Upcoming Events

2 Sep 2016 - 2:00pm

The SPR’s 40th International Annual conference will be held at the University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, U.K. between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 September 2016.

The University Leeds is in the centre of the city. As always, our very full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research.

In addition to the talks, conferences are a marvelous opportunity to network and share views, and there will be time to socialise over lunch and the regular breaks, not to mention during the President’s drinks reception on Friday evening and Saturday’s conference banquet. Speakers have come from all over the UK, as well as from Europe and the United States, making it truly an international event.

This year’s conference promises to be full of interest, as ever, and the new chairman of our Conference Programme Committee, Professor Adrian Parker, will add a fresh take on a tried and tested formula. Those who attend, whether this is their first conference or their fortieth, can be sure of having both an informative and a very enjoyable time.

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds!

8 Oct 2016 - 9:30am

Psychical Research could be defined as the study of unpredictable events and uncontrollable effects, so that a repeatable experiment, meaning one where a stated effect will always follow a prescribed cause, may demonstrate something, but it will not be psi. Taking the opposite standpoint, it can be maintained that if we knew enough about the causes of psi, then it could be controlled and made to perform to order by any competent person following the specified methodology. Where in this clash of opinions do the successfully repeated demonstrations of psi powers by exceptionally gifted clairvoyants and physical mediums fit in – and should the current dearth of any such virtuosi affect the weight that should be accorded to past validations of psi? These are the matters that the speakers at this study day are asked to address.

8 Oct 2016 - 9:30am

Psychical Research could be defined as the study of unpredictable events and uncontrollable effects, so that a repeatable experiment, meaning one where a stated effect will always follow a prescribed cause, may demonstrate something, but it will not be psi. Taking the opposite standpoint, it can be maintained that if we knew enough about the causes of psi, then it could be controlled and made to perform to order by any competent person following the specified methodology. Where in this clash of opinions do the successfully repeated demonstrations of psi powers by exceptionally gifted clairvoyants and physical mediums fit in – and should the current dearth of any such virtuosi affect the weight that should be accorded to past validations of psi? These are the matters that the speakers at this study day are asked to address.

3 Nov 2016 - 7:00pm

In 1954 Aldous Huxley published his now famous book The Doors of Perception. This described in detail Huxley’s experiences with mescaline. From this, he concluded that Henri Bergson was right to conclude that the human brain acts as a “reducing valve” in that it filters sensory information and presents to consciousness a restricted and censored version of the true “reality” of the external world.

In his new book, Opening The Doors of Perception, Anthony Peake has taken Huxley’s ideas and updated them in the light of 21st-century science and, in doing so, presents a revolutionary new model of the mind-matter interface. Anthony presents overpowering material from the worlds of quantum mechanics, neurology and neurochemistry suggesting that hallucinations and other altered-states of consciousness such as the NDE, alien encounters, spirit communications and the Out-of-Body Experience, are evidence that reality is far richer and complex than our everyday senses suggest.

This book has already been awarded a very rare ten out of ten rating by the popular magazine Fortean Times. Join Anthony at his SPR lecture and make up your own mind as to whether his theoretical model, something he terms the “Huxleyian Spectrum”, offers a radical new explanation of psychic and associated phenomena.