Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.26.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 26, 2018

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“Behind every visible, more immediate energy and force are, so to speak, ten that are invisible.”

– Ingo Swann, Psychic Literacy and the Coming Psychic Renaissance (Swann-Ryder Productions, 2018)

– Upcoming Events –

December 1-4, 2018 – The World Psychiatric Association will host the International Congress in Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry 4th Global Meeting in Spirituality and Mental Health in Jerusalem:

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 – The University of London School of Advanced Study Institute of Historical Research will host a talk titled Blood ties. Stigmata and society in Britain and Ireland, c.1800-1945  from Dr. Kristof Smeyers looking at the role of the supernatural in modern religious history in the British Isles:

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 psychologist Dr 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:

April 27th, 2019 – The Society for Psychical Research will host a tribute to the life and work of Guy Lyon Playfair, full details to be announced:

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

May 23rd, 2019 – The Society for Psychic Research will host a talk by Sandy Edwards on Healing in a Hospital; Scientific Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health:

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 –

Online Study of Morphic Resonance Using Chinese Characters – from The Public Parapsychology blog –  Dr David Vernon from Canterbury Christ Church University, in collaboration with Dr Glenn Hitchman and Prof Chris Roe from Northampton University, are conducting research into aspects of morphogentic learning using Chinese characters.

The study takes just 10-15 minutes to complete and to take part all you need is to be a native English speaker and not able to speak or write in any dialect of Chinese.

The Templeton World Charity is inviting proposals for inter-disciplinary research that will work towards Accelerating Research on Consciousness:

There is a Call for Proposals from the Fourth Transpersonal Research Colloquium to be held September 30-October 1, 2019 in Paris, France. The theme of this years colloquium is – Transpersonal Research: Engaging the Transformative Dimensions of Consciousness in Research: https://www.academia.edu/37808189/Transpersonal_Research_Colloquium_Paris_Sept_2019_Call_for_Papers

There is a Call for Proposals from the Trans- States Conference to be held September 13-14, 2019 at the University of Northampton. The theme for this year’s conference is – The Art of Revelation:

For those ages 55-90, if you have symptoms of depression or other mood disorders, and you’d like to try an experimental meditation smartphone app being developed by the Institute of Noetic Science as a treatment, please go to this survey to see if you’re eligible for the study:

If you have had an NDE, shared-death or after-death experience that you would like to share in the monthly column of our blog ILLUMINATING , please submit it for consideration to theuniversityofheaven@gmail.com

CFP – ‘Magic and Supernaturalism Today, Religions Special Issue – Dr. Randall Styler (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) is seeking articles that explore particular contemporary supernaturalist communities and practices, that reflect on the potency of labeling specific practices and beliefs as magical, and that consider the broader cultural dynamics at work in supernaturalism in the contemporary world:

The Society for the Academic Study of the Supernatural mailing list is intended as a place to share news and information relating to the study of the ‘supernatural’, broadly defined. You can subscribe by visiting the webpage at:

A Spanish language questionnaire has been added to the University of Northampton After Death Communicationstudy 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 –

The Pew Research Center has released their findings on Where Americans Find Meaning in Life:

Results from a recent study indicate that To Predict the Future, the Brain Has Two Clocks (Neuroscience News)

Solving a Cold Case – Michael Prescott offers a summary of a famous “drop-in communicator” case from Iceland:

Holy Spirits: The Power and Legacy of America’s Female Spiritualists (Shondaland)

Where do experimental findings on possible quantum effects in biological systems fit in with new research into how Spotting Nature’s Own Evolution of Quantum Tricks Could Transform Quantum Technology (Phys.Org):

Tycho Brahe’s Psychic Dwarf – When any one was ill at Hveen, and the dwarf gave an opinion as to his chance of recovery or death, he always turned out to be right (Bess Lovejoy):

The Experiments Are Fascinating. But Nobody Can Repeat Them – Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University, on the replication crisis in science (The New York Times)

If You Love Research, Academia May Not Be For You – Dutch figures show just how little time professors get for their own research. It may be easier to pursue your intellectual interests outside the university system (Times Higher Education):

At The Edge Of Belief With Maverick Historian Jeffrey Kripal (To the Best of Our Knowledge):

Scientists Determine Four Personality Types Based on New Data – Recent research at Northwestern University using comprehensive data analysis may dispel established paradigms in psychology (Eureka Alert):

Canal Saúde da Fiocruz entrevista com Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Professor Associado de Psiquiatria da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – UFJF, onde dei uma panorama geral sobre espiritualidade e ciência: conceitos, história, pesquisas, aplicações na saúde, NUPES etc.

A recent blog post from the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomenon asks Why Aren’t Ghost Sightings More Common? http://www.assap.ac.uk/newsite/articles/Paranormal%20blog.html#NOV212018

Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial (Public Domain Review):

Are categorization and analogy making central to thinking and cognition? Assaad Moawad explores The Conceptual Arithmetics of Concepts (Towards Data Science):

Controlling Nightmares with Lucid Dreaming (New York Magazine):

To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future (Quanta Magazine):

The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome –  Unexplained brain injuries afflicted dozens of American diplomats and spies, the New Yorker asks, what happened?


– Papers and Journal Issues of Note –

A Survey Exploring Synesthetic Experiences: Exceptional Experiences, Schizotypy, and Psychological Well-Being. Simmonds-Moore, C. A., Alvarado, C. S., & Zingrone, N. L. – Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.  (Advance Online Publication)

Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Children’s Past-Life Memories. Marieta Pehlivanova, Monica J. Janke, Jack Lee & Jim B. Tucker, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine –International Journal of Sexual Health:

Methodology in Research on the Rainbow Body: Anthropological and Psychological Reflections on Death and Dying. Francis Tiso (Pontifical Gregorian University) – Journal of Religion and Health:


–  VIDEOS  –

Investigating Psychic Surgery with James McClenon (New Thinking Allowed):


After the NDE: Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences (IANDS):


The Strange Case of Runki’s Leg (A Documentary by Dr Keith Parsons)


Diane Corcoran, Ph.D., Colonel USA (Ret) on Near-Death Experiences in the Military (IANDS):



– Featured Photo –


Institute of Appliecd Consciousness Technologies: I-ACT co-founders Nanci Trivellato and Wagner Alegretti at the CONFERENCE ON FEAR, at Fernando Pessoa University, in Oporto, Portugal. The conference gathered selected speakers from different area to discuss the prevalent, complex, and multifaceted fear in our times. (Photo and caption courtesy of I-ACT)



–  Doctor’s Advice –

“The most mysterious phenomenon in the universe is human consciousness. Despite our best efforts to understand it, its essential nature remains an enigma.”

– Larry Dosey, M.D., foreword to William Braud’s Distant Mental Influence: Its Contributions to Science, Healing, and Human Interactions (Hampton Roads Publishing; Russell Targ Editions edition, 2003)

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