Founded in 1882, The SPR was the first society to conduct organised scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models.

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25 Apr 2015 - 10:20am

At this Study Day we look at factors that seem to play some part in making things happen (or sometimes stopping them from happening), things that in some way reflect the attitudes of the researcher and others involved in the action.
Professor Bernard Carr will chair the meeting. Speakers: Dr Richard Broughton, Professor Adrian Parker, Dr Zofia Weaver & Mary Rose Barrington.

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Recent Publications

Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature, and the Paranormal, by Stephen E. Braude

From the publisher’s website: Crimes of Reason brings together expanded and updated versions of some of Braude’s best previously published essays, along with new essays written specifically for this book. Although the essays deal with a variety of topics, they all hover around a set of interrelated general themes. These are: the poverty of mechanistic theories in the behavioural and life sciences, the nature of psychological explanation and (at least within the halls of the Academy) the unappreciated strategies required to understand behaviour, the nature of dissociation, and the nature and limits of human abilities.

Braude’s targets include memory trace theory, inner-cause theories of human behaviour generally, Sheldrake’s theory of morphogenetic fields, widespread but simplistic views on the nature of human abilities, multiple personality and moral responsibility, the efficacy of prayer, and the shoddy tactics often used to discredit research on dissociation and parapsychology. Although the topics are often abstract and the issues deep, their treatment in this book is accessible, and the tone of the book is both light and occasionally combative.

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Crimes of Reason. Rowman & Littlefield, July 2014. ISBN 978-1-4422-3575-5