Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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5 Sep 2014 - 1:00pm

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Have you had an ‘Out-of-Body Experience'? Request for research participants

If you have experienced one or more OBEs, researchers at Nottingham Trent University are interested to hear from you about your experience(s). The closing date has been extended to 14 August. read more >>

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Poltergeist experients sought for academic research

SPR member and University of British Columbia PhD candidate Christopher Laursen (Department of History) is conducting historical research into the poltergeist phenomenon in the twentieth century. He is currently seeking people who have personally experienced this phenomenon as part of this research to reflect on what happened and how it impacted their life. read more >>

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Video about the Parapsychological Association's website

Dr Nancy Zingrone has compiled a YouTube video introduction to the resources available to non-members and members of the Parapsychological Association.on its website. read more >>

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Recent Publications

Reimagining the Soul: Afterlife in the Age of Matter, by Douglas M. Stokes

From the publisher’s website: This book explores conceptions of the soul and the afterlife that are consistent with the findings of modern science. It approaches these subjects from many different angles: religious, philosophical, scientific, poetic, humorous, quasi-scientific, and even pseudoscientific (just to be fair). Many possible afterlives are examined, including physical resurrection (whether supernatural, biological or cybernetic in form), reincarnation, participation in a dream-like world or collective mind, and the persistence of recycling centres of pure consciousness. Philosophical, scientific and religious doctrines regarding the relationship between conscious minds and physical matter are reviewed.

Centres of consciousness likely exist at many different hierarchical levels, from elementary particles, single neurons and organisms all the way up to supra-individual entities such as ant colonies or deities. Empirical evidence bearing on the nature of the soul and the afterlife is also reviewed, including that amassed by parapsychologists suggesting that some personality elements may survive death (as in the case of children who report memories of previous lives). The findings of modern neuroscience suggest that you cannot take it all (or even much of it) with you but you can at least take you with you.

Reimagining the Soul. McFarland, January 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0786477074