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Parapsychology Foundation International Affiliates Conference

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation  The Parapsychology Foundation http://www.parapsychology.org (PF) announces a new online conference featuring five presentations about parapsychology in various countries. It will take place in January 23-24, 2016. For a more detailed schedule and to register (for free) go here . If you can’t join ... Read More

ParaMooc2016: New Series of Lectures About Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Those of you who have followed this blog may be aware of the parapsychology MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Nancy L. Zingrone and I organized in 2015 (click  here ). We are now organizing the ParaMOOC2016. This is the joint effort of our organization  The AZIRE   and the  ... Read More

History of Parapsychology VIII. ESP Via Pulse Rates? Some 19th Century Observations

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation Several laboratory experiments have presented evidence to the effect that changes in some physiological measure correspond to a remote stimuli, suggesting ESP may manifest physiologically while the person is not aware of the process. In an article I published recently I discussed a generally forgotten ... Read More

Macro-Psychokinesis, Part One: Physical Mediumship with Stephen E. Braude

  Stephen Braude, PhD, served as chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has also served as president of the Parapsychological Association. He is author of Crimes of Reason, The Gold Leaf Lady, Immortal Remains, The Limits of Influence, First Person Plural, and ESP and Psychokinesis. He is the recent recipient of the ... Read More

Remote Viewing Training, Part Two: The Advanced Phases, with Paul H. Smith

  Paul H. Smith, PhD, is a founder and past-president of the International Remote Viewing Association. A former Army intelligence officer, he served for seven years as part of the military’s top-secret remote viewing program. He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing. He currently serves as president and chief ... Read More

Remote Viewing Training, Part One: The Initial Phases, with Paul H. Smith

  Paul H. Smith, PhD, is a founder and past-president of the International Remote Viewing Association. A former Army intelligence officer, he served for seven years as part of the military’s top-secret remote viewing program. He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing. He currently serves as president and chief ... Read More

History of Parapsychology VII. On First Volumes of Influential Journals About Psychic Phenomena

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation I recently published a review of the first volumes of three journals that were historically important in the study of psychic phenomena. The review article is entitled “On First Volumes and Beginnings in the Study of Psychic Phenomena: Varieties of Investigative Approaches” ( Journal of Scientific ... Read More

History of Parapsychology VI. Early Examples of Psi from the Living Explanations of Mediumship

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsycholgy Foundation One of my last published articles, written with colleagues Michael Nahm and Andreas Sommer, is a historical note about early nineteenth-century examples of explanations of mediumistic phenomena via the psychic powers of the living medium. Here is the reference and abstract: * * * Alvarado, C.S., Nahm, M., ... Read More

Cultivating Psychokinesis, Part Two: The Energy of the Group, with Joseph Gallenberger, PhD

Joseph Gallenberger, PhD, is a clinical psychologist. He is author of Inner Vegas: Creating Abundance, Miracles, and Health and Liquid Luck: The Good Fortune Handbook. He is a senior trainer with the Monroe Institute near Charlottesville, Virginia. Here he describes how he began to bring groups of individuals to Las Vegas to experience the possibilities of training ... Read More

History of Parapsychology V. The Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Étranger

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow , Parapsychology Foundation One of my papers about historical topics, authored with Renaud Evrard, is about discussions of psychic phenomena in nineteenth-century issues of a French journal. It is entitled “Nineteenth Century Psychical Research in Mainstream Journals: The Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Étranger ” ( ... Read More

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
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