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1 Oct 2015 - 7:00pm

Zofia Weaver is a past editor of the Journal and Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. Her main areas of interest in psychical research include spontaneous cases and the investigation of famous Polish psychics. Together with Mary Rose Barrington and the late Professor Ian Stevenson she has written a comprehensive study of the Polish clairvoyant Stefan Ossowiecki, published in 2005. Her book on the physical mediumship of the Polish medium Franek Kluski was published earlier this year.

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30 Years of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit

Dr Caroline Watt, a founder member of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit, has compiled a list of publications that have emanated from the Unit to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the Koestler Chair of Parapsychology (the KPU's forerunner) under the late Professor Robert L Morris. read more >>

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SPR/PA conference abstracts

The abstracts for the joint 2015 SPR/Parapsychological Association conference are available as a downloadable PDF. read more >>

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New SPR President!

At the SPR Council meeting on 18 June, Professor John Poynton, our long-serving Hon. Secretary, was elected President of the Society. The role of Hon. Secretary has been taken by Professor Donald West. read more >>

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Recent Publications

A Search for Meaning in Victorian Religion: The Spiritual Journey and Esoteric Teachings of Charles Carleton Massey, by Jeffrey D. Lavoie

From the publisher’s website: Christian mystic, astrologer, and spiritualist, Charles Carleton Massey (1838–1905) underwent an eclectic spiritual journey that resulted in a series of articles, letters, and booklets that have largely been neglected by modern society. Massey was a child of privilege formally trained as a barrister of law at the Westminster School and the son of the English Minister of Finance for India. He devoted his life to solving the metaphysical mysteries of existence leading him into the world of religious philosophy that placed him in the middle of a crossroads between Victorian science, religion, and philosophy. Beginning his journey as a Spiritualist, Massey continued on a course that brought him into the Theosophical Society, eventually becoming the founding president of its British branch, going through the ranks of the Society of Psychical Research and ultimately into his final role as a Christian mystic.

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A Search for Meaning in Victorian Religion. Lehigh University Press, November 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1611461848