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At the End of 2016

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

Another year has gone by, and very fast. Merry Christmas to all my readers.

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I am glad to say that the number of followers of my blog has grown during 2016. This means that my blogs are not as boring as I thought they were.

As before, my blogs are classified under the following topics: Conferences and Other Events, Digital Resources, Education, Organizations and Groups, People in Parapsychology, Phenomena, Recent Publications, Voices from the Past, and Writing History. A few, such as the current one, are posted under Uncategorized.

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Alvarado (in deep thought thinking about the next blog)

One of my favorite series of blogs is People in Parapsychology. During 2016 I posted various interviews with workers in parapsychology such as:

Alexander Moreira-Almeida

Alan Gauld

Elizabeth Roxburgh

Stephen E. Braude

Stanley Krippner

Other series of blogs are Author interviews, Recent Articles About the Histories of Spiritualism and Psychical Research, and Historical Notes About Out-of-Body Experiences. The latter has included postings about the writings of Hector DurvilleRobert Dale Owen, and Eugène Osty.

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Eugène Osty

In addition, I have reported on important projects, such as parapsychology MOOCS, the Parapsychology Foundation’s YouTube channel, and the Psi Encyclopedia, produced by the Society for Psychical Research.

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Some recent blogs about articles have been: Recently Published Articles About Mediumship, New Study of Electroencephalographic Detection of ESP, Recent Articles About Poltergeists, Table Phenomena in Argentina, Survey About Synchronicity, and Statistical Power in Experimental Parapsychological Research.

Other blogs have been about particular books. Some, such as Hereward Carrington’s Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena, are about publications from the old days of psychical research. But others are about recently published books, such as Transcendent Mind, by Imants Barušs and Julia Mossbridge.

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In my secret identity I also work on other projects, many of which are sponsored by the Parapsychology Foundation. Two blogs about this are Third Parapsychology Foundation Book Expo,  and Parapsychology Foundation Forum: Physical Mediumship.

I also write scholarly articles, many of which are generously supported by grants from the Society for Psychical Research. These have been mainly articles about various aspects of the history of psychical research. Some blogs posted in 2016 about this work include:

Albert de Rochas, Psychic Forces and Doubles

New Article About William James and Leonora E. Piper

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Leonora E. Piper

Psychic Messages About Other Planets

Joseph Maxwell on Mediumistic Personifications

Parapsychology and the Study of the Mind: Changing the Historical Record

It has given me great satisfaction to write for the above mentioned Psi Encyclopedia,  an online project ably edited by Robert McLuhan. Several of my articles have been posted in the Encyclopedia during 2016. To date I have only posted one blog about this work. This is about Sylvan J. Muldoon and Hereward Carrington’s The Phenomena of Astral Projection.

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As for the 2017, I plan to continue along the lines that I have followed during 2016, hoping to continue to inform my readers about serious developments in parapsychology around the world and about the history of the field.

Once again, my best wishes for the Holiday Season.

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Blog Staff

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Nancy L. Zingrone and Carlos S. Alvarado

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Spotty (left) and Pinky (right). Master proofreaders.

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At the End of 2015

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

Let me start offering my best wishes for the Holiday season, and if you do not celebrate the season, my best end of the year wishes to you.

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Like in 2014, I am happy to say I have not lacked topics for this blog. I have particularly enjoyed the interviews with individuals active in

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Hoyt Edge (right) and unidentified monkey (left)

parapsychology. The field survives thanks to the work of persons like these. Those featured in 2015 are Dick Bierman, Etzel Cardeña, Hoyt Edge, Fatima Regina Machado, John Palmer, Dean Radin, Marilyn Schlitz, Charles T. Tart, and Wellington Zangari. More to come in 2016.

Charley Tart

Charles T. Tart

Some postings have been about recent publications. These include: “Feeling the Future” Experiments: A New Meta-Analysis,”  “A New Handbook of Parapsychology,” “The Variety of Approaches to Mediumship: Some New Publications,” “Recent Articles About Out-of-Body Experiences: III.,” and “A Theory of Precognition.”

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Other postings about recent publications are interviews in which I ask questions to authors of recent books. Examples of these are the  Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science, edited by Drs. Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha,” Beyond Physicalism, edited by Edward F. Kelly’s and others, and First Sight by James C. Carpenter.

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Still on recent publications, I admit I take some pleasure writing about my articles. Most of these are about historical topics and appeared while I was Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation. Some examples are: “Ideas About Théodore Flournoy’s Classic Study of Mediumship” (with N.L. Zingrone), “On First Volumes of Influential Journals About Psychic Phenomena,” and “ESP Via Pulse Rates? Some 19th Century Observations.”

One of the articles I published was about out-of-body experiences: “Study of the Features of Out-of-Body Experiences” (with N.L. Zingrone).

Many other topics are covered. In the blogs classified as Voices from the Past I talk about books and articles from the old psychical research literature. There are also topics I discuss under the labels Phenomena, Digital Resources, and Education.

I also like to comment on various events, such as conferences. But I am selective, focusing on the more scholarly and academic events. This has included reports of the MOOC I organized with Nancy L. Zingrone, “Live Parapsychology MOOC is Over,” and other events: “Parapsychology Foundation’s Online Book Expo,” “Parapsychological Association Awards,” and  “Parapsychology Foundation’s Online Forum.”

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Overall it has been a good year. In addition to various published papers in academic journals, my wife Nancy and I have had the pleasure of working with the Parapsychology Foundation, from which some onlineevents will come soon in 2016 (stay tuned).

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On a personal note, we moved to a new apartment and adopted two cats. Life permitting I will continue this blog in 2016 bringing you more information, and some of my opinions, about various aspects of parapsychology.

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Spotty and Pinky

 

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

2014 has been an interesting year for me, a year of uncertainty, and a year of change, but also a year of good things. My thanks to those who have made possible my living in North Carolina and my work. This includes my wife and colleague Nancy L. Zingrone, and others I can truly describe as good friends and benefactors, who I will only identify as E., E., J., N. & J., and B.

In this, my last blog in 2014, I will not only say something about the blog during this year, but also about my work in parapsychology. I will start with the blog.

Word PressAccording to an end-of-year report I recently received from WordPress.com, where my blog lives. I posted 69 blogs in 2014 (114 since 2013), and had about 34,000 views. Not including this one, I have uploaded 453 photos this past year. The blog with the most views in 2014 was the recent Parapsychology Massively Open Online Course (MOOC).

Most of the blogs are about recent publications, mainly articles, and some books. But I also write about people in parapsychology, digital resources, education, and various events such as conferences.

Among the blogs I will mention:

Recent Publications

Recent Articles About the Histories of Spiritualism and Psychical Research: 1

Survey of Premonitions in Argentina

Digital Resources

Our Psychic Past in Digital Libraries I: The International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals

Articles Presenting Evidence of Psychic Functioning

Education

Lack of Knowledge of the Parapsychological Literature

Quality Courses in Parapsychology

Voices from the Past

Gustave Geley on Ectoplasm: 1921

Seeing “Animal Magnetism”

Other

Author Interviews: I. Emily W. Kelly’s Science, the Self, and Survival After Death

Parapsychology and “Borderland” Phenomena

Conference About Survival of Death

Dr. Richard Broughton

Dr. Richard Broughton

I have been particularly pleased with my People in Parapsychology interviews. These not only provide information for the general public about the work of particular parapsychologists, but also convey much about their beginnings and motivations, something of particular

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore

Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore

value to aspiring parapsychologists. Some interviews posted in 2014 have included Richard BroughtonLarry Dossey,   Harvey IrwinRoger NelsonChristine Simmonds-Moore,

Lance Storm, Russell Targ, and Caroline Watt.

Dr. Harvey J. Irwin

Dr. Harvey J. Irwin

As in previous years I have continued to do one of the things I love the most, writing and publishing scholarly articles about the history of psychical research. Here is a list of my papers about past developments, and past figures, all of which appeared in 2014:

Dr. Théodore Flournoy

Dr. Théodore Flournoy

 (first author, with E. de O. Maraldi, F.R. Machado, & W. Zangari). Théodore Flournoy’s contributions to psychical research. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 78, 149-168.

(Second author, with E. Cardeña). Anomalous self and identity experiences. In E. Cardeña. S.J. Lynn, & S. Krippner (Eds.), Varieties of Anomalous Experiences (2nd ed., 175-212). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Mediumship, psychical research, dissociation, and the powers of the subconscious mind. Journal of Parapsychology, 78, 98–114.

Dr. James H. Hyslop

Dr. James H. Hyslop

Classic Text No. 98: ‘Visions of the Dying,’ by James H. Hyslop (1907). History of Psychiatry, 25, 237-252.

Stanley Hall on “Mystic or Borderline Phenomena.” Journal of Scientific Exploration, 28, 75-93.

On W.J. Crawford’s studies of physical mediumship. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 28, 351-357. 

(First author, with N.L. Zingrone). Eileen Coly (1916-2013). Journal of Scientific Exploration, 28, 505–507.

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Mrs. Eileen Coly

In memoriam Robert Van de Castle (1967-2014). Mindfield, 6(2), 60-61.

Frederic W.H. Myers

Frederic W.H. Myers

Vignettes on Frederic W.H. Myers. Paranormal Review, No. 70, 3-13.

On constancy, stability and the antiquity of psychic phenomena. Paranormal Review, No. 69, 3-7.

(first author, with N.L. Zingrone). Psychic mists. Vital Signs, 33(1/2), 12-13.

But I have also worked on other topics, such as papers about out-of-body experiences and shared-death experiences that I hope will appear in 2015. One of the OBE papers is about those experiences that take place while the person’s physical body is physically active in some way.

PSPR Vol. 1I have new papers about historical topics that will continue to appear in 2015. Two of them were accepted by the Journal of Scientific Exploration. One is about the nineteenth-century work of John Purdon in which pulse rates were presented as evidence of telepathy. The other is an overview of the first volume of three influential journals: the Revue Spirite (1858), the Proceedings of Journal of Parapsychologythe Society for Psychical Research (1882-83), and the Journal of Parapsychology (1937). I am also working on papers presenting excerpts of the writing of old researchers and theorists. Some of these are about ideas of vital and nervous forces projected from the body of mediums to produce physical phenomena by authors such as Oliver Lodge, Gustave Geley, Joseph Maxwell, and Edward C. Rogers, among others.

Dr. Oliver J. Lodge

Dr. Oliver J. Lodge

Dr. Gustave Geley

Dr. Gustave Geley

Dr. Roger Nelson

Dr. Roger Nelson

More recently Nancy and I have been organizing online events that bring together many different speakers, something that has not been done at this scale. The first one was a conference that focused on parapsychology and psychology, while the second is an open and free online course, coming in January and February, that will cover different areas of the field  and include discussion forums, assignments aimed towards obtaining a certificate of completion, and some introductory lectures from us. The really important part of the course will be the over 20 guest speakers, among them: Steve Braude, Richard Broughton, Etzel Cardeña, Kathy

Dr. Stephen E. Braude

Dr. Stephen E. Braude

Dalton, Fatima R. Machado, Joe McMoneagle, Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, Sonali Marwaha, Ed May, Roger Nelson, Alejandro Parra, Dean Radin, and Chris Roe. As of this morning we had 533 learners and 11 speakers signed up in the online classroom. Enrollment is still expanding, usually at the speed of about a half dozen new learners everyday.

Dr. Edwin May

Dr. Edwin May

Dr. Fatima R. Machado

Dr. Fatima R. Machado

Dr. Dean Radin

Dr. Dean Radin

Nancy and I hope to continue to organize more online educational activities during the coming year. We plan to offer online lectures about specific areas of parapsychology as well as offer another conference and provide consulting services for others in the field who are also planning online courses, conferences and events.

Dr. Stanley Krippner

Dr. Stanley Krippner

Regarding changes, Nancy and I have reorganized our organization, The AZIRE, to be more active in online educational and other projects. We have formed an Advisory Board consisting of: Dr. Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences), Dr. Stanley Krippner (Saybrook University), Dr. Charles T. Tart (University of California-Davis, Emeritus, and Sofia University), Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore (University of West Georgia), Eberhard Bauer (Institüt de Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene), Dr. Chris Roe (University of Northampton), and Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (University of Iceland, Emeritus).

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson

Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Dr. Renaud Evrard

Our first project was the coordination of online presentations in the virtual conference “Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory.” Nancy and I did the first presentation: “Parapsychology and Psychology: An Overview.” The rest of the presentations were: “How Psi Works: The First Sight Theory” (James Carpenter, PhD), “Clinical Dimensions of Psychic Experiences” (Renaud Evrard, PhD, University of Strasbourg, France), “Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Relation to Five Paranormal/Anomalous Experiences’ (Alejandro Parra, PhD, Universidad Abierta Interamericana & Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, Argentina; “We Are All Psychics, but (Often) We Do Not Know How To” (Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD, University of Padova, Italy); “ESP and

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

Dr. Patrizio Tressoldi

Altered States of Consciousness” (Chris Roe, PhD, University of Northampton, England); and “ESP and Synesthesia” (Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD, University of West Georgia). In addition there were several poster (slide) presentations. The recordings of the presentations will be made available on our new YouTube Channel, Parapsychology Online, which is available here. In fact, we are also uploading recordings from the free online course that starts January 5th to our YouTube Channel as well as continuing Nancy’s “Primer” series on educational resources in parapsychology and uploading other content as well. Our new joint blog, Parapsychology Online, and Facebook page of the same name, are also part of our new educational activities.

Parapsychology Foundation Some of you may have noticed that the affiliation after my name in these blogs has changed. The last seven blogs have appeared under my new affiliation, the Parapsychology Foundation. I used to work for the Foundation some years back and I am glad to have the opportunity to do so again. Together with Nancy I hope to help the Foundation develop its programs during 2015, something I will keep you posted of in future blogs. I am also posting more frequently blogs to the Parapsychology Foundation’s blog page.

This “end of the year report” is incomplete but I hope it will be of interest, at least to some of you. I realize that my blogs are not for everyone. I focus on scholarly and scientific material, and several are bibliographical in nature. But I hope that at least some of the information I put out is useful and interesting to some. With a few exceptions the purpose of my blogs is to spread information about parapsychology (research, bibliography, history), and I only provide criticism in a few of them (no one is perfect).

My thanks to those of you who have been following what I write, and my best wishes for the coming year.

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

This is my 100th post. Where did all that time go?

My purpose here has been to present information about people, events, and publications related to parapsychology. This includes contemporary and historical developments, as well as scientific, scholarly, and various other perspectives. One thing I have particularly enjoyed doing is passing on links and descriptions of resources, such as virtual libraries and sites with links to articles. In addition, I have used the blog to inform all of you about my published articles (for an overview of some of them click here).

My posts have appeared under the following headings, which are arranged by frequency:

Recent Publications (News about articles and books)

People in Parapsychology (Interviews and obituaries)

Digital Resources (Virtual libraries and sites with links),

Conferences and Other Events (News about conventions and lectures)

Education (Resources and issues about education in parapsychology)

Writing History (Conceptual issues in writing about history)

Organizations and Groups (News about groups)

Voices from the Past (Observations and ideas from the old literature)

Phenomena (About specific manifestations)

Here are some examples of postings:

 Education in Parapsychology

 ESP and the Brain Hemispheres–Revisited 

Gustave Geley on Ectoplasm: 1921

Gustave Geley

Gustave Geley

Recent Meta-Analyses of Parapsychological Studies

My Return to the Rhine Research Center

Rhine Research Center Building

Panel Discussion about Parapsychological Research Sponsored by the Rhine Research Center

Distortions of Parapsychological History: I.

Our Psychic Past in Digital Libraries: II. Google Books

In Memory of Eileen Coly (1916-2013)

Eileen Coly

Eileen Coly

Advances in Parapsychological Research, Vol. 9.

Remembering Robert Van de Castle (1927-2014)

Robert van de Castle

Robert van de Castle

The Spiritualist Movement: Articles About Spiritualism and Related Topics

The Paranormal Review and World War I

Poltergeist Theory

Seeing “Animal Magnetism.”

People in Parapsychology: X. Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson

Roger Nelson

Our Psychic Past in Digital Libraries: VI. Hathi Trust Digital Library

Recent Surveys of Psychic Experiences: I.

People in Parapsychology: XIII. Russell Targ

Russell Targ and the intrepid Onyx

Russell Targ and the intrepid Onyx

Early Mesmeric Accounts of Effects on the Growth of Plants.

People in Parapsychology: XIV. Larry Dossey

Larry Dossey

Larry Dossey

Mediumship in Brazil

I also find the blog useful to inform others of my publications. Here are some examples:

Early Examples of Psi from the Living Explanations of Mediumship

Studying Ernesto Bozzano

Ernesto Bozzano

Ernesto Bozzano

Théodore Flournoy and Veridical Hallucinations

Nineteenth-Century French Psychical Research: The Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Étranger

Revue Philosophique 1876b

Deathbed Visions in the Journal History of Psychiatry.

Speculations about Mediumship, Dissociation and the Subconscious Mind

G. Stanley Hall as a Critic of Psychical Research 

Article About Frederic W.H. Myers.

Frederic W.H. Myers

Frederic W.H. Myers

I plan to continue posting along the same lines and hope to have more author interviews such as the one featured here.

My thanks to all of you who have followed my blogs, and especially to those who have written comments. Thanks are also due to those of you who have taken the time and put much effort in answering my interview questions. I am also grateful to those of you who have posted my blog to various pages and forums, especially to Lori Derr, Judith Gadd, Tom Ruffles, Caroline Watt, and Nancy L. Zingrone. My blog is regularly featured on the SPR Facebook page and in Compelling Evidence for the Afterlife).

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