Parapsychology and “Borderland” Phenomena

•February 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center (http://Rhine.org)

James H. Hyslop James H. Hyslop

Over a hundred years ago James H. Hyslop (1906) published a book entitled  Borderland of Psychical Research. This was a reference to conventional psychological explanations of unusual phenomena including the workings of hallucinations, memory, motor automatisms, and particularly the dramatic and creative manifestations of secondary personalities.

Hyslop Borderland

Years later Charles Richet devoted a section at the beginning of his influential Traité de métapsychique (1922) to discuss what he referred to as the “talents of the unconscious,” or the creative capabilities of the subconscious mind to form personalities that simulated spirit-produced mediumistic phenomena. Unfortunately, the “borderland” seems to be neglected by many parapsychologists.

Theodore Flournoy Theodore Flournoy

Knowledge about hyperesthesia and unconscious perceptions should be useful to evaluate some ESP claims. Similarly, there have been ideas related to hypnosis and mediumship postulating the possibility of individuals learning…

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Right Place, Right Time

•January 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Paranormalogistically:

I have to completely agree with Randy here. I have come to the point where I quickly lose patience with those who don’t believe in paranormal events. I have too much experience with these things and a lot of evidence to back up the reality of them and my annoyance levels shoot through the roof when people deny the facts. Randy says it best with this….
“Where’s the value in denying certain events in the name of skepticism when the truth appears to be otherwise?”

Originally posted on thevoicesblog:

I don’t actually believe in luck, but over the past years, I’ve had more than my share of it while witnessing the paranormal. For instance, I’ve seen quite a few black shadows. Not the ones that dance elusively around your peripheral, but the kind you can track; that move purposefully within an environment and menacingly blend in and out of the natural surroundings. I’ve even seen a few in broad daylight, a sight you don’t soon forget, but the difference between a legitimate black mass and anything else is stunning. There’s no room for doubt, and for a moment, you’re acutely aware of just how awesome it is to be in the presence of such a thing. I’ve never found them frightening, but on more than one occasion I’ve been frozen in my tracks.

I’ve also been blessed to have captured thousands of EVP from any number of different devices…

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Online Parapsychology Courses Via the Rhine Research Center

•January 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Visiting Scholar, Rhine Research Center

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

A new introductory online parapsychology course will start soon. Taught by Nancy L. Zingrone , and by myself, we present an overview of parapsychology through the Education Center of the Rhine Research Center. The course, Introduction to Parapsychology, is 8-weeks long, will start on January 29 and go through March 19th. The course will include topics such as the history of the field, and research on ESP, and out-of-body experiences.

Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado Presenting a Lecture About Out-of-Body Experiences Sponsored by the Rhine Research Center (2008) Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado Presenting a Lecture About Out-of-Body Experiences Sponsored by the Rhine Research Center (2008)

The course syllabus is available here. There are no prequisites to register. See the online application form here.

1993 Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association Edited by Zingrone and Alvarado, with other Colleagues 1993 Proceedings of the Parapsychological Association Edited by Zingrone and Alvarado, with other Colleagues

Alvarado's Introduction to Sources of Information in Parapsychology (2003) Alvarado’s Introduction to Sources of Information in Parapsychology (2003)

Loyd Auerbach Loyd…

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Parapsychology MOOC: An Update

•January 14, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, and Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD, Research Fellows, Parapsychology Foundation

In a recent blog one of us wrote about the free Parapsychology MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) we are organizing to take place in January and February of 2015 (click here ). This course consists of many lectures by guest speakers who have graciously donated their time and effort for this pioneering education effort in parapsychology.

We have 35 events including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, four WizIQ discussion sessions, the first Second Life Discussion session that starts out on WizIQ, two sessions on completing a certificate for the course (one early to introduce the idea, one late in the course to make sure the folks who want to obtain one know what to do), Carlos’ Intro overview, Nancy’s Geographical overview of research locations, and 26 guest lectures. There are more or two still to add (guest…

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Book Review – Ghosts of the Queen Mary

•January 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on NetherRealm Investigations:

ghosts of the queen mary cover

By Cornelia

Even though individual stories were submitted by Nether Realm team members, I am writing this review without bias. I am also a former employee of the Queen Mary, so I know historical facts of the ship have become muddled over the past 40 years. Don’t let the title deceive you into thinking this book is full of personal accounts alone.

Authors, Brian Clune and Bob Davis, put a lot of time into the historical research found inside this book. Even through their research, they discovered some of the larger coffee table books on the ship do contain errors which remain uncorrected. I can’t complain about authors who seek to publish the most historically accurate information on a location. It saves even the most tenacious paranormal researcher wasted hours of nailing down hard facts. The book is published by History Press, under their Haunted America series. This contents of…

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2014 Review. Happy New Year to all of you great bloggers out there!

•January 1, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Parapsychology Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)

•December 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Paranormalogistically:

I am definitely going to try and make time for this course!! I have been studying the paranormal and parapsychology and UFO’s and cryptids and so on, for many years…but this sounds like it will be fantastic plus you can earn a certificate of completion. Classes limited to 5000 learners so reserve your spot now.

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone

Nancy Zingrone  and I are organizing a free online course, Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education, on the social media teaching platform, www.WizIQ.com, to start Monday January 5th, 2015 and complete Friday February 14th, 2015. The course will be marketed by the WizIQ course group to its 3.5 million teachers and students from all over the world, as well as marketed by us to our various networks and contact lists.

WizIQ

Dr. Stanley Krippner Dr. Stanley Krippner

This course is being hosted by our virtual/teaching learning project , the Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education (The AZIRE) and the Parapsychology Foundation and its President, Lisette Coly.  The AZIRE’s Board of Advisors are:  Dr. Dean Radin (Institute of Noetic Sciences), Dr. Stanley Krippner (Saybrook University), Dr. Charles T. Tart (University of California-Davis, Emeritus, and Sofia…

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