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April 29, 2017
at SPR
The study day will consider the general theme of the future of ghost hunting and how the SPR should adjust its role in light of the large number of amateur groups now involved. Many illustrious scientists brought their expertise to the field in the early days of the SPR but in the current media-driven age where are the scientists now? Who are the ghost hunters? What do they do and why? How can they improve their prospects of catching ghosts in the future? The contributors include several...
April 17, 2017
41st INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE DE VERE HORSLEY ESTATE, Ockham Road, East Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6DU 5 pm Friday 1st to 5 pm Sunday 3rd September 2017 FIRST NOTICE AND CALL FOR PAPERS
March 29, 2017
at SPR
The autumn 2016 issue of the Paranormal Review made a feature of psi and animals, and the forthcoming discussion meeting will explore some of these fundamental aspects of biology.
March 9, 2017
at SPR
Following her fourth year of successful, sell-out shows at The Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, Ann Treherne, Chair of The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, joins us to talk about this famous man of literature - and spiritualism.
February 2, 2017
at SPR
Water can be seen to have been involved in some aspects of anomalous experiences since early civilisations. Various examples of scrying, and the witnessing of spiritual beings associated with water, often appear to relate to altered states of consciousness when interacting with water in some way. When we consider modern day research in parapsychology, there is no obvious link to water, except when the suggestion of the use of sensory deprivation via floatation tanks is casually raised. This...
December 8, 2016
at SPR
Saint Pantaleon was a martyr during the Diocletian persecution of 303AD in the northwest region of Anatolia (the westernmost protrusion of Asia). His fascinating life was a mix of religious fervour and science, of a man battling with early instruction in Christianity and a passion for medicine. He became a faith healer, miraculously healing a blind man by invoking the name of Jesus over him. With his knowledge of medicine and his new found healing abilities he became revered in some circles...
November 16, 2016
at SPR
1. Prof. John Poynton's recent series of Presidential Letters in the Journal and 2. articles in the recent Paranormal Review on the researcher/psychic Dr Alex Tanous. Prof. Poynton and Callum Cooper will be present at the meeting. ALL WELCOME - NO NEED TO REGISTER
November 3, 2016
at SPR
In 1954 Aldous Huxley published his now famous book The Doors of Perception. This described in detail Huxley’s experiences with mescaline. From this, he concluded that Henri Bergson was right to conclude that the human brain acts as a “reducing valve” in that it filters sensory information and presents to consciousness a restricted and censored version of the true “reality” of the external world. In his new book, Opening The Doors of Perception, Anthony Peake has taken Huxley’s ideas and...
October 8, 2016
at SPR
Psychical Research could be defined as the study of unpredictable events and uncontrollable effects, so that a repeatable experiment, meaning one where a stated effect will always follow a prescribed cause, may demonstrate something, but it will not be psi. Taking the opposite standpoint, it can be maintained that if we knew enough about the causes of psi, then it could be controlled and made to perform to order by any competent person following the specified methodology. Where in this clash...
September 2, 2016
at Woodhouse Lane
The SPR’s 40th International Annual conference will be held at the University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, U.K. between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 September 2016. The University Leeds is in the centre of the city. As always, our very full conference programme will address a broad range of topics, covering both spontaneous cases and laboratory research. In addition to the talks, conferences are a marvelous opportunity to network and share views, and there will be time to socialise over...
July 14, 2016
at SPR
Poltergeists have been recorded across the world for centuries, with many genuine cases seeming to arise from incidents of psychokinesis (PK) generated by living persons. However, a smaller but significant number of poltergeist cases raise the possibility of the involvement of discarnate entities. Such cases can involve extensive written and spoken communications which claim to originate from deceased humans. Alan Murdie assesses some examples of such cases, with particular reference to the...