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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.19.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 15, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
11.19.18
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“Sometimes I think that the ultimate goal of physics is not so much to understand how forces interact within the universe as much as to understand if those forces are real…being able to understand ‘how real is reality’…”

– Italian astrophysicist Massimo Teodorani, author of The Hyperspace of Consciousness (Elementa, 2015)

– Upcoming Events –

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 – Goldsmiths University of London will host Owen Davies (University of Hertfordshire) for a presentation on Spirits on the First World War battlefields: Explorations in religion, psychical research, and popular belief:
https://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=11847

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):
https://www.uninter.com/extensao/eventos/i-simposio-de-psicologia-anomalistica-e-ciencia-das-religioes/

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:
https://www.rsp2019.org/

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:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=117&fbclid=IwAR2QOCCcDFRkjW57kWWoevVNnKa3Mf5ZtLNVQ9TqyvuSbW5Gu9K3-DjTtSI

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:
https://www.aiprinc.org

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:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3621949

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:
https://lib-umanitoba.libcal.com/event/3451594

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:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=116&fbclid=IwAR2Tna4uUIUzqMJM5kejYlN1hLI6ze7R0roWkmMe4AaAnDXJKC_IVWTBcW4

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:
https://www2.ufjf.br/noticias/2018/10/30/abertas-inscricoes-para-2o-congresso-internacional-de-saude-e-espiritualidade/

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:
https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch

 

– Research Requests and Calls for Papers –

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:
https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/magic

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:
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/ACADEMICSTUDYOFSUPERNATURAL

A Spanish language questionnaire has been added to the University of Northampton After Death Communication study being conducted by Dr. Callum Cooper:
https://northampton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/spanish-adc-questionnaire

The English language version is available here:
https://northampton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/adc-questionnaire

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, France:
https://parapsych.org/articles/0/464/2019_pa_convention_call_for_papers.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1uBiq3cjvmczqAIj8UlYyc66Y8cCSAMx89U0iXl3wCv3v4h7UqON0mREI

 

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

BBS Radio, the station that airs the Forever Family Foundation’s Signs Of Life Radio every Thursday, has been destroyed in the fires that ravaged Paradise, California. The owners of the station were able to escape the fire and are now recouping. At this time, Signs of Life Radio will not be airing until further notice.
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Sad-News.html?soid=1101364020344&aid=Vh57mwMYJFA

Meaningful Messages – Utilizing important messages from current research and clinical communities along with insights from Windbridge Certified Research Mediums, Dr. Julie Beischel, director of research at the Windbridge Research Center, has developed a meditation-type deck of 48 cards that provides a non-treatment-based means for continuing loving, inspiring relationships with deceased loved ones:
https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/meaningful-messages-cards

According to a research team led by Dr. Kim Innes (West Virginia University School of Public Health), meditation and listening to music may help to alter biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss (Neuroscience News):
https://neurosciencenews.com/alzheimers-music-aging-10183/

The Near-Death Experience: Diagnosis and Treatment Of a Common Medical Syndrome – John C. Hagan III, editor for Missouri Medicine: The Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, revisits a series of peer-reviewed articles on NDEs that appeared in the journal in 2015 and lead to the publication of the medical textbook, The Science of Near-Death Experiences (Clinical Oncology News):
https://www.clinicaloncology.com/Current-Practice/Article/11-18/The-Near-Death-Experience/53189

Human evolution is still happening – possibly faster than ever –  Laurence D. Hurst Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at The Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath, joins The Conversation for a look at how current technological and environmental changes may be speeding up human evolution:
https://theconversation.com/human-evolution-is-still-happening-possibly-faster-than-ever-105683

Could consciousness all come down to the way things vibrate? Tam Hunt, Affiliate Guest in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara joins The Conversation for a look at new research into the role of resonance in consciousness studies:
https://theconversation.com/could-consciousness-all-come-down-to-the-way-things-vibrate-103070

Why Study Mediumship? Lisette Coly, president of the Parapsychology Foundation and granddaughter of famed 20th century trance medium Eileen Garrett, revisits the work of Edward Carpenter, who played a major role in shaping Garrett’s understanding of her abilities:
https://parapsychology.org/why-study-mediumship/

Scientists and Engineers Have Paranormal Experiences Too! Greg Taylor at The Daily Grail presents an overview of a recent publication from Helane’ Wahbeh, Dean Radin, Julia Mossbridge, Cassandra Vieten and Arnaud Delorme:
https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/11/scientists-and-engineers-have-paranormal-experiences-too/

Sleep Paralysis: A Personal Odyssey into an Apparently Paranormal Experience – Heidi Love provides a details examination of her sleep paralysis experiences for Skeptic Magazine:
https://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/sleep-paralysis-personal-odyssey-into-an-apparently-paranormal-experience/ 

Psychology Studies Only Cover 15% of the Global Population – The vast majority of what we know about human psychology and behavior comes from studies conducted with a narrow slice of humanity — college students, middle-class respondents living near universities, and highly educated residents of wealthy, industrialized, and democratic nations – leading researchers to ask – How Should We Define Normal? (Inverse):
https://www.inverse.com/article/50952-psychology-studies-only-cover-15-percent-global-population

Is time travel revolutionizing our understanding of manifestation, healing the past, and ESP? Harvey Bishop concludes his three part series – Are We Living Quantum Time Machines?
https://www.harvbishop.com/are-we-living-quantum-time-machines-part-3/

Dominican retreat leader blurs line between life and afterlife – An article from Catholic San Fransisco highlights how Fr. Nathan Castle is bringing applied mediumship into a Catholic context with his self-published book Afterlife, Interrupted: A Catholic Priest Explores the Interrupted Death Experience (Fluid Creations, 2018):
https://catholic-sf.org/news/dominican-retreat-leader-blurs-line-between-life-and-afterlife

The Future of Meditation Research, Recommendations for Expanding the Field of Contemplative ScienceThe Institute of Noetic Science is hosting a self-study eLearning course featuring a series of lectures by experts in the field of meditation research suggesting potentially fruitful areas for expanding the science of meditation.:
https://elearning.noetic.org/courses/future-of-meditation-research

Pseudo-Skepticism: A Case Study – Michael Grosso responds to Joe Nickell’s review of  The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 ), which appeared in Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 42.4 (July/August 2018):
https://consciousnessunbound.blogspot.com/2018/11/pseudo-skepticism-case-study.html

Nickell’s review can be read at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website – Secrets of ‘The Flying Friar’: Did St. Joseph of Copertino Really Levitate?:
https://www.csicop.org/si/show/secrets_of_the_flying_friar_did_st._joseph_of_copertino_really_levitate

The Space Less Traveled: The Story of Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell – Filmmaker’s Antares Davis and Cameron Jutte have started a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary based on the life and work of Edgar Mitchell:
https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/tslt?fbclid=IwAR0m9Lf_rnwro9fhAnRZtYtJA_25paz_BHh3OteRDTTsqCKkS1nBscMKUog#story

Transformation Through Dying: The aftermath of near-death experiences – Steve Taylor (Leeds Becket University) provides an overview of striking long-term effects of Near Death Experiences (Psychology Today):
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/201811/transformation-through-dying

Psychic Powers at Play in Poker? Psi power or selective memory, professional poker player Ashley Adams weighs the odds for Poker News:
https://www.pokernews.com/strategy/psychic-powers-at-play-in-poker-32636.htm

Conjuring up the dead: Helen Duncan and her ectoplasm spirits – Charlotte Hodgman, deputy editor for BBC History Magazine, takes a look at Spiritualist and medium Helen Duncan, “one of the 20th century’s most famous show-women.” (History Extra) https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/helen-duncan-scotland-witch-ectoplasm-spirits/

Telepatia com cães, coelhos, papagaios… e outros estudos curiosos da Fundação Bial (Telepathy with dogs, rabbits, parrots … and other curious studies of the Bial Foundation) –  https://observador.pt/especiais/telepatia-com-caes-coelhos-papagaios-e-outros-estudos-curiosos-da-fundacao-bial/

 

– Papers and Journal Issues of Note –

Spiritually Transformative Experiences of Mediums. William Everist – Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 5-49, nov. 2018:
http://tjics.org/index.php/TJICS/article/view/23

Response Bias in Research on Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health: A Critical Review of the Literature and Methodological Recommendations. Everton de Oliveira Maraldi – Journal of Religion and Health:
https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s10943-018-0639-6

Methodology in Research on the Rainbow Body: Anthropological and Psychological Reflections on Death and Dying. Francis V. Tiso – Journal of Religion and Health, 2018:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10943-018-0733-9?fbclid=IwAR0gu46gg91WoRGV24tkUZtqiWZEQrjJiyW-8JZcAOnjuRaH9ksgGJOf-OE

How psychiatrists think about religious and spiritual beliefs in clinical practice: findings from a university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. Maria C. Menegatti-Chequini, Everton de O. Maraldi, Mario F.P. Peres, Frederico C. Leão and Homero Vallada – Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, ahead of print Epub, Nov 08, 2018:
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-44462018005009102&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en&fbclid=IwAR0dPdq8suvkZKHxhUQ1CCJEbZfTG_KyOVl77Jyb3wuKw9nGUhZKLnXzHcU

Body in Ritual Space: Communication through embodied practices in religious ritual. Eva Kundtová Klocová – doctoral thesis. Masaryk University Faculty of Arts Department for the Study of Religions:
https://is.muni.cz/th/in8hx/Body_in_ritual_space.pdf

Observer Effects on Quantum Randomness: Testing Micro-Psychokinetic Effects of Smokers on Addiction-Related Stimuli. Markus A. Maier and Moritz C. Dechamps – Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 265–297, 2018:
http://www.scientificexploration.org/docs/32/jse_32_2_Maier.pdf

 

–  Books, Excerpts and Reviews –

JOTT. When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens – Robert Charman reviews Mary Rose Barrington’s new book for the Society for Psychical Research:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/jott-when-things-disappear-and-come-back-or-relocate-and-why-it-really-happens-mary-rose

Dr. Leo Ruickbie is posting excerpts from his new book Angels in the Trenches Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural During the First World War at:
https://angelsinthetrenches.com/1913/

Visualizing Intention: Art Informed by Science, by Mark Bocuzzi, executive director of the Windbridge Research Center, is available for free as a digital publication at the Windbridge Institute website:
http://windbridgeinstitute.com/vibook/

Diabolical Possession and the Case Behind The Exorcist An Overview of Scientific Research with Interviews with Witnesses and Experts by Sergio A. Rueda, with foreword by Stanley Kripnner (McFarland Books, 2018):
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/Diabolical-Possession-and-the-Case-Behind-The-Exorcist/

 

– New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

The Global Consciousness Project (GCP):
https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/global-consciousness-project

Gladys Osborne Leonard (Trance Medium):
https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/gladys-osborne-leonard

 

–  VIDEOS  –

Apparent ESP in Psychotherapy – Dr. Jim Carpenter discusses incidences of apparent ESP events during psychotherapy sessions at a recent talk for The Rhine Research Center:

 

 

 

Stargate Revisited – Ed May joins Jeffrey Mishlove on The New Thinking Allowed to revisit his role as  director during the U.S. Stargate Remote Viewing  program and discuss some of the insights into psychic functioning he’s gained through his research:

Third Eye Spies – Russel Targ joins Jeffrey Mishlove on The New Thinking Allowed and reviews the history of his work at SRI International, developing the remote viewing protocol for use by the CIA and various intelligence agencies:

 

– Featured Sounds –

Hypnoscapes (Totemtag, 2016) – an ambient composition from Massimo Teodorani, dedicated to ‘alternate dimensions’ of existence:

 

– Featured Photo –

–  Doctor’s Advice –

“All of my conclusions (about Psi) come from the laboratory.”

– Dr. Jim Carpenter, author of First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life

Psi in the News is a service brought to you by the Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative – with a focus on COLLABORATIVE – if you have updates, events or relevant links that you would like included in our next edition please feel free to get in touch with us using the contact link in the sidebar!

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Special thanks to the Society for Psychical Research, Paul H. Smith, Cherylee Black, Mark Bocuzzi, Jeremy Michael Bloxsom and Nemo C. Mörck 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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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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PSI IN THE NEWS
11.12.18
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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:
https://www.southwark.gov.uk/events-culture-and-heritage/12440/3531/12440

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:
https://noetic.org/blog/communications-team/unveiling-exploring

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):
https://ymlp.com/zQvPou

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:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3621938

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):
https://ymlp.com/zQvPou

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):
https://www.uninter.com/extensao/eventos/i-simposio-de-psicologia-anomalistica-e-ciencia-das-religioes/

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:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=117&fbclid=IwAR2QOCCcDFRkjW57kWWoevVNnKa3Mf5ZtLNVQ9TqyvuSbW5Gu9K3-DjTtSI

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:
http://www.aiprinc.org

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:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3621949

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:
https://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

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:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=116&fbclid=IwAR2Tna4uUIUzqMJM5kejYlN1hLI6ze7R0roWkmMe4AaAnDXJKC_IVWTBcW4

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:
https://www2.ufjf.br/noticias/2018/10/30/abertas-inscricoes-para-2o-congresso-internacional-de-saude-e-espiritualidade/

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:
https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch

 

– 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:
https://northampton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/spanish-adc-questionnaire

The English language version is available here:
https://northampton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/adc-questionnaire

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, France:
https://parapsych.org/articles/0/464/2019_pa_convention_call_for_papers.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1uBiq3cjvmczqAIj8UlYyc66Y8cCSAMx89U0iXl3wCv3v4h7UqON0mREI

 

– 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).

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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:
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/–Psi-in-the-News–Do-Data-have-Feelings—and-More-.html?soid=1101979386687&aid=zvr42z3Y8Uw

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:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000wq6

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

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https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/10/16/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:
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/xwj84k/super-empaths-are-real-says-science-mirror-touch-synaesthesia

Computer science researcher, Artem Kazmatch (Oxford University) takes us to the – Limits of prediction: stochasticity, chaos, and computation (Oxford Theory, Evolution and Games Group):
https://egtheory.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/limits-of-prediction/

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):
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/magazine/placebo-effect-medicine.html

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:
http://wheredidtheroadgo.com/show-archive/2018/item/556-psychic-research-out-of-body-experiences-and-more-november-3-2018

Paul Tritschler (Lowestoft Sixth Form College) explores the cognitive and experiential possibilities of ‘negative capability’ (Aeon Magazine):
https://aeon.co/amp/essays/deny-and-become-the-radical-ethos-of-negative-capability

Is the Universe Conscious? Astronomer Bob Berman explores the possibility in his weekly column for Hudson Valley One:
https://hudsonvalleyone.com/2018/09/29/is-the-universe-conscious/

 

– 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:
https://www.galileocommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Galileo-Report-Final.pdf

The abstracts are now available for the Workshop der Wissenschaftlichen Gessellschaft zur Forderung der Parapsychologie (WGFP – October 2018):
http://www.parapsychologische-beratungsstelle.de/downloads/workshop34_WGFP.pdf

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:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830718300119

Researchers are finding out why a partial loss of vision can lead to hallucinations (Research Digest of the British Psychological Society):
https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/11/08/researchers-are-finding-out-why-a-partial-loss-of-vision-can-lead-to-hallucinations/

Your native language affects what you can and can’t see (Research Digest of the British Psychological Society):
https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/11/02/your-native-language-affects-what-you-can-and-cant-see/

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:
https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article/86/3/642/4855748

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:
http://anthropocene.au.dk/fileadmin/Anthropocene/MORE_THAN_HUMAN_vol.3.pdf

The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals:
http://iapsop.com/

 

–  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):
http://a.co/d/3uSkY6Y

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):
https://www.watkinsmagazine.com/angelic-intervention-in-the-first-world-war

Jenny Randles reviews Eric Wargo’s critically acclaimed new offering, Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious (Anomalist Books, 2018) (Magonia Review):
http://pelicanist.blogspot.com/2018/11/time-and-time-again.html

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):
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-supernatural-as-natural-healthy-and-banal/

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:
http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2018/11/for-this-blog-post-public.html

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):
https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-fascinating-new-book-explores-the-eerie-connection-be-1830193026

–  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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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.23.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 23, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
10.23.18
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“That humankind has fallen into the insanity of consensus trance, and lost touch with our true possibilities and functions is a tragedy.”

— Charles Tart

 

– Upcoming Events –

October 24th-28th, 2018 – The Science and Non-Duality Conference will explore The Mystery of Being Humanhttps://www.scienceandnonduality.com/sand18-us/

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 – 6PM-9PM – The University of West Georgia will host the next Bill Roll Lecture – this year UWG welcomes Rhine Center’s Dr. Sally Rhine Feather for a presentation titled J.B. and Louisa E. Rhine’s Lifelong Partnership in Parapsychologyhttps://go.activecalendar.com/westga/event/the-bill-roll-lecture/ 

Friday, October 26th, 2018 – The Institut Metasychique International will host Erlendur Haraldsson (University of Iceland) for a talk on Visions au seuil de la mort et autres phénomènes liés à la fin de vie (Visions on the verge of death and other end-of-life phenomena)http://www.metapsychique.org/conference-de-erlendur-haraldsson-visions/

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Dr. Jim Tucker (University of Virginia School of Medicine) will review 50 years of research into past life memories including details of recent American cases: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-than-the-score-childrens-memories-of-previous-lives-registration-48063872336

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – The Weekend University is hosting the 2nd Science and Spirituality symposium at Birkbeck College, London, with Rupert Sheldrake, Tamara Russel and Steve Taylor: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-and-spirituality-2-tickets-50589372174

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – Loyd Auerbach will be hosting a Spoon Bending Party in Santa Rosa, California which will provide participants opportunities to experience psycho-kinesis first hand:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spoon-bending-party-tickets-51119117657 

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:
https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch

 

– Research Requests –

Dr. Jack Hunter (Newtown College) has an ongoing Permaculture and Paranormal surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TY9T9NF

 

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

The Windbridge Research Center’s October Newsletter is now available: https://mailchi.mp/windbridgecenter/october2018enewsletter

James McClenon joins Jeffrey Mishlove on New Thinking Allowed to discuss the history of the Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis (SORRAT) and McClenon’s own sociological investigation of the group:

 

Journalist Vitali Vitaliev recounts some of the unexpected and often openly bizarre uses of the paranormal in the former USSR – After All: “When all else fails, bring on the extra-sensory perception!” (Engineering & Technology Magazine): https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2018/10/after-all-when-everything-else-fails-bring-in-the-extra-sensory-perception/

The History Channel provides a light counterpoint with a very rough synopsis of the United States parallel research into psi during the Cold War: https://www.history.com/news/cia-esp-espionage-soviet-union-cold-war

The Parapsychology Foundation, Inc. invistes us to Experience the Ganzfeld Experiment with John G. Kruth, executive director of the Rhine Research Center, in a new video uploaded to their official YouTube channel:

 

Magic and science mix in a recent blog post from Massimo Biondi – Tre Articoli Sulla Magia Lucana (Three articles on Lucanian magic):  https://psireport.wordpress.com/2018/10/10/tre-articoli-sulla-magia-lucana/

How Victorian Mansions Became the Default Haunted House (JSTOR Daily) https://daily.jstor.org/how-victorian-mansions-became-the-default-haunted-house/

The Parapsychology Foundation, Inc. has uploaded a video from Canadian archivist Walter Meyer zu Erpen’s PF Lyceum Forum presentation on –  “Ectoplasm: Myth or Reality”:

 

In a recent blog post, Parapsychology Foundation Research Fellow, Carlos Alvarado, introduces us to resources related to the – Historical Views of Mediumship and Pathology:
https://carlossalvarado.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/historical-views-of-mediumship-and-pathology/

The University of Virginia alumni blog has a new post from Dr. Jim Tucker (University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies) with a preview of his upcoming lecture on – The Question of Past-Life Memories:
https://alumni.virginia.edu/learn/2018/10/16/the-question-of-past-life-memories/

 

– Papers of Note –

 

– New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

Charles Tart – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/charles-tart

 

–  Books –

Elizabeth Krohn and historian Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) join host Whitley Strieber on the Dreamland podcast to discuss their recent collaboration – Changed in a Flash: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All http://www.unknowncountry.com/dreamland/changed-flash

Mary Rose Barrington, Vice President, Society for Psychical Research, has a new book out from Anomalist BooksJOTT – When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens:
https://www.anomalistbooks.com/book.cfm?id=102

Leo Ruickbie, Editor, SPR Paranormal Review, has a forthcoming book from Little Brown & Co.Angels in the Trenches – Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural During the First World War:
https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781472139580&fbclid=IwAR1aYC1b1Qv6h5XTceR8FQAHkcW6RXpR1m4MFdkpNkciFf0vWaTBdYPMBVM

In a recent Magonia Review post, Robin Carlile takes a look at Brandon Massullo’s – The Ghost Studies (New Page Books, 2017):
https://pelicanist.blogspot.com/2018/10/ghost-writings.html

Carlile also has a review up for Dr. James Mcclenon’s recent publication based on his SORRAT work –  The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery (Anomalist Books, 2018):
http://pelicanist.blogspot.com/2018/06/engaging-with-entities.html

A recent blog from White Crow Books features an excerpt from Light Changes: Experiences in the Presence of Transforming Light by Annekatrin Puhle Ph.D., which discusses – Electric Light Phenomena Associated with a Dying or Deceased Person: http://whitecrowbooks.com/books/feature/electric_light_phenomena_associated_with_a_dying_or_deceased_person_by_anne

Elizabeth Krohn and historian Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) join host Whitley Strieber on the Dreamland podcast to discuss their recent collaboration – Changed in a Flash: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All http://www.unknowncountry.com/dreamland/changed-flash

 

–  Doctor’s Advice –

“10 out of 10 people will die at some point in their lives.”

– Julie Beischel, Ph.D., Director of Research, Windbridge Research Center

 

– Featured Sounds –

Blue Star Transmissions (Silent Records/DaathStar, 2018) – features an anthology of sound works developed from deep meditation sessions – a “sonic sensorium for exploration of deep seed downloads and inspirations from beyond.”

The cover image features medium Tom Morris in trance (Photographer: Shannon Taggart – Montcabirol, France, 2014):

 

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Psi in the News is a service brought to you by the Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative – with a focus on COLLABORATIVE – if you have updates, events or relevant links that you would like included in our next edition please feel free to get in touch with us using the contact link in the sidebar!

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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.15.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 15, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
10.15.18
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Quiet your mind, and describe the surprising pictures that appear in your awareness.

— Russell Targ

Upcoming Events –

Tuesday, October 16th – Dr. Steven Taylor (Leeds London University) will present a public talk in London on his new book Spiritual Science: Why science needs spirituality to make sense of the world (Watkins Publishing, 2018)https://uk.funzing.com/funz/the-science-of-spirituality-19441

Wednesday, October 17th – Peter Manseau, Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History, will be giving a talk titled The Man Who Photographed Ghosts: A Talk on Technology, Belief and Seeing the Dead at Boston University, based on research for his book The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017): http://www.bu.edu/religion/events/

October 24th-28th, 2018 – The Science and Non-Duality Conference will explore The Mystery of Being Human: https://www.scienceandnonduality.com/sand18-us/

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 – 6PM-9PM – The University of West Georgia will host the next Bill Roll Lecture – this year UWG welcomes Rhine Center’s Dr. Sally Rhine Feather for a presentation titled J.B. and Louisa E. Rhine’s Lifelong Partnership in Parapsychologyhttps://go.activecalendar.com/westga/event/the-bill-roll-lecture/ 

Friday, October 26th, 2018 – The Institut Metasychique International will host Erlendur Haraldsson (University of Iceland) for a talk on Visions au seuil de la mort et autres phénomènes liés à la fin de vie (Visions on the verge of death and other end-of-life phenomena)http://www.metapsychique.org/conference-de-erlendur-haraldsson-visions/

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Dr. Jim Tucker (University of Virginia School of Medicine) will review 50 years of research into past life memories including details of recent American cases: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-than-the-score-childrens-memories-of-previous-lives-registration-48063872336

Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – The Weekend University is hosting the 2nd Science and Spirituality symposium at Birkbeck College, London, with Rupert Sheldrake, Tamara Russel and Steve Taylor: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/science-and-spirituality-2-tickets-50589372174

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/

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

November 9th-11th, 2018 – The Forever Family Foundation will host Mediums Behind The Scenes – The Second Biennial Afterlife Explorers & Mediumship Convention: http://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, 2018 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 Studies, University of Arizona at Tucson will host the 2019 Science of Consciousness Conference in Interlaken – Switzerland:
https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch

Research Requests –

Journal of Exceptional Experience and Psychology Call for submissions: Deadline for the Winter 2018 edition is November 1. JEEP accepts research articles, personal accounts, art, music and basically anything creative on subjectively anomalous experiences. Send your inquiries and submissions to exceptionalpsychology@gmail.com

December 7th-9th, 2018 – The Institute of Noetic Sciences is hosting its third Hackathon,  The Power of the Mind – data scientists from around the world will have the opportunity to collaborate on a project processing data from some of the largest psi databases available – some with hundreds of millions of trials: https://noetic.org/research/hackation

A research group headed by Dr. Cal Cooper (University of North Hampton) is conducting an online survey exploring the experience and impact of After-Death Communications during bereavement: https://northampton.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/adc-questionnaire

Dani Caputi (UC Davis) is recruiting participants for an online mind-matter interaction study of atmospheric turbulence – all are experience levels are encouraged to participate, with special encouragement to experienced meditators. A single session will take 15 minutes, and you may contribute as many sessions as you would like: www.deltaaware.org/weather

News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

The Parapsychology Foundation welcomes its newest Research Fellow, Dr. Jack Hunter: https://parapsychology.org/jack-hunter-ph-d-new-research-fellow/

Mitchell Rabin, host of A Better World, Interviews neuroscientist Julia Mossbridge on Parapsychology & Pre-cognition: http://abetterworld.tv/mitchell-rabin-interviews-neuro-scientist-julia-mossbridge-on-parapsychology-pre-cognition/

On a recent episode of the New Thinking Allowed, Jeffrey Mishlove discusses – The Psychic Seventies with Saul-Paul Sirag: https://youtu.be/F3qg23DgVzs

A recent upload on the EVPMan YouTube page features footage of parapsychologist, Kenneth Bachelor providing analysis of table tipping phenomenon during a seance conducted in the 1980’s: https://youtu.be/bKy9TMZcpOM

Interview with Dr. Gustav Kuhn (Goldsmiths – University of London) – Um dos grandes cientistas do mundo pesquisa mágica e paranormalidade! Entrevista exclusiva (One of the world’s great scientists researches magic and paranormal! Exclusive Interview)https://youtu.be/4hfPJiZ1lhU

The Parapsychological Association has recently partnered with a program called the RoundUp App that allows you to “round up” the change from your debit or credit card purchases for monthly donations to the organization: https://mailchi.mp/parapsych/your-small-change-can-be-a-game-changer-for-the-pa-learn-how-611301

Experiences like hearing voices are leading psychologists to question how all people perceive reality (The Atlantic):
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/hallucinations-hearing-voices-reality-debate/571819/

If your future life can impact your present, as some mind-bending research suggests, do we really have free will or are we ruled by fate? Part 2 of Harvey Bishop’s series on non-linear time: https://www.harvbishop.com/are-we-living-quantum-time-machines-part-2/

Is there a connection between applied psi functioning like remote viewing and synethesia? Maureen Seaburg explores this fascinating topic with Dr. Ed May and Dr. Sonali Marwaha from the Laboratories for Fundamental Research), in relation to their “multiphasic model of informational psi” – Spycraft and Synesthesia (Psychology Today):
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sensorium/201810/spycraft-and-synesthesia

Marilyn Mendoza, Ph.D. (Tulane University Medical Center) explores the phenomena of Terminal Lucidity for Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/understanding-grief/201810/life-s-last-rally-terminal-lucidity

The latest entry of the Psychical Research Foundation blog explores RNG data in relation to an ongoing study focused around a massively-coordinated paranormal group event held annually on National Ghost Hunting Day:
https://www.psychicalresearchfoundation.com/single-post/2018/09/20/Collective-Consciousness-During-the-Worlds-Largest-Ghost-Hunt

Dr. David Clarke (Sheffield Hallam University) has a short blog post on his recent article in The Fortean Times which discusses – Winston Churchill’s interest in strange phenomena:
https://drdavidclarke.co.uk/2018/10/14/churchills-secret-war/

New research suggests a belief in oneness has broad implications for psychological functioning and compassion for those are outside of our immediate circle (Scientific American): https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/what-would-happen-if-everyone-truly-believed-everything-is-one/

Avant-garde theoretical physicist Nick Herbert, co-founder of the Fundamental Fysiks Group, is the focus of a recent article in Scientific American – Chasing the Quantum Tantra: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/chasing-the-quantum-tantra/

Alice M. Gregory (Goldsmiths – University of London) provides a brief overview of psycho-physical correlates to reports of anomalous experience with – What’s Really Behind Sightings Of Ghosts, Demons And Alienshttps://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/whats-really-behind-sightings-of-ghosts-demons-and-aliens/

Your ability to accurately understand your own thoughts and behavior in a given moment can have profound consequences (British Psychological Research Digest):

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/10/03/most-of-us-have-some-insight-into-our-personality-traits-but-how-self-aware-are-we-in-the-moment/amp/

In a recent Psychology Today article, Dr. Steven Taylor (Leeds London University) critiques popular research which claims an uncritical correlation between – Near Death Experiences and DMT:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/out-the-darkness/201810/near-death-experiences-and-dmt

Dr. Kenneth Ring (University of Connecticut, Emeritus) reflects on the personal implications of Waiting to Die, in the second part of his blog series on NDEs and terminal consciousness: https://www.theuniversityofheaven.com/blog/waiting-to-die-essay-two-2

Writing for The Daily Grail, Miguel Romero provides a synopsis of Jacques Vallee’s invited address at the 2018 Parapsychological Association ConferenceThe Software of Consciousness and the Secret (Psychic) History of the World Wide Web:
https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/08/jacques-vallee-the-software-of-consciousness-and-the-secret-psychic-history-of-the-world-wide-web/

You can watch Jacques Vallee’s invited talk, along with other videos from the 61st Annual Parapsychological Association Convention, via the PA’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs3rgEjohpmCPSWZA2k661Q

Military researchers have been testing implants that allow the operator to control drones with thoughts (Big Think): https://bigthink.com/mind-brain/the-u-s-military-is-developing-mind-controlled-drones

More from The Atlantic on technology trends in line with psi research – The Pentagon’s Plans to Program Soldier’s Brains: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/the-pentagon-wants-to-weaponize-the-brain-what-could-go-wrong/570841/

Papers of Note –

The Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology (Summer, 2018 – released September, 2018)

A YouTube video is available of Dr. Steven Taylor’s (Leeds London University) presentation for the 2018 Academy of Spirituality and Consciousness (ASCSI) Aspects of Consciousness Conference – The Future of Psychic Research – Marketing the Science of Psi: https://youtu.be/BeNKmPRDwO8

The International Journal of Latin American Religions has published a paper by Emily Pierini (American University of Rome) on – Healing and Therapeutic Trajectories Among the Spirit Mediums of the Brazilian Vale do Amanhecer:
https://link.springer.com/epdf/10.1007/s41603-018-0054-5?author_access_token=RqlLQkJVhl9d4daPnj-7KPe4RwlQNchNByi7wbcMAY7xn4XWN072FXGgNh7F2FTPg-EG-Nz0zP9PwqI6exyQbGX-5r6yO9E7bA-zXB-KoXWzJrLHtZ-8eB6g19v8QsTeow0dwemMVFDmKSuDeZbfEg%3D%3D

The British Psychological Society Research Digest examines a recent paper published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States – A cartography of consciousness – researchers map where subjective feelings are located in the bodyhttps://digest.bps.org.uk/2018/10/08/a-cartography-of-consciousness-researchers-map-where-subjective-feelings-are-located-in-the-body/

Three papers recently shared on the Mind & Life Institute Facebook Page:

How mindfulness training promotes positive emotions: Dismantling acceptance skills training in two randomized controlled trials: https://mindrxiv.org/hk5gp/

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Mindful movement and skilled attention: https://mindrxiv.org/hsge2/

Inter-brain synchronization in the practice of Tibetan monastic debate: https://mindrxiv.org/f2ept/

New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

Gardner Murphy: https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/gardner-murphy

Mediumship and Pathology: https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/mediumship-and-pathology

Books –

2018 Parapsychological Association Book Award winner: Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience, Dr. David Luke – Muswell Hill Press, 2017: https://www.spr.ac.uk/news/otherworlds-psychedelics-and-exceptional-human-experience

The Premonition Code – The Science of Precognition: How Sensing the Future Can Change Your Life, Dr Julie Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung – Watkins Publishing, 2018: https://thepremonitioncode.com/

Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious, Eric Wargo – Anomalist Books, 2018: https://www.anomalistbooks.com/book.cfm?id=99

Forthcoming – Psychic Literacy and the Coming Psychic Renaissance, Ingo Swann – Swann-Ryder Productions, 2018:
https://twitter.com/EstateIngoSwann/status/1051451639461281792

Doctor’s Advice –

“To my regret, I could never think of a method that was both rigorous and practical for research on the most exciting possibilities suggested by ESP and PK: problems of the basic characteristics of consciousness or of the self. They await the research of others.”

– Gertrude Schmidler, from her personal biography for the Parapsychological Association

Featured Sounds –

Ghost Orchid – An Introduction to EVP: The Parapsychic Acoustic Research Cooperative [PARC], in association with Ash International [R.I.P.] is proud to present the a comprehensive investigation into the paranormal phenomenon of EVP, otherwise known as Electronic Voice Phenomena, through a collection of recordings from the work of English EVP researcher, Raymond Cass, an original member of the Fortean Group.


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Psi Selfie: Dr. Callum Cooper (University of North Hampton) outside the offices of the Society for Psychical Research in London, UK. (Source: https://twitter.com/CallumECooper/status/1049272377614458881)

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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News – 10.08.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 8, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
10.08.18
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“…deep in the structure and quality of human nature there reside supersensory capacities, known of old but temporarily neglected, by means of which man is capable of achieving knowledge of the immaterial world, capable of perceiving events that occur in space-time beyond the reach which science claims for the senses. ”

– Eileen Garrett, Awareness (Helix Press, New York, 1943)

Upcoming Events –

Monday, October 8th – Lloyd Auerbach begins an 8 week online course for the Rhine Research Center, focusing on Investigating Hauntings, Apparitions, and Poltergeists: http://ymlp.com/znseQQ

Thursday, October 11th – Dr. Callum Cooper will give the 2018 Society for Psychical Research Gwen Tate Memorial Lecture, focusing on his research into telephone anomalies with a presentation titled – ‘Dead Ringers or Mistaken Mechanisms?’:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=114

Friday, October 12th – The Rhine Research Center will host an online presentation from Josiane d’Hoop on integrating the teachings of Alice Bailey with the modern art of spiritual living through Esoteric Psychology: htymlp.com/zVmLum

Friday, October 12th – The Tara Yoga Center in Oxford, UK will host Ruper Sheldrake for a presentation on his recent publication Science and Spiritual Practices (Coronet Books, 2018) at The Richard Benson Hall:
https://www.tarayogacentre.co.uk/?event=rupert-sheldrake-science-spiritual-practices-oxford

Thursday, October 25th, 2018 – 6PM-9PM – The University of West Georgia will host the next Bill Roll Lecture – this year UWG welcomes Rhine Center’s Dr. Sally Rhine Feather for a presentation titled J.B. and Louisa E. Rhine’s Lifelong Partnership in Parapsychologyhttps://go.activecalendar.com/westga/event/the-bill-roll-lecture/ 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Dr. Jim Tucker, professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, will review 50 years of research into past life memories including details of recent American cases: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/more-than-the-score-childrens-memories-of-previous-lives-registration-48063872336

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

The Parapsychological Assocation has announced the 2019 dates for its annual convention – on July 4th-6th, 2018 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

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

 

Research Requests –

Art Funkhouser, a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, is researching how NDE experiences might influence dreams. His 10 question anonymous survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L6P6ZSZ

News and Relevant Links –

Ingram Library’s Special Collections at the University of West Georgia recently sponsored a lecture on the paranormal mind by Dr. Derek Lee, the inaugural Ingo Swann Research Fellow: https://www.westga.edu/news/around-uwg/swann-derek-lee.php

Skeptical researcher Tony Cornell discusses his views on séance phenomena and séance mediums in a recently uploaded video featuring footage from a 2002 recording in the  Classic Perspectives Lecture Series developed by the Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.: https://youtu.be/vtHQoER8bXI

Videos from this year’s Supernatural in Contemporary Society Conference (SCSC) at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen are now available: https://www3.rgu.ac.uk/news-and-events/conferences/supernatural-in-contemporary-society-conference-scsc

The Institute of Noetic Science blog features a short article on a recent paper published in the the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research by IONS scientists Helané Wahbeh, Loren Carpenter and Dean Radin. The paper, titled “A mixed methods phenomenological and exploratory study of channeling,” details research conducted with five full-trance channelers in a pilot study at Mt. Shasta, California, in March 2017: https://noetic.org/blog/communications-team/exploratory-study

Nemo C. Morck reviews Terje G. Simonsen’s recent publication, Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition (Pari Publishing, 2018) for the Society for Psychical Research: https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/our-secret-powers-telepathy-clairvoyance-and-precognition-terje-g-simonsen

The late Robert Van de Castle’s 1966 dream research is quoted in a recent article from Paula Cocozza on Night Terrors: What do anxiety dreams mean? (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/oct/03/night-terrors-what-do-anxiety-dreams-mean

The Survival After Death blog offers a Transcription and Translation of Experiements with Uri Geller at Stanford Research Institute:  http://survivalafterdeath.blogspot.com/2018/09/transcripcion-y-traduccion-de-los.html

Parts 1 and 2 are now available for Eric Wargo’s recent appearance on Erik Davis’ Expanding Mind podcast to discuss his publication, Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious (Anomalist Books, 2018):

Eric Wargo on Expanding Mind – Part 1: https://expandingmind.podbean.com/e/expanding-mind-–-time-loops-092718/
Eric Wargo on Expanding Mind – Part 2: https://expandingmind.podbean.com/e/expanding-mind-–-time-loops-part-2-100418/

After reading recent publications from Dean Radin, Eric Wargo and Mitch Horowitz which deal with the possibilities hinted at in contemporary physics and studies of applied psi functioning, progressive New Thought pioneer Harvey Bishop asks – Are We Living in Quantum Time Machines? (Part 1 of an ongoing series): https://www.harvbishop.com/?p=1650

Papers of Note –

Dr. Bruce Greyson (University of Virginia), Surbhi Khanna, and Lauren E. Moore have published a paper, Full Neurological Recovery From Escherichia coli Meningitis Associated With Near-Death Experience, providing analysis of the NDE experience that lead Dr. Eben Alexander to publish his book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/327114472_Full_Neurological_Recovery_From_Escherichia_coli_Meningitis_Associated_With_Near-Death_Experience

For Dr. Alexander’s response to the paper see: http://ebenalexander.com/independent-medical-review-validates-facts/

Charles Edward Andrew Lincoln IV (Boston University) has published a paper looking at The Tax Consequences of a Haunted House:
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3258807

The Law and Magic Blog features a brief abstract related to psychics in probate law – What Ghost Up Must Come Down: The Highs and Lows of Psychic Mediums in Probate Law: http://lpcprof.typepad.com/law_and_magic_blog/2018/10/psychics-in-probate-law.html

Jay Tamplin-Wilson (University of Greenwich) has uploaded a paper on The Real Ghostbusters: To what extent can the available theories account for all of the features of hauntings?: https://www.academia.edu/8414317/The_Real_Ghostbusters_To_what_extent_can_the_available_theories_account_for_all_of_the_features_of_hauntings

Maria Vinod (Maison interuniversitaire des sciences de l’Homme) has a recent paper, published in Oral Traditions, titled The Fairy Seers of Eastern Serbia: Seeing Fairies—Speaking through Trance: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326065338_The_Fairy_Seers_of_Eastern_Serbia_Seeing_Fairies-Speaking_through_Trance

 

New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

Russel Targ –  https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/russell-targ
Unusual Ways of Test for Psi – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/unusual-ways-testing-psi-0
Maroczy Chess – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/maroczy-chess
Ingo Swann – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/ingo-swann
 

Doctor’s Advice –

“It does seem to be true that thinking too hard about retrocausation will create a brain ache. So I recommend limiting retro-pondering thoughts to no more than an hour a day.”

– Dean Radin, Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Science

Featured Sounds –

 

Skinwalker Ranch – a beautiful ambient composition from astrophysicist, Massimo Teodorani, Professore a Contratto di Fisica, Università di Bologna:

 


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DIY Psi-Tech: Oct. 4th, 2018 – Raybun County, GA energy healer, Edd Edwards, and Dr. Ross Dunseath, UVA School of Medicine, on top of Roberts Mountain at the Monroe Institute where they are building a specially designed chamber to measure Edwards anomalous electro-magnetic interactions with more accuracy. (Photo courtesy of Edd Edwards)

Psi in the News is a service brought to you by the Liminal Analytics: Applied Research Collaborative – with a focus on COLLABORATIVE – if you have updates, events or relevant links that you would like included in our next edition please feel free to get in touch with us using the contact link in the sidebar!

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UFO Economics — A quick look at the dollars and cents of Anomalistic Science

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on June 18, 2018

1_gUzvqlyJ2Ci3FKs3nDP7AwTake a brief moment to step outside of any speculations of motive and untoward manipulation or even the reality of the phenomenon itself and let’s get down to what really matters for most folks when we’re talking about anomalous experiences:

How much $MONEY$ can we make on this stuff if we figure it out?

While dollar signs might not spark that idealistic urge to leap into utopian dreams and unknown futures, they do drive research and development efforts and are a hearty incentive for mainstream organizations to start to take a more serious look. Without a clear opportunity for profit it’s almost assured that no dedicated resources will be put into these areas — Col. John Alexander often brings up the other option, frame the anomaly as a defense issue.

Dollars or danger, how do you want your UFO research funded?

Economics has been a powerful lens in the long term analysis that Dr. Andrew Chesnut and I have applied to the global growth of Santa Muerte’s (Saint Death) devotional tradition. Santa Muerte’s interaction with established religious and social organizations follows basic market dynamics which provide insight into the very fundamental elements of how belief interacts with society.

In Chesnut’s early research he was able to discover the surprising size of Saint Death’s devotional tradition through conversations with botanica owners, many of whom admitted that they were in the process of converting as much as 50% of their shelf space to products related to Santa Muerte.*

Tracked over time the ebb and flow of products gives a sense for the ebb and flow of the customers fulfilling their devotional needs at these spiritual supply stores — changes in these products also allow for insights into the changing needs of devotees. Taking this analysis further we can look at wider markets to track the presence of the symbols and imagery associated with Santa Muerte’s iconography and develop contexts in which to better understand the particular nuances and adaptations that occur when the devotional tradition takes root in different social environments.

Having seen rich returns in applying market analysis to la Nina Bonita, join me in taking a small step into looking at some very, very basic UFO economics!

“Now you might ask yourself, what can you prove from a videotape? I mean, you can see videotapes all over the Internet and so on. But this was data fusion. They are gun-camera tapes. There are these videotapes from the pilots, voice recordings, data link recordings from Aegis and many other military platforms, expert witnesses. So, in fact, the data density — and this is what’s changed the field a lot — our detection capability has gotten so advanced that we’re losing our inability to see exactly what’s going on.” — Dr. Hal Puthoff during his address to the joint SSE/IRVA Conference, Las Vegas, 8 June 2018*

While the recent publicity has raised the level of wider attention on this topic — we don’t need any of this robust new data set to start our simple exploration, in fact we can skip back to 1998 and a paper that Jacques Vallee published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration titled, Estimates of Optical Power Output in 6 cases of Unexplained Aerial Objects with Defined Luminosity Characteristics.

In this paper Vallee presents some of the results that have been gained from photo analysis in terms of the physical characteristics of a particular set of UAP sightings. We don’t even need to get too deep in the weeds in the results to do our simple analysis — let’s just look at one particular case featured in the paper — Case №1: August 27, 1956, McCleod, Alberta (Canada) — Classification: MA-1.

Sorry to say — especially for those of you who’ve yet to be enraptured by the hard science behind anomalistic studies — we can also avoid including any of the witness narrative or speculation on the origins of the object — we just need one number, the estimated optical power output for this particular case.

“Maccabee finds a range of 2.5 x 10⁹ W (2,500 megawatts) to 3 x 10¹⁰ W (30,000 megawatts) for the power output within the spectral range of the film. As he rightly points out, however, ‘the total power emitted over all frequencies might be much greater.” — Jacques Vallee, Estimates of Optical Power Output in 6 cases of Unexplained Aerial Objects with Defined Luminosity Characteristics, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 12/№3, Autumn 1998*

If we take these numbers and take an average of $0.15/Kilowatt Hour — or $150/Megawatt Hour ( $2.50/Megawatt Minute) — and we’re cautious and adjust for the possibility that the output is not sustainable — if it is stable for one minute, we have on the high end (30K Megawatt) an object generating $75,000.00 worth of energy per minute. On the low end (2,500 Megawatts) one generating $6,250.00 worth of energy per minute.

Now THAT is something investors can take to the bank, whatever it is — natural, supernatural, super natural, preternatural, paranormal, artificial, multi-trans-or omni dimensional, man made, extraterrestrial, time traveling, or straight from the hollow earth — it’s completely irrelevant if the thing is potentially churning out $75K of energy resources per minute. Then, whatever it is looks like something to put resources into figuring out.

This is the most crude and basic analysis that we could do on the potential profit, but it shows that there is a good possibility UFOs could translate into cold hard dollar signs and that is what will get organizations with serious resources to look at these areas.

Well…wait just a second…that is EXACTLY what has brought serious organizations to look into this phenomenon!

Those late to the game might have a bit of catching up to do!

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