57th Annual Convention of the
August 14-17th, 2014
Program Chair: Dean Radin
Arrangements Chair: Loyd Auerbach
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The Parapsychological Association (PA) will be returning to the San Francisco Bay Area for its 57th Annual Convention. The event will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Concord, California, where scientists and scholars from around the world will gather for three days of paper presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on the latest research into psi and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and possible survival of bodily death. Organized by PA Members Dean Radin and Loyd Auerbach, the event will be open to the public and to academics alike.
Program Chair Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Before joining the research staff at IONS in 2001, he held appointments at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International, where he worked on a classified program investigating psychic phenomena for the US government. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and three popular books.
Arrangements Chair Loyd Auerbach, M.S. has been on faculty at Atlantic University, John F. Kennedy University, and HCH Institute. He is President of the Forever Family Foundation, on the Board of the Rhine Research Center and advisory boards of the Forever Family Foundation and Windbridge Institute, and is Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations. He is an author of over eight books for the general public, a professional mentalist/psychic entertainer and past President of the Psychic Entertainers Association -- while also serving as their annual meeting liaison and consultant for many years.
This year's J.B. Rhine Address will be given by Jeffrey J. Kripal. He is a historian of religions specializing in the comparison of extreme religious experiences across spatial and temporal boundaries, particularly those traditionally classified as gnostic, esoteric, and mystical. He holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University and is the Associate Director of the Center for Theory and Research of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has published six monographs, the last two of which bear directly on parapsychological histories and themes.
The PA convention will offer an opportunity for attendees interested in that wide range of human functioning popularly known as the ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ to hear the latest and most advanced scientific thinking about topics in parapsychology.