EXPLORING THE OUTER EDGES OF SOCIETY AND MIND

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

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

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

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

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

 

Experiments with Uri Geller (Stanford Research Institute, 1973)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Salient Sleight of Hand – On Illumination and the Proper Use of Stage Magic – a brief study of possibility, the placebo effect, and respecting mercurial messengers

Posted in > ANALYSIS by David on December 27, 2018
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Image courtesy of Donna Seger/Streets of Salem

Like the progression of many arts the Art of Legerdemain, or sleight of hand, suffers a slow drift  from its origins as a spiritual technique into an abused form of popular entertainment.  Although these days specialization holds court – once upon a time the full expression of science and philosophy encompassed all aspects of life. A relationship with Wisdom was thought to be the basis for everything that follows.

In this light something such as sleight of hand, or the ability to manipulate perception at will, is a powerful psycho-spiritual technology when given the right spin.

Experimenter Effect

One of the laboratory results that is commonly reported in parapsychological research is the experimenter effect and the benefits of positive reinforcement and belief on gaining results. As the researcher John Palmer explains in an article for the Psi Encyclopedia:

Parapsychologists have come to believe that success or failure in psi experiments has as much to do with the experimenter conducting the experiment as with the subjects themselves. These ‘experimenter effects’ may occur simply because certain experimenters are better than others at motivating subjects to produce psi. However, a more serious possibility is that experimenters unconsciously influence the results, according to whether or not they themselves are psi-conducive.(1)

Something similar to this phenomenon can also be observed in the placebo effect, where belief becomes, in some ways, the basic correlative factor in success.

When seeking an explanation for this odd phenomena, some kind of straight materialist cause/effect scenario, it’s proven difficult to develop a proper scientific model. However, if we  seek to understand and utilize these factors in our lives no model is necessary, merely a grasp of the situational and atmospheric requirements to induce the phenomenon.

The fact that devotees of Elvis report miraculous healing shows the power of a charismatic stage presence goes a long way. When that presence is guided by sound philosophy and spiritual insight that power can be used to move beyond selling albums into more refined realms of social change.  Imagine the ability for a full expression of Art, one which moves beyond the separate practices of visual arts, music, poetry, dance and combines these with a mastery of perception.

The Miracle of Sugar

Harlan Tarbell

As a member of the audience we are left with wonder at a magicians performance, rarely thinking of the master of mind and body required to practice this rare art. During the early 20th century, Harlan Tarbell, a close friend of Harry Houdini, wrote one of the most enduring courses on the art of stage magic.  A unique aspect of Tarbell’s course was it’s focus on physical exercises to encourage greater body control. Similar to preset routines practiced in the martial arts or formal dance practice, these exercises prepare students for future situations and allow muscle memory to take over when the magician’s focus is required elsewhere to direct their performance.

As with any repeated physical exercise these routines also aid in a deeper understanding of our interconnection between body and mind, and if extended further, of the spirit. In some ways Tarbell endorsed a sort of Yoga for practicing illusionists.

To understand the effect mastery in this domain can engender, we need only look at accounts from a visit that Tarbell made shortly after World War I to Le Mesnil-Saint-Denis in the north of France:

“”Il y a quelques années, un Cagliostro vint au château des Husson. C’était un étranger, personne ne l’avait vu avant, ni ne savait exactement d’où il venait et où il allait. Mais il fit des miracles. Un jour, Madame Husson avait des invités à dîner ; elle dit qu’elle regrettait de ne pouvoir servir du sucre avec le café. Alors cet homme étrange, Cagliostro, se leva et trouva dans l’air, assez de sucre pour tous les invités. Ensuite il alla au Monastère et pris de pitié pour les Soeurs, les orphelines et les blessés, il leva les mains et produisit encore du sucre. Ensuite une centaine de livres de sucre arriva chez les Soeurs qui purent conserver tous les fruits. Le sucre était apparut dans l’air, Monsieur, matérialisé dans l’air. Oui, Monsieur, matérialisé dans l’air. Oui, Monsieur nous avons vu un miracle”.

“”A few years ago, Cagliostro came to Husson Castle. He was a stranger, nobody had seen him before, nor knew exactly where he came from and where he went. But he did wonders. One day, Madame Husson had guests for dinner and she said she regretted not being able to serve the sugar with the coffee. Then this strange man, Cagliostro, got up and found in the air, enough sugar for all of the guests. Then he went to the monastery and had compassion for the nuns, orphans and wounded, he raised his hands and  produced sugar. Then a hundred pounds of sugar arrived so they were able to retain all the fruit. The sugar appeared in the air, sir, materialized in the air. Yes, sir, materialized in the air. Yes, sir, we saw a miracle. “  (2)

As Master Magician Jeff McBride teaches, the principles of stage magic require a thorough knowledge of optics, psychology, body control, set and setting. To perform sleight of hand one must truly be on intimate terms with the ways in which the physical world interacts with the mind.

Krishna-and-KaliyaGoing farther with this, to achieve truly lasting results and reach towards the realm of the Adept, one must have mastered the very illusion of the world that surrounds us. Mcbride puts it succinctly when he says “To make magic, one has to have experienced magic,” mirroring advice given by the famed Italian Hermeticist Giordano Bruno in his writing on ritual magic.(3)

Like Krishna dancing on the cosmic serpent Kaliya, one who has mastered the art of perception gains the ability to create effects in the world by altering the perception of witnesses. Comparing a stage magician to Krishna may seem grandiose, but the use that this knowledge has played in debunking fraud and exposing hoaxes shows that such an understanding can be used as a powerful tool for exposing the truth.

As much as a knowledge of performance magic can expose lies and misdirection, it can also foster a connection to the truth. When we think of the full potential of this it becomes obvious that the path of legerdemain leads into very interesting spiritual territory.

Bitter Misdirection

The bitterness of fundamentalist skepticism has kept the understanding of these curious areas from reaching their full potential as cultural tools. When accounts of traditional healers using sleight of hand are retold it is usually with disdain for the practice. Similarly when we think of sleight of hand it’s often in the context of annoying party tricks, or an older relative whose abusive coin materialization lost it’s charm on the 100th go round.

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Gustavo Rol

Gustavo Rol, an Italian enigma whose admirers included the filmmaker Federico Fellini, stated that the purpose of his ‘abilities’ was to foster belief in something greater. Rol’s psychical demonstrations have provided ample fodder for skeptics, but what is continuously missed is the atmosphere of possibility that his demonstrations engendered.

The storyteller brings the story to life through controlling an audiences’ perception. This can encompass the entire spectrum of perception and needn’t include only words and sounds. By using sleight of hand and other techniques to induce phenomenon the audience is not only allowed to imagine the possibilities of the story, but to engage with them directly as they break into mundane reality through materialization, precognitive revelations, and other outre events.

Whether this is done through a magic trick or through innate ability, the result in the life of the observer is the same unless they choose to discount their feelings based on some skeptical sense of propriety.

Within the dominant religious groups we can see traces of this connection between Illumination and Illusion. There is the austere Moses of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but there is also Moses the Conjurer from the African Diaspora traditions. The ‘Hoodoo’ Moses gains his abilities not through some vague notion of Divine intervention, but through a practical connection to Divine Wisdom which works on all levels of reality.

Stage Magic and Manipulative Priests

In the apocryphal text Bel and the Dragon we find the Prophet Daniel playing a part very similar to a psychical investigator or occult detective, employing a sound understanding of stage magic to overcome the machinations of manipulative priests:

“23 And in that same place there was a great dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped.

24 And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh; thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore worship him.

25 Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the Lord my God: for he is the living God.

26 But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee leave.

27 Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the dragon’s mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder : and Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship.”

– Bel and the Dragon 1:23-27

There is no mysterious Deus Ex Machina here, no visionary solution shining through to illuminate the truth, Daniel simply uses an understanding of mechanics and incendiary devices to expose the fraud. Earlier in the text when he is confronted with Bel, another construct that uses innovative manipulations to ‘eat’ it’s offerings, he uses flour spread on the floor to expose foot prints leading to hidden doors in the temple used to produce the effect.

Beyond Divisions

Image from D.A. Freher’s Paradoxa Emblematica (18th century)

The Master Magician Eugene Burger has written extensively on how some of the most common magic tricks explore greater truths in profound ways. One example that he gives is the Ring Trick in which rings are manipulated to appear as if they are able to join and disjoin without breaking the circle of any one ring.

As a common trick this has been used for centuries, however Berger points out that it also resonates deeply with the nature of reality, separate parts uniting in a whole while maintaining their individual divisions.

The rejection of sleight of hand and the various techniques of stage magic as legitimate tools for revelation represents a failure of the dualistic mindset embedded in our culture. We are lead to reject what we experience when the means of that experience are shown to be something unexpected. That small moment of possibility that could open up a life time of deeper union with reality is thrown out by our antagonism towards the methods used to invoke it.

As a tool for engendering the ground of belief these techniques provide unique opportunities to encourage the sense of Mystery necessary for the opening of any spiritual quest. Beyond illusory phenomenon lies the root of truth, and confronting these illusions in an active way we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we share.

The Place of Mystery

“Will you turn to ridicule the experience I have acquired with so much dilligence?”

– from Paracelsus’ Credo

mysterium_magnumThe place of Mystery in the development of culture is too often something that is passed over in a world immersed in the marvels of μηχανή (mekhane), a word which has both the meaning of machine and trickery, from the root word magh which means to be able, or to have power.

“”Everything that occurs in conformity with nature, but of whose cause we are unaware, provokes astonishment; as does everything, that when it occurs in a manner contrary to nature, is produced by technique (tekhne) in the interest of mankind.

For in many cases, nature produces effects that are contrary to our interests, for nature always acts in the same way, and simply, whereas what is useful to us often changes.

Therefore, when an effect contrary to nature must be produced, we are at a loss because of the difficulty of producing such an effect; and the cooperation of tekhne is required. This is why we call the part of tekhne intended to help us in such difficulties “trickery” (mekhane). For the situation is, as the poet Antiphon says, “Through tekhne, we master the things in which we are vanquished by nature.”

– from Problemata mechanica (2nd Century BCE) quoted in The Veil of Isis, by Pierre Hadot

Western medical practitioners have debated the validity of handing someone a sugar pill in order to facilitate healing knowing that for certain conditions the placebo effect would be just as likely as standard medicine to bring about a cure.  Since this wouldn’t be effective if the person knew they were being handed a sugar pill it would entail having to lie to the patient in order for it to work.

In the current medical mindset the linear development of a disease is seen as inevitable. It would be contrary to this linear development to cure the disease, thereby requiring the use of ‘trickery’ or some mechanical means, such as drug therapy or surgery, to bring about healing.

This mindset engenders the necessity of thinking of something like the placebo effect as a lie; what doesn’t have a basis in the technical exists outside of the assumed truth and therefore is false.  Traditionally, however, the disease itself was seen as the deviancy and healing it was seen as a return to the natural order of life and health, in this context the mystery of the placebo effect is seen as a natural occurrence, nature returning to it’s proper state. Healing in this worldview is as simple as water running downhill.

To facilitate this process ritual, herbal remedies, meditations, prayers, dream incubation and a whole host of centering practices were put to use. A person subjected to a disease was seen as having moved out of alignment with the natural order and therefore needed to be returned. There is a certain respect that this way of thinking has for the greater Mystery of life lacking in current Western medical practice.

Where There is Possibility for More

As the magician and illusionist Jeff McBride points out, sleight of hand can be used to break a person out of their habitual patterns and bring them to a place where there is possibility for something more. In a ritual context this can then be directed to return the person to a more holistic position in regards to life.

This is what the shamanic use of sleight of hand is for, to distract and unmoor the ‘evil’ spirits (those patterns that have caused a misalignment in a person’s life) and allow an opening where the traditional healer can bring in new patterns.

We have to remember that spirit in the traditional sense is thought of as the motivating life force connected to the whole, the soul being that point of connection between the individual and the spirit of the whole.  An evil spirit is then a false motivator and not a superstitious bogeyman as the hard line rationalists would like to deem it.

Paracelsus, and most traditional healers, distinguish between diseases caused by physical maladies and those that are caused by spiritual misalignment. Knowing the difference was key to being an effective healer. So long as Western medicine sees all things in line with a wholly mechanistic and fundamental materialist perspective there is no chance for full healing to take place.

Western Medicine

This is not to call on the supernatural, this is to point out that to a large extent the philosophy and direction of Western medicine, and science, has been deeply flawed. Like an unfaithful spouse Western medicine shrinks from Mystery and gives no credence to anything that isn’t predicated by technical power or scientific proof, even if the results prove the treatment as in the case of the placebo effect.

“”If a man rules over other living species, if he delves unremittingly and without respect into the venerable earth, if he has created shelters for himself, and cities with their own laws, it is thanks to all kinds of mekhane.”

– from the chapter In Search of Mechanics in the collection The Greek Pursuit of Knowledge

There is no point in arguing terminology, as some would, and re-framing traditional ideas in a psychological or scientistic framework. We are living in a world created through manipulation, and suffering the pains of having stepped outside of the natural order through the power of our artifice.

A very basic respect for life has been abandoned in order to prove our potency over the natural world.  With this act of hubris we will be judged when, having stretched the malleable prima materia to its maximum extent, it will snap back on us and we will be left to face the fact that our power is merely an illusion. Nothing lies outside the bounds of the natural world, and no amount of mechanical savvy can overcome this fact.

Re-framing traditional ideas is merely an attempt to fit a much simpler and basic relationship with nature into an artificially constructed paradigm. The key is that the traditional ideas were based on a relationship, or as the scholar Arthur Versluis points out in his book The Mystical State: Politics, Gnosis, and Emergent Cultures, on the gnostic marriage of the visible and the invisible, the Divine Union of spirit and matter.  A marriage based on violence and power plays is either miserable or ends in divorce, it takes mutual respect and love for a relationship to be fulfilling.

Between Mystery and Technique

The struggle between proponents of the Mystery and of technique stretches back into prehistory. It can be seen in the split between the mathēmatikoi  ( Μαθηματικοι – “learners”) and the akousmatikoi (Ακουσματικοι -“listeners”), in the Pythagorean school.

As the scholar Christopher Mckintosh shows in his book The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason – Eighteenth-Century Rosicrucianism in Central Europe and its Relationship to the Enlightenment, it can also be seen more recently in the Enlightenment era, during the 17th and 18th centuries,  in the struggle between the mystical Rosicrucian and scientific illuminationist philosophies that fought for prevalence within Freemasonry.

Versluis work explores the question of what would have happened if the mystical side won, or at least was given more prevalence in the cultural development of Western civilization.  There are intimations of the possibilities, but those who develop a relationship with gnosis often leave very little material to trace their passage.

The place of the seership in law giving has been lost in the Western world, although it is as much a part of Greco-Roman philosophy and our Judeao-Christian heritage, as it is at the heart of the traditional cultural models that are drawn on in the development of Neo-Paganism.(4)

What We Have Lost

What we have lost is a respect for possibilities, for potential, and for that Mysterium Magnum which lies at the heart of existence. Mercurial messengers arise in our culture to remind us of the fluidity of life, but we relegate their revelations to rationalizations such as the placebo effect or fraud.

Respect not given willingly is renewed with being overthrown, the adversary we disdain is often the one that conquers us. When the day comes that, as a culture, we reach out in humility and seek to align ourselves with the natural order we will find that for all our failed manipulations there was always another path we could have walked.  If that day does not come of our own volition, humility will be taught through trial and hardship, our heads finally bowed in respect, or broken in defeat.

(1) https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/articles/experimenter-effects
(2) http://mesnil.saint.denis.free.fr/hotes.htm
(3) https://books.google.com/books?id=0E565t7WozQC&dq=Cause+Principle+Unity&source=gbs_navlinks_s
(4) https://youtu.be/Ow-_G26lpOk

Note: Thank you to Mariano Tomatis for introducing me to the history of Gustavo Rol, and to Mariano,  Ferdinando Buscema and Jeff McBride for exposing me to the depth of the magical tradition.

This piece was originally published in 2011 as two separate posts on The Eyeless Owl blog.

 

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)

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 11.19.18

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:

 

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–  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!

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, Paul H. Smith, Cherylee Black, Mark Bocuzzi, Jeremy Michael Bloxsom and Nemo C. Mörck for links included in this edition – and a huge and humbled thanks to all of those who have offered donations to support this ongoing Psi in the News series – your appreciation is greatly appreciated!

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Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 11.12.18

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 10, 2018

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PSI IN THE NEWS
11.12.18
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“While visual imagery is implicitly assumed to be primary in psi perception tasks, it was clear from the discussions that non-visual impressions, including kinesthetic, auditory and olfactory images, are of equal or greater importance to psi percipients.”

— Marilyn Schlitz, Esalen Meetings on Psi Research, Parapsychology Review Vol. 15, No. 6, Nov-Dec 1984, p10 (Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.)

– Upcoming Events –

Monday, November 12th, 2018 – The Southwark Council will host an evening of talks, storytelling and discussion on the history of psychical research in the early 20th century at the Union Theatre in London  – Haunted Histories: War, Spiritualism and the Occult:
https://www.southwark.gov.uk/events-culture-and-heritage/12440/3531/12440

November 13-16, 2018 – The Institute of Noetic Sciences is hosting The Dreamwork Summit, a free online event featuring a global gathering of leading dreamwork experts, noted psychology professionals, and inspirational authors:
https://noetic.org/blog/communications-team/unveiling-exploring

Friday, November 16th, 2018 – The Rhine Research Center hosts Loyd Auerbach for a talk on what he’s learned about finding “good” psychics and mediums. In the session, he covers how to best assess whether the readings you might get do provide psychic or spirit related information, whether the practitioner is making more observations than having psychic perceptions, or even whether the practitioner might be psychic at all, connecting with spirits, or is a fake (On site and Online):
https://ymlp.com/zQvPou

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – The Arlington Institute’s Transition Talks series will host Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. (MAJ, US ARMY, RET), founder of Remote Viewing Instructional Services,  for a presentation on the history of remote viewing and a power exploration of the practical applications of refined extrasensory sense:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3621938

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – Loyd Auerbach will return to The Rhine Research Center for an Advanced Ghost Hunting Workshop focused on helping field researchers improve their investigation techniques (On site and Online):
https://ymlp.com/zQvPou

Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – The Grupo Uninter (Brazil) will host a Symposium on Anomalistic Psychology and Science of Religions (Simpósio De Psicologia Anomalística E Ciência Das Religiões):
https://www.uninter.com/extensao/eventos/i-simposio-de-psicologia-anomalistica-e-ciencia-das-religioes/

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 – The Society for Psychical Research will host Dr. Simon Duan as he presents a brief historical account of Psi research in China, including a critical review of some key experiments, findings, implications, problems and proposed theoretical models to explain Psi:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=117&fbclid=IwAR2QOCCcDFRkjW57kWWoevVNnKa3Mf5ZtLNVQ9TqyvuSbW5Gu9K3-DjTtSI

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

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 – The Arlington Institute’s Transition Talks will host a presentation by Arlington Institute founder, futurist John L. Peterson, focusing on emerging signs and trends that may indicate we are watching as – A New World Emerges: The Outline of a New Way of Living:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3621949

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

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

February 7th, 2019 – The Society for Psychical Research will host Dr. Matthew Colborn for a lecture exploring G.N.M. Tyrell’s proposed a theory of apparitions as ‘idea patterns’ generated by the brain by an unknown agency in light of recent neuroscience discoveries that shed light on Tyrell’s idea. Colborn’s talk will also takes a fresh look at ‘transmission’ theories of the brain:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=116&fbclid=IwAR2Tna4uUIUzqMJM5kejYlN1hLI6ze7R0roWkmMe4AaAnDXJKC_IVWTBcW4

March 29-30th, 2019 – Registration has opened for the 2nd International Congress of Health and Spirituality, hosted by the Núcleo de Pesquisa em Espiritualidade e Saúde (Nupes), Faculty of Medicine at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora:
https://www2.ufjf.br/noticias/2018/10/30/abertas-inscricoes-para-2o-congresso-internacional-de-saude-e-espiritualidade/

May 10th-12th, 2019 – The 2019 Conference of the Open University Psychological Society will focus on the topic of parapsychology:
https://www.oups.org.uk/events/annual-conference-parapsychology

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

June 25-28, 2019 – The Collegium Helveticum Zurich and Center for Consciousness StudiesUniversity of Arizona at Tucson will host the 2019 Science of Consciousness Conference in Interlaken – Switzerland:
https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch

 

– Research Requests and Calls for Papers –

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

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

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

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

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

 

– News, Interviews and Relevant Links –


RNG Results from the U.S. Election Day Meditation Hosted by the Institute of Noetic Science
 (Chart and analysis courtesy of Bryan J. Williams, Psychical Research Foundation)

(November 7th, 2018) Here’s the preliminary graph showing the data from the 9 RNGs that were actively running in the U.S. during the five-minute silent meditation organized by IONS during the mid-term elections held yesterday in the U.S. Although some modest & short-lived trends can be seen, the result is largely ambiguous, being consistent with the kinds of noise fluctuations we should expect to see occurring in purely random data by chance (Chi-Square = 936.14, 900 df, p = .196, associated z = 0.855).

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Again it is important to emphasize…that this meditation event had a relatively short time-course, and that the effect sizes we commonly find in field RNG analyses like this are quite small (even on the statistical level), and so one must be cautious about trying to interpret this result too deeply. Typically, it takes many repeated measures of the same kind of event before one can start to reliably gauge whether a hypothesized “group consciousness” effect is present or not, and so again, we should probably regard this exploration as being done for curiosity’s sake, more than anything.

The Windbridge Institute‘s November Newsletter is out – featuring Psi in the News, the interactive website for Julia Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung’s recent book, The Premonition Code The Science Of Precognition How Sensing The Future Can Change Your Life (Watkins Publishing, 2018), and new research on Datasets as Vectors for Intention:
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/–Psi-in-the-News–Do-Data-have-Feelings—and-More-.html?soid=1101979386687&aid=zvr42z3Y8Uw

Antoine Jérusalem, Professor, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford brings us up-to-date on the current state of non-invasive neuro-modulation technologies (World Economic Forum):  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/11/mind-control-ultrasound-neuroscience

Do you believe in ghosts? – Chris French (Goldsmiths London) joins Mobeen Azhar on BBC Sounds for a lighthearted discussion of the paranormal:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000wq6

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

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https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2018/10/16/paranormal-america-2018/

Super-Empaths Are Real, Says Science – According to VICE News, new research has suggests that 1 to 2 percent of the population may struggle to differentiate between their own bodily feelings and other people’s:
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/xwj84k/super-empaths-are-real-says-science-mirror-touch-synaesthesia

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

What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick? – New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect — possibly opening a Pandora’s box for Western medicine (New York Times):
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/magazine/placebo-effect-medicine.html

Researcher, experiencer, and good friend of Psi in the News, Cherylee Black is featured on a recent episode of the Where Did the Road Go podcast for a discussion on – Psychic Research, Out of Body Experiences and More:
http://wheredidtheroadgo.com/show-archive/2018/item/556-psychic-research-out-of-body-experiences-and-more-november-3-2018

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

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

 

– Papers and Journal Issues of Note –

The full summary report from the Scientific and Medical Network Galileo Commission can be found here – Science Beyond a Materialist World View: Towards a Post-materialist Science:
https://www.galileocommission.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Galileo-Report-Final.pdf

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

Exceptional experiences reported by scientists and engineers – Helané Wahbeh ND, MCR; Dean Radin, PhD; Julia Mossbridge, PhD; Cassandra Vieten PhD; Arnaud Delorme PhD – EXPLORE, Volume 14, Issue 5, September 2018, Pages 329-341:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830718300119

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

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

Belief: Problems and Pseudo-Problems – Jason N Blum – Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 86, Issue 3, 23 August 2018, Pages 642–664:
https://academic.oup.com/jaar/article/86/3/642/4855748

A Non-Secular Anthropocene: Spirits, Spectors and Other Nonhumans in a Time of Environmental Change – Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene Working Papers, Vol. 3:
http://anthropocene.au.dk/fileadmin/Anthropocene/MORE_THAN_HUMAN_vol.3.pdf

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

 

–  Books and Reviews –

Volume 2 of Ed May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha’s comprehensive Star Gate Archives series is now available – The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972-1995. Volume 2: Remote Viewing, 1985-1995 (McFarland, 2018):
http://a.co/d/3uSkY6Y

Angelic Intervention in the First World War – Watkin’s Publishing blog features an article from Dr. Leo Ruickbie (Society for Psychical Research) on the subject of his new book, Angels in the Trenches. Spiritualism, Superstition and the Supernatural (Little, Brown and Co., 2018):
https://www.watkinsmagazine.com/angelic-intervention-in-the-first-world-war

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

The Supernatural as Natural, Healthy, and Banal – The Los Angels Review of Books features a long form analytical review from Dr. Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) on Clay Routledge’s recent publication, Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World (Oxford University Press, 2018):
https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-supernatural-as-natural-healthy-and-banal/

Public Parapsychology invited guest writer/blogger Lori Scoby provides a lay person’s impression of Julia Mossbridge and Theresa Cheung’s new book, The Premonition Code:
http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2018/11/for-this-blog-post-public.html

A Fascinating New Book Explores the Eerie Connection Between Tech and the SupernaturalGizmodo’s futurist focused blog io9 talks with Peter Bebergal about his recently published book, Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018):
https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-fascinating-new-book-explores-the-eerie-connection-be-1830193026

–  VIDEOS  –

Dr. Etzel Cardena (Lund University) joins Dr. Bernie Beitman, MD for a fascinating discussion on the Connecting with Coincidence videocast:

Pam Coronado, psychic detective, shares her insight, perspective and experiences involving the use of psychic abilities applied while solving crimes and finding missing persons

Jeremy Michael Bloxsom has uploaded more great ITC history – this is footage from a 1999 news report centered around Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) – featuring video footage and audio clips from several of the earlier ITC pioneers:

Dr. Julia Mossbridge (Institute of Noetic Sciences) explains why she thinks controlled precognition is a useful practice and steps through another Controlled Precog session using the free Positive Precog Training Site:

Eminent People open to Psychic Phenomena (A Documentary by Dr Keith Parsons)

From Edison’s invention of the phonograph through contemporary sound installation, field recording, and experimental film, artists have become attracted to those domains against which music has always defined itself: noise, silence, and environmental sound. Christoph Cox argues that these developments in the sonic arts are not only aesthetically but also philosophically significant, revealing sound to be a continuous material flow to which human expressions contribute but which precede and exceed those expressions.

– Featured Sounds –

PsiSong: Living Life with Gratitude Meditation (Windbridge, 2016) – Mark Bocuzzi, executive director at the Windbridge Research Center, has been experimenting with converting experimental data into visual and auditory forms (see his Soundcloud profile for more info!) – today’s featured track is a software generated soundscape that he created based on REG data collected while an on-line group focused on “Gratitude“:

– Featured Photo –

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Custom PsiForm image from the Windbridge Institute – Intention: “To Be Always Seeking Wisdom”  – for more on PsiForms and Mark Bocuzzi’s innovative approach to data visualization – see: http://windbridgeinstitute.com/art/

 

–  Doctor’s Advice –

“Descriptions of the lives of some great psychics show that they share no single obvious common factor like sex, intellectual brilliance, asceticism, or spiritual devotion. This raise the problem of whether there are psychological concomitants of the psychic personality.

Research in the laboratory and observations of psychics suggest that there are. (…) This gives solid grounds for hope that as research continues, it can predict with increasing exactitude both the conditions when a particular person will have more or less psychic success and also what particular individuals will have most success under the conditions best for them.”

– Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler, The Psychic Personality – Psychic Explorations: A Challenge to Science, p 94 (Perigee Books, 1974

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!

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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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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 11.7.12

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on November 7, 2012

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Ghost hunting, psychic challenges, the intricacies of OOBE, and reflections on the iconography of sleep paralysis, in this edition of Reality Sandwich’s Psi in the News.

 

 

Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.25.12

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 25, 2012

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Ethnography of the afterlife, skeptics issue UK psychics a scientific challenge, presentiment, premonitions and a heaping helping of NDE, in this edition of Psi-in-the-News:

Neuroscientist Eben Alexander’s new book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, has drawn a lot of commentary in the mediasphere. Here is a round-up of some of the back and forth pro, con and undecided.

On the skeptical side:

On the more open side:

Special thanks to Tom Ruffes, of the Society for Psychical Research, for the heads up on the FMRI ‘telepathy center’ study.