Many investigations of haunting phenomena were carried out through the ASPR by Drs Karlis Osis and Alex Tanous, for nearly twenty years. However, very little is known about what they did, how they did it, and what they found. Conversations with Ghosts is a collection of personal investigation accounts of the late Dr Tanous, which include rare interviews, thoughts, and theories from him, regarding ghosts and survival beyond death.
This study day will explore the claim that mind-altering substances, specifically psychedelics, can play an important role in triggering mystical and psi-conducive states of consciousness. Humanity has valued such substances throughout history but only in the last century have their effects been investigated scientifically and studies of the link with psychical research are even more recent. Five leading experts will come together to discuss the historical, anthropological, psychological and parapsychological aspects of the topic. There will be particular focus on the use of substances such as psilocybin, LSD and ayahuasca to occasion mystical and psychic experiences. Scientific studies in this area are currently restricted by legal constraints, so this problem will also be addressed. The day will end with a general discussion, including audience participation.
Dr Palmer will talk about his work on a 21st century approach for research and intervention within the conceptual framework set down by Frederic W H Myers.
This talk takes another look at the evidence for poltergeist activity and aims to determine whether the forces involved derive from living agents or from discarnate entities. Examples are given of recordings from several well investigated cases, together with an update of acoustic properties of unexplained rapping sounds generated during poltergeist activity.
This talk will explore the connections between archaeological sites and psychical research in the early twentieth century. Dr Thornton considers the history of the SPR and highlights a case study of the use of psychometry in archaeological research.
The SPR’s 38th International Annual conference will be held at the University of York between Friday 5 and Sunday 7 September 2014.