Past Events

February 22, 2021
The psi-critic James Alcock has recently argued that psi-research needs to focus on finding a theory which explains the vast range of phenomena in psychical research. He rightly asks, what do they all have in common and how can they fit into natural science? If we accept consciousness as primary in nature and psi as established, then we are free to theorize that the entities that appear behind all these phenomena are created by, and are part of, our individual wider consciousness. Just how this…
January 18, 2021
Informed, constructive criticism plays an important corrective role in enabling scientific progress. Just as a government in office needs a discerning opposition to call it to task to ensure good governance, so parapsychology needs a strong and capable counter-advocate movement to ensure that its methods are robust and its findings valid and meaningful. Parapsychological research has certainly received more than its fair share of criticism, though unusually this mainly comes from ‘armchair…
December 14, 2020
Toward a Scientific Resurrection of Magic. A growing number of scientists are questioning whether materialism -- the prevailing scientific worldview -- is adequate to understand all aspects of reality. This is leading to reconsideration of ideas like panpsychism, and more generally the philosophy of idealism. In parallel, we see rising scholarly interest in Western esoteric traditions, where we find that some aspects of ancient wisdom that were previously dismissed as superstitious nonsense are…
December 12, 2020
Psychical research aspires to be a science and yet appears to be incompatible with the reductionist, materialistic science which currently prevails. Indeed, despite the strength of evidence for psi, its reality is sometimes rejected on these very grounds. However, the old-fashioned materialistic paradigm was overthrown a century ago with the advent of relativity and quantum theory and more recent developments across a variety of academic disciplines point to a new “post-materialist” paradigm…
November 23, 2020
Following his retirement in October this year, Professor Chris French will reflect on the work of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, founded in the year 2000. His talk will describe the reasons for founding the Unit and give some examples of its work, as well as considering the future prospects of anomalistic psychology and parapsychology.
September 22, 2020
Telepathic parapsychology research is a subject of much debate. In this presentation, Dr Deborah Erickson reviews some of her research focusing on telepathic interspecies communication with domestic dogs and therapy horses.
September 8, 2020
Professor Bernard Carr will discuss psychical research matters with Dr David Vernon. More details to follow.
August 11, 2020
Our discussion will focus on the history of the KPU and the study registration initiative which Caroline has developed with Jim Kennedy and why that is important. We will also be talking about the current focus of some of Caroline’s research, such as the need for well-powered studies on Ganzfeld ESP and topically how this may have been affected by Covid-19. Our discussion will also touch on education and how parapsychology is taught to undergraduate psychology students as well as benefits of…
July 21, 2020
During this online event, David Vernon will be discussing some of the work Patrizio has been involved in, covering areas such as Physiological Presentiment, using Hypnosis to elicit non-ordinary states of consciousness, Augmented Cognition and Theoretical developments in psi research.
July 2, 2020
The Helen Duncan story is complex. To get an informed balanced opinion, the facts from the original sources are needed and both sides of the story are required before any final judgement can be endorsed.
June 23, 2020

Flotation tanks have been given various coverage in the media as to their potential for advancing research into altered states of consciousness. They have also been depicted being used by fictional parapsychologists in both film and television series to explore psi. Away from media and entertainment, what has actually been done to date in the field of research? And what potential do the tanks hold for researchers keen to dip…
June 9, 2020
Gadgets and equipment have always been popular with ghost hunters and many modern investigators have amassed an extensive collection of devices which they use to support their investigations. In this webinar, Dr David Vernon talks to Steve Parsons, a veteran investigator of apparitions, poltergeists and haunted houses about the sort of equipment that investigators use, if it works and if it can really help them understand more…