Saturday, May 22, 2010

Online Survey on Parapsychological Experiences

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.

If you’re interested in taking part in the survey, please go to the following website to begin the process:

Monday, May 03, 2010

SSE Meeting Announcement

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