Saturday, October 18, 2014   3:51 AM

Parapsychology and Psychology Online Conference

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

Nancy Zingrone and I are organizing a small online conference about “Parapsychology and Psychology: Research and Theory.” This will take place on November 1 and 2 of the current year. As stated in the conference page, where you will find information about registration:

“On November 1st and 2nd, 2014 an international group of scientists and scholars will present a variety of papers and posters on the interface between parapsychology and psychology. Presenters will cover such topics as altered states of consciousness, personality and cognitive variables, and clinical issues. Posters will also deal with anomalistic psychology, dream variables, and history of the often complex relationship of these two fields, among other topics. Presenters and Poster authors are academics, scientists and professors from the Instituto de Psicología Paranormal in Argentina, the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the University of Northampton in England, the University of Strasbourg in France, the Institut für Grenzegebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene in Germany, the University of Padova in Italy, and the University of West Georgia in the United States, among other locations. Four synchronous 90-minute sessions, with a presentation followed by a Q & A sessions will be presented on Saturday and five such sessions on Sunday in the WizIQ.com Virtual Classroom on each of the two conference days. Ten Poster Presentations will also be uploaded as stand-alone PowerPoints to the WizIQ Course Schedule. Registration is $50 for non-students and $30 for students with a proof of studentship. If you can’t afford the registration but would like to attend, plenty of scholarships are also available. Just ask!”

The conference schedule appears here. The formal (real time) presentations are:

November 1

Parapsychology and Psychology: An Overview
Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD & Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD, Rhine Research Center, USA
 

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

November 2nd

We Are All Psychics, but (Often) We Do Not Know How To
Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD, University of Padova, Italy

ESP and Altered States of Consciousness
Chris Roe, PhD, University of Northampton, England

ESP and Synesthesia
Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD, University of West Georgia

First Sight

Jim Carpenter, PhD

There will also be a dozen posters, consisting of Power Point presentations that will be available through the two days of the conference and later. Some of them are:

Parapsychology and Psychology: A Selected Bibliography

Gertrude R. Schmeidler (1912-2009): Psychologist and Parapsychologist

Evidence-Based Dualism and Transpersonal Psychology
Charles T. Tart, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Sofia University, University of California at Davis

Outline of the Counselling Work at the Institute of Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health
Eberhard Bauer, Dipl.-Psych., and Wolfgand Fach, Dipl.-Psych.
Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg, Germany

Brazilian Mediumship: A Psychosocial Study
Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, PhD
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Seeing Rare Things with the Mind’s Eye: Visual Imagery Vividness and Paranormal/Anomalous Experiences

Alejandro Parra, PhD
Universidad Abierta Interamericana & Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, Buenos Aires,
Argentina

A Survey of Depersonalization and Parapsychological Experiences
Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD,* Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD,* and Natasha Agee
*Rhine Research Center

The Academic Consolidation of Anomalistic Psychology in Brazil
Vanessa Corredato, MA, and Wellington Zangari, PhD
University of Sao Paulo

Psychologists’ Rejection of Psychical Research: The 1900 International Congress of
Psychology at Paris

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD
Rhine Research Center, USA

Psychology and Psychical Research: The Work of Théodore Flournoy
Everton de Oliveira Maraldi, PhD*, Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD**, Fatima Regina Machado, PhD**, and Wellington Zangari, PhD**
*University of Sao Paulo, **Rhine Research Center, USA

The conference room is open already for those who are registered. You will find there people to chat with and materials to view (the posters, and coming soon presenter biographies and presentation abstracts). These materials will be available indefinitely after the conference, exclusively for registrants, along with the recordings of the presentations.

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014   5:11 PM

Online Reincarnation Course

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

Anthropologist James G. Matlock , known for his writings about reincarnation and other topics, is offering an online course entitled Signs of Reincarnation. Dr. Matlock describes the course as follows:

Dr. James G. Matlock

Dr. James G. Matlock

“Signs of Reincarnation is a 15-week online seminar course offered through The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education. The course is an interdisciplinary offering that draws on anthropology, consciousness studies, and psychical research, among other fields. It is designed as a graduate-level course to introduce enrollees to academic research on reincarnation (chiefly by Ian Stevenson and his colleagues) and presupposes some acquaintance with academic argument and the scientific method."

Dr. Ian Stevenson

"The course covers all aspects of research on reincarnation, including reincarnation beliefs, methods of case investigation, findings from investigations, and the interpretation of those findings. It includes original lectures as well as readings from the reincarnation and larger scientific literature and involves participation through discussion among enrollees. It is self-paced with an estimated time commitment of 6-8 hours per week, including discussion periods.”
 

The course, running from May 26 to September 7 of 2014, includes such varied topics as belief in reincarnation, studies with children, hypnotic regression, theory, and much more (for a detailed syllabus click here). You will find information about the price of the course, and about its schedule, and registration here. For additional questions write to Dr. Matlock (jgmatlock@yahoo.com).
 

Monday, April 21, 2014   4:18 PM

New Rhine Research Center Online Courses

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

Nancy L. Zingrone and I will be offering two online courses via the Rhine Education Center. One is an eight week course about mediumship and the other is a shorter four week course about dream ESP.
 

Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD

Exploring Mediumship Research

In this course students will be given an in-depth look at mediumship research, from the 19th-century to the present. Among the topics will be: the history of mediumship, physical and mental mediumship, the medium in popular culture, and the impact of mediumship research on theory-building in parapsychology, especially on research into survival beyond bodily death.

Dreams and ESP

This four week adult education course will focus on the fascinating topic of dreams and ESP. Topics will include: dreams and ESP throughout history; the famous dream telepathy experiments conducted in the 1960s and 1970s; the very interesting connection between precognition (seeing the future) and dreams; and how modern day researchers investigate seemingly psychic dreams.

For the course syllabus and information about specific dates, price, registration, and other issues click here.


Rhine Research Center

Wednesday, January 15, 2014   1:15 AM

Introduction to Parapsychology Online Course Offered by the Rhine Research Center

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

A new introductory online parapsychology course will start soon. Taught by Nancy L. Zingrone, and by myself, we present an overview of parapsychology through the Education Center of the Rhine Research Center. The course, Introduction to Parapsychology, is 8-weeks long, will start on January 29 and go through March 19th (for more information about price, registration and requirements go here http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/).  

 

Photo: Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone and Carlos S. Alvarado

Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone and Carlos S. Alvarado

The course will include the following topics:

Introduction to Scientific Parapsychology

History of Scientific Parapsychology

Extrasensory Perception Research: Experimental Parapsychology

Extrasensory Perception Research: Spontaneous Case and Survey Research

Psychokinesis Research

Out-of-Body Experiences and Near-Death Experiences

Apparitions

Modern Research in Parapsychology

 

Friday, August 30, 2013   10:59 PM

Online Courses at the Rhine Research Center: OBEs, NDEs, Precognition

Carlos S. Alvarado, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

The Rhine Research Center (RRC) continues to develop interesting online courses about parapsychological topics. One is about out-of-body and near-death experiences, and the other is about precognition. 

Click here for the introductory video to the Fall semester.

They are taught by Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone  and Carlos S. Alvarado .

 The first course is:

The Wandering Mind: Out of Body and Near Death Experiences
(Beginning September 16th. Watch the classes live or view the recordings at your convenience.)

Click here to see the introductory video for this course:

Click here for information about the course and registration.

 The second course:

Premonitions and Precognition
(Beginning September 18th. Watch the classes live or view the recordings at your convenience.)

Click here to view the video introduction to this course.

Click here for information about the course and registration.

Class space is limited, so please apply early. All applications must be received before Thursday, September 12th.


 

Friday, April 19, 2013   11:26 PM

Online Parapsychology Course

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

An online course called Introduction to Parapsychology will be offered soon through the Rhine Research Center (http://rhine.org/). It is given by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone (http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/index.php/component/content/article/83-instructors/93-instructor-zingrone), who talks about the course in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US20Ti_Ollw).

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

The course is described in the web page of the Rhine Research Center as follows:

“This 8 week online introduction to parapsychology will include seven (7) classes by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, and a guest lecture by a prominent parapsychologist. Classes will begin on Monday, April 29th and continue until Monday June 17th. Classes will be broadcast each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time, but the courses will also be recorded so that you can view them when it is most convenient for you.

In this introductory online course, Dr. Nancy Zingrone will present a series of seven (7) online classes to introduce students to the basics of parapsychology; the scientific study of paranormal experiences. This interesting course will use 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. 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 certificate of completion from the Rhine Education Center.”
The course includes the following topics:

Week 1 (April 29th) – Introduction to Parapsychology

Week 2 – (May 6th) – Extrasensory Perception I

Week 3 (May 13th) - Extrasensory Perception II – Correlates of ESP

Week 4 (May 20th) – Mind over Matter

Week 5 (TUESDAY: May 28th) – Special Topics (Guest Instructor)

Week 6 (June 3rd) – OBEs and NDEs

Week 7 (June 10th) - Apparitions

Week 8 (June 17th) – Modern Research in Parapsychology

Click here (http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/) for information about the course’s objectives, class assessment, textbook, and how to apply. The price for the course is $199 ($179 for Rhine members or students enrolled in a degree program).

This is a good opportunity to get a reliable background in the approaches and topics of parapsychology.


 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013   1:43 PM

Journal of Parapsychology: The Future of Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Rhine Research Center

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Parapsychology is devoted to the topic: Where Will Parapsychology Be in the Next 25 Years?

Organized by John Palmer, editor of the journal, this exciting issue presents short essays on the topic by 32 individuals.

Some of the contributions are:

Feeling the Future (Daryl J. Bem)

Parapsychology's Future: A Curmudgeonly Perspective (Stephen E. Braude)

Psi is Here to Stay (Etzel Cardena)

The Pursuit of the Paranormal or the Study of Anomalous Experiences? Parapsychology's Next 25 Years (Harvey J. Irwin)

The Easily Tested Ideas Have Been Tried, Now Engage the Phenomena (J.E. Kennedy)

Parapsychology in Context: The Big Pictute (Edward F. Kelly and Emily W. Kelly)

Parapsychology in the Next 25 Yeras--Still a Butterfly Science? (Chris Roe)

The Paradoxical Disappearance of Parapsychology in Brazil (Wellington Zangari and Fatima Regina Machado)

The issue closes with an excellent essay by John Palmer in which he summarizes the opinions of the authors of the various articles. He states that 14 authors were optimistic about the future of the field, while two were pessimistic, and four presented mixed views.

The essays covered aspects related to theory and methodology, but also a variety of extrascientific factors. While there were exceptions, many authors predicted that parapsychology will be better integrated to psychology in the future, but there were exceptions to this view.

Overall the issue is a valuable contribution showing the complexity of the problem, one that does not depend solely on the quality of the findings and methodology, but also involves worldviews and the way individuals interpret the meaning of phenomena such as ESP.

It is my hope that we may see future special issues of the Journal of Parapsychology devoted to issues such as theory, methodology, and studies of specific phenomena and problem areas of parapsychology.

Thursday, February 07, 2013   4:59 PM

Science, the Self, and Survival After Death: A Tribute to Ian Stevenson (1918-2007)

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.

One of the most interesting and important figures of modern parapsychology was Ian Stevenson, M.D., who passed away in 2007. He is well known for his studies of children claiming to remember previous lives, but his contribution is wider than that. This is the topic of the book commented on here, Science, the Self, and Survival After Death: Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson, edited by Dr. Emily Williams Kelly (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

Dr. Ian Stevenson

Dr. Ian Stevenson

Dr. Emily Williams Kelly

Dr. Kelly, who worked with Dr. Stevenson for many years, and conducted research herself on many of the topics that appear in the book, is an Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine at the Division of Perceptual Studies, a research unit that is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. In this book Kelly has selected many articles representing Stevenson’s work.

Here is the table of contents of the book:

Introduction
General Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
1. Some of My Journeys in Medicine: 1989

1: New Ideas in Science
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
2. Scientists with Half-Closed Minds: 1958
3. What Are the Irreducible Components of the Scientific Enterprise?: 1999


2: The Nature of Human Personality
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
4. Why Medicine is Not a Science: 1949
5. The End of Patient Abuse in Medical Care: 1985
6. Psychosomatic Medicine. Part I. What We Know about Illness and the Emotions: 1954
7. Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected: 1997
8. Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person’s Mental Images: 1997
9. Comments on the Psychological Effects of Mescaline and Allied Drugs: 1957
10. Can We Describe the Mind?: 1980

3: Psychical Research - Principles and Methods
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
11. Changing Fashions in the Study of Spontaneous Cases: 1987
12. Comments on Paper by Michael Scriven: 1962
13. Thoughts on the Decline of Major Paranormal Phenomena: 1990

4: Research on the Question of Survival After Death: Reviews
and Representative Case Reports
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
14. Sources of Evidence Supporting a Belief in Survival: 1969
15. Research into the Evidence of Man’s Survival After Death: 1977

a. Apparitions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
16. Modern Apparitional Experiences: 1995

b. Deathbed Visions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
17. Modern Apparitional Experiences: 1995

c. Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
18. Cardiac Arrest Remembered: 1971
19. Comments on “The Reality of Death Experiences: A Personal Perspective:” 1980
20. The Case of Linda McKnight: 1998

d. Mediumship: Drop-in Communicators
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
21. A Communicator of the “Drop-In” Type in Iceland: The Case of Gudni Magnusson: 1975

e. Cases of the Reincarnation Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
22. Reincarnation: Field Studies and Theoretical Issues: 1977
23. Some New Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. IV: The Case of Ampan Petcherat: 1973
24. Three New Cases of the Reincarnation Type in Sri Lanka with Written Records Made before Verification: 1988
f. Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Birthmarks and Birth Defects
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
25. Excerpt from Reincarnation and Biology: 1997
26. Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds in Deceased Persons: 1993
27. Case of Hanumant Saxena: 1997

g. Cases of Maternal Impressions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
28. A New Look at Maternal Impressions: An Analysis of 50 Published Cases and Reports of Two Recent Examples: 1992
29. A Case of Severe Birth Defects Possibly Due to Cursing: 1989

h. Cases of the Possession Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
30. A Case of the Possession Type in India with Evidence of Paranormal Knowledge: 1989

i. Xenoglossy
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
31. A Case of Secondary Personality with Xenoglossy: 1979

5: Implications
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
32. The Explanatory Value of the Idea of Reincarnation: 1977
33. Comments on “Is Outcome for Schizophrenia Better in Nonindustrial Societies? The Case of Sri Lanka”: 1979
34. The Significance of Survival for Our Present Life: 1969
35. Assumptions of Religion and Psychiatry: 1955

Conclusion: Toward a Tertium Quid (Emily Williams Kelly)

Appendix: Publications of Ian Stevenson
 

To understand the magnitude of Stevenson’s work the reader is encouraged to peruse the appendix in which a bibliography of books and articles are presented. Then he or she should proceed to read Kelly’s “General Introduction,” where she presents a broad picture of Stevenson’s work in which he focused “on large questions about the nature of human personality” (p. 1). In her view: “Too often in the modern era, scientists have neglected basic questions about the nature of consciousness and its place in the physical universe, whether because they have assumed such questions to be beyond the reach of science or because they have assumed that the fundamental relationship of consciousness and brain is already known” (p. 2). Stevenson challenged such views, showing that meaningful research could be done on the topic and that such research questioned our complacent assumptions about consciousness.

Kelly discusses Stevenson’s career, considering as well his medical work. In her view the central focus of his work was “the source of individual differences, both in character and in susceptibility to particular diseases” (p. 61). She writes about Stevenson’s intellectual development pointing out how he questioned established “knowledge” throughout his life such as purely physiological views of the nature of the mind. “Ian . . . recognized the aim of psychical research as being precisely his own: to apply the methods of science to the still unanswered question of the relationship of mind and brain . . . .” (p 4). In one of the first papers reprinted in the volume, “Scientists with Half-Closed Minds,” which was originally published in the November 1958 issue of Harper’s Magazine, Stevenson stated that the “data of parapsychology portent, I believe, a conceptual revolution which will make the Copernican revolution seem trivial by comparison” (p. 69).

In her introduction Kelly reminds us that Stevenson followed a “tertium quid,” or a third middle course avoiding polarized thinking in religion and science such as those who solely emphasized faith and reason. “Ian’s career . . . exemplifies a rejection of an ‘either-or’ approach to science and religion. For him . . . religion is not primarily the sectarian, often dogmatic cultural systems of faith that we see outwardly but more broadly the human sense of, and striving toward, something transcending individual finite existence. Similarly, science was for him not a metaphysical belief in the primacy of the physical world but a method of observation leading to publicly shared knowledge. For those who subscribe to a ‘tertium quid’ approach to science and religion, the methods of science can be applied to certain questions traditionally considered metaphysical or spiritual, particularly those related to the relationship between physical processes of the brain and the subjective experiences that we call mental” (p. 7).
 

Stevenson made a career—one may say he was on a scientific quest—in the discussion of and research into reincarnation cases, as well as with other phenomena such as apparitions, mediumship, near-death experiences, and xenoglossy. I say “discussion” because some of his papers were about the importance of the phenomena. But what made Stevenson such an important figure in modern parapsychology was his empirical research with new cases. While many others discussed (and still discuss) survival of bodily death based on old cases and research, Stevenson was actively investigating, bringing new evidence to the subject matter. The field needs more workers of Stevenson’s energy, drive and interests because currently very few individuals investigate psychic phenomena suggestive of survival of death and even fewer less do it systematically or with a sustained focus over long periods of time.
 

It is also important to see Stevenson as a critic of the experimental emphasis in modern parapsychology. Science, he believed, could be conducted via systematic examinations of cases, and was not the sole province of the laboratory. As he wrote in his 1987 paper “Changing Fashions in the Study of Spontaneous Cases” reprinted in this volume, experimental studies in parapsychology cannot describe the whole picture. Cases highlight so many features of psychic phenomena that are not easily introduced in the experimental context or that cannot be introduced or induced in the laboratory with anything like the way they are experienced in life, emotions being an example of this.


In my view Kelly has suceeded in her goal for Science, the Self, and Survival After Death. She has summarized the most important aspects of Stevenson’s thinking and empirical work, and in so doing has represented most of his body of work, not reducing it solely to reincarnation cases (admittedly his greatest and most detailed contribution). More importantly, in her comments throughout the book, Kelly has identified the ideas and driving concepts behind Stevenson’s work as well as its potential significance. In doing so she has not only justly given credit to a man who deserves our respect and admiration, but her comments and the compilation of materials are a reminder of the tradition of studies of the self to which Stevenson belongs, that is approaches pioneered by previous figures such as Frederic W.H. Myers and William James.


The book may be ordered from the publisher (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442221147) and from other places (such as http://www.amazon.com/Science-Self-Survival-after-Death/dp/1442221143).

About Ian Stevenson


Alvarado, C.S. (2007). Ian Stevenson’s contributions to parapsychology: An appreciation. Online:http://www.pflyceum.org/178.html


Alvarado, C.S., & Zingrone, N.L. (2008). Ian Stevenson and the modern study of spontaneous ESP experiences.Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 44-53.


Gauld, A. (2008). Reflections of the life and work of Ian Stevenson. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 18-35.


Haraldsson, E. (2008). Ian Stevenson’s contributions to the study of mediumship. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 64-72.


Matlock, J.G. (2011). Ian Stevenson’s Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 25, 789-820.


Tucker, J.B. (2008). Ian Stevenson and cases of the reincarnation type. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 22, 36-43.


Some of Stevenson’s Books
 

(1970). Telepathic Impressions: A Review and Report of 35 New Cases. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia.

(1974). Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (second ed.). Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia).

(1975). Cases of the Reincarnation Type: Vol. 1: Ten Cases in India. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia.

(1987). Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virgina. (Second edition, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2011).

(1997). Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects(2 vols.). Westport, CT: Praeger Scientific.

(2003). European Cases of the Reincarnation Type. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013   6:58 PM

Journal of Nonlocality

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia

The first issue of the Journal of Nonlocality is available here as an open access publication:http://journals.sfu.ca/jnonlocality/index.php/jnonlocality.

Here is information about the journal's Editorial Board http://www.mindmattermapping.org/home/journal-of-nonlocality/editorial-board  and its Table of Contents:http://journals.sfu.ca/jnonlocality/index.php/jnonlocality/issue/view/1/showToc

According to the the publishers, the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (http://icrl.org/):  "The Journal of Nonlocality has been set up to address an experimental and conceptual impasse in understanding the nature of nonlocality and observer effects in quantum mechanics. In conjunction with ICRL's Mind-Matter Mapping Project, we hope to create a research venue where cutting-edge experimental tools in physics, biology and parapsychology can be combined to design more revealing protocols; to bypass the experimental difficulties identified by Wheeler and Bell; and to cast new light on the role that these effects play in genetic regulatory systems, placebo effects, anomalous perception and retrocausality."

The history of the journal is summarized by the publishers in their website as follows: "The Journal of Nonlocality started out as an open access, non-peer reviewed publication in 2002 under the title Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI). Volumes I-IV are accessible in full text at http://emergentmind.org/journal.htm"  

"The history of the journal is summarized by the publishers in their website as follows: "In 2011 ICRL decided to adopt the title Journal of Nonlocality for its new peer-reviewed publication, building on the research directions outlined by the now-retired JNLRMI, but with an exclusive focus on experimental design and empirical results. While some of the original editorial board members remain, a sustained effort has been made to broaden the expertise area and reach out to the mainstream research community in related fields such as biophysics and foundations of quantum mechanics."
 

Sunday, January 20, 2013   5:18 PM

Conference of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies

Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D., Division of Perceptual Studies, University of Virginia

The next conference of the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies (http://www.ascsi.org/) will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA) from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2013.

The topic of the conference is Spirituality, Consciousness and Science. Some of the main speakers are listed here:http://www.ascsi.org/anco/prog.php

Among the speakers are P.M.H. Atwater, Dr. James E. Beichler, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Dr. Karen E. Herrick, Dr. Raymond Moody, and Dr. Vernon Neppe.

For registration details click here: http://www.ascsi.org/anco/online_con_reg.php  For questions about the conference write to Mr. Boyce Batey: BateyB@infionline.net
 

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