EXPLORING THE OUTER EDGES OF SOCIETY AND MIND

Films for a New Age – Experiments with Uri Geller (1973)

Posted in > BLACK CADILLAC REVIEW by David on December 29, 2018

In the course of research I ran across this lovely advertisement from the Institute of Noetic Science offering universities and scientific research organizations the opportunity to rent the film created during the Stanford Research Institute experiments involving Uri Geller:

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Noetic News – The Newsletter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Vol. 1, Issue 1, November 1973 (1)

Just imagine (or remember) – there was a time when you had to be associated in some way with a university or research center, send a $100 deposit, wait for IONS to get your deposit, wait for IONS to process the request, wait for the film to come, arrange for a projector and room to watch the film and then send it back to IONS – rather than simply typing Uri Geller into a search engine and watching the footage at will:

 

Experiments with Uri Geller (Stanford Research Institute, 1973)

Now imagine what would happen if the ‘Geller Effect’ hadn’t been defused and tempered through a multi-decade campaign of organized skepticism:

“From the very beginning of Mr. Uri Geller’s appearance in Europe and the United States, strange phenomena have been reported by various individuals who witnessed Mr. Geller’s live demonstrations, or saw him on television, or listened to him on the radio. These reports stated that, on following Uri Geller’s instructions, they too were able to bend metal objects simply by stroking them and willing them to bend, without applying any physical force whatsoever. Other reports referred to clocks and watches, which have not been going for many years, starting to “tick” once again without the direct physical intervention of Uri Geller.

The reports also stated that in many instances the metal objects or watches reacted without being touched or stroked, and at a time subsequent to the broadcast or demonstration. It would appear that Uri Geller triggered off an inherent latent psychokinetic ability, on a hitherto unprecedented scale, in the population group that either saw him or listened to him. It is to this phenomenon that one refers as “The Uri Geller Effect.”

At the moment it is not possible to be certain whether the Uri Geller Effect is due to the psychic ability of Mr. Uri Geller alone or to the arousal of latent psychic powers within the individual who experiences the Uri Geller Effect.”(2)

(1) http://www.ebdir.net/enlighten/ions_newsletter_vol_1_no_1_11_1973_h.pdf
(2) The Uri Geller Effect, E. Alan Price, M.D. (South African Institute for Parapsychology, Johannesburg) https://www.urigeller.com/scientific-paranormal/the-geller-papers/the-uri-geller-effect/

Note: Link to the video for Experiments with Uri Geller courtesy of James Iandoli (Engaging the Phenomenon)

 

 

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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.


Featured Photo –

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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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The Mystery of Squaring the Circle – Exploring sacred geometry and alchemical transformation with Scott Olsen

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on February 20, 2014

The ancient mystery of squared circle geometry reveals a hidden key to the holographic self-similarity displayed throughout the cosmos and nature. This has been encoded in tombs, pyramids, temples, cathedrals and canons of human proportion. We intend to solve the Hermetic puzzle “As above, so below; and as below, so above” through the role of the geometric mean, as cryptically alluded to by Plato in his Timaeus. The resulting proportional symmetry binds together all parts of Nature with each other and the Cosmos itself.

Our goal is to demonstrate the seemingly impossible resolution of various dichotomies, i.e. continuous/ discontinuous, incommensurable/ commensurable, immaterial/ material, wave/particle duality, and the mind/ body problem. In the end we are taking head on the greatest philosophical problem of all: the One & Many problem. In so doing, we will propose an alchemical fusion that may well lead to transformative states of consciousness.

For this illuminating course, Scott Olsen, author of The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret, and Professor of Philosophy & Religion at the College of Central Florida, has gathered together some of the leading thinkers in the field of sacred mathematics. He will be joined by co-host David Metcalfe, editor of Reality Sandwich’s “Limitless Mind.” As anyone who participated in last year’s Evolver course, “Sacred Geometry Explained,” already knows, Scott and David are wonderful teachers who translate the complex concepts of sacred geometry into clear language with concrete examples, to help you understand and integrate the astonishing potential of this too-little-known field.

5 Successive Wednesday Sessions, beginning Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sacred Geometry and Alchemical Transformation: the Mystery of Squaring the Circle

Hosted by Scott Olsen and David Metcalfe

8 p.m. New York • 5 p.m. San Francisco

Click Here to head over to the Evolver Learning Lab page with more details on the course, including how to sign up for the free introductory session on Friday, February 21st, 2014.

Featured guests include:

● C. Lance Harding, Ph.D.: international authority on canons of human proportion, ancient systems of measurement, temple construction, and sacred geometry; mentored by John Michell and trained by Keith Critchlow at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

● V. Garth Norman: a world authority on ancient calendar systems, archaeoastronomy, Director of Archaeological Research Consultants (ARCON) and author of Izapa Sacred Space: Sculpture Calendar Codex, and The Parowan Gap: Nature’s Perfect Observatory, and an expert on cross-cultural Middle Eastern and Mesoamerican measurement systems.

● Tom Bree: accomplished geometer, musician, musical instrument maker and author, he teaches Christian and Islamic geometric design at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art, is presently working on his Ph.D. on English Gothic cathedral design under Keith Critchlow, and is an expert on the geometry of Wells Cathedral.

● Frank Vedegys: expert mathematician, statistician, and actuarial accountant, who also teaches a variety of esoteric subjects, including the Tree of Life, tarot and astrology; unrivalled expertise in expressing the underlying mathematical principles of Sacred Geometry.

Note: The seminar description was adapted from Scott Olsen’s original description of the course.