EXPLORING THE OUTER EDGES OF SOCIETY AND MIND

Anomalous Americana —  Contemporary tales of strange happenings in the lives of everyday individuals

Posted in > BLACK CADILLAC REVIEW by David on December 6, 2018
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Lexington, GA – Photo: Dominique Joyner

The following selection of items is gathered from the outer edges of contemporary culture. These curated flowers of human experience represent areas that are often unseen or passed over by those who stick to the main roads of the vast American continent — but I think you will find that if you approach them with an open mind they provide a deeper understanding of the joy that can be found in ‘liminal analytics,’ a term used to describe the fine art of exploring the ‘unattended, invisible, and overlooked.’

Erase from your mind history channel dramatizations, inept experts parading through graveyards, television psychics emoting around an asserted haunting, and return to the simple act of storytelling that has always been the center of Fortean investigation. Even the most powerful myths existed first as stories, experiences recounted in a shared word between friends, family and strangers.

With the rise of communication technology it’s easy to miss the importance of mundane encounters. Stories act as a well of meaning where we can sink a whisper of some local memory, shadows playing past events, personal recollections gathered while investigating the borderland between real and imagined. We encounter them every day, meaningful, coordinated incidents measuring a slow rhythm in time, subtle glimpses of a possibility that strange, structured narratives underlie our common lives.

Spending time at Liminal Analytics office, stories seep from the walls louder than karaoke at the local bar down the street. The other night while walking through the alley out back I heard hints of a passionate and unnerving country version of Purple Rain emerging from that bar, proof we’re face to face with the regularity of everyday anomalies here.

In honor of those local memories at the root of any anomaly, here are a few personal recollections from folks I’ve met while traveling the margins of Georgia — stories straight from the mouths of their tellers, ungarnished, translucent tales of strange happenings in the lives of everyday individuals…

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The Circle That David Drew — A Story of Synchronicity (Source: C. Barts, Walton County, GA) –

C. Barts was given the secret of talking out fire from a woman his wife knew so he could heal one of his kids. He lead our office in Pleading the Blood as a protection against malicious spiritual influences when I worked at a charismatic food ministry — and he shared with me this memory while we were talking about just how weird the world really is:

“Growing up, my best friend David, and I had a mutual friend named Brandon. All three of us went to school together, played baseball on the same teams, and went off together on the weekends. We were what most would call pretty tight. We had each others’ back.

As with most friendships at school, David and I went one way and Brandon went another. He and his family eventually moved out of the school district to the other side of the county. While it wasn’t that far, as kids it seemed forever away. All three of us kept in touch as much as possible, but that eventually faded away until communication was almost nonexistent.”

“It had been a little over a year since we had last heard from Brandon. One evening David and I had been out with some friends, and I ended up at his house to crash for the night. At around midnight the phone rings awakening us both from our sleep.

I hear David say,”Hello?”

“Hey man, what’s up? It’s been a long time”.

There was a pause and then he said “Well hang on one second let me get something to write your number on and I will call you back tomorrow”.

I hear some papers shuffling on the night stand in between the two beds as David pulls a high school football program from the pile, the kind with pictures of the players and cheerleaders, and about a million ads from local businesses.

He flips open a page in the dark, writes down a phone number, writes Brandon’s name above it, draws a circle around it and says, “Got it, I will call you tomorrow. Bye.”

The next morning came on fairly uneventful. Around mid-morning David and I were just sitting in the living room watching television when the phone rings.

This time his mom answers from the other room. We here bits and pieces of the conversation and hear more than a few times “Oh, my gosh.”

She hangs up the phone and walks in where we are parked on the couch. She looks pale. With tears in her eyes she whispers, “You’re not going to believe it, but early this morning Brandon was shot and killed by his step father…” and tells us of the proposed funeral arrangements.

We were sitting there in shock when suddenly David bolts up to his room. He emerges with the football program he’d grabbed the night before when Brandon had called. He looks at his mom and says, “He just called me last night…” while shuffling pages looking for his number.

Suddenly a look of terror overcomes David’s face as the book falls to the floor. I say, “David what is it?” and his only reply is “Holy crap!”

I pick up the book and begin to look for the number myself. What I find I can’t believe. There was Brandon’s name and phone number written on an ad page for the very funeral home where his body would lay in rest. The circle that David drew around Brandon’s info also included the exact location, out of many in the county, of the funeral home his service was held at.

All we could do was stare at one another in disbelief.”

Born With A Veil — Apparitional Encounters, Seership and Healing in the Life of a Local Spirit Doctor (Source: Preston, Walton County, GA) –

“I believe in the unknown, because to me not to believe in the unknown is to not believe in God. I can’t see him ‘neither, but I know he’s there and I can see him working.

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I believe in ghosts because my daddy believed in them. He was born with a veil over his face, they say that folks born like that can see things, he used to heal kids with the thrush.

One time we was at the bus stop, and he tell me “Look over there…”

Pointing to a man standing across the street at the other bus stop, he was standing with his back turned to us so you couldn’t see his face. My daddy said “That’s a ghost…”

And I said “Now how in the world can that be a ghost? That’s a man standing there solid as me.”

He said, “Nah, that’s a ghost. You ain’t never gonna see his face, watch…”

So we did, we sat there until our bus come, whole time the man just stands there with his back to us. My daddy he said “Now wait, we’ll let this one pass, we’re going to sit here until his bus come.”

So we did, we sat there until his bus come, still that man never did turn or move. My daddy say “Now watch…”

The lights inside the bus was bright, you know, and I watched, but I never seen him get on the bus. When it drove away, he was gone. Now I tell you I ain’t seen him get on, but he was gone when it left.

We had an apartment in Atlanta, it was up on the second floor. There was a balcony off the back, you know, but no stairs coming up to it. One night I hear something kick at the balcony door and it bust open, and I hear someone screaming “Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh!” real loud, you know. I run out there on the balcony and I’m looking down all over the alley, but I ain’t seen nobody. We was two stories up, now if somebody been there I’d a seen ‘em.

My daddy he come out and said “Boy, just leave it alone. It’s just a ghost, it don’t mean no harm.”

He moved in one place, and they weren’t so peaceful, they threw him out. He seen something there one time, and after that he just left the place and wouldn’t go back in. My sisters had to go get the furniture and all the stuff, he tell them “I ain’t gonna go back, no matter what. They can have the furniture and all the rest, I ain’t messin’ with that.”

When he was a boy they used to bring kids over with the thrush to see him, he blow three times in their mouths and they was supposed to get healed. He told me that it used to work back then. They said peoples born with a veil could do things like that.

I ain’t seen nothin’ like that since he passed. Not that strong, but sometimes you see those things out of the corner of your eye, you see it, feel someone pass, but you look again and there ain’t nothin’ there.”

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He’s the seventh son of a seventh son — Traditional Healing in Oglethorpe County Georgia (Source: Walter McCannon, Oglethorpe County, GA — 2015)

Walter McCannon’s great-great-grandfather, Daniel Webster Paul, was born the 7th son of a 7th son.

Although he died in 1932, people in Oglethorpe County Georgia still remember the miracles that occurred when ‘Doc’ Paul laid hands and prayed.

“They took armchairs like this and they tied sheets between four chairs and laid the baby there, they couldn’t handle it. Every time they’d handled it it would go black and blue. So my grandmother…his grandmother found out about it, she said he was like four or five years old. She said I’m going down there, he’s the seventh son of a seventh son, and said I believe the Lord will take care of this baby. She went and got him as a little bitty boy, and made him sit there and play with the baby, just touching him and all. From that moment when he left from that moment on they could handle the baby and from then on they always knowed, they called him Grandpa Doc, his name was Daniel Webster Paul.

That’s how he got his name Doc.

And I’ve heard my grandfather talk about cutting metal with a chisel, and it flew back on his sister and burnt her arm. And his momma was pretty strict back then, and said “Adam what you done done to Ophelia?” He said, “well I done cut a piece of hot metal and done burned her arm, I’m going to Grandpa Doc’s.” And she said “That’s the thing to do” and he said that’s was the last thing his ma said about that.

And said that when he got there, he would sit there and rub, Aunt Ophelia told me this now, sit there and he said rub and said “If the Lord Jesus was here he’d touch your arm and he’d take all this pain and all out.” And he sat there and rubbed it and next thing you know it, and she showed me, she said you see a scar, and there wasn’t no scar or nothing. Took the fire out of that thing.

There was a guy with warts on his feet, she would talk about that he couldn’t walk and he’d come to school with rags tied on his feet…and all. And she convinced, as a little girl, convinced that school teacher to let the school out one day to go to her Grandpa Doc’s store. He run that old store, and he went over there and he rubbed his feet and everything and lo and behold it cured it right up. There’s just story after story…

Continue your explorations into the back-roads and by-ways of the American Spirit with:

Weeds, Herbs, and Hog Fat: Ed Craft (1913–1996), ‘folk doctoring’ in Sulphur Springs, Texas —  https://davidmetcalfe.wordpress.com/2018/11/08/weeds-herbs-and-hog-fat-ed-craft-1913-1996-folk-doctoring-in-sulphur-springs-texas/

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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.26.18

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

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PSI IN THE NEWS
11.26.18
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“Behind every visible, more immediate energy and force are, so to speak, ten that are invisible.”

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

– Upcoming Events –

December 1-4, 2018 – The World Psychiatric Association will host the International Congress in Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry 4th Global Meeting in Spirituality and Mental Health in Jerusalem:
https://www.rsp2019.org/

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 – The University of London School of Advanced Study Institute of Historical Research will host a talk titled Blood ties. Stigmata and society in Britain and Ireland, c.1800-1945  from Dr. Kristof Smeyers looking at the role of the supernatural in modern religious history in the British Isles:
https://www.history.ac.uk/events/event/17488 

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/

April 27th, 2019 – The Society for Psychical Research will host a tribute to the life and work of Guy Lyon Playfair, full details to be announced:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=119

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

May 23rd, 2019 – The Society for Psychic Research will host a talk by Sandy Edwards on Healing in a Hospital; Scientific Evidence that Spiritual Healing Improves Health:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=118

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 –

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

The study takes just 10-15 minutes to complete and to take part all you need is to be a native English speaker and not able to speak or write in any dialect of Chinese.
https://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2018/11/online-study-on-morphic-resonance.html

The Templeton World Charity is inviting proposals for inter-disciplinary research that will work towards Accelerating Research on Consciousness:
https://www.templetonworldcharity.org/arc

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

There is a Call for Proposals from the Trans- States Conference to be held September 13-14, 2019 at the University of Northampton. The theme for this year’s conference is – The Art of Revelation:
http://trans-states.org/trans-states-2-cfp/

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

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 Communicationstudy 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 –

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

Results from a recent study indicate that To Predict the Future, the Brain Has Two Clocks (Neuroscience News)
https://neurosciencenews.com/brain-clock-future-10233/

Solving a Cold Case – Michael Prescott offers a summary of a famous “drop-in communicator” case from Iceland:
https://michaelprescott.typepad.com/michael_prescotts_blog/2018/11/solving-a-cold-case.html

Holy Spirits: The Power and Legacy of America’s Female Spiritualists (Shondaland)
:
https://www.shondaland.com/live/a23652668/legacy-of-spiritualists/

Where do experimental findings on possible quantum effects in biological systems fit in with new research into how Spotting Nature’s Own Evolution of Quantum Tricks Could Transform Quantum Technology (Phys.Org):
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-nature-evolution-quantum-technology.html

Tycho Brahe’s Psychic Dwarf – When any one was ill at Hveen, and the dwarf gave an opinion as to his chance of recovery or death, he always turned out to be right (Bess Lovejoy):
https://besslovejoy.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/187/

The Experiments Are Fascinating. But Nobody Can Repeat Them – Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University, on the replication crisis in science (The New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/science/science-research-fraud-reproducibility.html

If You Love Research, Academia May Not Be For You – Dutch figures show just how little time professors get for their own research. It may be easier to pursue your intellectual interests outside the university system (Times Higher Education):
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/if-you-love-research-academia-may-not-be-you

At The Edge Of Belief With Maverick Historian Jeffrey Kripal (To the Best of Our Knowledge):
https://www.ttbook.org/interview/edge-belief-maverick-historian-jeffrey-kripal

Scientists Determine Four Personality Types Based on New Data – Recent research at Northwestern University using comprehensive data analysis may dispel established paradigms in psychology (Eureka Alert):
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/nu-sdf091318.php

Canal Saúde da Fiocruz entrevista com Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Professor Associado de Psiquiatria da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora – UFJF, onde dei uma panorama geral sobre espiritualidade e ciência: conceitos, história, pesquisas, aplicações na saúde, NUPES etc.
http://www.canal.fiocruz.br/video/index.php?v=espiritualidade-e-saude-les-1955&fbclid=IwAR1owOm6VHLkBjR-4xg_UaP7p5WPCA0mI3uZXNAR1_am76xETU91kLViqVY

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

Mesmerising Science: The Franklin Commission and the Modern Clinical Trial (Public Domain Review):
https://publicdomainreview.org/2018/11/20/mesmerising-science-the-franklin-commission-and-the-modern-clinical-trial/

Are categorization and analogy making central to thinking and cognition? Assaad Moawad explores The Conceptual Arithmetics of Concepts (Towards Data Science):
https://towardsdatascience.com/the-conceptual-arithmetics-of-concepts-9f3e16d18f90

Controlling Nightmares with Lucid Dreaming (New York Magazine):
https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/controlling-nightmares-with-lucid-dreaming.html

To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future (Quanta Magazine):
https://www.quantamagazine.org/to-make-sense-of-the-present-brains-may-predict-the-future-20180710/

The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome –  Unexplained brain injuries afflicted dozens of American diplomats and spies, the New Yorker asks, what happened?
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/the-mystery-of-the-havana-syndrome

 

– Papers and Journal Issues of Note –

A Survey Exploring Synesthetic Experiences: Exceptional Experiences, Schizotypy, and Psychological Well-Being. Simmonds-Moore, C. A., Alvarado, C. S., & Zingrone, N. L. – Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.  (Advance Online Publication)
https://carlossalvarado.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/synesthesia-and-other-experiences/

Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Children’s Past-Life Memories. Marieta Pehlivanova, Monica J. Janke, Jack Lee & Jim B. Tucker, Division of Perceptual Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine –International Journal of Sexual Health:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19317611.2018.1523266?fbclid=IwAR2eCLGhu3UujD20Y5rpQQFpGaMuWBR31cy9l5GVFmvR7DCHFV_pkOuJJYc&journalCode=wijs20

Methodology in Research on the Rainbow Body: Anthropological and Psychological Reflections on Death and Dying. Francis Tiso (Pontifical Gregorian University) – Journal of Religion and Health:
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10943-018-0733-9?fbclid=IwAR2FMlKpqan_oro4xjxi8NsvhS5_oj4Sc4VCg93VL50rzpXzWvLAGbqAS5A

 

–  VIDEOS  –

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

 

After the NDE: Spontaneous Mediumship Experiences (IANDS):

 

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

 

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

 

 

– Featured Photo –

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

 

 

–  Doctor’s Advice –

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

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

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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

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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 11.5.18

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

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PSI IN THE NEWS
11.5.18
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“One could proceed here on the assumption that if ESP occurs in nature, it does so more than once. If is a human ability, even an uncommon one, then by observing carefully the times when with some likelihood it is operating, the true aspects should add up, and the mistakes of individual memory, observation, etc., should, in effect, cancel out. By this method of treatment, a validity based on numbers could be given the material.”

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

– Upcoming Events –

 

Thursday, November 8th, 2018 – Altered States: Mediums, Mambos, and Michael Jackson – The Green-Wood Cemetery Association, in collaboration with the Morbid Anatomy Museum, will host award-winning photographer and author Shannon Taggart for an illustrated lecture featuring original photographs from her 17 year-long exploration of séance, ritual possession and mediumship: https://www.green-wood.com/event/altered-states-mediums-mambos-and-michael-jackson/

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

November 9th-11th, 2018 – The Forever Family Foundation will host Mediums Behind The Scenes – The Second Biennial Afterlife Explorers & Mediumship Conventionhttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef8pr8gi17e65d39&llr=ydrsgxbab

November 10th, 2018 – the Society for Psychical Research will be hosting a  Study Day, chaired by Prof. Adrian Parker and organised by Erica Brostoff, on the topic of ‘Understanding the Uncanny’: https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=115

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

Saturday, December 8th, 2018: The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research will host a mini-Conference at the North Sydney Community Centre, NSW, featuring Four Lectures on the Afterlife and Related Themeshttp://www.aiprinc.org

Through December 19th, 2018, The University of Manitoba is hosting an exhibit featuring items from their collections relating to spiritualism and psychical investigation, including séances, life after death, dowsing, psychokinesis, automatic writing, Spirit photography and more – Investigation of the Human Psyche: Spiritualist and Parapsychology Collections at the University of Manitobahttps://lib-umanitoba.libcal.com/event/3451594

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

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

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

The Estate of Ingo Swann has posted an ‘open invitation to anyone who experiences dreams, premonitions, visions about future events‘ to participate in The Prophecy Project database initiative to create a ‘central prophecy registry‘: http://theprophecyproject.com/

The Parapsychological Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 62nd Annual PA Convention in Paris, Francehttps://parapsych.org/articles/0/464/2019_pa_convention_call_for_papers.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1uBiq3cjvmczqAIj8UlYyc66Y8cCSAMx89U0iXl3wCv3v4h7UqON0mREI

 

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

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

The latest edition of Godfrey’s Almanack looks at the fascinating history behind the peculiar art and practice of ghost-seeing – Reveries of Ghost Land:
https://godfreysalmanack.org/2018/11/01/issue-10-reveries-of-ghost-land/

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

 

 

 

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

BBC Radio 4 features another angle on Ghosts in the Machine with an investigation into the EVP phenomenon:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000xy9

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

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

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

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

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

Are We Living Quantum Time Machines? – Harvey Bishop brings us the third part of his exploration into recent works by Eric Wargo, Dean Radin and Mitch Horowitz:
https://www.harvbishop.com/are-we-living-quantum-time-machines-part-3/

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

The Regina Leader-Post has a recent ‘local arts’ feature that takes us – Inside the Mind of a Channeler:
https://leaderpost.com/entertainment/local-arts/inside-the-mind-of-channeler-amanda-abelseth/wcm/60a5c29a-8941-4629-95bb-5942ec20e1d1

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

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

– Papers of Note –

Parapsychology Foundation Research Fellow, Carlos Alvarado has a new blog post that contextualizes the importance of Dr. Etzel Cardeña paper The Experimental Evidence for Parapsychological Phenomena: A Review, which was published this year in American Psychologist (Parapsychology Foundation):
http://parapsychology.org/pf-congratulations-dr-etzel-cardena-on-an-important-article-on-parapsychology/

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

The Interpretation of Independent Agents and Spiritual Content in Dreams – Andrew Paquette, King’s College, London (Journal of Dream Research):
https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/IJoDR/article/viewFile/41217/pdf

–  Books –

Ingo Swann’s overview of human psychic potentials, Psychic Literacy and the Coming Psychic Renaissance, is now available on Amazon (eBook and paperback). This posthumously published includes a special Introduction by the late Colin Wilson and an afterword by Dean Radin:
https://www.amazon.com/Psychic-Literacy-Coming-Renaissance/dp/1949214729/

My Lots Are In Thy Hands – Sortilege and its Practitioners in Late Antiquity (Brill, 2018):
https://www.academia.edu/37680145/My_Lots_are_in_Thy_Hands_Sortilege_and_its_Practitioners_in_Late_Antiquity

–  Doctor’s Advice –

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

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

 

– Featured Sounds –

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

 

– Featured Photo –

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

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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Riding the Blurry Borders — The Evidence for Phantom Hitchhikers

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on October 31, 2018

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a dark stretch of road outside of Chicago, in a town called Justice, Resurrection Mary introduced me to the ambiance of the phantom hitch-hiker. I was 16 years old, sitting in the backseat of my friend’s car as we drove down Archer Avenue at midnight. When we hit the darkest part of the road he turned off the lights and let up on the gas, dropping the car down 30 miles per hour under the speed limit. With experimental naiveté we were hoping that such peculiar behavior would increase our chances of meeting a world famous apparition.

The two police officers that pulled us over for reckless driving were less sure of our research methods. Confused, bemused and annoyed, they questioned us for over an hour with indignation at the allure she still held for legend trippers after so many years of her tale being retold. Weiser Books reissue of Michael Goss’ 1984 work, The Evidence for Phantom Hitch-Hikers, gives me the opportunity to pause and reflect on this formative moment in my involvement with applied investigation in the liminal realm. It’s a timely reissue too, as the influence of researchers such as Jeffery Kripal and my friend George Hansen brings greater focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to contemporary anomalistic studies.

Analyzing the phantom hitch-hiker phenomena through the interstices of psychical research and folkloristics, Goss’ methodology implies an important starting point for effective investigation into the night-side of nature. We often make assumptions about common categories like ‘ghost,’ but ask yourself, would you know a ghost if you saw one?

Let go of  believe or disbelieve

As Goss shows in his detailed examination of phantom hitch-hikers, there is a striking difference between folktales or urban legends and personal reports of anomalous experience. If seeing is believing, we should be careful when what we see fits the phantoms found in familiar stories. While there are superficial similarities in terms of experiential themes, i.e. something like encountering an apparition, folktales and urban legends rely on narrative structures and plot developments that are usually missing in reports of anomalous experiences themselves.

An anomalous encounter is, by its very nature, outside of the normal flow of things — they emerge into our view set against the habitual patterns that fashion the narrative of our lives. In Liminality, Marginality, Anti-Structure, and Parapsychology, a paper presented at the 2011 Academy Of Spirituality And Paranormal Studies conference, researcher and theorist George Hansen points out that:

…paranormal phenomena are more likely to occur under liminal and transitional conditions and around liminal and marginal persons than among more ordinary conditions and people.

Generally, those invested in established hierarchies find strongly liminal conditions unpalatable, irrational, and threatening. Thus liminal persons are often marginalized and viewed with some suspicion. (Marginality is a subcategory of liminality, and frequent consequence of it.)

It is not surprising then that catch valves for the maintenance of cultural continuity and status quo, such as academic scholarship and popular media, would foster normalizing approaches to anomalous phenomena like the phantom hitch-hiker, rounding these encounters off in explainable ways.

The mind creates continuity through root structures of information patterning. We see these same structures appear in the artifice of effective storytelling. Good stories stick because they work with the cognitive necessity of pattern recognition. They provide us with a smooth and comfortable movement from introduction of the theme to its conclusion — a person is traveling, encounters a hitch-hiker, they pick them up, hitch-hiker disappears from the car, puzzling over the encounter they later realize that they picked up the hitch-hiker where an accident had occurred, the narrative ends with this revelation which conforms to our need for sensible closure. This sense of closure allows the liminal nature of a liason with an apparition on a lonely stretch of road to be reintegrated into the structure of a culture’s shared worldview.

Anomalous Anomalies

The raw reports collected by researchers lack the strong internal cohesion necessary for this integration — it is only in the urban legend and folk tale that this kind of stock pattern emerges. Psychical researchers usually find that a person encounters an apparition, and…that’s the report.

Over the years it has been possible to collate these reports into specific categories, the apparition looked like a loved one that recently passed away, the apparition was solid, the apparition was misty, and so on, but for the most part no meaningful narrative structure fits the majority of what is reported. Anomalous experiences are just that, anomalous.

As Goss explains in terms of phantom hitch-hiker stories surrounding the Blue Bell Hill area near Chatham England:

the Blue Bell hill phantom may have been either relocated or regional variations on an old, received motif (folklore) or veritable apparitional encounters which, rightly or wrongly, became associated with the memorized fact of (a)1965 accident. What is more certain is that many of these episodes derived a species credibility or even respectability from the indisputably-real crash.

The discomfort of an anomalous encounter entices our curiosity into trying to explain it, and often coincidental events that occur in the area of the phenomena will be drawn in to help with this.

In the story of the Blue Bell Hill phantom a local accident becomes narrative ground to anchor what would otherwise be an inexplicable, and almost pointless, encounter. This pointlessness is a theme that researcher and writer Jacques Vallee covers extensively in his work, and is one of the things that frustrates serious researchers who delve into the field of apparitional appearances, be they ghosts, UFOs, goblins, or whatever else — although popular retellings (especially those sculpted for the media) put meaning to these events by attaching them to historical or pseudo-historical facts, the occurrences themselves are isolated by their often absurd incongruity.

In examining these accounts against the analysis of folklorists Goss differentiates the psychological needs fulfilled by folktales and urban legends and those which coincide with reports of actual believed experience. Citing the work of Aniela Jaffe, and her 1963 study Apparitions and Precognition: A Study from the Viewpoint of C.G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology, Goss highlights how story based and experiential based accounts differ in certain details. This is demonstrated in her analysis of the sole phantom hitch-hiker account found in the 1200 letters she received during her initial research:

Ms. Jaffe almost refuses to comment on this story. To her, it is devoid of significant, symbolic data and the style contrasts with the plain, monotonous tone of the other material she quotes. ‘The lack of archetypal features seems to be a criterion of the improbability of the ‘experience’. Another way of saying this might be to describe the thing as too artificial, too much so to even approximate the sort of account readers might concede as veridical. There is a clear credibility gap, then, between the artistically-devised ‘true story,’ which is fiction, and the real life experience it attempts to mimic.

Urban legends and folktales have their own unique set of archetypes whose artificial gloss differ from those manifesting in perceived experience. Through careful attention to the symbolic content of the story one can get a better idea for where it stands in terms of being a fictional story or a report where the person truly feels they are relating a real experience that they have had.

Breaking the Pattern

The picture of a ghost as an immaterial and spectral figure is a familiar tropeof popular media, accompanied by numerous other incidences that are associated with spirit manifestation — orbs, shadowy shapes, or some kind of purposeful, unseen force. However, as type categories these bear more relation to narrative cues than to actually getting to the heart of the experience itself. All of them fall under the category of ‘ghost’ or ‘spirit,’ yet experientially they are quite different. Stories surrounding anomalies often speak more to our concepts of life and death, and to our relationships with the social order and the natural world around us, than they do about the phenomena themselves.

When I ventured with friends to find Resurrection Mary part of the draw was that outside of the famed hitch-hiker, the area has actively accumulated numerous other urban legends. Stories circulate of mysterious lights over the waterways that converge there, strange monk like apparitions and a vanishing horse drawn hearse are said to have been seen at the St. James-Sag cemetery down the road. Even the old tale about the Devil appearing at a dance, discovered when his dance partner sees his cloven feet (in Southwestern variations his feet are sometimes those of a chicken), has found a home at one of the local ballrooms.

While my search for Resurrection Mary lead me deeper into ghostland, many years later a chance encounter one night with a fellow named Preston would continue to change my understanding of how these patterns emerge and relate to anomalous incidents.

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Not long after I moved to Georgia I met Preston in an alleyway behind theLiminal Analytics office as he was walking home from work. He was a cook at a restaurant a few doors down and after a polite introduction, he asked me what I did. The question made me pause and consider the ramifications of revealing my obscure interests to a random stranger in an alley in the hyper-charged religious atmosphere of the Deep South, and finally said:

“I write about … weird things.”

“Oh, like what?” he asked.

“Well, peoples’ belief in the supernatural,” I explained with care. “How stories of the supernatural affect our sense of self.”

Much to my surprise, he didn’t flinch. Instead, he nodded thoughtfully and said, “I believe in the unknown, because to me, not to believe in the unknown is not to believe in God. I can’t see him, neither, but I know he’s there, and I can see him working.” I nodded, smiling to myself, his attitude echoed that of some of the early members of the Society for Psychical Research. It’s clear from correspondences among the founders, as well as the focus of much of their work, that proving anomalous experience was considered one way to shake things up for the philosophical hold of materialist mechanism that was becoming more prevalent during the late 19th century.

“Now, some people are afraid of ghosts,” he continued.

“They don’t like to talk about them none. I tell them, ‘Now I believe in the Lord too strong to be worried about any of that.’ I believe in ghosts because my daddy believed in them. He was born with a veil over his face. They say folks born like that can see things. He used to heal kids with the thrush.”

“Your dad was born with a caul?” I asked with excitement. A caul, as you may know, is a piece of the birth membrane that can cover a newborn’s head and face. Throughout history it has been popularly associated with second sight, and has often been taken as a sign that a child will have special abilities to heal as well. Preston was telling me that his father had been a local seer and faith healer, born directly into the tradition.

“Yeah,” he said, “some people call it that.”

He then proceeded to recount a number of stories about encountering “ghosts” with his father. But these were not the ghosts that I would normally have thought of. Some of them, for instance, were solid, as in his recollection of a “ghost” they met while waiting for a bus:

“One time we was at the bus stop, and he tells me ‘Look over there,’ pointing to a man standing across the street at the other bus stop. He was standing with his back turned to us so you couldn’t see his face. My daddy said, ‘That’s a ghost.’ And I said, ‘Now how in the world can that be a ghost? That’s a man standing there solid as me.’ He said, ‘Nah, that’s a ghost. You ain’t never gonna see his face. Watch.’ So we did. We sat there until our bus come. Whole time the man just stands there with his back to us. My daddy, he said, ‘Now wait, we’ll let this one pass, we’re going to sit here until his bus come.’ So we did, we sat there until his bus come, and still that man never did turn or move. My daddy say, ‘Now watch … ‘ The lights inside the bus was bright, you know, and I watched, but I never seen him get on the bus. When it drove away, he was gone. Now, I tell you, I ain’t seen him get on, but he was gone when it left.”

It was upon hearing this that I realized just how far popular and academic media had separated me from nearly every traditional tale of the “Other World” that I had ever heard or read. How many urban legends deal with very solid figures that are only later revealed to have origins other than the waking world? Preston’s account was quite different from the stories that had drawn me to Archer Avenue.

What exactly is a ghost in this sense? And what does it mean to encounter one?

There are ghosts, and then there are ghosts

In folktales and reported experience the phantom hitch-hiker is one of the more solid apparitions that people speak of encountering, at least in terms of the scholarly literature on the subject. Goss points out that, “one important aspect of Phantom Hitch-Hikers consists of their not being readily identifiable as supernatural entities, but as living, unexceptional human persons in need of a lift. Consequently, Beardsley and Hankey were convinced that ‘there is a modernity about the elements and the essence of the story…which sets it off sharply from the tales of the past. The most significant of the modern elements is the hitch-hiker’s successful masquerading as a human being.’ This element, they thought, is rare in European ghostlore and the few exceptions do not rely upon it for their impact. The ghost who is sufficiently real to pass for human — the kind most commonly reported in early psychical research journals — was not popularized until the end of the nineteenth century.” Goss systematically overturns these assumptions with clear examples from folklore attesting to corporeal ghosts.

There is even a name for this type of apparition –a revenant. Medievalist Claude Lecouteux has written extensively on European traditions of revenants and ghosts, and by drawing on court records, medical reports and other official period documents he too has shown how the veil between corporeal and phantasmal flesh is often rather thin.

While Victorian ghost stories and reality television often lead us towards the image of a misty immaterial phantom, traditions which include interacting with the spirit world almost always treat spirit manifestation in fleshy forms. There is a stark contrast between the kind of tropes associated with ghosts in folktales and ‘ghost stories’ and those we find in the living folk beliefs of people whose worldview includes interacting on a regular basis with the spirit world. We can see this very clearly in Preston’s account of his father’s practice as a traditional seer.

Narrative and belief

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 9.33.14 AMIf we seek other sources we find similar accounts appearing in the work of folklorists such as Harry Middleton Hyatt, who collected folk accounts without starting with a particular theme of interest. The folklorists that Goss references were all studying the narrative structures of folktales, and as such they discovered folk accounts with those narrative forms in place. On the other hand, Hyatt, in works like The Folklore of Adams County Illinois, survey’s general beliefs and comes up with many reports of spirit encounters that fit closer to the isolated accounts found by psychical researchers.

When we look for stories, we find stories, when we look for experiences we find experiences. Throughout Goss’ analysis one is given the opportunity to reflect on the nature of our experiential narratives and the effects of belief — as well as how the tools and paradigms used during our investigation help to shape the understandings that arise. Through the interplay of psychical research techniques with folkloristics we are given an interesting clue to how folklore studies, through the functional necessity of gathering and examining narratives, often moves outside the nature of folk beliefs as they are actually lived.

For instance, a local recounting a story told about a witch or faith healer, will be quite different than the experiential account of the witch or faith healer themselves. The vanishing hitch-hiker that we are given to observe in the book is a shadow filtered through popular media and correlated anecdotal reports, yet, as I learned from Preston, behind the blinds of literary leitmotiflays a living world of spirits.

Having gained more understanding since my foray at the age of 16, comparing the accounts that Preston related to me with the stories that lead me so many years ago into the darkness of Archer Avenue in search of Resurrection Mary I can clearly see the divergence of experience and legend. As Goss’ own examination shows, diving into first hand personal accounts we suddenly find that the tight categories which satisfy the needs of a good story are not necessarily those found in actual reports.

In future articles we will go ‘off trail’ and into the wild wood of history with our investigation. We’ll turn off the lights, drive a bit slower and focus on exploring with more detail what we can discover from phenomena such as the phantom hitch-hiker when we move away from the constricting atmosphere of categories like ‘urban legend’ and dance into the areas where experiential accounts fit with older understandings of the thinly veiled borders between the wide roads of the waking world and the darkened paths of ghostland.

Note: Special thanks to Red Wheel/Weiser for the opportunity to enjoy these reflections through Michael Goss’ book The Evidence for Phantom Hitch-hikers — for more information on the book, visit their website. This article originally appeared in a slightly modified form on the web-magazine Reality Sandwich and later Modern Mythology.

UFOs and Gorillas – Reviewing Kirkus Reviews take on American Cosmic

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on October 30, 2018

American Cosmic - UFOs, Religion, Technology - Diana PasulkaKirkus Reviews has posted their synopsis of Dr. Diana Pasulka’s forthcoming book, American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology (Oxford University Press, 2019)  – in the process offering us an incredible opportunity to see a prime example of the ‘What Gorilla?’ behavioral phenomenon that Dean Radin, senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, has pointed out in the past:

“Imagine you’re watching a basketball game. Your favourite team is wearing white and the other team is in black. In the midst of the action, someone in a dark gorilla suit calmly walks to the centre of the court, waves to the crowd, then walks off the court. Do you think you would notice this peculiar event? Most people might say yes. Most people would be wrong.”(1)

Radin is drawing on research into ‘inattentional blindness’ – as he explains in an article for New Dawn Magazine, “when we pay attention to our favourite white-shirted basketball team, the likelihood of clearly seeing darker objects moving about is substantially reduced. That includes even obvious objects, like gorillas.” The same can occur when we encounter messages and ideas that do not fit our comfortable assumptions about reality. In addition, we face another psychological trick called ‘confabulation,’ in which memories form to fit a logical narrative rather than the actual experience.

Now imagine a well respected academic with focused expertise on how media affects belief and behavior writes a book based on years of in-depth ethnographic and archival investigation into the UFO phenomenon and how it relates to the development of our current technological society – do you think that a piece from Kirkus Reviews would highlight the importance of this peculiar event? Most people might say yes. Most people would be wrong:

“As the author documents, about one-third of Americans believe in UFOs. Enthusiasts hold conventions, and their websites pepper the internet, but Pasulka discovers a subculture of scientist believers who keep their research secret for fear of ruining their reputations. There is also an entirely public subculture of entrepreneurs that supports studies and serious amateurs working to document sightings, many of whom work equally hard to detect the ever present hoaxes. Many believers seem rational, and the fact that physical evidence remains steady at zero does not change matters.”

If you haven’t read the pre-publiction preface on the American Cosmic website (3) – or listened to any of Pasulka’s appearances on numerous podcasts – this might seem like a feasible description of the book – but I would ask you to consider (as I have in the past with OUP’s dry synopsis) if the review that Kirkus has posted sounds like the same book that lead Jacques Vallee to say:

“From a solid base of scholarship Dr. Pasulka introduces us to the players at the frontier of biological and physical research to pose some age-old questions in new ways: Can the human spirit transcend space/time? How will religious traditions be reframed when they collide with the long-suppressed evidence of non-human consciousness in our environment?

Her sharp insight is drawn from her research into spiritual phenomena, updated by her travels from the UFO crash sites of New Mexico to the archives of the Vatican.

The result is a timely introduction to the revelations in our collective future.”

Vallee mentions ‘players at the frontier of biological and physical research’ – Kirkus Reviews mentions a ‘public subculture of entrepreneurs…and serious amateurs.’

Vallee was part of the core team that designed the early computer conferencing systems that lead to the internet – the Kirkus reviewer is…anonymous.

Let’s just sit on that fact without falling (too far) into the error of appealing to Vallee’s authority – and lets not ignore the reality that Kirkus Reviews’ staid, somewhat spammy and outdated format precludes it from any kind of real analytic depth in comparison with more contemporary media.

Once American Cosmic is published you’ll be able to grab a copy and see for yourself whether the strange way reviewers seem to lose their contextual literacy and confabulate the contents of the book when encountering it speaks to a gorilla in the room or not.

Taking the UFO Phenomenon Seriously – Religion, Narrative, Media and the Flying Saucer
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Footnotes:

(1) https://www.newdawnmagazine.com/articles/what-gorilla-why-some-cant-see-psychic-phenomena

(2) https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dw-pasulka/american-cosmic/

(3) https://americancosmic.com

Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.29.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 29, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
10.29.18
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“…whether we emphasize evidence or meaning or something else, it is essential that we learn more about the basic characteristics of psi experiences, to build what Gardner Murphy called a “taxonomy of the paranormal.”

— Rhea A. White, Review of Approaches To The Study of Spontaneous Psi Experiences

– Upcoming Events –

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 – The Old Royal Naval College in London will host Susan Owens, author of The Ghost: A Cultural History (Tate Publishing), for a discussion on Britain’s artists and writers long relationship with the phantasmal, and how changes in ghostly representation may demonstrate deeper cultural changes:
https://www.ornc.org/Event/the-ghost-a-brief-history

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 and Calls for Papers –

The Estate of Ingo Swann has posted an ‘open invitation to anyone who experiences dreams, premonitions, visions about future events‘ to participate in The Prophecy Project database initiative to create a ‘central prophecy registry‘: http://theprophecyproject.com/

The Parapsychological Association has issued a Call for Papers for the 62nd Annual PA Convention in Paris, Francehttps://parapsych.org/articles/0/464/2019_pa_convention_call_for_papers.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1uBiq3cjvmczqAIj8UlYyc66Y8cCSAMx89U0iXl3wCv3v4h7UqON0mREI

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Hunter on being awarded a honorary research fellowship at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Religious Experience Research Centre! https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/research/humanities-lampeter/religious-experience-research-centre-/

Charles T. Tart, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, joins Jeffrey Mishlove for a conversation on – Future Psychenauts (New Thinking Allowed):

 

Ectoplasm on the Prairies – CBC News has an interactive online exhibit featuring – Images from University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, Hamilton Family Fonds (CBCNews): https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/ectoplasm-on-the-prairies

Can we predict the future? Larry Dossey talks with Kerry Needs about – The Power of Premonitions:

 

Contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, Kaitlyn Greenidge admits – I Believe in Ghosts (NYTimes): https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/27/opinion/sunday/ghost-stories-haunted-house-halloween.html

‘Tis the season – Popular Photography brings us back to the days When Cameras Captured Ghosts with a look at – The Fascinating History of Spirit Photography (Popular Photography)https://www.popphoto.com/when-cameras-captured-ghosts

Don’t let all these spirits spook you though, according to a recent NewsWeek opinion piece if you believe in ghosts ‘it just might make you a better person‘ (NewsWeek): https://www.newsweek.com/do-you-believe-ghosts-it-might-just-make-you-better-person-opinion-1188876

According to a new study, we trust our fingertips over our eye when it comes to processing ambiguous information (Neuroscience News): https://neurosciencenews.com/reality-philosophy-touch-10080/

Dr. Cal Cooper (University of North Hampton) joins Christina Bucher in conversation about his research and authorship:

 

Mary Rose Barrington, Vice President, Society for Psychical Research,  joins Rosanna Schaffer-Shaw on the Shattered Reality podcast to discuss her new book – JOTT – When Things Disappear… and Come Back or Relocate – and Why It Really Happens:
https://shatteredrealitypodcast.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/77-mary-rose-barrington-and-psychokinesis/

Psychics, Saints and Scientists – In this 1972 documentary produced by Irving and Elda Hartley, parapsychologist Thelma Moss introduces the field of parapsychology, including interviews with scientists who were active in exploring particular areas of psychical research during that era:

 

JSTOR Daily takes us back to Captain Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated 19th century Arctic journey – When Clairvoyants Searched for a Lost Expedition (JSTOR Daily):  https://daily.jstor.org/when-clairvoyants-searched-for-a-lost-expedition/

The Parapsychology Foundation has uploaded another presentation talk from their October 2016 PF Lyceum Forum event focusing on physical mediumship, this one featuring Dr. Stephen E. Braude on – The Felix Experimental Group: The Mixed Blessings of Mixed Mediumship

 

– Papers of Note –

Dr. Carlos Alvarado, research fellow at the Parapsychological Foundation, draws our attention to a recent issue of the journal Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice featuring discussions of precognition by various authors:
https://carlossalvarado.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/precognition-discussed-in-a-psychology-journal/

A recent paper published in Frontiers of Psychology looks at the – Neural Correlates of Gratitudehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4588123/?fbclid=IwAR3mJMT34mxv9LxfV__hAaY7J6lA1KI597E-z5J-voX8TlfEZfBezPNmggo

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice has published a paper from Renaud Evrard, Chloe Toutain, Jacob Glazier, and Pascal Le Maléfan which looks at – The energy of despair: Do near-death experiences have an evolutionary value?http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-53147-001

John Sabol (I.P.E. Research Center) addresses what he sees as an ‘identity’ crisis in contemporary ‘ghost hunting’ with a recently uploaded paper – Trick or Treat: Ideocultural Affordances and ‘Ghost Hunting’ (Academia.edu):
https://www.academia.edu/37655411/Trick_or_Treat_Cultural_Affordance_and_Ghost_Hunting

Steve Parsons has published his Guidance Notes for Investigators of Spontaneous Cases. Apparitions, Hauntings, Poltergeists and Similar Phenomena to Academia.edu – these guidelines are distributed by the Society for Psychical Research: https://www.academia.edu/37667002/Guidance_Notes_for_Investigators_of_Spontaneous_Cases._Apparitions_Hauntings_Poltergeists_and_Similar_Phenomena 

 

– New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

Indridi Indridason – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/indridi-indridason

Robert Monroe – https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/robert-monroe

 

–  Books –

The popular web magazine Boing Boing has a short excerpt from Peter Bebergal’s new book – Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural (Tarcher/Penguin, 2018):
https://boingboing.net/2018/10/23/fear-and-soldering-an-excerpt.html

This month Columbia University Press published Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal by David E. Preseti’s (UC Berkeley): https://cup.columbia.edu/book/mind-beyond-brain/9780231189569?fbclid=IwAR3XadTAuWKKxueT1nAhD2PhIHMQ_NRyv8zr2ZuK1GChcYyir5d1dD8cd3o

You can pick up a copy of “Science beyond a materialist world view” by Harald Walach, written on behalf of the Scientific and Medical Network Galileo Commission, for £6.50 (approx. $8.32 U.S.) here:
https://explore.scimednet.org/index.php/buy-the-galileo-commission-report/?fbclid=IwAR1xrXOSSZ3LZjpOXglqyxe3IrCsaWAlmg1mB9yDroJy4Fz7g4fEm9BcdgM

 

–  Doctor’s Advice –

“For Dante, the empyrean, far above Earth’s own moon and the planets of the solar system, is the ultimate goal of the human. in order to make it there, however, humans must change. They must become posthuman.”

– Dr. Diana Pasulka, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion University of North Carolina Wilmington, The Prehistory of the Posthuman

– Featured Sounds –

SUBJECTIVE TECHNOLOGY – Subtle Devices for Exploring Nonphysical Landscapes (The Message, 2016) –

“Now is the time for us to begin building a single whole of humanity. Now is the time to develop our nonrational abilities into a “subjective technology,” which will begin the wedding of science and religion, reason and intuition, the physical and the spiritual. This union of head and heart, insight and instinct, will ensure that as science comes to comprehend the nonmaterial aspect of reality as well as it knows the material – that is, as science approaches omniscience – our knowledge will become wisdom, our love of power will become the power of love, and the universal human of cosmic consciousness can then emerge.” – Edgar Mitchell, Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1974)

 

– Featured Photo –

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Ectoplasm forms on the face of medium Mary Marshall during a seance at T.G. Hamilton’s home. (Photo: University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections, Hamilton Family Fonds)

 

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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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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)

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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