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Physical Mediumship Today: Investigation of the Felix Experimental Group.
This talk summarizes Dr Braude's investigation of the Felix Experimental Group (FEG) and its exhibitions of classical physical mediumship. It’s been nearly a century since investigators have had the opportunity to carefully study standard spiritistic phenomena, including the extruding of ectoplasm, and the FEG is the only current physical mediumistic circle permitting any serious controls. Stephen will detail the progressively stringent séances he supervised, culminating in some very careful experiments with video documentation in a secure and private location belonging to one of the investigators. He will also evaluate the arguments both for and against the paranormality of the phenomena in light of recent evidence for some fraud in the case.
It is clear that most of the cases of reincarnation type thoroughly investigated and reported originate in countries where belief in reincarnation is widespread, and the thousands of cases researched by the late Ian Stevenson are renowned. But he also wrote a book detailing a modest number of European cases, some of them complex and challenging. These, and some outstandingly interesting cases not forming part of his collection, will be summarised and discussed. The question of common factors and differences between cases from Asian and European countries will be one of the subjects aired.
The SPR at War: Psychical Research During and in the Aftermath of the First World War.
Like no other conflict before or since, the First World War has become firmly associated with the paranormal. But what role did the SPR play during this time? Dr Leo Ruickbie considers the activities of SPR members, including the investigation into the Angel of Mons.