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2015 PA Book Award Winner: Beyond Physicalism

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Beyond Physicalism The rise of modern science has brought with it increasing acceptance among intellectual elites of a worldview that conflicts sharply both with everyday human experience and with beliefs widely shared among the world’s great cultural traditions. Most contemporary scientists and philosophers believe that reality is at bottom purely physical, and that human beings are nothing more than extremely complicated biological machines. On such views our everyday experiences of conscious decision-making, free will, and the self are illusory by-products of the grinding of our neural machinery. It follows that mind...

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century Many people have experienced such unusual phenomena as dreams that later seem to correspond with unforeseeable events, thinking of a long-lost friend just before he or she unexpectedly calls, or the ability to "feel" the presence of deceased loved ones. What many do not realize is that these types of experiences have been researched for more than a century by eminent scientists, including Nobel laureates. Most of these researchers have concluded that some of these phenomena do occur, although we are far from explaining them to everyone's satisfaction. Parapsychology: A Handbook for the 21st Century...

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Experimentelle Parapsychologie

2015 PA Book Award Winner: Experimentelle Parapsychologie Is there scientific evidence for extrasensory perception, psychokinesis or precognition? These questions systematic have feuled experiments that have been carried out for over 100 years. Experimentelle Parapsychologie: Eine Einführung a German-Language volume authored by PA Professional Member Stefan Schmidt gives a detailed and critical overview of the current state of knowledge of experimental parapsychology. A 2015 winner of the Parapsychological Association Book Award, this book is presented and explained by means of meta-analyzes summarizing the findings on topics such as telepathy, clairvoyance,...

2015 Election Results

The results of the 2015 PA Election are in. Much thanks to everyone who ran for election, and congratulations to our elected PA President, Board Directors, and Student Representative (names in bold below). The change of board is taking place this week. Presidential Election: Erlendur HaraldssonChris Roe* Board of Directors Election:Gerd Hövelmann* Everton de Oliveira MaraldiRoger Nelson* Diane PowellThomas Rabeyron** Elizabeth Roxburgh* Student Representative Election: Dominic ParkerMichael Tremmel* * Those elected are indicated by an asterisk. ** Additional Board vacancy to replace new President...

Study of the Features of Out-of-Body Experiences

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone In a recent publication I reported, with Nancy L. Zingrone, a study of out-of-body experiences: “Features of out-of-body experiences: Relationships to frequency, wilfulness and previous knowledge about the experience” (Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 2015, 79, 98-111). Here is the abstract: “This study examined the relationship to other variables of a count of features of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), compiled as an OBE Feature Index. Following Blackmore’s (1984b) psychological model of...

Article About the Work of the Society for Consciousness Studies

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation I recently received from its author a reprint of the following article about the Society for the Study of Consciousness: Imants Barušs, “A Vision for the Society for Consciousness Studies” (Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research, 2014, 5, 551-555). Dr. Imants Barušs Here is the abstract: “This editorial is based on a presentation given by the author at the inaugural meeting of the Society for Consciousness Studies at The California Institute of Integral Studies on May 31, 2014. The author discusses the hegemony...

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