Category: Conferences and Other Events


Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychological Association has posted the announcement of their 2019 convention. It reads as follows:

“This July 4-6, the PA is bringing its annual convention to Paris, France in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Institut Métapsychique International. Join us for three days of paper presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on the latest research into psi and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and possible survival of bodily death.”

“The year’s J.B. Rhine Address will be delivered by quantum physicist and philosopher Antoine Suarez, founding director of the Center for Quantum Philosophy. In his address titled What Is and Is Not Possible for Human Experimenters Suarez will discuss the conditions for the possibility and reproducibility of psychophysical phenomena. The PA convention will offer an opportunity for attendees interested in a wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to share and evaluate some of the most exciting and promising original research happening today.”

“At the close of the convention, the Institut Métapsychique International has planned a visit exclusively for PA convention attendees to an exhibit titled The Embodied After-life: Mediumship, Art and Métapsychique. The exhibit will present 100 years of psychical research through mediumnistic drawings and paintings, psi measurement devices, “spirit” photography, original plates of Warcollier’s telepathy experiments, and the famous ectoplasmic hand moulds of Franek Kluski. Thought-provoking and visually striking, the exhibit will present a unique opportunity to discover the rich scientific and artistic heritage of one of the oldest centers of psychical research. The evening ends with a reception, also hosted by the IMI, at a nearby Asian restaurant.”

Here is information about registration (click here and here), and a tentative program of papers to be presented at the convention (click here).

 

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Here is a blog by Nancy L. Zingrone about free online lectures about various aspects of survival of death sponsored by the Parapsychology Foundation.

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Enrollment Open Now: ParaMOOC1029

Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Research and Education free online course is now open for enrollment. The schedule has been restructured and the course now has a specific topic, “Survival of Death and Parapsychology.” Enrollment for the course opened on March 21st and will close on May 31st. To enroll click here and to see a quick tutorial about enrolling click here (the academy on the social media teaching platform, WizIQ, has changed somewhat this year). The first live session will be held on Saturday April 6th and the last live session will be held on Sunday May 19th. All live sessions will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, including the discussion forums, with most of them scheduled for noon Eastern.

As usual, folks who enroll in the course will have access to the course materials and the recordings of the live sessions at least until April of 2020. All of the substantive lectures will be published to the Parapsychology Foundation’s YouTube channel (barring technical difficulties that preclude that), and will roll out over the next couple of years, along with the remnant of lectures from the previous years.

Begun in 2015 by Carlos and I, the ParaMOOC enrolled over 1000 people in its first year, and the effort was supported by a number of donors including the Parapsychology Foundation, Natasha and Jonathan Chisdes of Chizfilm.com as well as Dr. Phil Morse who is one of this year’s speakers. From 2016 through this year, with over 300 individuals enrolling each year (well so far I think we have around 48, so plenty of room in the course, folks!), the Parapsychology Foundation took over all of the funding, enabling Carlos and I to continue to manage a large course with many speakers per week, and a great deal of work both during the course and after with the most active participants. As we and the Parapsychology Foundation faced a downturn in the economic feasibility of such a big endeavor this year, Carlos and I began to think about not only the content, but the scope. After four years of casting a wide net over the areas of study the field encompasses, we began to think that a thematic MOOC was in order, hence the focus on survival.

In ParaMOOC 2017, we opened a few of the live sessions to anybody who wanted to attend, and because that was appreciated by the attendees, the speakers and their network of colleagues and friends, we decided to open all of the live sessions to the public in 2018. We’ll be continuing that policy this year. Only enrollees are eligible for certificates, however.

As for the faculty members, from the beginning of the ParaMOOC series, Carlos, who has always taken the lead on faculty recruitment, wanted to make sure that speakers were almost always active researchers or theorists or others engaged in some important activity for the promotion of serious parapsychological research. The vast majority of past and present speakers hold doctoral degrees in their areas, or on occasion, have been physicians who also conducted research, or post-graduate students. And we have also included a couple of extraordinary individuals without advanced degrees who have a clear reputation for engaging in high level research. Our hope was to provide attendees with the opportunity to interact with the faculty, raising questions and making comments, and to provide the faculty with the opportunity to craft a lecture or lectures of a length that was unavailable to them at the conferences and other academic and scientific events. To be honest, we’ve been very lucky to have had so many excellent speakers agree to speak and some, more than once!

The following are the ParaMOOC2019 faculty and their specific topics:

Dr Carlos S Alvarado, the co-director of The AZIRE, an online project of Alvarado, Zingrone & Associates, and a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation (USA). Dr Alvarado will present “Survival of Death and the Development of Parapsychology” on Sunday, April the 7th, and “European Interest in Survival of Death: The Case of Ernesto Bozzano” on Saturday, April 13th.

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Carlos S. Alvarado

Dr Janice Miner Holden, editor of the Journal of Near Death Studies, and Professor of Counseling Education at the University of North Texas (USA), will present “Near-Death Experiences and the Survival of Physical Death” on Sunday, April 14th.

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Janice M. Holden

Dr Phil Morse, retired Professor Emeritus of Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia (USA), will present “The Amazing, Unimpeachable Mediumship of Leonora Piper,” on Saturday, April 20th.

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Phil Morse

Dr Masayuki Ohkado, Professor in the Graduate School of Global Humanics and Faculty of General Education of Chubu University (Japan), will present “How Real are Past Life Experiences under Hypnosis?”, on Saturday, April 27th.

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Masayuki Ohkado

Dr Alejandro Parra, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Psychology of the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (Argentina), will present “Unusual perceptual experiences in hospital settings and anomalous experiences in nurses” on Sunday, April 28th.

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Alejandro Parra

Dr Julie Beischel, co-founder and director of Windbridge Research Center (USA), will present “The Four Types of After-Death Communication Experiences (ADCs),” on Saturday, May 4th  

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Julie Beischel

Dr Callum E. Cooper, Instructor in Psychology at the University of Northhampton (UK) will present “Apparitions and Other Experiences of the Bereaved,” on Sunday, May 5th.

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Callum Cooper

Dr Alexander Moreira-Almeida, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), will present “Mind-Body Independence and Survival of Death,” on Saturday, May 11th.

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Alexander Moreira-Almeida

Dr Michael Nahm, researcher at the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health (Germany), will present “The Unexpected Return of Mental Clarity before Death: Examples, Implications, and Future Research Perspectives of Terminal Lucidity Terminal Lucidity,” on Sunday, May 12th.

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Michael Nahm

Steve Braude, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, will present “Post-mortem Survival: The Central Issues” on Saturday, May 18th.

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Stephen E. Braude

And as always, additional materials, links to previously recorded lectures and YouTube videos, and tutorials will be included in the course. To embed the Google calendar for the course into your own calendar, click here.

We hope you’ll join us again this year. And keep an eye on the ParaMOOC playlist on the Parapsychology Foundation’s YouTube Channel as we’re going to continue to upload past presentations as we can.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I have received this announcement from Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, about new online presentations sponsored by the Parapsychology Foundation.

“The Parapsychology Foundation is presenting the fourth in its series of PF Book Expos on WizIQ. The live sessions of the PF Book Expo Fall 2017 will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. You can self-enroll in the course by following the link: http://pflyceum.wiziq.com/course/201514-parapsychology-foundation-book-expo-fall-2017 . You’ll need to set up a free WizIQ account if you haven’t got one already (choose “student” when it asks you what type of account you’d like). The live sessions will start at 11:00am Eastern on Saturday December 2nd and continue through 6:00pm Eastern. Enrollment will be open from November 29th through December 31st, 2017. If you can’t join us for the live sessions, the recordings will be up in the event space within a few hours. PowerPoints and chat logs from each session will be available by Sunday afternoon. You will have access as long as you have your WizIQ membership, and you can encourage colleagues to enroll through the end of the year.”

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“One author and two editors will talk about their recent books, touching on the content, the goals of their books, why they got involved in the process, what they learned along the way, and more. And in a new feature of the PF Book Expo Series, some classic books in the field will also be reintroduced to participants. Each talk will be followed by a question and answer session involving the registrants. All of the books are aimed at the intelligent reader, serious researchers in, and students of consciousness and parapsychology. The day will begin with a welcoming session at 11am Eastern and end with a wrap up session at 5:30pm Eastern.”

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“Guest lecturers at the Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo Fall 2017:”

“Seasoned journalist and New York Times best-selling author Leslie Kean will present Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife published by Crown Archetype in March of 2017. Kean’s book is a well-researched and thorough overview of wide-ranging evidence that supports the theory that consciousness survives death. From near-death experiences to children’s anomalous memories of previous lives and mediumship research, Kean not only presents the results of her own research but includes chapters from the scientists and scholars from four countries who have provided the best of the evidence.”

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“Physicist, former head of the US Department of Defense’s Stargate Program (1975-1995) Dr. Edwin C. May will present Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing and Theory published by McFarland Publishing in 2015.The volume edited by May and his colleague neuropsychologist Dr. Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, has chapters on every aspect of the Stargate Program, many of which have never been published before.”

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“Anthropologist Jack Hunter will present Damned Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal published by Aporetic Press in 2016. Like Charles Fort’s books which ranged over all many of experiences and phenomena that pushed the envelope of what is real, Hunter and his collaborators examine a wide variety of topics from different perspectives, providing thoroughly researched accounts providing evidence for facts that conventional wisdom has long hoped to ignore.”

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“PF Research Fellow Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado will present a number of classic texts from the history of psychical research and parapsychology, four in some depth and the others less so, in an effort to highlight earlier books that deserve a closer look from the modern audience of researchers, students and scholars in the field.”

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Carlos S. Alvarado

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The Parapsychology Foundation Fall 2017 Book Expo is aimed at individuals who are interested in scientific parapsychology, its theory and phenomena, and in consciousness, near-death experiences, and the history of the field. You don’t need any particular level of education to enjoy the Expo, just curiosity about the topics.”

“The Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo series is the only place on the internet where you can get a “meet the author/meet the editor” experience for recommended academic and popular books on the topics of scientific parapsychology. So if you’re a student hoping to do research in near-death experiences, a new researcher or experiencer with an interest in consciousness theory and research, or just someone who is fascinated by the history of global efforts to understand this difficult subject, then the PF Book Expo Fall 2017 is for you.”

“Each individual will have a PowerPoint that will be uploaded as a tutorial in WizIQ. Each live lecture will also be recorded and besides being available on WizIQ, will be edited and uploaded to the PF’s YouTube Channel. (If you like what you see on the PF YouTube Channel don’t forget to subscribe and to click the “bell” after subscribing so that you get notifications of new uploads to the Channel.”

“By attending you will meet the authors and editors of books we think are among the best published in recent years on their topics.”

“While the course doesn’t prepare registrants for any certification or exams, the PF Book Expo Fall 2017 will acquaint you with some really good books that can help you in your quest to learn more!”

Here is the schedule:

December 2, 2017

11:00am Eastern time: Introduction: Nancy L. Zingrone and Lisette Coly

11:30am Eastern time: Leslie Kean, Surviving Death

1:00pm Eastern time: Carlos S. Alvarado, Classic and Important Books About Psychic Phenomena

2:30pm Eastern time: Ed May, Anomalous Cognition

4:00pm Eastern time: Jack Hunter, Damned Facts

5:30pm Eastern time: Closing Session, Nancy L. Zingrone

 

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

As I write these lines the Parapsychological Association is holding its annual convention in Athens, Greece. I was not able to attend, but I am glad that I participated as part of the Program Committee. Here I would like to present the titles of the papers, as presented in the convention’s abstracts of papers. The photos i have posted were recently taken  at the convention.

 

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Papers Presented at the Convention

The “Vienna Circle” and Parapsychology

by Peter Mulacz

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Peter Mulacz (photo by Renaud Evrard)

Freud as a Psychical Researcher: The Impossible Freudian Legacy

by Evrard Renaud, Claudie Massicotte & Thomas Rabeyron

The Creation and Validation of the Belief in the Supernatural Scale

by Malcolm B. Schofield, Ian S. Baker, Paul Staples & David Sheffield

Anomalistic Psychology, Parapsychology, Psychology of Magic, and Psychology of Religion: An Integration Proposal to Deal with the Complexity of the Paranormal

by Leonardo Martins

Training Anomalous Cognition in a Motor Task with Subliminal Auditory Feedback

by John Palmer

Do Changes of Thermodynamic Entropy at a Remote Site Enhance the Quality of Anomalous Cognition?

by Edwin C. May, Lory Hawley & Sonali Bhatt Marwaha

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Ed May (photo by Renaud Evrard)

Exploring the Effect of a Contingent Cash Based Reward on the Precall of Arousing Images

by David Vernon

Exceptional Experiences under Placebo God Helmet Conditions

by Christine Simmonds-Moore, Donadrian Rice & Chase O’Gwin

A Test of Morphic Resonance using Urdu Words

by Kate Archer & Rachel Cooper

Scientific Evidence of Telekinetic Effects on a Spinning Mobile: A Scientific Attempt to Detect and Study Telekinetic Effects even in a Non-Confined Environment

by Eric Dullin & David Jamet

Implicit Psi in a Stimulus Detection Task: Can PK and Precognition Affect Perceptual Performance? [Research Brief]

by Jacob Jolij & Dick Bierman

The Selfield: A Precognitive Study using an Immersive Display System

by Mario Varvoglis, Peter Bancel, Djohar si Ahmed, Jocelyne Boban & Jean-Paul Bailly

PA 2017 Mario Varvoglis Photo by Renaud Evrard

Mario Varvoglis (photo by Renaud Evrard)

Descriptive Analyses of Various Anomalous Experiences of Nurses and Carers: Personality, Perceptual and Cognitive Factors Associated with Anomalous/Paranormal Experiences  Reported by Nurses

by Alejandro Parra

The Bélmez Faces: An Investigation of a Supposedly Strong Case [Research Brief]

by Gerhard Mayer

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Gerhard Mayer (photo by Rachel Evenden)

“Logic is Only Half the Equation”: Exploring Psychedelic Drug Usage and Transformations of Identity, Spiritual Awakening, the Transcending of Ordinary States of Consciousness and Enlightenment Experiences Following LSD Consumption

Lesley-Ann Smith, Johnny T. Ryan & Rachel E. Evenden

Content Analysis of Spontaneous Cases of Psi included in the Alister Hardy Religious Experiences Research Centre Database

Chris A. Roe & Rebecca Linnett

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Chris Roe (photo taken by Rachel Evenden)

The Relation of Psi and Alterations of Consciousness in Ganzfeld and Hypnosis Contexts

by Etzel Cardeña & David Marcusson-Clavertz

Dreamy States and Cosmic Wanderings: An Autoethnographic Narrative of Spiritual Experiences in Epilepsy

by Louise N. King, Chris A. Roe & Elizabeth C. Roxburgh

Transformative Features of the Psychedelic Drug Experience: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Ayahuasca Users in Britain

by Johnny T. Ryan, Lesley-Ann Smith & Rachel E. Evenden

The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the US Government Sponsored Psi Program: 1972-1995. An Overview

by Sonali Bhatt Marwaha & Edwin C. May

Exploring the Model of Pragmatic Information: Implications for the Classification and Explanation of Psi

by Bevis Beauvais

Open Data in Parapsychology: Introducing PSI Open Data

by Adrian Ryan

Panel Discussion

A Tribute to Gerd Hövelmann (1956-2017)

Chair: Renaud Evrard

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Gerd Hövelmann (1956-2017)

Gerd H. Hövelmann or the ‘Amicus Curiae’ of Parapsychology: A personal appreciation

by Eberhard Bauer

Gerd H. Hövelmann: Some Personal Recollections

by Peter Mulacz

From Responsible Scepticism to Reflexive Anomalistics: A Selection of Quotes from Gerd Hövelmann

by Renaud Evrard

Posters

An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of After-Death Communication in the Bereavement Process of Professed Sceptics

by Miruna M. Bara & Callum E. Cooper

Spontaneous Post-Death Phenomena and their Positive Impact on Experients

by Callum E. Cooper, Chris A. Roe & Graham Mitchell

A Pilot Study of Floatation Tanks and Sensory Isolation in Producing Psi Conducive Imagery

by Callum E. Cooper & David T. Saunders

Medical Diagnosis and Death Detection: A Replication of Reading Faces through Photographs

by Marcelo Eremián

How do RNGs Detect Psychokinesis? The Proposed CAW Model (Coupling, Analog Signal Anomaly, and Wave-Like Field Model) as a Mechanism of Detecting PK

by Hideyuki Kokubo

What about Parapsychology and Anomalistics? Results of a WGFP and GfA Member Survey

by Gerhard A. Mayer

Therapeutic Approaches towards Integrating Near-Death Experiences

by Erika A. Pratte

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Erika Pratte (Photo by Renaud Evrard)

Exploring the Parapsychological and Transpersonal Dimensions of the Psychedelic Drug Experience: A Mixed Methods Analysis

by Johnny T. Ryan, Chris A. Roe & Lesley-Ann Smith

Individual Difference Correlates of Psi Performance in Forced-Choice Precognition Experiments: A Meta-Analysis (1945-2016)

Marco Zdrenka & Marc S. Wilson

Special Presentations

Presidential Address

Withering Skepticism: Inclusive Criticism, or Hackneyed Mantras and Extraordinary Standards?

by Chris A. Roe

J.B. Rhine Banquet Speech

Invisible World and Modern Astrophysics

by Efstratios Theodosiou

Schmeidler Award Address

A Brief History of Psionics

by Michael Tremmel

Exhibitions and Live Performance

Pythia: An ancient musical instrument exhibition and live performance

Nikolaos Koumartzis, Iordanis Koumartzis, Theodore Koumartzis & George Saratsis

The Greek History of Psychical Research: A Photo-Exhibition

Nikolaos Koumartzis

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Niko Koumartzis photo exhibit (photo by Annalisa Ventola)

 

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I received this from the Parapsychology Foundation announcing new online  presentations.

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The Parapsychology Foundation (PF), now in its 66th year of operation this year, the PF has re-dedicated itself to one of its core mission, that of advancing education in parapsychology. In this spirit, the PF Lyceum Academy will offer the second in its series of PF International Affiliates Conferences on WizIQ, “New Faces in The Scientific Study of Psychic Phenomena.” Three post-graduate students from around the world have been recommended by members of the elite group of scientists and researchers in the Parapsychology Foundation’s International Affiliates Program. Pursuing advanced degrees and taking up important topics in the field, these young people will present their research and share their enthusiasm for the field and its challenges at this important conference! Join us! (To register click here.)

First a little bit about the Parapsychology Foundation International Affiliates program. Inaugurated in 2000 the program includes 27 extraordinary individuals from 26 different countries around the world. Each of these individuals – such as Professor Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Dr. Fatima Machado of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, and Dr. Zoltan Vassy in Hungary – conduct research, mentor graduate students, are active researchers, or active professionals with a deep understanding of the subject matter. In the 2016 PF International Affiliates Conference on WizIQ five international affiliates gave presentations about institutional, educational and research developments in their own countries over the last 40 years. This year we went back to these extraordinary individuals and asked them to nominate a young person in training to take up scientific or academic work in this field. Ana Flores from the University of Edinburgh was nominated by Professor Watt, Csongor Matyi was nominated by Dr. Vassy, and Gabriel Teixeira was nominated by Dr. Machado. A conference of five sessions was built around these young researchers and their work.

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Here are the young researchers who will be speaking at the conference:

  • Ana Flores, a Ph.D. candidate at the University Edinburgh (UE), a member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit in the Department of Psychology at UE, and a research fellow of the Bial Foundation in Portugal. Flores holds an LLB and an MA in Law, both awarded by the Universidade Autonoma of Lisbon, and worked as a lawyer for a dozen years. She also obtained a Diploma in Psychology from the Universidade Lusofona de Lisboa and an M.Sc. in Transpersonal Psychology and Consciousness Studies at the University of Northampton in England. Her presentation is “A New Light on the Replicability Problem in Parapsychology: Can Non-Local Correlations be an Answer?”  As part of an International Consortium, Flores’ presentation will review her doctoral work testing a new theoretical paradigm first developed by German physicist and scholar Walter von Lucadou.
  • Csongor Matyi received his M.A. from the University of Budapest where he first studied law and then after a year spent in the UK, switched to experimental and cognitive psychology. Taking part in the Paris Euro-PA Convention, he was introduced to the international community of researchers in parapsychology. Currently combining a psychological practice specializing in gifted children with lecturing on the history and methods of parapsychology at Eötvös Loránd University, he is also an active researcher and counselor. His presentation, “An Auto-Ganzfeld Study Conducted in 2011,” will focus on his M.A. thesis research.
  • Gabriel Teixeira received his Masters in Psychology from the Federal University of São Paulo in Brazil and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of São Paul (USP) in Brazil as well as a member of InterPsi, the Laboratory of Anomalistic Psychology and Psychosocial Processes at USP. His presentation, “Varieties of Out-of-Body Experiences: Comparing OBErs and non-OBEs in a Brazilian Sample,” will review a study done for his masters thesis.

In addition, Lisette Coly, the President of the Parapsychology Foundation, and PF Research Fellows Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone will conduct the opening and closing sessions for the conference, focusing on the breadth of the PF International Affiliate program, its goals and accomplishments, and, in the closing session, on such upcoming activities as upcoming events and courses in the PF Lyceum Academy on WizIQ.

Individuals who attend or view all the lectures and take part in discussions will come away from the conference with the unique experience of meeting and hearing the work of up and coming new researchers as well as some of the latest research areas in the field. Individuals who attend will also become familiar with the Foundation’s work supporting researchers and students in a wide variety of countries. Because of the question and answer period after each lecture and the discussion forum available on the conference’s main page, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with others from around the world who share their interests and experiences.

To register click here.

 

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I recently mentioned in a recent blog the forthcoming ParaMOOC 2017. As I said, this is a series of high level free online lectures on various aspects of parapsychology that will start on January 16th with live sessions through February 24th, and last-Sunday-of-the-month discussion forums until August 31st. Each presentation is illustrated with slides and given by guest lecturers. Eventually all the presentations will be available on YouTube.

The project is organized by Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone and Carlos S. Alvarado, and it is supported by the Parapsychology Foundation.

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Like previous ParaMOOCs, lecturers come from various countries. This year we have participants from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

To enroll and for additional information click here. See also  our YouTube announcement here.

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Here is the full program (all presentations will be real time at 2:00pm Eastern time):

January 23: Ed Kelly (PhD, US)

From Physicalism to Idealism: My Engagement with the Paranormal

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Ed Kelly

January 25: Gerhard Mayer (PhD, Germany)

The Specific Conditions of Parapsychological Research

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Gerhard Mayer

January 31: Ohkado Masayuki (PhD, Japan)

Children’s Prenatal and Perinatal Memories

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Ohkado Masayuki

February 3: Christopher Laursen (PhD, Canada)

Parapsychology and the Poltergeist

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Christopher Laursen

February 4: Alexander Sech Junior (PhD, Brazil)

Some Historical Aspects of 19th Century Studies of Psychic Phenomena

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Alexandre Sech Junior

February 5: Everton de Oliveira Maraldi (PhD, Brazil)

The Concept of Creative Dissociation: Contributions to the Study of Artístic Mediumship

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Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

February 10: Jack Hunter (PhD Candidate, England)

Between Realness and Unrealness: Anthropology, Parapsychology and the Ontology of Non-Ordinary Realities

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Jack Hunter

February 11: Daryl Bem (PhD, US)

Feeling the Future: Laboratory Experiments on Precognition

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Daryl Bem

February 14: Julia Mossbridge (PhD, US)

Predicting the Unpredictable: Evidence and Working Model

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Julia Mossbridge

February 15: Christine Simmonds-Moore (PhD, US)

Synesthesia and Psi

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Christine Simmonds-Moore

February 16: Peter Bancel (PhD, France)

Why the Global Consciousness Project Does Not Measure Global Consciousness

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Peter Bancel

February 18: Alejandro Parra (PhD, Argentina)

Learning to Read the Soul of Things”:

An Up-to-Date State of the Art Review of the Token-Object Effect and Psi

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Alejandro Parra

February 21: Charmaine Sonnex (PhD candidate, England)

A Review of Non-Contact Healing: Trials and Tribulations

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Charmaine Sonnex

February 22: Fabio da Silva (PhD, Brazil)

Could the Presentiment Studies be Useful for Psi Training Groups Research?

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Fabio da Silva

February 23: Etzel Cardeña (PhD, Sweden)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Personal Reflections About Parapsychology

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Etzel Cardeña

For more information on the course you can watch our YouTube announcement here.  And to sign up for the course itself click here.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Those of you that follow this blog regularly will remember previous mentions of the ParaMOOC (click here, and here), a free, massively online course built around a series of high level lectures presented by researchers in the field

The next course, ParaMOOC 2017 will start on January 16th with live sessions through February 24th, and end-of-the-month discussion forums until August 31st. The course will consist of around 15 live (real time) presentations from guest lecturers, illustrated with slides, not to mention a few presentations from us, as well as weekly discussion forums.

Up to now the following researchers, from different countries, have confirmed their participation:

Peter Bancel (PhD, France), Daryl Bem (PhD, US), Ed Kelly (PhD, US), Jack Hunter (PhD candidate, England), Alexander Sech Junior (PhD, Brazil), Christopher Laursen (PhD, Canada), Everton de Oliveira Maraldi (PhD, Brazil), Ohkado Masayuki (PhD, Japan), Julia Mossbridge (PhD, US), Gerhard Mayer (PhD, Germany), Alejandro Parra (PhD, Argentina), Christine Simmonds-Moore (PhD, US), Charmaine Sonnex (PhD candidate, England), and Fabio da Silva (PhD, Brazil).

Some of the lectures are:

Daryl Bem: Feeling the Future: Laboratory Experiments on Precognition

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Daryl Bem, PhD

Christopher Laursen: Parapsychology and the Poltergeist

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Christopher Laursen, PhD

Julia Mossbridge: Predicting the Unpredictable: Evidence and Working Model

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Julia Mossbridge, PhD

Ohkado Masayuki: Children’s Prenatal and Perinatal Memories

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Ohkado Masayuki, PhD

Christine Simmonds-Moore: Synesthesia and Psi

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Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD

Charmaine Sonnex: A Review of Non-Contact Healing: Trials and Tribulations

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Charmaine Sonnex, PhD Candidate

For enrollment (free) and additional information follow the link.

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

May I congratulate the Parapsychology Foundation (PF) for its 65th anniversary? Today, on the 14th of December. the PF was chartered, and the PF was officially constituted. Congratulations are also due to the PF’s President Lisette Coly.

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Lisette Coly

 Those of you who are not familiar with the PF should check an article written by the officers of the organization, published in 2001. More recently, I wrote a shorter version of this paper and mentioned some recent developments. This will appear soon in the Psi Encyclopedia, a project of the Society for Psychical Research.

As many of you know the PF was the brain-child of medium-author-entrepeneur Eileen J. Garrett who, together with congressman (she did not like to be called congresswoman) Frances P. Bolton, developed the Foundation from 1951 to later years. After Garrett died her daughter Eileen Coly, took the reigns and continued the work.

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Eileen J. Garrett

 

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Frances P. Bolton

I became a consultant for the PF in 1998, and then in 2000, my wife and colleague Nancy L. Zingrone and I moved to New York City to work with Mrs. C. (Eileen Coly) and with Lisette, who wanted to hire us to develop various projects. Those of us who worked with Mrs. C. cannot help feeling sad celebrating a PF anniversary without her. She was vital to the PF, and many are the recollections I have of her character, sense of humor, and management style. Those who knew her beyond her public persona will be aware of the richness of her personality.

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Eileen Coly

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Eileen Coly with Carlos S. Alvarado and Nancy L. Zingrone

Lisette, already the Executive Director, became President when we lost Mrs. C. and continues the work to this day. Nancy and I  recently met with her and were recollecting our work together, and planning for the future. Lisette is a fountain of creativity and our meeting was never dull or without something to be said. Thanks to her the PF keeps developing in new ways, such as an active online presence unrivaled in current parapsychology. This includes posting online a variety of materials in YouTube. This includes many old and new lectures, recent forums, the Book Expo (in which authors and editors discuss their books about psychic topics), and our unique ParaMOOC, consisting of many high level online lectures, most of which are presented by doctoral level researchers via the WizIQ system.

Under Lisette, many of these projects continue in the spirit of the old PF. It is good to see that, in addition to the old projects, such as the famous 1953 conference held at Utrecht, new events are still organized by the Foundation. As before there is a strong interest in helping the field by providing educational resources, and an equally strong interest in keeping a truly international perspective.

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First International Conference of Parapsychological Studies, Utrecht, 1953

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Keep in touch because, more is coming soon from the PF.

Once again, I congratulate the PF and Lisette Coly for never abandoning their legacy or their vision. Happy anniversary.

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Eileen and Lisette Coly at the PF’s Eileen J. Garrett Library, Greenport, Long Island

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation is announcing their third Book Expo (on the second click here). This consists of three free online presentations of recently published book presented by their authors plus an opening and closing sessions with PF staff. The event will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

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The books featured are Transcendent Mind, by Dr. Imants Barušs and Dr. Julia Mossbridge (presented by Mossbridge), The Self Does Not Die, by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, and Rudolf H. Smit (presented by Rivas and Smit), and Enquête sur 150 Ans de Parapsychologie, by Dr. Renaud Evrard.

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Here is the schedule:

Saturday November 12th, 2016

  • Noon Eastern: Opening Session, Lisette Coly, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, & Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone.
  • 12:30pm Eastern: Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness by Dr. Imants Baruss and Dr. Julia Mossbridge, presenter: Dr. Julia Mossbridge.
  • 2:00pm Eastern: The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven, and Rudolf Smit, translated by Dr. Jan Holden with a foreword by Robert and Suzanne Mays. Presenters: Titus Rivas and Rudolf Smit.
  • 3:30pm Eastern: Enquete sur 150 ans de parapsychologie: La legende de l’espirt [A Survey of 150 Years of Parapsychology: The Legend of the Spirit] by Dr. Renaud Evrard, presenter: Dr. Renaud Evrard.
  • 5:00pm Eastern: Closing Session, Lisette Coly, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, & Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone.

To register for free click here.

To purchase the books follow the links below:

Transcendent Mind

The Self Does Not Die

Enquête sur 150 ans de Parapsychologie

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD., Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

The Parapsychology Foundation  is sponsoring an online forum  about physical mediumship. Here is the official publicity.

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The Parapsychology Foundation Lyceum presents it’s first forum online this October. Using the WizIQ.com teaching platform, the forum, Physical Mediumship, will cover research both historical and modern. Opening to registration September 29th, 2016, the Forum’s WizIQ site will be available to registrants on Saturday October 8th, and will remain open for new registration until Saturday, November 14th. In the Forum site you will find not only the schedule of live presentations (and recordings later on), but PowerPoints, a reading list, supplemental materials such as articles and videos, as well as two live discussion forums, and a classroom discussion page that’s always available. A certificate of completion will also be sent to all registrants after the 15th of November, 2016.

If you’ve attended any of the Parapsychology Foundation’s online events, such as the yearly course Parapsychology Research and Education (the Para-MOOC Series) or the bi-annual PF Book Expo, you know how the WizIQ site and its virtual classroom will work. For those who are joining the PF’s online events for the first time, your welcome email will contain helpful information. Regular registration is $50 and student registration is $35. To register click here.

Scholarships are also available by messaging us through the Parapsychology Foundation Facebook Group or dropping us a note through the Customer Service page.

The PF Lyceum online forum is structured like the face-to-face forums that took place in the Eileen J. Garrett Library back in the day: four presentations by expert lecturers and lots of time for questions and answers after each talk. But unlike the old face-to-face forums, if you can’t make the live sessions, you can still register. All the live sessions will be recorded and available in the Forum’s Site for later viewing. Here’s the live session schedule:

Welcoming Remarks by Lisette Coly (President, Parapsychology Foundation) and Introduction to the Forum by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation) at 1:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

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Lisette Coly

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Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

“Physical Mediumship: A Brief Historical View” by Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado (Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation) at 2:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

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Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado

“The Bindelof Seances” by Dr. Rosemarie Pilkington (author of The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Séance Phenomena, Anomalist Books, 2010) at 3:30pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

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Dr. Rosemarie Pilkington

Discussion Forum for Live Session Attendees (Lisette Coly and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone) at 5:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

Opening Session (Lisette Coly, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone) at 1:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

“The Researches of Thomas Glen Hamilton” by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (International Affiliate for Canada, Parapsychology Foundation) at 2:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

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Walter Meyer zu Erpen

“The Felix Group” by Dr. Stephen E. Braude (Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland-Baltimore County) at 3:30pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

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Dr. Stephen E. Braude

Discussion Forum for Live Session Attendees and Closing (Lisette Coly, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado) at 5:00pm Eastern, Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

To register go here.

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