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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 ... Read More

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) ... Read More

2014 AAAS Annual Meeting - Call for Symposium Proposals

As an affiliated organization of the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS), the Parapsychological Association invites you to review  the call for symposium proposals for the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago. The annual meeting of AAAS attracts approximately 5,000 attendees who present cutting-edge research that has implications for science and ... Read More

Methodological and Statistical Guidelines

Is it time to raise the methodological and statistical standards for all empirical contributions to PA conventions? With the collaboration of Jessica Utts, the Program Chairs of the 56th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association suggest the following: METHODOLOGICAL AND STATISTICAL GUIDELINES Methodology: - Make explicit the exploratory and pilot experiments ... Read More

The Action of Consciousness and the Uncertainty Principle

Below is an overview of a paper I wrote in 2012 on a possible way that consciousness could act to affect physical matter. A link to the paper is given at the bottom of the page. It isn’t known how consciousness actually produces physical effects. But the paper makes several very simple assumptions and shows how consciousness would act if it followed those ... Read More

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: ... Read More

Call for Papers - Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness

Following on from the success of our first conference in April 2011 at the University of Kent, the next ‘Breaking Convention: Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness’ will be held at the University of Greenwich, 12-14 July, 2013. The call for papers is now out until 28th February. Please go to http://breakingconvention.co.uk/call-papers/ to ... Read More

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. ... Read More

Online Precognitive Dream Survey - participants needed please!

Below is a message from my PhD student Milan Valasek - hope you can help. *Precognitive dream research* Hello, I am a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, UK and I am running a study on precognitive dreams (dreams that provide information about future events which cannot be obtained by any other means) and more. The study consists of a single online questionnaire ... Read More

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, ... Read More

Conference on historical aspects of Parapsychology in London

The conference 'Psychical Research and Parapsychology in the History of Medicine and the Sciences ' organized by Andreas Sommer is open for registration. It will be held at University College London on 25-27 January 2013.  Go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cehp/chpd/current-phd-students/andreas-sommer For an online interview discussing the histroy of Dutch ... Read More

New Online Course at the Rhine Education Center

Investigating Apparitions, Hauntings, and Poltergeists Presented by Loyd Auerbach Space is limited. Apply today at the Rhine Education Center by visiting the Rhine Center website at  www.rhine.org ! In a rare opportunity, the Rhine Research Center, in coordination with famous paranormal investigator Loyd Auerbach, presents a professional course in the investigation ... Read More

Parapsychology Trial Registry Launched

A webpage for registering parapsychological experiments has been implemented by the Koestler Parapsychology Unit (KPU) at the University of Edinburgh, with Jim Kennedy advising on the development of the registry. The value of study registration for a controversial area such as parapsychology has been mentioned many times over the years. Prospective registration of ... Read More

The Action of the Mind

Here is the abstract of my recently published article on physics issues relevant to the action of the mind, i.e.,  to the production of physical change in matter by non-physical means. The article primarily discusses this action in terms of free will, but similar physics considerations would apply to other types of mental action, such as PK. Burns, J. E. (2012), The ... Read More

PK and the Nature of Quantum Randomness

Here is an abstract for a recent paper:  Burns, J. E. (2011), Using psychokinesis to explore the nature of quantum randomness. In D.P. Sheehan (Ed.), Quantum Retrocausation: Theory and Experiment (pp. 279-290). Melville, NY: AIP Conference Proceedings. Abstract : In retrocausation different causal events can produce different successor events, yet a successor event ... Read More
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