Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Journal of Scientific Exploration online

Downloadable pdfs of many of the articles that have appeared in the Journal of Scientific Exploration are now available from the society's new website. The articles can be found here.

Randi Backs Out of Challenge with Homeopath George Vithoulkas

"A long tussle concerning the validity of Homeopathy between the world`s most famous homeopath and probably the world`s most well known `quackbuster` appears to have come to head in December 2008 after 5 years of to-ing and fro-ing...."

Click here to read the full article.

Much more detail about this issue from Vithoulkas.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Matching Funds Drive for Macro PK Research

The Parapsychological Association, one of the 262 affiliated societies of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recently received a generous donation from Mrs. Marion Roller to establish a new endowment for research. The Gilbert Roller Fund supports scientific investigations into macroscopic psychokinetic phenomena such as those reported in sitter-groups, séances, and poltergeist activity, and/or theoretical approaches to help explain the nature of such large-scale physical effects.

Between now and May 1, 2009, Mrs. Roller will match, dollar for dollar, any donations made to the Gilbert Roller Fund to support this important line of research. Traditionally most of the modest support for parapsychological research has come from individuals and foundations with the vision and courage needed to support science on the cutting edge. Your contributions will enable qualified researchers with professional knowledge of past investigations of this type to continue to explore reports of large-scale psychokinetic phenomena.

The Parapsychological Association is the premier international professional society for scientists and scholars interested in exceptional human experiences. Members are engaged in the empirical and theoretical investigation of a wide range of phenomena, including those labeled telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and evidence suggestive of survival of consciousness after bodily death.

Donations can be made to the Gilbert Roller Fund electronically by clicking here, or by check mailed to the Parapsychological Association at P.O. Box 24173, Columbus, OH 43224. The PA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible in the USA.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

One year later

A little over a year after my presentation at Google, it has become the #1 most discussed talk out of the 1,031 talks given there so far. I'm pleased with this because one of the main reasons I do these public talks and participate in so many interviews is to promote dialog.

This talk was partially about the taboo of psi, which refers to the perennially strong public interest in psi (as reflected by the rating of this talk), as compared to the resounding silence about psi within the academic world.

The science behind psychic phenomena

A surprisingly neutral article about psi in Time magazine. Surprising because Time has traditionally felt it necessary to psi-bash whenever possible. It cites Diane Powell's new book, The ESP Enigma, which I think is pretty good.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 09, 2009

Psi Research Studentship for EU Nationals

Research Degree Studentship

£8,125.00 per annum plus tuition fees for 3 years (including £1,000 research expenses p.a.)

The University of Northampton invites applications for a three-year part-time (.65) PhD studentship to support a research project investigating the role of lability in performance at a computer-based micro-psychokinesis task. The successful applicant will be based in the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), an institutionally recognised Research Centre within The University of Northampton. Supervisory support and research training shall be provided by staff from CSAPP and the School of Social Science within the University.

The bursary is part of a project led by Dr Chris Roe and funded by the Fundação Bial, Portugal, and will involve

• survey work to develop and psychometrically evaluate a new questionnaire-based measure of lability;

• a series of three experimental studies to assess the relationship between lability and performance at a laboratory-based micro-psychokinesis task

•some details of these projects are determined by the conditions of funding, but there will be some scope for the successful candidate to modify or extend the research goals

Applicants should possess a good Honours or Masters Degree in Psychology or a related discipline and be able to demonstrate some familiarity with Parapsychological research methods and findings. The studentship is open to EU nationals only.

Deadline for applications: 4 March, 2009

It is intended that interviews will be held: week beginning 16th March, 2009

Start date: To be negotiated

For an application pack, please email: david.watson@northampton.ac.uk, or call 01604 892812.

Additional informal enquiries can be made to chris.roe@northampton.ac.uk

Please quote reference: UN09CSAPPMICROPK

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Rhine Center

The Rhine Research Center website has a nice new look, and their latest newsletter provides a good overview of their current activities.