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12 Feb 2015 - 7:00pm

In this talk, the speakers will discuss the nature of dreams, how common it is for people to dream about the dead, and what - if any- potential evidence they can provide of survival.

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The Survival Hypothesis: Essays on Mediumship, by Adam J. Rock (ed.)

From the publisher’s website: Contemporary parapsychology tends to be preoccupied with ESP (telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition) and psychokinesis. In contrast, this cutting-edge anthology assembles an international team of experts from the fields of psychology, parapsychology, philosophy, anthropology and neuroscience to examine critically what is referred to as the survival hypothesis: the tentative statement or prediction that some aspect of our personhood (e.g., consciousness) persists subsequent to the death of the physical body.

The appraisal of the survival hypothesis will be restricted to the phenomenon of mediumship; that is, humans who ostensibly communicate with the deceased. The book has been divided into four main sections: Explanation and Belief; Culture, Psychopathology and Psychotherapy; Empirical Approaches; The Present and Future. The issue of postmortem survival is supremely relevant to us all because the human encounter with death is, of course, a certainty.

About the Author:

Adam J. Rock is a lecturer at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. His primary research interests are in the area of altered states of consciousness, mainly focused on shamanism, the conceptual problem of consciousness, and mediumship.

Table of Contents:

Foreword by Lance Storm 1

Preface 5

Introduction: The Medium and the Message (Adam J. Rock) 7

Part 1: Explanation and Belief

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The Survival Hypothesis. McFarland, April 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7864-7220-8 (print) ISBN: 978-1-4766-1442-7 (ebook)