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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6 Nov 2014 - 6:35pm

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.

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Recent Publications

Why Materialism Is Baloney: How true skeptics know there is no death and fathom answers to life, the universe, and everything, by Bernardo Kastrup

From the publisher’s website: A hard-nosed, logical, and skeptical non-materialist metaphysics according to which the body is in mind, not mind in the body.

The present framing of the cultural debate in terms of materialism versus religion has allowed materialism to go unchallenged as the only rationally-viable metaphysics. This book seeks to change this. It uncovers the absurd implications of materialism and then, uniquely, presents a hard-nosed non-materialist metaphysics substantiated by skepticism, hard empirical evidence, and clear logical argumentation. It lays out a coherent framework upon which one can interpret and make sense of every natural phenomenon and physical law, as well as the modalities of human consciousness, without materialist assumptions. According to this framework, the brain is merely the image of a self-localization process of mind, analogously to how a whirlpool is the image of a self-localization process of water. The brain doesn’t generate mind in the same way that a whirlpool doesn’t generate water. It is the brain that is in mind, not mind in the brain. Physical death is merely a de-clenching of awareness. The book closes with a series of educated speculations regarding the afterlife, psychic phenomena, and other related subjects.

Why Materialism Is Baloney. Iff Books, April 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1782793625