The Parapsychological Association (PA) has recently reorganized its membership categories, opening up a new category of "Supporting Membership" for those who want to support the field and enjoy access to the PA's publications and convention videos. The announcement can be found here, or you can just get right to it and join the PA today.
The PA has also established an email subscription list for those who are not members, but want to be informed of general news and updates. Sign up here.
Finally, the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association will be happening in Viterbo, Italy this August. More information is available at their website.
Apparitions, Hauntings, and Poltergeistswith Loyd Auerbach
In a rare opportunity,
the Rhine Research Center, in coordination with famous paranormal investigator
Loyd Auerbach, presents a professional course in the investigation of
apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists. This course is designed for the
novice and the experts in field investigations, and it will provide an in-depth
study of the techniques used by professional parapsychologists when studying
paranormal phenomena outside of the laboratory environment.
This introduction to field investigations is focused on the research techniques
used by parapsychologists who study apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists.
It includes the basic concepts involved in field investigations, an
introduction to the skills needed to perform a scientific examination of these
phenomena, and ethical issues associated with such investigations. This course
combines scientific methodology and intuitive techniques to provide a
well-rounded approach to paranormal investigations.
Students passing the course will receive a certificate signed by Loyd Auerbach
and will be entitled to be added to the network of investigators for Loyd
Auerbach and the Office of Paranormal Investigators,
January 30 - March 20, 2013 Time:
Wednesday evenings; 9pm - 10:30pm Eastern Time; or watch the recorded
classes anytime Where:
Online Course available from your PC Prerequisites:
None required for this introductory course
Go to www.rhineeducationcenter.org
for complete details and to apply for this course. Space is limited, so
In 2007, twenty
professionals from eight different countries gathered in Naarden,
Netherlands to exchange their experiences and scientific knowledge in
the field of clinical parapsychology. Perspectives of Clinical
Parapsychology: An Introductory Reader, edited
by Wim H. Kramer, Eberhard Bauer, and Gerd H. Hovelmann was the
result of this conference. Containing thirteen contributed articles
and an 126 page working bibliography, the book can be considered an
up-to-date introduction to this developing field. It can serve as a
guide for psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social
workers, and family doctors who find themselves confronted with
clients who report apparently “paranormal” emotional experiences,
but do not exhibit the traditional signs of psychopathology.
are a small number of professionally-staffed outpatient clinics in
Europe and South America that serve people experiencing paranormal
emergencies. However, resources for those suffering in North America
and other parts of the world are limited. Fortunately, several
chapters in the book give staff members of these clinics an
opportunity to share their methods. In the chapter Experiences
with Psi Counseling in Holland, Wim
H. Kramer summarizes the types of complaints that are common at his
counseling practice and outlines two kinds of therapeutic techniques.
Clinical psychologist Ian R. Tierney of the University of Edinburgh
offers the Lessons from a Case Study, where
he outlines the successes and failures of his therapeutic approach to
a particular counseling case in which a woman was distressed by
apparent psychokinetic events happening around her. In the Group
Therapy Approach to Exceptional Human Experiences, Alejandro
Parra presents the techniques applied by the staffed professionals at
his Argentinian institute. And the overview of Counseling
at the IGPP (Institute for
Border Areas of Psychology and Mental Hygiene at Freiburg University,
Germany) should be considered required reading for anyone interested
in establishing their own counseling practice to serve those
distressed by anomalous experiences.
bulk of Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology contains
2,400 entries of Gerd H. Hovelmann's working bibliography Clinical
Aspects of Exceptional Human Experiences.
The quality of the material, which spans many different languages
and an array of mainstream scientific journals, demonstrates that
counseling paranormal experiencers has been more than just a fringe
interest for some time. In fact, the sheer volume of research
presented in this final chapter seems to run counter to the idea that
the worldwide availability of competent clinical services is
unsatisfactory. However, as noted by Hovelmann, “up to quite
recently there have been only a few systematic, coordinated
attempts...to actually provide adequate counseling and treatment
models for those who have (or claim to have) such non-ordinary
experiences. Much less has there been any concerted effort...to
transform empirical research findings, theory building and related
treatment models into practical counseling approaches” (p.190).
This book may be considered one such attempt.
or not a variety paranormal experiences can be seen as scientifically
proven phenomena is still a matter of debate. But reports of
distress resulting from paranormal experiences in otherwise
psychologically healthy people are widespread. The knowledge and methods shared in Perspectives
of Clinical Parapsychology can
assist professionals who are evaluating these kinds of reports in
clinical, counseling, and social welfare settings, and may help them
ease the suffering of those who are having a paranormal emergency.
W., Bauer, E., & Hövelmann, G. (2012). Perspectives
of Clinical Parapsychology : An Introductory Reader.
Bunnik : Stichting HJBF, 320 p.
The principal international scientific
organization studying parapsychology and the nature of consciousness, the
Parapsychological Association (PA), will be holding its 55th annual convention
on August 9-12, 2012 at the Millennium Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. For three days, leading scientists and other
academics from around the world will gather to present the latest research into
psi (or “psychic”) experiences and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception,
psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and
possible survival of bodily death. Hosted by the Rhine
Research Center and Atlantic
University, the event will be open to the public and to academics alike. Thomas Robisheaux, Professor of History
at Duke University, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday night. His talk
for Psyche: Historical Reflections on Parapsychology, Psychical Research and
the Anomalous Experience will look at the historical conditions that
have fostered innovative new understandings of anomalous experiences. Other
notable speakers include Daryl J. Bem, social
psychologist and professor emeritus at Cornell University, who will discuss the experiences he has had dealing with
critics of his well- known ESP experiments, which were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
in 2011. Research Triangle residents John A. Palmer and James C. Carpenter will also receive distinguished awards. Licensed
child psychologist Athena A. Drewes
will be leading two workshops, one on understanding psi experiences and another
on creating and facilitating psi experience support groups. Panels honoring William A. Roll and Stanley S. Krippner, as well as
workshop on medical dream diagnosis will also be presented. Additionally, PA members will present a
variety of papers and posters from experimental, clinical, scholarly, and
analytical research approaches to the study of parapsychology. The PA convention will
offer an unique opportunity for those interested in that wide range of human
functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest
and most advanced scientific thinking about parapsychological topics. Information on registration
and accommodations is available at www.parapsych.org
Researchers Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore are interested in learning more about a variety of human experiences, some of which are unusual, but are by no means uncommon in the general population. They are undertaking an online survey to explore individual differences, synesthesia (the tendency for some people to experience two senses together, e.g., colored words or numbers; tasting shapes; spatially organized calendars, etc.), and a variety of anomalous experiences (for example, extrasensory perception).
They would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to complete this online questionnaire, even if you have never experienced the things described on the questionnaire.
A conference co-sponsored by the Rhine Research Center and University of West Georgia Psychology department
This event will take place in Durham, North Carolina Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March, 2012.
The conference includes a Welcome Reception on the evening of Friday 9th March (from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.)and a day long conference on Saturday 10th March. Registration will open from 7.30 a.m. (with coffee available) and presentations running from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The conference is of particular relevance to those who have an interest in exceptional experiences, those who are working with (or planning to work with) people who have experienced distressing exceptional experiences those who are currently working as clinicians, social workers and nurses (etc.) researchers into exceptional experiences, and those who may want to further understand their own exceptional experiences. CEU credits will be available (those wanting CEU credits will be required to attend the Friday night reception and the conference presentations).
Topics will include: discussing the types of experiences that people have, normal explanations for distressing experiences (e.g., those which are sleep related), the history of clinical approaches to exceptional experiences, various clinical approaches toward distressing exceptional experiences, insights from practicing clinicians and those who have had exceptional experiences.
If you are interested in this conference, please register here to join our conference mailing list. We will then be able to send out additional information
Early bird registration will end January 31, 2012.
Introduction to Parapsychology (June 29 - August 31, 2011)
This online course will introduce students to the basics of parapsychology; the scientific study of paranormal experiences. This interesting course will examine case studies and experiments to explore extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (mind over matter), near death and out of body experiences, apparitions (including ghosts), and modern research in parapsychology. In addition, there will be special topics presented by noted parapsychologists and leaders in the field including Loyd Auerbach, Mitch Horowitz, and Ed May. Students taking this course will gain a deeper understanding of subjective paranormal experiences and the nature of consciousness, and learn that there are a variety of ways to explore these fascinating experiences.
This is an academic course designed to provide professional education in the field of parapsychology. Students will be required to participate in weekly online discussion forums with other students and they will be evaluated on their progress in the course. Each student will receive a letter grade for the course which may qualify them for a future certificate from the Rhine Education Center.
■Steve Moore, with special lectures by
When:Wednesday, June 29 – Wednesday, August 31; One class per week for 10 weeks.
What Time:Classes will be broadcast each Wednesday from 6:30pm –8:00pm Eastern US Time, and they will be recorded for later viewing if you cannot attend the class live.
Where:Since this is an online course, you can access the class from any computer that has a viable internet connection and meets the minimum system requirements.
Cost:$240 per person.
$195 Rhine Research Center member or student enrolled in a degree program.
Note: Class times and dates are tentative and subject to change based on enrollment and instructor availability.
Bryan Williams and Annalisa Ventola are pleased to present the 4th installment of our Public Parapsychology primer series. This edition summarizes the current state of parapsychological research and perspectives on poltergeist phenomena. Topics such as case studies, experimental approaches to poltergeist phenomena, theoretical aspects, and the similarities between poltergeist and haunt cases are discussed and illustrated with examples from previously published case literature.
We hope that this crash course will help clarify misconceptions about what may be fact and what may be fiction when it comes to apparent poltergeist phenomena, and assist paranormal enthusiasts in their approaches to cases that they might come across and investigate.
The principal international scientific organization studying parapsychology and the nature of consciousness, the Parapsychological Association (PA) will be hosting its 54th annual convention on August 18-21, 2011 in Curitiba, Brazil. Leading scientists and other academics from around the world will gather to present the latest parapsychological research into psi and other phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and survival of bodily death. Open to the public and academics alike, with most events in English but simultaneous translation available in English and Portuguese, the PA convention coincides with UNIBEM's 7th Psi Meeting and the 6th Journey into Altered States, adding local academic and experiential dimensions to the combined events.
In addition to hosting the largest contingent of PA members and affiliates outside of the US and Europe, Brazil contains a rich diversity of groups and individuals that engage in a range of apparently paranormal approaches to healing. Curitiba, Brazil is a modern city that has attracted attention around the world for its innovations in sustainability.
The convention will open with a reception featuring the release of the Portuguese edition of the book Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence, first published in 2000 by the American Psychological Association, and edited by psychologists Etzel Cardeña, Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner. Ihnvited speakers include Dr. Wellington Zangari, Professor of Psychology at the University of São Paulo and coordinator of INTER PSI, a laboratory conducting studies and interdisciplinary research at the crossroads between anomalistic psychology and social psychology. Dr. Zangari will be speaking about the new horizons in psi research in Brazil. Dr. John Alexander, a leading advocate for the development of non-lethal weapons and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University will provide a cross-cultural review of applications of psi phenomena. Dr Michael Winkelman, author of several books on shamanism, psychedelic medicine, and consciousness will deliver the PA’s annual J.B. Rhine banquet address titled, "Evolved Psychology and the Deep Structure of Psi: The Shamanic Paradigm." Dozens of presentations on a variety of parapsychological topics, as well as a panel session on ayahuasca and exceptional human experiences will round off the event.
The PA convention will offer an opportunity for attendees interested in that wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about parapsychological topics. Additional convention information and online registration is available at www.parapsych.org.
Dr. Simon Sherwood at the University of Northampton (UK) is conducting an investigation of ghostly phenomena, the circumstances in which it is reported, and the characteristics of people who have and have not experienced it.
You are invited to take part in an online survey. You need to be at least 18 years of age to take part but you do not have to have experienced ghostly phenomena.
Paris to Host Annual Convention of Parapsychologists in July
The principal international scientific organization studying the nature of consciousness, the Parapsychological Association (PA), will hold its 53rd annual convention in Paris, France on July 22-25, 2010.Members of the PA are engaged in the study of psi (or ‘psychic’) experiences such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, precognition and survival of bodily death.Leading scientists and scholars from universities and laboratories around the world will gather to present and discuss their latest research findings on these sometimes controversial, but always fascinating, aspects of human consciousness.
The event will feature over 30 presentations on a variety of parapsychological topics. Several presentations will look at historical and case studies of mediums, including a neuroimaging study of mediumistic trance.Papers examining the effects of geomagnetic activity on psi will also be presented, as well as studies looking at meditation and psychic functioning.There will be reports of anomalous mental phenomena studied in South America and Tibet, while other studies will look at the experience of telephone telepathy, psychokinetic experiences, and the application of psi in archeology.
The convention’s keynote speaker, Paul Devereux is managing editor and co-founder of the peer-reviewedpublication, Time & Mind - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness andCulture. A research associate at theRoyal College of Art and a Fellowof the Royal Society of Arts, Devereux was a Senior Research Fellow with theInternational Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) in Princeton for twelve years. He has written 27 books since 1979.Hislatest work, Sacred Geography, a look at ancient and traditional mindscapes,is due out in October 2010.
Other notable speakers include Russell Targ, a physicist and author who was a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and investigator of psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s for the CIA.The winner of PA’s 2009 Career Award, Targ’s invited address is titled, Why I am absolutely convinced of the realityof psychic abilities, and why you should be, too. Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., a professor of psychology atSaybrookUniversity, fellow of the American Psychological Association, and author of numerous articles and books on dreams, hypnosis, altered states of consciousness, will lead a workshop on psi and creativity.
The convention, which is open to the public and academia alike, will offer a rare opportunity for attendees interested in that wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about parapsychological topics .
A request from Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., from the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia:
I am conducting an on-line survey to learn more about a variety of experiences many people have had in their daily lives. I hope your answers will help me determine how common these experiences are.
I really hope you will help me in my task! All you have to do is fill out an on-line questionnaire. Completing the questionnaire should take youless than 30 minutes. Whatever your answers may be, whether or not you have had the experiences I mention, your answers are just as important and valuable!Be assured that all your answers will be held in the strictest confidence, and the findings will be presented in such a way that no individual could possibly be singled out or recognized. (There is more information on this issue and other issues in the cover letter and consent form that are included in the on-line questionnaire.)
If you took the on-line questionnaire that I was involved with a couple of years ago, you will find that the demographic, dream and parapsychological experiences questions are pretty much the same. But because the body of the questionnaire is quite different, I hope you won’t mind answering the demographic, dream and parapsychological experiences questions again.
CUTTING EDGE ENERGY AND ADVANCED PROPULSION RESEARCH
June 10 – 12, 2010.Millennium Harvest House, Boulder Colorado
From June 11 to June 12, scientists and schools from across the world will gather in Boulder for the Society’s annual national conference to discuss anomalous phenomena to include UFOs, ESP, consciousness, healing and other topics on the frontiers of science. This will be the 29th annual meeting of The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) an international multi-disciplinary professional organization of scientists and scholars committed to the rigorous study of unusual and unexplained phenomena that cross traditional scientific boundaries and have been ignored or inadequately studied within mainstream science. The public is invited to participate – the meeting promises to be a lively event.
Science has yet to provide all the answers to questions that life on this planet raises. However, few scientists are willing to investigate phenomena outside conventional scientific paradigms. “The Society offers scientists a forum to exchange ideas on how to create new scientific methodologies to measure and assess these phenomena while adhering to objective and rigorous research designs. New paradigms need to be discovered in order for science to make a significant shift into the future”, said meeting Chair, Dominique Surel.
This year's meeting will feature three themes: advanced propulsion, cutting-edge energy concepts, and anomalous phenomena. Among the several invited speakers for advanced propulsion is Dr. Eric W. Davis of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin and CEO of Warp Drive Metrics. As a technical consultant and contributor to NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project and co-editor of the new book "Frontiers of Propulsion Science," he will give an overview of the newest developments in his field.
Cutting-edge energy concepts will have several thrusts, including low-energy nuclear reactions (LENL), zero-point (vacuum) energy, and challenges to the second law of thermodynamics. Over the last 15 years it has become apparent from a theoretical perspective that the second law can probably be violated and, if so, the possible implications for science and society -- especially for energy generation -- are enormous. In the last few years experimental tests have become feasible. Among the several speakers on this thrust, Dr. Daniel P. Sheehan from the Physics Department of the University of San Diego will discuss experimental test of the second law.
SSE will also host a number of researchers concerned with anomalous phenomena. Dr. Roger Nelson (PEAR Lab) will discuss the newest findings from the Global Consciousness Project and John Alexander will present "The Real Story of Goats," a scientific discussion on the anomalous phenomena at the heart of the recent movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
This meeting is a unique opportunity for scholars and the general public to discover research being conducted at the edge of science. “Scientific enquiry has, over time, elucidated many unexplained anomalies and formulated scientifically proven models that support the findings. Yet these new paradigms generate more unexplained phenomena that push researchers further out onto the edge of scientific exploration” said Dominique.
Dr. Urban-Lurain, Director of Instructional Technology Research and Development at the MSU College of Natural Science adds that “SSE members are true-skeptics, pushing the limits of scientific inquiry, and even questioning science’s own assumptions. Is it the edge or is it the fringe? It’s a fine line”.
The SSE is a professional organization with 800 members in 45 countries. It publishes a peer-reviewed journal: The Journal of Scientific Exploration, and a magazine entitled EdgeScience.
The Meeting is open to the public. Registration fee is $185 and $75 for students. There is a special SSE hotel rate of $99. For additional information, please visit www.scientificexploration.org
Our Apparitional Experiences Primer is now available as a downloadable pdf. It's a basic and accessible primer for paranormal enthusiasts on what parapsychologists and psychical researchers have learned about apparitions since the late 19th century. Topics such as the types and possible characteristics of apparitions, experimental approaches, theories and perspectives, and witness characteristics are covered, and supplemented with illustrative examples and anecdotes from the published case literature. Download the primer here.