Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center
Another very useful virtual library is Lexscien: Library of Exploratory Science , a project of the Centre for Fundamental and Anomalies Research available by subscription. It has been developed mainly by David and Julie Rousseau , a husband and wife team who designed the system, and took care of the programing, the scanning, and other aspects, truly a great amount of work. The journals were donated by various organizations and individuals, and financial support came from the Society for Psychical Research and the Centre for Fundamental and Anomalies Research, and from the fundraising efforts of Ed May and the Rousseau’s.
The collection, presented as image facsimiles and in plain and formatted text, is still growing. The system allows users to search using key words, to download articles, and to lift text for quotes, something I have done repeatedly.
The site offers historically important journals such as the Proceedings and Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, and the Journal of Parapsychology, and the Revue Métapsychique. Other more recent publications include European Journal of Parapsychology, Journal of Scientific Exploration, and Research in Parapsychology. The SPR’s magazine, Psi Researcher, the name of which changed to Paranormal Review, is also in the collection. Some of the journals are not up to date but work is in progress to catch up with the backload. Nonetheless there is much modern material available here that should appeal to serious students of psychic phenomena.
Here are a few examples of the articles available.
Alvarado, C.S. (1993). Gifted subjects’ contributions to parapsychology: The case of Eusapia Palladino. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59, 269-292.
Barrett, W.F. (1883). On some phenomena associated with abnormal conditions of the mind. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 1, 238-244.
Birge, W.R., & Rhine, J.B. (1942). Unusual types of persons tested for ESP: 1. A professional medium. Journal of Parapsychology, 6, 85-94.
Braithwaite, J.J. (1994). Magnetic variances associated with ‘haunt-type’ experiences: a comparison using time-synchronised baseline measurements. European Journal of Parapsychology, 19, 3-28.
Braude, S.E. (1994). Psi and the nature of abilities. In E.W. Cook & D.L. Delanoy (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology 1991 (pp. 193-219). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.
Colvin, B.J. (2008). The Andover case: A responsive rapping poltergeist. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 72, 1-20.
Hallson, P. (2002). Can we make progress in the study of apparitions? Paranormal Review, 21, 3-6.
Honorton, C. (1997). The ganzfeld novice: Four predictors of initial ESP performance. Journal of Parapsychology, 61, 143-158.
Houtkooper, J. (2003). An ESP experiment with natural and simulated sferics: Displacement scores and psychological variables. European Journal of Parapsychology, 18, 49-64.
Humphrey, B.M. (1945). ESP and intelligence. Journal of Parapsychology, 9, 7-16.
Myers, F. W. H. (1884). On a telepathic explanation of some so-called spiritualistic phenomena: Part I. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 2, 217-237.
Palmer, J. (1996). From survival to transcendence: Reflections on psi as anomalous. In E.W. Cook (Ed.), Research in Parapsychology 1992 (pp. 143-171). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
Price, M., & Pegram, M.H. (1937). Extra-sensory perception among the blind. Journal of Parapsychology, 1, 143-155.
Radin, D.(1998). Psi hits and psi myths. In N.L. Zingrone, M.J. Schlitz, C.S. Alvarado, & J. Milton (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology 1993 (pp. 215-231). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow press.
Rhine, L.E. (1937). Some stimulus variations in extra-sensory perception with child subjects.Journal of Parapsychology, 1, 102-113.
Richet, C. (1889). Further experiments in hypnotic lucidity or clairvoyance. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 6, 66-83.
Rivas, T. (2004). Six cases of the reincarnation type in the Netherlands. Paranormal Review, 29, 17-21.
Roll, W.G. (2003). Poltergeists, electromagnetism and consciousness. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 17, 75-86.
Schrenck-Notzing, A. Von (1922). The Hopfgarten poltergeist case. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 20, 199-217.
Sidgwick, H., Johnson, A., Myers, F.W.H.. Podmore, F., & Sidgwick, E.M. (1894). Report on the Census of Hallucinations. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 10, 25-422.
Tart, C.T. (2003). Spiritual motivations of parapsychologists? Empirical data. Journal of Parapsychology, 67, 181-184.
Tyrrell, G.N.M. (1935). Some experiments in undifferentiated extra-sensory perception. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 29, 52-68.
Readers should consult the SPR Abstracts Catalogue (compiled by R. McLuhan and edited by Z. Weaver) that is part of Lexcien’s holdings. This presents abstracts of the content of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research published between 1882 and 2002.
At this point there are only a few books available:
Gurney, E. , Myers, F.W.H., & Podmore, F. (1886). Phantasms of the Living (2 vols.). London: Trubner.
Myers, F.W.H. (1903). Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death (2 vols.) London: Longmans, Green.
Osty, E. (1923). Supernormal Faculties in Man. London: Methuen.
Poynton, J.C. (Ed.). (1975). Parapsychology in South Africa. Johannesburg: South African Society for Psychical Research.
This library, a labor of love and an important contribution sustained by the Rousseau’s and others, is highly recommended. I use it frequently in my writings about parapsychology. To subscribe go here.