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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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Provisional programme for the joint SPR/PA conference

The provisional programme for the joint conference which is being held by the SPR and the Parapsychological Association at the University of Greenwich (16-19 July) is on the website. read more >>

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Leonora E. Piper: A Neglected Report

Carlos S Alvarado has published a blog post discussing his note on the medium Mrs Piper which was published in the SPR's Journal. read more >>

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Recent Publications

ESP Wars East and West: An Account of the Military Use of Psychic Espionage As Narrated by the Key Russian and American Players, by Edwin C. May, Victor Rubel, and Loyd Auerbach

From the authors’ blurb: Was there really a government-sanctioned psychic programme in the US? What were their goals? Were they successful? Were there fights in Congress about the programme? Did our Military support it fully? Was the US programme set up in response to a Soviet programme? Did the Soviet Union actually create psychic (psychotronic) weapons and generators? What was the involvement of the KGB? Have psychics had any influence over politics and decisions in the US? In the Soviet Union? In Russia? Has Russia continued with psychic espionage even as the US shut down its programme? Has there been a psychic arms race…a series of ESP Wars?

Read the real stories of the American and Soviet/Russian ESP programmes and how ESP was used in intelligence gathering and other applications.  Learn the greater story of why these major powers saw fit to put stock in something so many academics dismiss out of turn and what practical value was found for Military and Intelligence operations. Delve into the politics that led to, supported, and eventually shut down the psychic espionage programmes – and why the US programme, at least, has not been resurrected in light of the events of the first decade of the 21st century.

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ESP Wars. CreateSpace, August 2014. ISBN-13: 978-1500743000