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Past Events

February 27, 2014
at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
The President of the Society, DR RICHARD BROUGHTON, presents his Presidential Address: THE EVOLUTION OF EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION Where does ESP ability come from and why do humans have it? Drawing on a growing understanding of how consciousness has evolved Dr Broughton will explain how ESP fits neatly into this picture, and how an evolutionary understanding of ESP is necessary if progress is to be made in discovering how it functions.
December 5, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Dr Eric Dingwall was a man of many parts - psychical researcher, librarian, book & antique collector, anthropologist, sexologist, intelligence operative. This talk will concentrate on his paranormal research work, with a focus on his sometimes fractious relationship with fellow investigator, Harry Price.
November 7, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
JOINT MEETING WITH SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL NETWORK - Members' rate for this event is £5.00 (£8.00 for non-members). During 1993 and 1994 Stanley Krippner witnessed anomalous phenomena that occurred in the presence of Amyr Amiden, a Brazilian psychic claimant. Stan had designed non-invasive procedures that enabled a research team to collect data during occasions of ostensible psychokinesis. Although further work with Amiden was not possible because of health issues, the procedures could be...
October 26, 2013
at 97 Earls Court Road
Prof. Roy, who died in December 2012, was a great communicator, and he used his considerable literary gifts to write for the general reader, summarising significant cases in many areas of psychical research and illuminating the narratives with personal insights and assessments. His 1990 book ‘A sense of something strange’ covered almost the whole field of his interests, concentrating on major anomalies, with sections devoted to the perplexities of time and personality, the theme of...
October 10, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Living and working in Canada as an historian and archivist, Walter Meyer zu Erpen has been a member of the Society since 2008 and he is the current President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. This lecture will be profusely illustrated with photographs and video clips of table-turning. Throughout, Walter will draw upon his own experience of the phenomenon, as a member of a Canadian Spiritualist home circle that has observed strong psychokinetic table movements, including lifting,...
September 6, 2013
The SPR’s 37th International Annual conference will be held at the Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 September 2013. Swansea University is the second closest university campus to the sea in the world, so we hope you will enjoy the location. 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...
July 11, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
In this talk Graham Nicholls will outline the journey he has been on over the last 25 years to rationally understand the nature of his out-of-body experiences. After drawing upon both proponent and sceptical interpretations of the OBE he will discuss why he feels that the veridical elements of some experiences suggest that OBEs are not hallucinations or bodily illusions.
June 6, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
The science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality, in principle. The fundamental questions are answered, leaving only the details to be filled in. The impressive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine and psychology. In his new book, Dr Rupert Sheldrake shows how the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have...
May 16, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
In his lecture Feargus O’Connor will identify some of the main sources of evidence, empirical, philosophical and religious, that may inform and guide us in our long quest to make sense of that most perplexing and intriguing of questions, survival of bodily death. He will consider philosophical and religious arguments for and against life after death and evidence drawn from psychical research and the study of near-death experiences (NDEs) and its bearing on the hypothesis of post-mortem...
April 27, 2013
at 97 Earls Court Road
Last year was the 130th anniversary of the founding of the SPR, so it is timely to consider some historical and sociological aspects of psychical research. In particular, it is interesting to focus on its links with more established sciences, such as physics, psychology and medicine, and the role played by some key figures in these fields. In this Study Day leading historians of psychical research will come together to address these issues from a variety of perspectives and discuss what lessons...
March 28, 2013
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
Please note that this is an alteration to our previously-advertised programme. We thank Leslie Price for agreeing, at short notice, to give this talk on a similar theme. He will draw upon some of his own investigations and reveal details of some hitherto unpublished fraud cases in which he was involved.
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...