Past Events

May 22, 2023
The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), a research center and direct-experience laboratory, has been at the forefront of the scientific investigation of consciousness for over 50 years. Founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the mission of IONS is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration and personal discovery. Building on the 150 years of researchers' and scholars' previous work, like the SPR, Dr Wahbeh organized the IONS Channeling Research…
April 29, 2023
Notice of the date: 2023 AGM of the Society is open only to full Members of the Society. All Members will be sent a proxy form for use if unable to attend.
April 29, 2023
This will be a physical meeting, also available as a Zoom event and both SPR members & non-members are most welcome. Members are urged to publicise this event in their own locality and through social media. Please pay online through the SPR website. You may also telephone the SPR office to pay with a credit card - +44 (0)20 7937 8984. Advance booking is the only way to join this meeting. This meeting will be followed at 5:15 p.m. by the SPR AGM 2023.
April 17, 2023
The landmark paper, "Feeling the Future: Experimental Evidence for Anomalous Retroactive Influences on Cognition and Affect" by Daryl Bem was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2011. Bem’s paper describes a series of experiments indicating that humans have a capacity for perceiving or predicting events before they occur. The Transparent Psi Project (TPP) is a multi-site replication of the first experiment in Bem's paper. Our project aims to…
March 13, 2023
The objective of the presentation is to demonstrate the existence of the dermo-optic vision phenomenon, in an experiment where:
The phenomenon can be repeated (which is one of the assumptions that cannot be made in the scientific approach to parapsychology).
External variables are controlled (in order to eliminate doubts about the process and results of the demonstration).
The participant, due to his/her characteristics and how he/she takes the demonstration, finally leaves…
February 28, 2023
Ciaran Farrell and Dennis Bury will be your hosts and chairs for the evening. The discussion will be an open one and led by us.
We are delighted and grateful that Steve Parsons has agreed to be our in-house expert for our Hauntings & Haunted Houses Forum. Steve is a member of the SPR’s Council, and the author of various books, including the SPR's Guidance Notes for Investigators, and a companion equipment guide. You can find out a bit more…
February 6, 2023
Spiritual/Psychic occurrences have been interpreted anecdotally, echoing the anthropological timidity that characterises the contemporary culture. While the sciences search for patterns that allow us to predict the behaviour of natural phenomena, an anthropological approach to spiritual, religious or psychic phenomena can limit the narratives to the realm of culture (symbolism, interpretation, metaphors...). A scientific approach to world religions and spirituality would involve a naturalistic…
January 16, 2023
The problems and pitfalls of using technology in haunted houses. Includes a concise review of some of the most used and popular items of ghost hunting equipment together with some recommendations for items to pack into your ghost hunting kit bag.
December 12, 2022
For 15 years, transpersonal psychologist Steve Taylor has been researching cases of spontaneous spiritual awakening that occur in the midst of intense psychological turmoil. In times of bereavement, serious illness, addiction, deep depression, and intense stress a miraculous transformation sometimes occurs: the death of an old identity and the birth of a new, spiritually awakened self. In this presentation – based on his new book Extraordinary Awakenings – Steve provides some examples of these…
November 28, 2022
Following a very successful talk, in August of this year, Jan has agreed to come back and tell us more about this topic!
Of all the people who survive a close brush with death, 80-90% remember nothing unusual, but 10-20% report that during the experience, their consciousness functioned lucidly, perceiving the material world from a position outside the physical body and/or perceiving and interacting with beings and environments not of the material world. In this webinar, Jan will present…
November 26, 2022
As a continuation of the celebration of our 140th anniversary, this study day will focus on further historical aspects of our founding. The five distinguished speakers will discuss both academic aspects, such as the links with philosophy, psychology and biology, and sociological aspects, including the important role of women. The day will end with a general discussion, with audience participation, and a look to the future.
November 14, 2022
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to cancel this SPR webinar with Dr Leo Ruickbie on ‘The Ghost in the Time Machine’. We apologise for the short notice and are now liaising with Dr Ruickbie to try and arrange a new time slot, so keep an eye on the website for updated details on this.

Remember, we also have our Study Day on 26th November celebrating 140 years of the SPR.

Our next webinar will be with on Monday 28th November with Dr Jan Holden…