Category: Conferences and Other Events


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

 

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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

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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

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

I just presented a talk at the 2016 conference of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies held at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The talk was entitled “The ‘Science of the Soul’: Ernesto Bozanno, Psychic Phenomena and Survival of Death,” a topic I have discussed elsewhere (click here and here).

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Ernesto Bozzano

The presentation was a short overview of aspects of the work of Italian student of psychic phenomena Ernesto Bozzano (1862-1943), who conducted many studies of psychic phenomena consisting of analyses of published cases. His purpose was to show the existence of a spiritual aspect in human beings, their survival of death, and to illustrate various features of the phenomena. He studied practically all manifestations of psychic phenomena, including death-related death-bed visions, and other phenomena such as hauntings, premonitions, and “transcendental” music.

Below are the title pages of various books mentioned in the talk:

Bozzano Ipotesi 2

1903

Bozzano Phenomenes Psychiques Mort

1923

Bozzano Musica 2

1943

Bozzano Luci Futuro

1947

Bozzano Psiche Domina 2

1948

Other books published by Bozzano included the following:

Bozzano A Propos

1926

Bozzano Popoli Primitivi

1941

Bozzano Telestesia

1942

Bozzano Crisi della Morte

1952

Bozzano, who started his studies of psychic literature in the 1890s, did not have any formal education. He published mainly in French and in Italian. His untranslated work (over 90% of his writings) is generally unknown to English speakers. Examples are the following articles that appeared in the Italian publication Luce e Ombra.

1907: Simbolismo e fenomeni metapsichici

1908: Per la identificazione personale dei defunti

1912: Dei fenomeni premonitori

1914: In tema di reincarnazione

1916: Dei fenomeni d’infestazione

1920: Gli enigmi della psicometria

1925: Medianità chiaroveggente e psicometria

1926: Dei fenomeni di ossessione e possessione

 Luce e Ombra 1910 issues

In his article “Des cas d’identification spirite” (Annales des Sciences Psychiques, 20, 302–308) Bozzano affirmed that the discarnate agency explanation had stood the test of time, “far from showing weakness or defeat . . . it appears like a lighthouse pointing to the port for sailors who are lost in the ocean of life.” In his view all phenomena converge to demonstrate survival of death. This demonstration included both incarnate and discarnate sources of phenomena. Both sources, Bozzano believed, had a common origin, the action of the human spirit. This is what he  called animism and Spiritism.

Bozzano Des Cas Identification Spirite

Annales des Sciences Psychiques, 1910

Bozzano’s work consisted mainly of analyses of published cases taken from both the spiritualist and the psychical research literatures. In his analyses of cases he presented various classifications of cases, in which he emphasized both types of cases as well as gradations of phenomena. His findings always supported the reality of the phenomena, and the idea of discarnate agency. He emphasized the principle of convergence of proof, arguing that different phenomena and types support each other in a spiritualistic interpretation.

Example of Bozzano’s Classification of Deathbed Visions in a 1906 article

*Apparitions of people known to have died (seen only by the dying)

*Apparitions of people not known to have died (seen only by the dying)

            *Apparitions seen by dying and surrounding persons

*Apparitions with information coinciding with mediumistic communications

            *Apparitions seen only by persons around the dying

Bozzano Apparitions Deceased Persons Deathbeds APS 1906

 In his study of what he referred to as “bilocation,” or what he belied were manifestations of an etheric body, Bozzano argued for the importance of this principle to support the spiritual nature of human beings. He discussed various phenomena to support this idea (phantom limb sensations, autoscopy, out-of-body experiences, apparitions of the living, bystander perceptions around deathbeds).

Bozzano Les Phenomenes

Interestingly, in his 1983 study of Bozzano, Giovanni Iannuzzo believed that Bozzano had an old conception of science that separated him from many psychical researchers, explaining in part his over-reliance on classification.

Iannuzzo Bozzano Monograph

 Although my paper was mainly historical, that is, my purpose was to show the work of a sometimes forgotten figure, I mentioned at the end the relevance of this work today. In addition to observations and arguments supporting survival of death, this included a reminder that Bozzano’s work reminded us of the richness of the features of psychic phenomena, and provided us with an index to find cases in the pre-1940 literature.

Suggested Readings in English

(for references in Italian click here)

Alvarado, C.S. (2013). Studying Ernesto Bozzano: Suggestions for future historical studies. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 77, 147-163. Abstract

 Alvarado, C.S. (2007). Remarks on Ernesto Bozzano’s La Psiche Domina la Materia. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 25, 189-195.

Alvarado, C.S. (2005). Ernesto Bozzano and the phenomena of bilocation. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 23, 207-238.

Gasperini, L. (2012). Ernesto Bozzano: An Italian spiritualist and psychical researcher. Journal of  Scientific Exploration, 25, 755-773. 

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

The Parapsychology Foundation has released information about their second Book Expo (the first was held on November 14, 2015; click here).

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Here are the details.

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Course Description

The live sessions of the PF Book Expo 2016 will take place on the afternoons of Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 and Sunday, April 24th, 2016. Five authors will talk about their recent books, including the content, the goals, why they got involved in the process, what they learned along the way, and more, followed by a question and answer session involving the registrants. Two of the books are aimed at serious researchers in and students of parapsychology and anomalistic psychology who are interested in the methodology, theory and the various phenomena under study. Two bridge the gap between the interests of serious researchers and field investigators and the intelligent general reader. The fifth book is one that would be called a popular book, but as a very high quality representative of that genre, is written clearly and flows from the investigative point of view of a well-trained and open-minded journalist.

Guest lecturers at the Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo 2016 will be:

  • Dr. Jim Carpenter is a board certified clinical psychologist who formerly taught at the University of North Carolina and who remains in private practice. He received the 2012 Charles Honorton Integrative Contributions Award from the Parapsychological Association for his work over the years in the field and on his innovative First Sight theory and is a past-President of that same organization. Carpenter will talk about his recent book First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life;
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Dr. James C. Carpenter

  • Dr. Zofia Weaver is a linguist who is a past editor of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, the co-author (with Mary Rose Barrington and Dr. Ian Stevenson) of A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki published in 2005. She will talk about her book, Other Realities? The Enigma of Franek Kluski’s Mediumship;
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Dr. Zofia Weaver

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Patricia Pearson

  • Dr. Stephen E. Braude, an emeritus Professor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, past-President of the Parapsychological Association, author of six previous books, and the editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, will discuss his most recent book, Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature and the Paranormal; and
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Dr. Stephen E. Braude

  • Callum E. Cooper, a doctoral student and instructor at the University of Northampton, co-author of two previous books, a recipient of both the Alex B. Tanous Scholarship Award from the Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research, and the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship from the Parapsychology Foundation, will cover his recent book, Telephone Calls from the Dead that provides a new case collection of after death communication experiences.
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Callum E. Cooper

The course is aimed at people interested in scientific parapsychology, in its theory, and phenomena, in mediumship and the experiences that both the dying and bereaved people encounter. 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” experience for recommended academic and popular books on the topics of scientific parapsychology. So if you’re a student hoping to do research, a new researcher with an interest in the theory and the problems in persuading your colleagues, a field investigator interested in the phenomena of mediumship, death-bed experiences or after death communications, then the PF Book Expo 2016 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.

By attending you will meet the authors 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, if you’re seriously interested in these topics, the PF Book Expo 2016 will point you towards some really good books that can help you in your quest to learn more!

And the PF?

The Parapsychology Foundation, located in New York City, is a not for profit organization that is celebrating its 65th year in operation this year, 2016. For the last 65 years the PF has provided a worldwide forum supporting the scientific exploration of psychic phenomena. The PF also maintains the Eileen J. Garrett Research Library in Greenport on Long Island. The PF’s online events on WizIQ, which include conferences like this one and the PF Forum: Advances in UK Parapsychology which was offered last May, are designed to further the education of individuals who are working in or interested in learning more about the scientific side of the field.

Lisette Coly, who will guide the proceedings on April 23rd and 24th, is the President of the Parapsychology Foundation, daughter of the previous President, Mrs. Eileen Coly, and granddaughter of PF Founder Irish American intellectual, entrepeneur, author and medium, Eileen J. Garrett. Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, who will co-moderate the day’s events, are not only Research Fellows of the Parapsychology Foundation, but both two-time past Presidents of the Parapsychological Association, the international society for scientists and scholars who investigate what seem to be psychic phenomena from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

To register (free): http://pflyceum.wiziq.com/course/151412-parapsychology-foundation-book-expo-2016

Course Schedule:

April 23

2:15-3:00pm Eastern time Opening

3:00-4:00pm Eastern time Jim Carpenter: First Sight

Carpenter First Sight

4:00-5:00pm Eastern time Zofia Weaver: Other Realities

Weaver Other Realities Kluski 2

5:00-6:00pm Eastern time Patricia Pearson: Opening Heaven’s Door

Pearson Opening Heaven's Door

6:00 Closing

April 24

1:15-1:30pm Eastern time Opening

1:45-2:30pm Eastern time Steve Braude: Crimes of Reason

Braude Crimes of Reason

3:00-4:00pm Eastern time Cal Cooper: Telephone Calls from the Dead

Cooper Telephone Calls

4:00pm Eastern time Closing

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