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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

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

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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 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!

If you enjoy our weekly Psi in the News series please consider a small donation to help develop and expand this resource – CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT PSI IN THE NEWS.

Special thanks to the Society for Psychical Research, Cherylee Black and Harvey Irwin for links included in this edition – and a huge and humbled thanks to all of those who have offered donations to support this ongoing Psi in the News series – your appreciation is greatly appreciated!

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 – 10.08.18

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

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

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

Upcoming Events –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Parapsychological Assocation has announced the 2019 dates for its annual convention – on July 4th-6th, 2018 the event will be held in Paris, France to honor the 100th anniversary of the Institut Métapsychique International. With Program Chair Ramsés D’León Macías and Arrangements Chair Mario P. Varvoglis, this event will bring together international researchers at the avant-garde of science: https://www.parapsych.org/section/59/2019_convention.aspx

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

 

Research Requests –

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

News and Relevant Links –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Papers of Note –

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Entries in the Psi-Encyclopedia –

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

Doctor’s Advice –

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

– Dean Radin, Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Science

Featured Sounds –

 

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

 


Featured Photo –

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

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

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Encountering the Super Natural — An experiential review

Posted in > BLACK CADILLAC REVIEW by David on February 19, 2018

“The correspondences started with a painting and a book cover. Like so many of the hundreds of thousands of readers Whitley and Anne (Strieber) heard from after Communion hit the bookstores, I recognized the face on the cover. It was those eyes, I had seen them before.”

— Jeffrey Kripal in The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained(Tarcher/Penguin, 2016)

When I was seven years old my father was transferred to a job in Arizona. Our move from Chicago coincided with the 1987 release of Whitley Strieber’s Communion: A True Story and the subsequent promotional campaign — in airports, on hotel televisions, in grocery store book racks and in each book store we visited — at every turn we were faced with displays, posters and references to the book’s iconic cover. What I did not appreciate until nearly three decades later was the extent to which this saturation had affected me.

The Key

“…the human Hermes encounters a code and reads it out with the ‘clicks’ of a particular key. Unsurprisingly, but importantly, one of Whitley’s most beautiful books is called The Key.”

— Jeffrey Kripal in The Supernatural: A New View of the Unexplained, p. 113

Around 2012 I was at a book store and saw Whitley Strieber’s book The Key: A True Encounter — noticing that it was published by Tarcher/Penguin set me wondering if Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation and at the time lead editor-in-chief for Tarcher/Penguin, had been a part of its publication. Curious as to the possibility I picked it up to see what it was about. Although I’d briefly skimmed Communion, I wasn’t very familiar with Strieber’s work beyond the popular media narrative of his experiences so it came as a shock to see a foreword written by Jeffrey Kripal, an innovative scholar in the field of religious studies!

Kripal’s research has given a fresh and exciting depth to the interdisciplinary study of anomalous experience. In 2011 I wrote a blog post about a few key figures that were helping to solidify a more mature voice for this area of research in the popular domain — Mitch Horowitz with his work Occult America, Joanna Ebenstein through her development of Morbid Anatomy Library, Erik Davis with his work exploring the interstice of technology and mysticism, and Jeffery Kripal. In mentioning Kripal I noted that not only did his work offer a poignant rethinking of this area — but his role in facilitating conferences and seminars with select scholars and researchers has been a powerful driver in bringing cohesion to a truly interdisciplinary focus.

To see that he was interested in Strieber, who I only knew as a well publicized abductee, didn’t fit with my preconceived ideas of his work. I knew that Kripal had included him in some of his recent scholarship, but I had yet to read those particular books and this was my first introduction to any kind of thoughtful look at Strieber’s experiences.

Of course, I immediately bought the book and went home to figure out what the hell a serious scholar was doing with a popular author that talked about abductions. Reading the introduction I was even more confused — the Strieber that Kripal was describing was not the Strieber of my assumed familiarity, the two were in stark contrast. And the book itself was more like what I was used to reading in 19th or early 20th century trance channeled texts, not at all what I’d expected from an author I only knew in relation to his popular novels and the media’s coverage of his reported experiences with abduction phenomena.

The Trickster and the Paranormal

When struck with this kind of contradiction I often call George Hansen, author of Trickster and the Paranormal, to reset the contextual framework and deconstruct whatever illusory mental structures have emerged around a topic. This time around our conversation added to my surprise — George didn’t dismiss Strieber — in fact he confirmed Strieber as an experiencer and mentioned that most researchers had long kept their distance, almost out of a fear for the reality of what he was recounting in his work — he also reminded me that Strieber was a perfect example of the marginalization and liminality that is explored in Trickster and the Paranormal.

This didn’t help my confusion. Aware that I was completely wrong in my assumptions I picked up a copy of Communion and dove in. More surprises — what came from the reading was not the same book that existed in my memory.

Without having fully read it and having only seen it in the context of the media’s coverage of it, the Communion that was a part of my life up to that point was not the same Communion that I was now reading. This wasn’t a book about alien abductions — this was a book about an ineffable experience and an attempt to understand it in light of a complex comparative methodology that blends scholarship, experiment and experience into a seamless whole.

Strieber was now even more confounding and without enough information to usefully think through my questions I decided to put it down and forget about it until something new came to light. 2012 was also the year that Dr. Andrew Chesnut published his book on Santa Muerte, which lead to a panel presentation at the Morbid Anatomy Library and our collaboration on a long term digital research project to track the development of Santa Muerte’s devotional tradition. This collaboration determined the main focus of my research for the next few years and assured that my questions about Strieber would remain unanswered for the time being.

Owls

“In that night, the owl, bringer of death and wisdom, will potentially reign as silent mistress of our souls. Like the old song, but perhaps with a somewhat different tone, she will have the whole world in her hands…so the owl, flying through the mystery of the experience, brings with the danger of her talons and her tearing beak also the revelatory reflection in her fearsome eyes…If this owl should ever take flight in our general night, we will find ourselves face-to-face with a truly remarkable predator, who will educate us if we face her, but steal us away if we run.”

— Whitley Strieber in The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained

Move forward to 2016 — I’m living in rural Georgia, it’s a windy night and I’m sitting in a 200-year-old barn doing some research on the computer.

Since moving to this area access to the web has been a constant challenge, for awhile leading me to become disconnected with much of what I had been doing before arriving on the property. Even brief opportunities to access the web were a precious gift.

The exact sequence of events eludes my memory, but within a matter of minutes I encountered an article from Mike Clelland about his new book The Messengers, detailing owl synchronicities; I emailed a colleague of mine about the book; a banner ad pops up for The Super Natural, an upcoming collaboration between Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey Kripal which features an owl eye on the cover; and the forest outside erupts with a loud chorus of screech owls calling to each other in the darkness.

Laughter and chills wash over me — that was a good one! The atmospherics of that eerie coincidental series couldn’t have been better suited to the subject matter and I was delighted sitting there in the matrix of these experiential elements while considering Clelland’s work. What better tool for accessing the subject matter than an experience which mirrors it?

Working in digital communications I’ve grown used to targeted banner ads and the odd chains of coincidence that can accumulate around our digital selves as we’re presented with algorithmically enhanced marketing and as our search habits begin to formulate associations that build conceptual connections which can seem like synchronicities. What was so wonderful in this situation was the added atmosphere of the owls outside connecting with the potential artificial elements of the experience and bringing in that slight moment of doubt as to the reason for the coinciding events.

Shortly after this I posted something about the upcoming publication of The Super Natural, tagging Mitch Horowitz with appreciation for his role in facilitating the book’s release — leaving unrecognized that by doing so, like any hypnotic subject that acquiesces to the hypnotist’s first request, I’d placed myself squarely within the book’s circle of enchantment.

In the weeks that followed I found myself wondering what this collaboration was going to be about. What topics will they cover? What pathways of inquiry are going to be opened? Why am I again faced with a desire to reassess my assumptions about Whitley Strieber? And what’s the deal with the owls?

Critical Mass

“Once the thread is in hand, our own mythology will tell us where it leads, for it will be the same thread that the maiden Ariadne handed to Theseus when he stood before the maze of the Minotaur, young and strong and mad with courage.

And we will all go down the labyrinth, to meet whatever awaits us there.”

— Whitley Strieber, Communion: A True Story (Avon Books, 1987)

With the book still in pre-publication I went about reading whatever I could in preparation for its release — grabbing thrift store copies of Strieber’s work as I found them, watching interviews, revisiting Kripal’s work, and listening to podcasts. Normally this would be overkill, however Kripal’s methodology in these areas offers surprising results and it was expedient to have some background in order to fully follow where this was all going to lead. When I saw that there was a recent episode of Strieber’s Dreamland podcast featuring Mike Clelland I was thrilled to have an opportunity to follow up on the previous evening’s coincidental experience — and then things got stranger.

Once I was able to download the podcast I put it on in the background and settled in for an evening of listening and painting. I don’t remember what lead to me getting up, but I was walking through the room to refill my coffee or something when Clelland started discussing the anomaly researcher Mac Tonnies and Tonnies’ influence on his own research. Suddenly an odd feeling came over me, the room began to feel less solid as I became more focused on the podcast and the voices seemed to surround my mind. Clelland and Strieber began talking about Tonnies early death in 2009 and how Clelland had started his blog in 2009, suddenly…I don’t even know how to describe what happened in my awareness, but it was as if time folded in on itself.

2009 was when I also started a blog, called The Eyeless Owl. Mac Tonnies was one of my inspirations for this through a few conversations that we had via Twitter over our mutual love of asemic scripts. His multifaceted interests and careful approach to high strangeness lead me to feel more comfortable in dealing with these topics publicly and our brief conversations introduced me to some resources I’d missed. After his passing I contributed a short essay and a few drawings to a memorial blog site for him, and the drawings were later incorporated by documentary film maker Siok Siok Tan in her crowd-sourced film, Twittamentary, which was an early look at the impact Twitter was having on our concept of friendship and interaction.

Suddenly as I stood there in 2016 listening to Clelland and Strieber’s conversation strings of memory started to become entangled, coalescing into a mass with its own ideational gravity — the beginning of my public writing/researching/multi-media’ing, this new strange obsession with Strieber’s work, the odd coincidence from days before with Clelland’s book, the banner ad for The Super Natural, incidents and encounters throughout my life, and of course…the owls — all of it aligned and opened to further revelation — suddenly I was in a book store in Arizona in 1987 staring at a display for Communion — I was sitting on the couch watching television and Strieber was on a talk show — I was out in the desert as a kid collecting bones from owl pellets — a string of associations stretching from the present moment through all of these past memories and it was threaded through this book and this author who I had never had any interest in!

A Mental Gateway

“Look in into my eyes,” says the hypnotist. One of the most obvious features of Communion is its astonishing cover, carefully designed by Whitley himself with the artist Ted Jacobs. The central features of that original painted cover, of course a, are the alien beings immense black eyes, at once subtly mirroring the viewer and pulling him or her in, like a two-way mirror. No iconic feature of the book played a more important role int is reception history and in the hundreds of thousands of letter that the Striebers received. Readers were hypnotized. Entranced.”

— Jeffrey Kripal, The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained, p. 222 (Tarcher/Penguin, 2016)

And that cover! It was like a gateway in my mind that I could step through and re-experience a forgotten stream of influence in my life. A perfect symbol to apply Salvador Dali’s paranoid critical methods to gain a more holistic vision of myself and the areas of research I’m involved in. Dali recommended that the artist embrace these moments without critical thought, if only for a moment, long enough to provide an opportunity to embrace a misperception in such a way that it becomes a creative inspiration or experiential landscape.

However, this was a very odd misperception — I was left reeling and unable to speak. Nothing in my description captures the feeling and mental state associated with this encounter. Up to this point I had credited my interest in the stranger areas of culture to receiving those Time Life Mysteries of the Unknown books as a kid and having been saturated with Discovery Channel documentaries and Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies in the 80’s. At no point did Communion ever come into my mind as an influence. The sudden connection of disparate memories with this book seemed to offer a key that I didn’t realize I’d been searching for — but the door it opened only offered entrance to more questions.

Owls (Redux)

“When we look at the owl through the medium of the close encounter experience, it turns out that something is being explained to us. Like the owl, our mysterious visitors come by night. Like the owl, they silent and all-seeing. And like the owl, they can reach right into our little burrows and carry us off into a transformative experience. For the awful ecstasy that the predator delivers to its prey, causing it to die to this world and be freed into the next, is very much like what the visitor does to her captive, leaving him devastated, at once killed inside and renewed inside, and living in two worlds at the same time, that of physical reality and that of a new kind of reality, the living reality of the soul, not quite physical, but also no longer theoretical.”

— Whitley Strieber, in the foreword to Mike Clelland’s Stories from the Messengers: Owls, UFOs and a Deeper Reality (Richard Dolan Press, 2018)

While the extremity of that mental flash was an isolated incident in relation to the book, the coincidences surrounding my anticipation of its publication continued. The strength of the coincidental themes were such that they stood out against a backdrop of regular coincidences. Which is to say my natural synchronistic themes, the ones that I’ve grown used to as part of my identity.

As if to match in the outer world the inner intensity of having my memories suddenly spinning into orbit around the publication of Communion, one day I walked out to my car to find a very large owl sitting in the middle of the dirt road blocking my exit.

I got into the car and waited for a bit to see if it would move on its own. It didn’t. So I got out of the car and walked up to it, figuring an owl wasn’t going to let me get too close. It didn’t move.

As I got closer I started to map the trajectory of flight it would need to launch from the ground to my face and I began to wonder if letting it sit there and foregoing my journey wasn’t the best plan. Before I could decide it flew up into a tree nearby and turned to watch me.

A few days later the radiator on my car blew out for the final time, leaving me stranded until another series of coincidences lead to me getting another car. In a life already filled with strange alignments, this was starting to seem over the top.

Entranced

One of the concepts explored in The Super Natural is the central role of trance states in the process of reading and writing. As Kripal says,

“…the reading self is also a trance-induced story. If you are absorbed in this book at this moment, you are in a mild trance state answering to the trance states that Whitley Strieber and Jeff Kripal entered in order to write these pages. You are a slightly different person reading this book, just as we were slightly different people writing it.” — p. 221

And true to that observation when I finally received the book the coincidences did not stop. I read that paragraph while sitting in a fancy waiting room next to an owl statue encased in glass. The strange thing is — in my case the trance induction started with my preparatory reading — it began with my reading the pop up ad for the publication of the book!

In an experience akin to mental hypertext the trance state encompassed the very moment I set eyes on that provocative Visitor adorning the cover of Communion — the subsequent inspirations and coincidences were merely reinforcement of that trance. Yet this trance state is no sinister mental manipulation — it is an experiential tool that provides additional access to the text itself.

Triangulations

As I was thinking through these experiences prior to writing this piece I drew a simple diagram — a dotted line, representing a certain expression of time; a dot above the line, representing the Dreamland episode with Mike Clelland in conversation with Whitley Strieber; and a two dots on the line representing when I saw the cover of Communion in my childhood and the present moment in time. These three dots form a triangle — the necessary geometry for positioning something in space.

This triangulation helped me conceptualize the strange memory cascade and its effects with some distance from my own experience. It also formed the basis for yet another coincidence as I write this piece. Revisiting The Super Natural as I write, I read:

“What set’s Whitley’s model apart is how interactive it is, how it relies on us to manifest the other species. This interactive model is advanced through multiple frames, including that of the triad or triangle in the history of mythology and the bizarre implications of quantum physics…Whitley takes this interactive model very far, suggesting, in effect, that the visitors may rely on our beliefs to appear: “Thus the corridor into our world could in a very true sense be through our own minds.” — p. 94

Add to this the moment when I was doing my preparatory reading and opened Strieber’s book The Secret School: Preparation for Contact (Walker & Collier, 1997) at random to:

“A time machine would not be a mechanism of gears and wheels, nor even one of circuits and processors. In a sense, it might be easier to create one than we realized.

Could the mind somehow enable time travel? If it is nonlocal in nature — that is to say, not confined to ordinary space-time — there might be a way as yet not understood for it to address time through the medium of faster-than-light energies.” — p. 52

And lest we loose our tripartite theme — I see that Mike Clelland has posted on Facebook while I am composing this piece, he’ll be on Coast to Coast tonight for an episode hosted by George Knapp. The topic will be the companion book to The Messengers, titled Stories From The Messengers: Accounts of Owls, UFOs and a Deeper Reality — with an introduction by…Whitley Strieber.

 A New Vision of the Unexplained

Having now had a chance to explore both The Super Natural and Whitley Strieber’s wider oeuvre these experiences no longer seem so unmooring — rather they’ve become tools in themselves for exploring memory structures, identity, and perception. This thanks to the careful approach that he himself has taken with his own experiences, further enhanced by the perspectives offered by Jeff Kripal’s analysis.

What truly excites me is that these areas of exploration are still unknown — the frontier of our own experience is a vast, uncharted territory. There is a beautiful conversation happening, but it is not happening in the stultified sub-cultures spinning out of digital enhanced identity politics — it’s happening between explorers like Whitley Strieber, Mike Clelland, Jeffrey Kripal and many others who are stepping forward to offer their experience and insight and an invitation to begin our own explorations.

To do this we must all realize, as I was forced to do, that the mediated narratives we are fed will never offer us any clue into our own natures. Any trance state offered by the advertisers and marketers is a poison best left untried.

If I relied on my mediated memories, Whitley Strieber would still be rudely relegated to a cartoonish parody. Instead I’ve found a fellow traveler whose purpose and fortitude have carried him through the pain of public humiliation and into the new dimensions of experience that his contact with the unknown has opened for him.

The real question is, are you ready to take the first step on the journey?

“We so want this precious ‘us’ to be more than sparks in flesh doomed to die with the inevitable implosion of the body. I have had a lifetime of experience that suggests that we may be more — indeed, that we have hardly even begun to touch on the complexity and enormity of what it is to be human. But I cannot give you that lifetime. I cannot give the richness of my experience to others, only describe them as best I can…” — Whitley Strieber, The Super Natural: An New Vision of the Unexplained, p. 336

Special thanks to George Hansen for taking my impromptu phone calls on obscure subjects, Mitch Horowitz for arranging a review copy of The Super Natural for me and to Diana Pasulka for furthering my appreciation of Whitley Strieber’s work.

This article was originally published at Medium.com