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...

People in Parapsychology: XXV. Etzel Cardeña

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation I am happy to post an interview with Dr. Etzel Cardeña, whose work has been discussed in this blog before (click here, here, and here). I first met Etzel in 1984 when he came to the Institute of Parapsychology at Durham, North Carolina, for their Summer Study Program, where I was teaching. Dr. Etzel Cardeña Etzel, who has a PhD in psychology (with emphasis on Personality Psychology) from the University of California, Davis, is currently the Poul Thorsen Professor of Psychology at Lund University, in Sweden. In addition to his work...

Issue of Argentinean Parapsychology Journal Dedicated to Mediumship

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Dr. Alejandro Parra has produced another issue of his online journal E-Boletín Psi, which he has been publishing in Spanish since 2006 from his Instituto de Psicología Paranormal (Institute of Paranormal Psychology), located in Buenos Aires, Argentina (for other issues click here). Dr. Alejandro Parra These are the titles of the papers published in the issue, which is available here. Variables Perceptuales y de Personalidad Asociadas a la Experiencia Mediúnica: Examinando Dos Muestras [Perceptual and Personality Variables...

A New Handbook of Parapsychology

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Over the years many of us have found a basic reference work of great help. I am referring to the Handbook of Parapsychology, edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, with the assistance of associate editors Laura A. Dale, Gertrude R. Schmeidler, and Montague Ullman (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977). While still useful, the book has been in need of an update for a long time, since it was published over 30 years ago. Fortunately we now have such an update: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century (Jefferson, NC : McFarland, 2015;...

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