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6th September 2021 - Gary Schwartz - Zoom Web Event - Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence: The Randomized Control Trial SoulPhone Experiments

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The gold standard in biomedical research is the multi-center, multi-blinded, randomized control trial (RCT). In pharmacological research the RCT is termed a Phase III clinical trial. Dr. Gary Schwartz has adapted these core goals and RCT methods for documenting computer automated spirit presence and communication effects. As outlined in an article in EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing to be published in the fall of 2021, the goals are: (1) to use currently available, reliable, and affordable technology (total hardware cost per system less than $4,000; these systems will be available for use by collaborating laboratories), (2) to automate data collection and real-time analyses employing specially designed software, (3) to only require a quiet space (used at night) in collaborating laboratories, (4) to not necessitate human subjects committee approvals at collaborating institutions (because the participants are hypothesized spirit participants), and (5) to enable international collaboration regardless of the investigator’s personal beliefs about the hypothesis. The research design and methods meet a phrase popularized by Carl Sagan: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” The design minimizes false positives and false negatives. Dr. Schwartz will present some of the latest validation findings that he believes makes the case for survival of consciousness beyond a reasonable doubt.

Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D, is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona and Director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.  Gary received his PhD from Harvard University in 1971 and was an Assistant Professor at Harvard University (1971-1976). He then served as a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Yale University, Director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-Director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic, before moving to the University of Arizona in 1988.  He has published more than 500 scientific papers, including six papers in the journal Science, co-edited 16 academic books, and is the author of 12 books, including The Case for Truth (2020, with Alan Bourey), Greater Reality Living (2019, with Mark Pitstick), Super Synchronicity (2017), An Atheist in Heaven (2016, with Paul Davids), The Sacred Promise (2011), The Energy Healing Experiments (2007, Foreword written by Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, winner of a Gold Nautilus Book Award), The G.O.D. Experiments (2006), and The Afterlife Experiments (2002). His latest co-edited academic book is Human Interaction with the Divine, the Sacred, and the Deceased: Scientific, Psychological, and Theological Perspectives (Summer 2021, with Thomas Plante). His latest book for the public is Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence: The Science and Ethics of Truth Seeking and Truth Abuse (Fall 2021). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and The Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Gary was a co-founder of the Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences and served as its first president. His research integrates mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and spiritual medicine, and his current research is focused on a computer automated, multi-center, multi-blinded, randomized control trials documenting hypothesized discarnate intelligence and communication technology (see ).

6th September, 2021 8:00 PM through 10:00 PM
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