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December 6, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Is there a special bond between twins, especially identical ones? Hitherto there has been no clear answer. Some twins insist that there is, others insist that there isn’t. So who is right? Guy Lyon Playfair has been exploring this long neglected area of research since 1997, when he helped set up the first televised experiment in twin telepathy using a polygraph, the successful result of which will be shown. He then went on to write the first book devoted to the subject, now in its third edition...
October 20, 2012
at 97 Earls Court Road
In April 2011 we had a Study Day on automatic art production, and the question was whether the words, music and painting emanated from the automatist’s subconscious or from the mind of the dead ‘claimant’. There are other claimants to autonomy — personal communicators demonstrating through mediumship appropriate knowledge and skills ranging from classical scholarship to grandmaster chess. Real identifiable people from past times manifest as apparitions and as reincarnated personalities...
October 4, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Dr. Mark Fox has carried out extensive research into the related subjects of spirituality and religious experience. His books include studies of Near-Death Experiences and of overwhelming ‘encounters’ with love and light. Tonight Mark will discuss the findings from his analysis of over 700 accounts of such unusual light encounters reported to the Religious Experience Research Centre at the University of Wales. Such lights are typically encountered at times of crisis or at the passing of a...
September 7, 2012
at Sunley Conference Centre, University of Northampton
The SPR’s 36th International Annual conference will be held at the Sunley Conference Centre, Park Campus, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL between Friday 7 and Sunday 9 September 2012. We are very pleased to be in Northampton, home to one of the UK’s most energetic and productive parapsychology departments. As always, our very full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research. Papers range...
July 5, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Callum Cooper will present the findings of his recent study, as described at the 2011 Annual SPR Conference in Edinburgh, which have formed the basis of a new book on the subject of anomalous telephone calls "from the dead". In the past, the topic received considerable attention from D. Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless as well Gertrude Schmeidler.
June 14, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Stainton Moses was a famous mental and physical medium who helped found the SPR in 1882 and became an SPR Vice President. He has featured in many books about the history of psychical research, and was given the unusual distinction of a long two-part article in the SPR's Proceedings about his mediumship. Leslie Price will focus on a number of mysteries in the life of Moses, and attempt to explain them.
May 28, 2012

at 1 Vernon Mews
May 17, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
This is a GWEN TATE MEMORIAL LECTURE. Dr Rubenstein qualified in medicine from the University of Nottingham in 1978. He works at Eagle House Surgery in Enfield where he has been a GP since 1984. He is the author of Consulting Spirit. He writes: 'One morning during a busy surgery my dead grandfather popped in for a chat. This set me off on a journey, a mad dash through territory populated by mediums, psychics, poltergeists and ghost hunters. On the way I met some fascinating and sometimes...
April 28, 2012
at 97 Earls Court Road
Psychical research will not attain scientific respectability until it has some agreed theoretical basis. But the subject impinges on many disciplines, so various levels of explanation have been proposed – physical, biological, psychological, philosophical and mystical. A full theory of psi must surely involve all of these. In this Study Day leading representatives of each of these fields, all sharing an interest in an interdisciplinary approach to the subject, will come together to address...
March 15, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Many researchers today see the eventual reduction of consciousness to underlying biology as inevitable, but major obstacles remain. Current mainstream theory provides no coherent account of how subjective experience arises. The author traces his growing dissatisfaction with mainstream accounts and, following William James, proposes a pluralistic universe where subjective experience is irreducible to material processes.
February 2, 2012
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Nigel Peace will present what he considers to be “documented hard evidence of precognitive dreams and synchronicities that challenge all conventional beliefs about the nature of time and of human consciousness”.