. Matthew Colborn for a lecture exploring G.N.M. Tyrell’s proposed a theory of apparitions as ‘idea patterns’ generated by the brain by an unknown agency in light of recent neuroscience discoveries that shed light on Tyrell’s idea. Colborn’s talk will also takes a fresh look at ‘transmission’ theories of the brain:

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:

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 –

A Spanish language questionnaire has been added to the University of Northampton After Death Communication study being conducted by Dr. Callum Cooper:

The English language version is available here:

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: 

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‘:

The Parapsychological Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 62nd Annual PA Convention in Paris, France:


– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

RNG Results from the U.S. Election Day Meditation Hosted by the Institute of Noetic Science
 (Chart and analysis courtesy of Bryan J. Williams, Psychical Research Foundation)

(November 7th, 2018) Here’s the preliminary graph showing the data from the 9 RNGs that were actively running in the U.S. during the five-minute silent meditation organized by IONS during the mid-term elections held yesterday in the U.S. Although some modest & short-lived trends can be seen, the result is largely ambiguous, being consistent with the kinds of noise fluctuations we should expect to see occurring in purely random data by chance (Chi-Square = 936.14, 900 df, p = .196, associated z = 0.855).


Again it is important to emphasize…that this meditation event had a relatively short time-course, and that the effect sizes we commonly find in field RNG analyses like this are quite small (even on the statistical level), and so one must be cautious about trying to interpret this result too deeply. Typically, it takes many repeated measures of the same kind of event before one can start to reliably gauge whether a hypothesized “group consciousness” effect is present or not, and so again, we should probably regard this exploration as being done for curiosity’s sake, more than anything.

The Windbridge Institute‘s November Newsletter is out – featuring Psi in the News, the interactive website for Julia Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung’s recent book, The Premonition Code The Science Of Precognition How Sensing The Future Can Change Your Life (Watkins Publishing, 2018), and new research on Datasets as Vectors for Intention:

Antoine Jérusalem, Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford brings us up-to-date on the current state of non-invasive neuro-modulation technologies (World Economic Forum):  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/11/mind-control-ultrasound-neuroscience

Do you believe in ghosts? – Chris French (Goldsmiths London) joins Mobeen Azhar on BBC Sounds for a lighthearted discussion of the paranormal:

Chapman University’s recent survey of American fears includes a sub-set of questions related to – Paranormal America 2018:



Super-Empaths Are Real, Says Science – According to VICE News, new research has suggests that 1 to 2 percent of the population may struggle to differentiate between their own bodily feelings and other people’s:

Computer science researcher, Artem Kazmatch (Oxford University) takes us to the – Limits of prediction: stochasticity, chaos, and computation (Oxford Theory, Evolution and Games Group):

What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? – New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine (New York Times):

Researcher, experiencer, and good friend of Psi in the News, Cherylee Black is featured on a recent episode of the Where Did the Road Go podcast for a discussion on – Psychic Research, Out of Body Experiences and More:

Paul Tritschler (Lowestoft Sixth Form College) explores the cognitive and experiential possibilities of ‘negative capability’ (Aeon Magazine):

Is the Universe Conscious? Astronomer Bob Berman explores the possibility in his weekly column for Hudson Valley One:


– Papers and Journal Issues of Note –

The full summary report from the Scientific and Medical Network Galileo Commission can be found here – Science Beyond a Materialist World View: Towards a Post-materialist Science:

The abstracts are now available for the Workshop der Wissenschaftlichen Gessellschaft zur Forderung der Parapsychologie (WGFP – October 2018):

Exceptional experiences reported by scientists and engineers – Helané Wahbeh ND, MCR; Dean Radin, PhD; Julia Mossbridge, PhD; Cassandra Vieten PhD; Arnaud Delorme PhD – EXPLORE, Volume 14, Issue 5, September 2018, Pages 329-341:

Researchers are finding out why a partial loss of vision can lead to hallucinations (Research Digest of the British Psychological Society):

Your native language affects what you can and can’t see (Research Digest of the British Psychological Society):

Belief: Problems and Pseudo-Problems – Jason N Blum – Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 86, Issue 3, 23 August 2018, Pages 642–664:

A Non-Secular Anthropocene: Spirits, Spectors and Other Nonhumans in a Time of Environmental Change – Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene Working Papers, Vol. 3:

The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals:


–  Books and Reviews –

Volume 2 of Ed May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha’s comprehensive Star Gate Archives series is now available – The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972-1995. Volume 2: Remote Viewing, 1985-1995 (McFarland, 2018):

Angelic Intervention in the First World War – Watkin’s Publishing blog features an article from Dr. Leo Ruickbie (Society for Psychical Research) on the subject of his new book, Angels in the Trenches. Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural (Little, Brown and Co., 2018):

Jenny Randles reviews Eric Wargo’s critically acclaimed new offering, Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious (Anomalist Books, 2018) (Magonia Review):

The Supernatural as Natural, Healthy, and Banal – The Los Angels Review of Books features a long form analytical review from Dr. Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) on Clay Routledge’s recent publication, Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World (Oxford University Press, 2018):

Public Parapsychology invited guest writer/blogger Lori Scoby provides a lay person’s impression of Julia Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung’s new book, The Premonition Code:

A Fascinating New Book Explores the Eerie Connection Between Tech and the SupernaturalGizmodo’s futurist focused blog io9 talks with Peter Bebergal about his recently published book, Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018):

–  VIDEOS  –

Dr. Etzel Cardena (Lund University) joins Dr. Bernie Beitman, MD for a fascinating discussion on the Connecting with Coincidence videocast:

Pam Coronado, psychic detective, shares her insight, perspective and experiences involving the use of psychic abilities applied while solving crimes and finding missing persons

Jeremy Michael Bloxsom has uploaded more great ITC history – this is footage from a 1999 news report centered around Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) – featuring video footage and audio clips from several of the earlier ITC pioneers:

Dr. Julia Mossbridge (Institute of Noetic Sciences) explains why she thinks controlled precognition is a useful practice and steps through another Controlled Precog session using the free Positive Precog Training Site:

Eminent People open to Psychic Phenomena (A Documentary by Dr Keith Parsons)

From Edison’s invention of the phonograph through contemporary sound installation, field recording, and experimental film, artists have become attracted to those domains against which music has always defined itself: noise, silence, and environmental sound. Christoph Cox argues that these developments in the sonic arts are not only aesthetically but also philosophically significant, revealing sound to be a continuous material flow to which human expressions contribute but which precede and exceed those expressions.

– Featured Sounds –

PsiSong: Living Life with Gratitude Meditation (Windbridge, 2016) – Mark Bocuzzi, executive director at the Windbridge Research Center, has been experimenting with converting experimental data into visual and auditory forms (see his Soundcloud profile for more info!) – today’s featured track is a software generated soundscape that he created based on REG data collected while an on-line group focused on “Gratitude“:

– Featured Photo –

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Custom PsiForm image from the Windbridge Institute – Intention: “To Be Always Seeking Wisdom”  – for more on PsiForms and Mark Bocuzzi’s innovative approach to data visualization – see: http://windbridgeinstitute.com/art/


–  Doctor’s Advice –

“Descriptions of the lives of some great psychics show that they share no single obvious common factor like sex, intellectual brilliance, asceticism, or spiritual devotion. This raise the problem of whether there are psychological concomitants of the psychic personality.

Research in the laboratory and observations of psychics suggest that there are. (…) This gives solid grounds for hope that as research continues, it can predict with increasing exactitude both the conditions when a particular person will have more or less psychic success and also what particular individuals will have most success under the conditions best for them.”

– Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler, The Psychic Personality – Psychic Explorations: A Challenge to Science, p 94 (Perigee Books, 1974

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Special thanks to the Society for Psychical Research, Paul H. Smith, Cherylee Black, Mark Bocuzzi and Jeremy Michael Bloxsom for links included in this edition – and a huge and humbled thanks to all of those who have offered donations to support this ongoing Psi in the News series – your appreciation is greatly appreciated!

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