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Past Events

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”.
December 8, 2011
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
A lecture by Christopher Josiffe about the famous "talking mongoose" case. The strange saga of Gef the talking mongoose began in Autumn 1931 in an isolated farmstead on the Isle of Man called Doarlish Cashen (Cashen's Gap). In 1936, Harry Price published the results of his investigation in a book co-authored with journalist Richard Lambert entitled The Haunting of Cashen's Gap: A Modern "Miracle" Investigated. Christopher Josiffe has re-examined the material from...
November 5, 2011
at St Philip's Church
This Study Day will celebrate the life of David Fontana, recalling his many contributions to both psychical research and transpersonal psychology, and emphasizing how he used his influence and esteem to bring these fields together.
October 6, 2011
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
GWEN TATE MEMORIAL LECTURE to be given by Dr. Gregory Shushan, Perrott-Warrick Researcher at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford. He is researching comparative afterlife beliefs in small-scale societies worldwide, in the context of shamanic and near-death experiences. His book, "Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations: Universalism, Constructivism, and Near-Death Experience", was nominated for the 2010 Grawemeyer Award.
September 2, 2011
at 18 Holyrood Park Road
The SPR’s 35th annual conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 September and a very full programme will cover topics ranging from spontaneous cases to laboratory research, Speakers have come from as far as Japan, and the international aspect of the conference can be demonstrated by talks on subjects as diverse as emergency healing in Northern Norway, Icelandic mediumship, the relationship of ayahuasca and psi, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation...
July 7, 2011
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
June 2, 2011
at 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
Outgoing president of the Society, PROFESSOR DEBORAH DELANOY, presents her Presidential Address
May 12, 2011
at St Philip's Church
Anthropologist Dr Antonia Mills gives the Gwen Tate Memorial Lecture. Dr Mills will report on her recent follow up investigation of the Shiva-Sumitra possession case originally studied by Ian Stevenson. The talk will include photographs, letters and new assessments made by various members of Sumitra and Shiva's families. The speaker will argue that the case presents strong evidence of the survival of Shiva's consciousness after her bodily death. PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENT VENUE: ST...
April 16, 2011
at St Philip's Church
STUDY DAY 61 Speakers: Dr. Graham Kidd, Dr. Melvyn Willin & Guy Lyon Playfair Chair: Robert McLuhan
March 21, 2011
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
LECTURE BY REV. LIONEL FANTHORPE Please note the date of this lecture is a MONDAY
February 7, 2011
at Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library
WILLIAM JAMES (1842-1910) was the greatest American thinker of his generation, whose contributions spanned philosophy, religion, psychology and psychical research. His approach of radical empiricism meant that the boundaries of his thought were far wider than many of his contemporaries and he was an early critic of what he called ‘medical materialism.’ He regarded psychical research as a valid branch of psychology and his Ingersoll Lectures on Immortality pose questions as yet unresolved over a...