EXPLORING THE OUTER EDGES OF SOCIETY AND MIND

Perceptual Gardening in the Fields of Popular Science — Quantum Entanglement, Non-Locality and the Psi Question

Posted in > BLACK CADILLAC REVIEW by David on November 15, 2019

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In 2013, at a Remote Viewing seminar for the Rhine Research Center, Ed May, former project director of Star Gate, the infamous U.S. “psychic spy” program, addressed a pair of questions that threatened to overheat the atmosphere of the peaceful two day event. The first was in regard to quantum entanglement and consciousness, and the second was on non-locality.

“Most of those speculations are complete crap.”

Now, before leaping to defend these concepts, or, if you are a bit more skeptical, applauding May’s directness, keep in mind that this man has spent the last three decades doing serious research into anomalous cognition, and helping to manage one of the most intensive operative psychical research programs in the 20th century. Sitting next to him was Joseph McMoneagle, one of the world’s most tested psychics and inner-space explorers, and he was in full agreement based on his own experience.

Also keep in mind that May works with, or has worked with, most of the serious researchers who are using these metaphors and allegorical comparisons in their public presentations. Which is the problem, these concepts are often presented as something more than allegorical comparisons, and the media just isn’t capable of addressing nuance when it’s easier, and more saleable, to jump on a pithy bit of erroneous scientific jargon.

Allegories and Models

Quantum entanglement and non-locality are very specific mathematical models used in physics, which apply to very specific areas of the physical world. As McMoneagle pointed out, neither of these models address what he experiences while working with Remote Viewing, or any other anomalous cognitive modality, nor do they address the core question of anomalous information transfer.

As specialized mathematical models they shouldn’t be expected to. It’s a huge leap to go from quirky quantum models to a human being able to draw an accurate picture of a top secret experimental Soviet submarine across the globe using nothing more than their mind.

As allegories these concepts of quantum entanglement and non-locality are no different than the use of the word telepathy to explain anomalous cognition while telegraphs, telephones, and television were the new fruit on the scientific vine. For those writers more keyed in on discoveries in magnetism consciousness was described as “thought vibrations” or in terms of magnetized fluid.

Questions in biology involving quantum functions are specialized and go far beyond the simple use of these concepts in the popular press. Theories, such as those of Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff, which posit quantum level aspects of consciousness, deal with very specific interactions between neurons. They don’t provide the kind of overarching theory of everything that phrases like “Quantum Consciousness” have come to mean in the popular conversation.

Nice Marketing, Bad Science

Want to know what you are like inside you? Well, your inner experience is kind of like that expensive thing we’re doing in R&D.

Does that provide a valid scientific model for consciousness? Not really, what it does is provide an allegorical or metaphorical comparison that can be used to write about consciousness within whatever language is current in the field of popular science.

It’s a nice marketing tool for the current scientific establishment, but it’s bad for science in the long run. It also becomes an easy blind for scam science being passed to the public in hazy terms that sound good enough to draw dollars, or alternative spiritualities masking themselves as rational inquiry. While there are exciting changes occurring in the sciences they are much more nuanced than the general accounts available in the media give credit to.

We all have the ability to personally engage with this research, but it has to be at the level of the research, and not scraping together a few crumbs from the newspaper and secondary sources. If you look at the more reasonable “quantum consciousness” books they all couch themselves in caveats such as stating the books “use the language and concepts of quantum physics” as explanatory devices, not as scientific models.

We get into even more fragile lines of comparison when we attempt to align spiritual systems with these concepts. Again we can easily fall into the error of mistaking resonance, with direct correspondence, and commingling different levels of discourse without taking care to understand important distinctions.

Allegories are very useful in thought experiments. However, thought experiments are exploratory tools, and the history of science shows this exploration moves towards an ever elusive and ephemeral goal. The eschatological politicized narrative of the media, where some glowing moment of progress will answer all of our deepest questions, hampers serious inquiry by reifying these allegorical comparisons into a false end game.

Observations & Phenomena

May also addressed common confusion over the idea of the observer effect in quantum physics, and the observer effect in psychical research. These two concepts often become enmeshed in the same sloppy narrative, yet just as with the other allegorical comparisons, we have a mathematical model dealing with wave functions in experimental physics, and in psychical research we have an effect where the researcher’s attitude and intentionappears to have some correlation with the results of the experiment.

Because the thought experiment used to describe the observer effect in physics sounds similar to what is seen in experiments in psychical research, ie. the experimenter affects the experiment, careless coverage can conflate the two into a single narrative. Yet all we really have here is the fact that a descriptive story used to explain and work with an abstract mathematical model is similar to how we describe what happens in the lab during psi experiments. The stories are similar, the subject of the story is not.

A Renaissance in Consciousness Studies

Reading this I hope you haven’t gotten the sense that May is some grumpy materialist bent on destroying a renaissance in consciousness studies. In fact he is a virulently curious and thorough researcher who is concerned that clumsy coverage of these areas is hindering, not helping, serious investigation and practical development.

He ran a program that successfully integrated anomalous cognitive functioning with high level government intelligence, and is well aware of what approaches seem to work, what approaches don’t, and what questions remain unanswered.

Skeptics of the Remote Viewing program like to point out that it was shut down after the American Institutes for Research review of program found that there was no practical value in continuing research and application. May has responded to these criticisms in a paper published in the Journal of Parapsychology, and added during the recent seminar that when the records from the program were declassified it turned out that the majority of the reports he had sent in for the review were unopened.

Another reason to avoid easy explanations comes from McMoneagle’s personal experience. Easy language and marketable jargon simply don’t help you develop your perceptual awareness. For those serious about investigating the potential of their minds, allowing yourself to accept degraded conceptual models only serves to slow progress.

Political Realities & Cutting Edge Research

Having dealt with the dirty political realities of cutting edge research and development, it’s horrific to scientists like May when they see their work further confused through lazy journalism and popularizers seeking to profit from the public’s credulity. There are valuable insights to be shared and explored that go far beyond the utopian fantasies evoked by the less credible popularizers of consciousness studies.

One of the most important lessons I’ve taken from my time at the Rhine Research Center with researchers like Russell Targ, Ed May and Joe McMoneagle is that the basics of psychic functioning are quite simple, so simple that the real work is in undoing the habitual mental behavior that keeps us from accessing them. This includes losing our preconceptions of what “psychic functioning” is.

Some people are more talented in these areas than others, and while exercising these skills can help anyone gain a better understanding of their perceptual biases, only those with an innate capability are able to get results on par with psychics like McMoneagle.

When paying for Remote Viewing training, or any other consciousness development training that aims at objective use, you need to take these things into account, or become grossly discouraged when you walk away with less than you expected to get out of the lessons. As the contemplative practitioner David Chaim Smith once told me, true gnosis is worth nothing, who would pay for that?

You Can’t Pay for It

More importantly, don’t get tricked into thinking you can pay for it in anything other than personal experience. Joe McMoneagle has had multiple Near Death Experiences, saw some of the most brutal aspects of the Vietnam war and Cold War as an active Army Intelligence operative, and has benefitted from some of the most advanced research and training in the area of psychic development. He’s a weaponized psychic, a professionally trained psychonaut, and to assume that you could buy into that without the same degree of personal experience, dedication and extensive training is rather foolish.

In the midst of all of this there are amazing insights into our reality awaiting those that would pursue them with diligence. Ed May says that he’s never had a paranormal experience or seen anything paranormal, but he has worked with some of the most thoroughly tested psychics in the world. His curiosity and enjoyment of life allows him to keep an open mind without romanticising the experience.

Russell Targ’s work on laser guidance systems for Lockheed Martin bears a surprising resonance with his work in the development of Remote Viewing protocols that allow the mind to become a sort of laser-like long distance guidance system accessing information outside of all expected boundaries. Working in both the very real mechanics of physics, while thinking freely about the implications of his experimental research, allows him to access to a wider range of possibilities.

Exploring Consciousness

If we are serious about exploring consciousness, and the implications of advanced research, we have to be serious about the integrity of our investigation at every level. McMoneagle admits that his skills are not 100% accurate, and that what he has been able to do raises more questions than it really answers. The seductive voice of an easy sell won’t guide us to those rare insights we seek, especially treading in some of the more uncertain areas of science.

Integral experience and insight into the human condition can only be found by tending to your own perceptual gardens. Allowing our understanding to be clouded with poorly interpreted models haphazardly appropriated from physics does nothing to further our quest.

These are not easy areas to engage with, depending on what specialized area of knowledge you are coming from the questions take on different aspects. Physicists, chemists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, artists, religious authorities, spiritual teachers, and every other area of human endeavor has in some way sought to explain the question of consciousness. All of them gnawing on a different chunk of the existential elephant.

Perceptual Gardening — A Brief, and Necessarily Incomplete, List of Resources

For those interested in joining the feast, and investigating these prickly questions, here is a list of resources that I’ve found useful. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the topic of consciousness, and the extensive depth of the field, it’s impossible to bring together a short list of material that covers everything.

My own predilections towards psychical research at the moment are very much in evidence, as it seems to me that until the questions raised by research into anomalous cognition can be settled it’s difficult to adventure too far into reductionist theories without danger of losing something valuable:

The book Mind and Consciousness: 5 Questions, contains interviews with a number of leading cognitive theorists, including leading materialist thinkers, providing a valuable introduction to some of the more mainstream theories of mind that are currently in play.

Thomas Nagel’s book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False provides a philosophical argument for cultivating a greater level of nuance in discussing these complicated areas of investigation.

Russell Targ’s webpage has links to the Classics in Consciousness series he edited for Hampton Roads, as well as links to his own books on the subject. These provide insights into the more established studies in the area of anomalous cognition: http://www.espresearch.com/

Ed May has made a number of his papers available on the Cognitive Science Laboratory website, including updated information on Russian psychical experiments, and research protocols for those interested in gaining a practical understanding of Remote Viewing experiments: http://www.lfr.org/lfr/csl/academic/library.html and http://www.lfr.org/LFR/csl/academic/whitepapers.html

Dean Radin has a collection of selected peer-reviewed journal publications on psi research available for download from his website: http://deanradin.com/evidence/evidence.htm

Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne’s book Consciousness and the Source of Reality discusses the theories that have came out of their work with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory.

Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, from Edward Kelly and Emily Williams Kelly, Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia, provides an overview of research that challenges reductionist models of the mind.

The Hyperspace of Consciousness — Author Interview with Massimo Teodorani — Teodorani tackles the issue of ‘quantum consciousness’ through the lens of hard science — http://psican.org/index.php/books-a-resources-reviews/1007-the-hyperspace-of-consciousness-author-interview

For those interested in more direct experience, these groups and organizations regularly holds talks, seminars and workshops with leading researchers in the field:

The Rhine Research Center http://www.rhine.org

The Institute of Noetic Sciences: http://www.noetic.org

Society for Psychical Research: http://www.spr.ac.uk/main/

Anthropology, Consciousness and Culture: http://anthreligconsc.weebly.com/

The Windbridge Research Center: http://www.windbridge.org

Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies: http://www.windbridge.org/threshold/

As my own list is admittedly biased, what are some resources that you’ve found are valuable? Please feel free to add and discuss recommendations in the comments section.

Liminal Analytics: Psi in the News 10.1.19

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on October 1, 2019

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PSI IN THE NEWS
10.1.19
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“Once precognition hits the higher-end markets – governments, investment banking – the estimates will go up by an order of magnitude…”

— Dr. Julia Mossbridge, commenting on the estimated $2 Billion market for psychic services in the U.S.

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– Psi in the News –

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“The Climate Strike on Sept 20 brought millions together in cities around the world. The Global Consciousness Project network joined in as well. This is a picture of the data for the full UTC day. Very steady departure from random expectation.”

https://www.facebook.com/EGGproject/photos/a.187575577937788/2892258254136160/ 

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Epiphanies of the Mind with Dr. Jeffrey Kripal (Midnight in the Desert):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7omxhtydo9skqwj/MidnightInTheDesert-20190927A.mp3?dl=0

Psychic Future: What Next for the Precognition Economy (The Guardian):
https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/sep/29/psychic-future-what-next-for-the-precognition-economy

Advice for the Psychic from Eileen Garrett (Parapsychology Foundation):
https://parapsychology.org/advice-for-the-psychic/

Finding the root of consciousness: Is this brain cell your ‘mind’s eye’? (Neuroscience News):
https://neurosciencenews.com/l5p-neuron-conscious-awareness-14997/ 

Can we manipulate our sleep? (BBC):
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/can-we-manipulate-our-sleep/p07nmlxp

He Saw the Scientific Promise in the Paranormal, But Now His Legacy Could Be Lost (Washington Post):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/he-saw-the-scientific-promise-in-the-paranormal-but-now-his-legacy-could-be-lost/2019/09/23/e42c02e6-c8e8-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html

Premonitions, Presentiments and Dreams with Eric Wargo, author of Time Loops – Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious (Shattered Reality Podcast):
http://atlanticcoastufos.com/shatteredrealitypodcast.com/eric-wargo-precognition-75/

Animal Magnetism – A Selected Bibliography of Articles (Parapsychology – News, History, Research):
https://carlossalvarado.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/animal-magnetism-a-selected-bibliography-of-articles-2015-2019/

Mitch Horowitz asks, Can ESP Help Explain How Thoughts Make Things Happen? (HarvBishop.com):
https://www.harvbishop.com/can-esp-help-explain-how-thoughts-make-things-happen/

Thirteen SSE Conference Videos on Subtle Energy (Society for Scientific Exploration):
https://mailchi.mp/scientificexploration/just-released-thirteen-sse-conference-videos-on-subtle-energy

Through Mediums Never Before Considered – Psychotronics, Spiritual Services and the Analog Internet (Liminal Analytics):
https://davidmetcalfe.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/through-mediums-never-before-considered-psychotronics-spiritual-services-and-the-analog-internet/

Exploring the Afterlife in the Space Between Sleep and Awake (Robert Moss Blog):
http://mossdreams.blogspot.com/2019/09/exploring-afterlife-in-space-between.html

Longer Exhalations Are An Easy Way to Hack Your Vagus Nerve (Psychology Today):
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201905/longer-exhalations-are-easy-way-hack-your-vagus-nerve 

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– Papers, Book Reviews and Journal Issues of Note –

Policing Epistemic Deviance: Albert vonSchrenck-Notzing and Albert Moll (Academia.edu):
https://www.academia.edu/1752679/Policing_epistemic_deviance_Albert_von_Schrenck-Notzing_and_Albert_Moll

E-Bulletin of the Argentinian Instituto de Psicologia Paranormal:
http://www.alipsi.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/E-BOLETIN-PSI_Vol.14_No3_Septiembre_2019.html

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– Upcoming Events –

September 30th-October 1st, 2019 – The Fourth Transpersonal Research Colloquium will be help in Paris, France – this year’s theme is Engaging the Transformative Dimensions of Consciousness in Research:
http://www.transpersonalresearchnetwork.com

October 1st, 2019 – The Gallery of Everything in London will host an artist talk and London book launch for Shannon Taggart’s new book, SÉANCE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-book-launch-seance-by-shannon-taggart-tickets-73309451543

October 1st, 2019 – The University of Edinburgh will host Dr. Caroline Watt (Koestler) for a talk on Investigating the Impossible – Paranormal Communication (Edinburgh, U.K.):
https://www.ed.ac.uk/biomedical-sciences/news/our-changing-world-lectures/ocw-lectures-2019/investigating-the-impossible-paranormal-communicat

October 2nd-5th, 2019 – The Academy of Spirituality and Consciousness Studies will host their annual PSI CON conference, this year the theme of the event is Aspects of Consciousness:
http://ascsiconference.com

You can download the conference program here:
http://ascsiconference.com/conference/psi-con-program-download/

The full event schedule is available here:
https://ascsiconference.com/conference/psi-con-schedule-released/

October 4th, 2019 – The Rhine Research Center is hosting Sarah Gewanter for a presentation on Hypnosis: A Powerful Method of Mind Training:
https://www.rhine.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=537&reset=1&id=353 

October 4th-6th, 2019 – Omega will host a workshop focusing on the theme of Real Magic – Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science (Rhinebeck, NY):
https://www.eomega.org/workshops/real-magic

October 5th, 2019 – The Rhine Research Center is hosting Sarah Gewanter for a training seminar focusing on how to Train and Open your Mind to the Benefits of Self-Hypnosis:
https://www.rhine.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=537&reset=1&id=354

October 9th, 2019 – The SPR will host a Discussion Forum focusing on Reincarnation Reports in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D127%26reset%3D1

October 12th, 2019 – The Cambridge Consciousness Forum will host Near Death Experiences, Spiritual Transformation and the Evolution of Consciousness (Cambridge, U.K.):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/near-death-experiences-ndes-spiritual-transformation-the-evolution-of-consciousness-tickets-63295838557

October 16th, 2019 – Seance Stories: Lecture and Book Signing with Shannon Taggart (Brooklyn, NY):
https://www.green-wood.com/event/seance-stories-lecture-and-book-signing-with-shannon-taggart/

October 17th, 2019 – Seance Stories: Spiritualism and Mediums Tour with Shannon Taggart (Brooklyn, NY):
https://www.green-wood.com/event/seance-stories-spiritualism-mediums-tour/

October 18th, 2019 – The Applied Precognition Program will host APP Fest 2019 – focusing on Small group Associate Remote Viewing and Psycho-Kinesis training:
https://www.appliedprecog.com/app-fest-2019

(NEW) October 19th, 2019 – The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, the Historical Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Institution will host a celebration of past President of the Royal Society of London, William Crookes (1832-1919):
https://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2019/october/public-william-crookes-1832-1919

October 22nd, 2019 – Funzing Talks will host Christopher French for a Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal (London, U.K.):
https://uk.funzing.com/funz/a-skeptic-s-guide-to-the-paranormal-24264

October 25th-27th, 2019 – The Pacifica Graduate Institute will host a three day retreat focused on Imagination and Technology (Santa Barbara, California):
https://retreat.pacifica.edu/imagination-technology/ 

November 1st-3rd, 2019 – The Scientific and Medical Network will host the Beyond the Brain conference at the University of Westminster:
https://www.beyondthebrain.org/ 

November 8th, 2019 – The Rhine Research Center is hosting Debra Diamond for a discussion on What Really Happens in the Afterlife? Lessons from the End of Life and Beyond:
https://www.rhine.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=537&reset=1&id=357

November 9th-10th, 2019 – The British Union of Spiritist Societies will host the 7th British Congress on Medicine and Spirituality:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/7th-british-congress-on-medicine-and-spirituality-tickets-56246935097

November 15th, 2019 – The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences will host their 2019 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia:
https://aciste.org/2019-aciste-annual-conference/

November 18th, 2019 – The New York Academy of Sciences will host a conference focusing on What Happens When We Die?: Insights from Resuscitation Science:
https://www.nyas.org/events/2019/what-happens-when-we-die-insights-from-resuscitation-science/ 

March 20th-22nd, 2020 – The International Remote Viewing Association will be celebrating their 20th year with a 2020 conference at the South Point Hotel, Las Vegas. Details will be posted as they become available.
https://www.irva.org

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Professional Education in Parapsychology
For the Professional Researcher or the Casual Explorer.

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– Research Requests, Announcements and Calls for Papers –

The Yale COPE (Influence/Control Over Perceptual Experiences) Project is looking for participants for a study focusing on experiences like hearing voices and seeing things other people don’t with the goal of designing new treatments for individuals to gain empowerment in voice-hearing and other perceptual experiences.

https://www.spirit.research.yale.edu/about

Call for Papers – The journal of Culture and Organization is welcoming submissions on the theme of Ghosts in the Organization. Deadline for papers is February 1st, 2020.

https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/culture-organization-special-issue-ghosts-in-the-organization/ 

The Institute of Noetic Science is inviting participants to join in a qualitative study focused on Assessing Your Noetic Signature.

For more information: https://www.research.net/r/Noetic_Signature_Q

Call for Submissions – The Mindfield Bulletin, published by the Parapsychological Association, is actively seeking contributions of articles, news announcements, new books, and references to articles relevant to parapsychology in the journals of various fields.

For more information and upcoming topics that Mindfield will focus on:
https://mailchi.mp/parapsych/call-for-submissions-mindfield-the-bulletin-of-the-parapsychological-association-752505

The Society for Psychical Research is seeking a new Editor for the SPR’s Journal. From the SPR –

“Those wishing to be considered should send a CV that includes particular reference to academic research expertise and any experience of journal editing and reviewing and a short (up to 500 words) personal statement that outlines why the applicant would be a suitable candidate. Applications or enquiries should be sent by the closing date of 31st August 2019, to Prof. Bernard Carr, Chair, Education and Publicity Committee, The Society for Psychical Research, 1 Vernon Mews, London, W14 0RL, or emailed tojournal@spr.ac.uk “

https://www.spr.ac.uk/news/editor-journal-society-psychical-research

The Insitute of Noetic Sciences is seeking participants who are 55+ years old and currently reside in the United States for an internet-based meditation study for older adults experiencing symptoms of depression – Integrative Restoration (iRest-Phase 3):
https://www.research.net/r/iRest-Phase3

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is seeking participants for their Exceptional Healers Pilot Study. This pilot research study takes place at the Institute of Noetic Sciences campus in Petaluma, CA. Study activities consists of 2 visits, three weeks apart, to complete the healing session and biometric tests.
https://noetic.org/science/participate-research/ 

Volunteers Needed – Researchers at the University of Derby’s School of Human Sciences are conducting a study about remote viewing — participants can take part in the study in person (at the University of Derby campus on Kedleston Road ) or online. The experiment will attempt to use remote viewing to try to describe the location of a specific ‘missing’ person.
http://psi.wyrdwise.com/ 

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

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 Sciences as a treatment, please go to this survey to see if you’re eligible for the study:
https://www.research.net/r/iMINDrtest

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/

Have you had a premonition experience that foretells an important future event? If so, you can describe and register your premonition with Psychic Science.

On submitting your information to our Premonitions Register, we will timestamp and record your premonition for future reference and verification. We will also email you a copy of your premonition as registered in our database.

https://psychicscience.org/premreg 

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–  Videos  –

Ecological Awareness and the Paranormal | Jack Hunter (New Thinking Allowed):

Visual Categorization of Images of Live/Deceased Faces by Intuitive Individuals | Arnaud Delorme (Parapsychological Association):

Remembering Alex Tanous with Archival Video and Loyd Auerbach (New Thinking Allowed):

Exception Experiences and Integrative and Complementary Health Approaches | Renaud Evrard (Parapsychological Association):

 

Conversations with Ghosts – Callum Cooper (New Thinking Allowed):

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– Featured Image –

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ESP research pioneer J.B Rhine – Illustration by Tim Botta
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3AXaIJHiHs/ 

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– Featured Sounds –

“Fortune teller, I’ve crossed your palm with silver, now work your magic of old…”

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– Upcoming Books –

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Believing in Bits- Digital Media and the Supernatural, eds. Simone Natale and Diana Pasulka (Available October 1st from Oxford University Press, 2019):
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/believing-in-bits-9780190949990

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Seance, by Shannon Taggart, with a Foreword by Dan Akyroyd, contextual essays from Andreas Fischer and Tony Oursler, and an introduction and stories from Shannon herself. (Forthcoming from Fulgur Press, 2019):
https://www.artbook.com/9781527236318.html

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–  Doctor’s Advice –

“The ultimate goal of experimental research is to convert the paranormal into technology. If psi is converted to technology, the mysterious, mystical, spiritual aspects will be lost. The message from the trickster is that converting psi to technology is not going to happen.” – James E. Kennedy, Coming to Terms with the Trickster

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to provide support for Dr. Stanley Krippner in light of Saybrook University’s termination of his employment.

For more information: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-dr-stanley-krippner

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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)

 

 

Learn Remote Viewing with Paul H. Smith, PhD

Posted in > PSI IN THE NEWS by David on February 9, 2016

graphic-f11rv-bldgs-drawAs part of its ongoing education mission the Rhine Research Center is offering a series of online courses in professional parapsychology. Starting February 17 and going through March 9th the Rhine is offering a fantastic opportunity to learn Remote Viewing from one of the main players in the U.S. government’s psychic spy program:

This 4-week online introduction to remote viewing (RV) will discuss RV’s origins and history, scientific protocols, methodologies, applications, success stories and failures, explanatory theories, skeptical critiques, and much more, including brief instruction to the RV process and an opportunity to perform your own remote viewing session during the course of instruction. The controversy surrounding teaching of remote viewing will be discussed, and you will be introduced to the roles played in remote viewing by some of the most significant personalities in the field, including such luminaries as Ingo Swann, Hal Puthoff, Russell Targ, Joseph McMoneagle, Ed May, and others.

Instructor Paul H. Smith, Ph.D. was for seven years a member of Project Star Gate, the US government remote viewing program, working as an operational remote viewer, trainer, and the program’s official historian. He still actively teaches remote viewing in its various aspects, and is current president of IRVA, the International Remote Viewing Association.

Click Here for more information!

Image Courtesy of Russell Targ – a sketch of the target site, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, by viewer a hundred miles away, showing T-shaped six-story administration building next to a row of trees, with a road separating it from a large open area. (Remote Viewer: Joseph McMoneagle. This trial was carried out with Dr. Edwin C. May in 1987.)