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Recently Donated Materials to the PA Archive

Het Johan Borgman Fonds (HJBF) of The Netherlands has responded to the PA's call for assistance in rebuilding its publications archive  This overseas gift will include our much-needed 1980 edition of Research in Parapsychology, s ome missing issues of the PA News from the 1990's, and other assorted materials from other North American psi research associations. ... Read More

History of Parapsychology IV: G. Stanley Hall as a Critic of Psychical Research

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation It is well known that many of the early psychologists were negative about the existence of psychic phenomena, preferring to explain them via conventional principles such as fraud, suggestion, hallucination, and other ideas. Individuals such as Alfred Binet, Joseph Jastrow, and Hugo Münsterberg are ... Read More

History of Parapsychology III: Frederic W. H. Myers

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsycholpgy Foundation I published an article about Frederic W.H. Myers entitled “Vignettes on Frederic W.H. Myers” ( Paranormal Review , 2014, No. 70, 3-13). As said in the first paragraph: “Frederic W.H. Myers, a researcher of great importance for the history of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), and for the ... Read More

History of Parapsychology II: Théodore Flournoy

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation One of the most interesting early figures in the psychological study of mediumship and other phenomena was Swiss psychologist Théodore Flournoy (1854-1920). In my last published paper, with several colleagues, we reviewed his main psychical research-related work: Carlos S. Alvarado, Everton de Oliveira ... Read More

History of Parapsychology: I. Mediumship, Dissociation and the Subconscious Mind

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation In this series of blogs I plan to summarize some of the articles I have published in recent years anout the history of psychical research and related matters. The latter includes mesmerism, and spiritualism, among other topics. One of these papers is “Mediumship, Psychical Research, Dissociation, and the ... Read More

Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science, edited by E. C. May and S. B. Marwaha: Interview with May

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha recently published a two volume collection of articles,  Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism and Science (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015). Here I present an interview with Ed May about this work. The book, I believe, is one of the most ... Read More

A New Handbook of Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation Over the years many of us have found a basic reference work of great help. I am referring to the Handbook of Parapsychology, edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, with the assistance of associate editors Laura A. Dale, Gertrude R. Schmeidler, and Montague Ullman (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977). While still ... Read More

Cultivating Psychokinesis, Part One: A Personal Journey

Is it possible to mentally control the dice in Las Vegas? My guest, believes that it is possible. In fact, he has been training people to do so for many years. It's not about the dice, however. It's about how you manifest in the world. Here he describes how cultivating psychokinesis helped him overcome grief and depression.   Read More

NEW THINKING ALLOWED television interview series

Many new interviews with parapsychologists have now been posted.  See If you subscribe to this YouTube channel (at no cost) -- and also notify friends, colleagues, and students -- you can help make this ongoing series available to a wider audience.       Read More

Free PDF of Book on Clinical Parapsychology

A PDF of the book  Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology: An Introductory Reader  (Bunnik, 2012) is now freely available on the PA website, thanks to the generousity of the Dutch Foundation 'Het Johan Borgman Fonds' who waived all copyrights of the book   in order to make it availlale for free to anyone interested in the topic of clinical ... Read More

Society of Scientific Exploration Meeting

The PA and SSE have lots of overlap, both in substance and people, but most importantly in attitude toward science and the search for understanding. You may be interested in attenting the 2015 annual meeting. The 34th annual SSE Conference will take place May 28-30, 2015 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville hotel. An opening reception will take place on the evening of ... Read More

Oh, to Come in from the Cold

Article reprinted from the Presidential Column of Mindfield: The Bulletin of the Parapsychological Association , 7.1. Consider a fictional woman named Susan. She is twenty years old, with one son. She is employed happily enough and married happily enough, dark blonde hair, medium height. Pay attention to her because in a moment she will become a metaphor for ... Read More

Parapsychology Foundation’s Online Forum

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation The Parapsychology Foundation has announced their first online forum “ Parapsychology Foundation Forum: Recent Advances in UK Parapsychology .” This will take place on May 20, 2015. In addition to Professor Chris Roe and Dr. Elizabeth Roxburgh, other presenters include Callum Cooper, Rachel Evenden, and ... Read More

Interview of Jim Carpenter by Carlos Alvarado Read More

The latest schedule of events for Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology

Carlos has been blogging about our upcoming massively open online course or MOOC (technically it's still a mini-mooc at 315+ registrants so far), Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education . I've just put up the individual events in the course in the Parapsychological Association events calendar. The course itself starts January 5th and ends ... Read More
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