There is good evidence of a telepathic bond between humans and their companion animals, and cats are notorious for finding their way home using an unfamiliar route.  At the lower end of the biological spectrum, experiments suggest that mental influence from humans can have an effect on the collective behaviour and development of lesser life forms.

     Before attributing psi powers and responses to non-humans, there are several obvious factors that must be considered, notably animals’ sensory faculties, known to be so much greater than ours.  Another factor in some cases is their apparently instinctive navigational skills. But how far is instinct a description rather than an explanation, and how does instinct relate to bio-psi?  These are some of the issues that face today’s speakers.

Study Day No.74

       Psi in Nature: ESP and PK in the Realm of Biology

From 09:30



10:20 – 10:30

       Chairman’s opening remarks

Prof. Bernard Carr

10:30 – 11:10

Action at a distance: interventions with

animals, plants and cells

Dr Charmaine Sonnex

11:10 – 11:40



11:40 – 12:10

Assumptions of zoologists

Prof. John Poynton

12:10 – 12:40

The sense of direction

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

12:40 – 14:10



14:10 – 14:40

Premonitions in animals

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

14:40 – 15.30

Reports of animal psi in the natural world

Dr Callum Cooper

15:30 – 16:00

Telepathic animals

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

16:00 – 16:30



16:30 – 16:40

Pulling some threads together

Dr Rupert Sheldrake

16:40 – 17:30

General discussion


4th November, 2017 10:20 AM   to   5:30 PM
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