Ideas About Théodore Flournoy’s Classic Study of Mediumship

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Théodore Flournoy Another one of my articles about past developments in psychical research was just published. Following on a previous overview of the work of Swiss psychologist Théodore Flournoy, in the article commented here Nancy L. Zingrone  and I focus on the reception of Flournoy’s most important work: “Note on the Reception of Théodore Flournoy’s Des Indes à la Planète Mars” (Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2015, 79, 156-164). As stated in the introduction: “The book is generally considered a...

On the Importance of Academic Publishing

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation One frequently hears criticisms of academic publishing, and of the pressures in academia to publish or perish. But while there are good critiques, I believe, along with many colleagues, that academic publishing is essential for parapsychology to move forward and to present a good image of its scientific and scholarly work. When I mention academic publishing I am referring to refereed publications. This includes most serious journals of various disciplines and some academic and scholarly book publishers who care about the expertise of...

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