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Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Yesterday, like today, there was much interest in mediumship. The speakers of the lectures commented here focus on two famous cases from the old days of psychical research: Leonora E. Piper and Eusapia Palladino.

Leonora E. Piper

Leonora E. Piper

Eusapia Palladino

Eusapia Palladino

The two lectures, presented as part of the Rhine Research Center  lecture series, are entitled “Communicating with the Dead: Compelling Evidence from Two of the World’s Most Famous Mediums.” They will be presented by Drs. Phil Morse and by myself. Mrs. Piper is discussed by Dr. Morse, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Fredonia, who teaches an online course about psychic phenomena through the Lifelong Learning Program at East Carolina University. I will discuss Palladino, a medium that has interested me for years.

Dr. Phil Morse

Dr. Phil Morse

Here is the summary of the presentations:

“There are a handful of historic mediums who have had an indelible and profound impact on the field of parapsychology. Leonora Piper and Eusapia Palladino are two of the most famous.

For 25 years around the beginning of the 20th century, Leonora Piper was exhaustively examined by the most esteemed scientists and authorities in England and the United States to see whether she was the “real deal.” Never was a medium before or since so closely scrutinized. Many of the examiners were experts in determining whether a medium was fraudulent or not.  No one ever found even a shred of evidence of any deception.  Almost all of them came to the conclusion that Mrs. Piper was, in fact, in communication with discarnate entities.

Robbins Past and Present with Mrs. Piper

We shall look at the life of this remarkable woman and the evidence which convinced so many esteemed figures of her authenticity and ability to communicate with the dead. Some stunning transcripts will be presented as well as pictures of Mrs. Piper in a trance and what automatic writing looks like.

Eusapia Palladino was a very different kind of medium. She was born in 1854 which was at the beginning of an intense interest in mediumship. Her exploits were equally compelling in that something extraordinary was taking place. She was also examined in great detail by some of Europe’s most esteemed authorities to see whether there was any deceit involved, which was sometimes the case.

Barzini Nel Mondo Eusapia Paladino

Photographs of the feats and phenomena which she produced will be shown which includes levitation of objects, materializations, and other mysterious happenings. Palladino’s early and later life will be discussed as well as some of the controversies which swirled around her. Evidence for telekinesis and materialization will be presented as well as the historical significance of these fascinating individuals.”

The lectures will take place on July 26th, 2013, 7:00 PM through 9:00 PM. They will be given at the Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus (3475 Erwin Road, Durham, NC, 27705). The admission fee is $20.00 (Rhine Research Center Members: $16.00; Students: $10.00). For more information you may call the Rhine Research Center (919-309-4600). Here is the link to register and to watch the event online.

Those of you interested in learning more about these mediums may want to consult the following bibliography, which was compiled from materials at the Alex Tanous Research Library of the Rhine Research Center.

Selected Bibliography

(*Indicates the book or journal is at the Alex Tanous Research Library of the Rhine Research Center)

Leonora E. Piper

Overviews

*Gauld, A. (1982). Mediumship and Survival. London: Heinemann. (Chapter 3) (500 Gau 1982)

Tymn, M. (2013). Resurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife. White Crow Books.

Tymn Resurrecting Piper

Studies

*Hodgson, R. (1892). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 8, 1-167.

Richard Hodgson

Richard Hodgson

*Hodgson, R. (1898). A further record of observations of certain phenomena of trance.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 13, 284-582.

*Hyslop, J.H. (1901). A further record of observations of certain phenomena of trance. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 16, 1-649.

*James, W. (1909). Report on Mrs. Piper’s Hodgson control. Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research, 3, 470-589.

William James

William James

*Leaf, W. (1890). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance (3). Part II.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 6, 558-646.

*Lodge, O. (1890). A record of observations of certain phenomena of trance (2). Part I.  Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 6, 443‑557.

Oliver J. Lodge

Oliver J. Lodge

Eusapia Palladino

Overviews

*Alvarado, C.S. (1993). Gifted subjects’ contributions to psychical research: The case of Eusapia Palladino. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59, 269-292.

*Carrington, H. (1909a). Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena. New York: B.W. Dodge. (500 Car 1909)

Eusapia Palladino title page

Studies

*Bottazzi, P. (1907). The unexplored regions of human biology: Observations and experiments with Eusapia Paladino. Annals of Psychical Science 6, 149-156, 260-290, 377-422. (500 Fin 1907 V. 6)

Filippo Bottazzi

Filippo Bottazzi

*Carrington, H. (1954). The American Seances with Eusapia Palladino. New York: Garrett Publications. (500 Car 1954)

*Feilding, E. (1963). Sittings with Eusapia Palladino and Other Studies. New Hyde Park, NY: University Books. (500 Fei 1963).

*Flammarion, C. (1909). Mysterious Psychic Forces. Boston: Small, Maynard. (Chapters 3-4). (500 Fla 1909)

Flammarion Mysterious Psychic Forces 2

*Imoda, Dr. [E.]. (1908). The action of Eusapia Paladino on the electroscope. Annals of Psychical Science, 7, 410-412. (500 Fin 1908 V. 7)

*Lombroso, C. (1988). After Death—What?  Wellingborough, Northhamptonshire: Aquarian Press. (Chapters 2-4, First published in 1909). (500 Lom 1988)

Cesare Lombroso

Cesare Lombroso

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PA 56th Convention LogoCarlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center (http://Rhine.org)

The 56th Annual Convention of the of the Parapsychological Association (http://www.parapsych.org/home.aspx) will be held in Viterbo, Italy (http://wikitravel.org/en/Viterbo), between August 8-11 2013. It will take place at the Ora Domus La Quercia (http://www.domuslaquercia.com/en/), described in the PA website as a “former convent of the Sanctuary of Saint Maria della Quercia on the Via Francigena, a major route leading to Rome from Canterbury which in the past was used by thousands of pilgrims on their way to Rome. Constructed between 1470 and 1525, the hotel still maintains its Renaissance elegance and is steeped in local history.”

Ora Domus La Quercia

Ora Domus La Quercia

The program has been in charge of Drs. Massimo Biondi and Patrizio Tressoldi, while the arrangements have been handled by Dr. Ulisse Di Corpo and Antonella Vannini. Registration, and other details are managed by Annalisa Ventola, the PA’s Executive Director.

Dr. Massimo Biondi

Dr. Massimo Biondi

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

This year’s Program Committee, in charge of the evaluation of submissions counted with the participation of Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, Dr. Dick Bierman, Mr. Fabio Eduardo da Silva, Dr. Etzel Cardeña, Dr. John Palmer, Mr. Stephan Schwartz, Dr. Lance Storm, Dr. Stephen E. Braude, Dr. Jessica Utts, and Dr. Caroline Watt.

Dr. Alejandro Parra

Dr. Alejandro Parra

Special presentations include PA President’s Dr. Alejandro Parra’s address “Clinical Parapsychology and Its Contribution to Psi Research… Or How you Can Cope with Your Fear of Psi?” The J.B. Rhine Banquet address will be delivered by Dr. Simon Thorpe (http://www.cerco.ups-tlse.fr/Simon-THORPE), director of the Brain and Cognitive Research Center (CerCo) at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Toulouse, France. Dr. Thorpe’s address is entitled “Where Does Consciousness Come From?”

Dr. Simon Thorpe

Dr. Simon Thorpe

There will be sessions about alterations of consciousness and psi, the contributions of Italian parapsychology, experimental evidence, history of parapsychology, individual differences, methodological issues, and theoretical issues.

Some papers accepted for presentation are:

Dick Bierman & Thomas Rabeyron

Can psi research sponsor itself? Simulations and results of an automated ARV-casino experiment 

Dr. Dick Bierman

Dr. Dick Bierman

Giulio Caratelli & Maria Luisa Felici

Sándor Ferenczi: experiences and “adventures” in the paranormal

Etzel Cardeña

Exploring other realities: Altered states of consciousness, psi, and surrealism 

Jan Dalkvist

How to handle expectation bias in presentiment experiments: A Recommendation

Renaud Evrard

From symptom to difference: “Hearing voices” as a paradigm for clinical practice with exceptional experiences

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Jacob Glazier

Analysis of everyday mind-matter interaction narratives using the descriptive phenomenological method

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, Carlos S. Alvarado, Wellington Zangari, Fatima Regina Machado

Some contributions of Théodore Flournoy to psychical research and parapsychology

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi

Everton de Oliveira Maraldi & Stanley Krippner

A biopsychosocial approach to creative dissociation: remarks on a case of mediumistic painting

Leonardo Breno Martins & Wellington Zangari

Spontaneous anomalous experiences

John Palmer

Extrasensory perception, dissociation, and motor automatisms

Adrian Parker

Are successful experimenters psychic?

Alejandro Parra & Juan Carlos Argibay

Psi and death of the person-target: An experiment with highly emotional iconic representations

Serena M. Roney-Dougal, Adrian Ryan & David Luke

Follow-up study of the relationship between local geomagnetic activity and psychic awareness

Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal

Dr. Serena Roney-Dougal

Mario P. Varvoglis, Peter Bancel, Djohar si Ahmed, Jean-Paul Bailly & Céline Béguian

The Sharefield: a novel approach for forced-choice GESP research

Jessica Utts is presenting a workshop about “Understanding and Applying Good Statistical Principles.” In addition, there are two interesting sessions about the history of parapsychology and the contribution of Italian workers in the field. The latter has the following presentations:

Alejandro Parra

Contribution of the Italian parapsychologists to international parapsychology

Massimo Biondi

Parapsychology in Italy: An overview

Giulio Caratelli

Three Italian parapsychological important personalities of Forties and Fifties of the past century

Giulio Caratelli

Giulio Caratelli

Ferdinando Bersani

The Bologna Center for Parapsychological Studies (CSP): Researches between 1970 and 1985

Dr. Ferdinando Bersani

Dr. Ferdinando Bersani

Patrizio Tressoldi

Theoretical and experimental contribution at the level of public and private institution

For information about registration, accomodations and transportation check here (http://www.parapsych.org/section/45/2013_convention.aspx).

Photos of Viterbo

Viterbo 1

Viterbo 2

Carlos S. Alvarado, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center (http://rhine.org)

The Rhine Research Center (http://rhine.org) has organized as part of its lecture series a “Panel Discussion on Current Parapsychological Research.” Moderated by Benton Bogle, President of the Rhine Research Center Board of Directors, the panel includes the participation of three individuals who will be discussing the findings of their recent research (or research in progress), as well as its implications.

Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC

Rhine Research Center, Durham, NC

The participants are:

Christine Simmonds-Moore Ph.D.

Associate Rhine Researcher and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia

Topic: Recent Research on Synesthesia, Time and the Geography of Anomalous Experiences.

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore

John Palmer, Ph.D.

Chair of the Rhine Research Team and Editor of the Journal of  Parapsychology

Topic: Synchronicity and Psi: A Controlled Comparison

Dr. John Palmer

Dr. John Palmer

John Kruth, M.S.

Executive Director of the Rhine Research Center

Topic: The Bio-Energy Lab at The Rhine and The O.B.E. Experience Project

John Kruth

John Kruth

 

The event will take place on June 14th, 2013 , between 7:00 PM  and  9:00 PM. It will be held at the Stedman Auditorium on the Duke Center for Living Campus, 3475 Erwin Road, Durham, NC, 27705. For information about registration and fees check the RRC’s website (http://rhine.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/info&Itemid=537&reset=1&id=95) or call here: 919-309-4600.

As always in the RRC’s lecture series, there will be plenty of time for questions from the audience. The event will be available for viewing online.