People in Parapsychology: XXII: Charles T. Tart

•June 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Parapsychology:

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

Tart Altered States AnchorI started reading Dr. Charles T. Tart from my early days as a psychology student in the early 1970s. I still remember the excitement I felt when I read his anthology Altered States of Consciousness, in its 1972 Anchor books edition. Later on I acquired his other publications and, eventually, got to see him at the 1979 convention of the Parapsychological Association. Over the years I have had more contact and correspondence with him, and it gives me great pleasure that he accepted my invitation to be interviewed for my blog.

Dr. Charles T. Tart Dr. Charles T. Tart

Charley has a Ph.D. in psychology (1963), and an Aikido Shodan (black belt, 1987). Among his many awards he has been the recipient of the Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Career Award (1999) and Division 30 of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Scientific Hypnosis Award…

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Summer Cemetery Love

•June 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Originally posted on Paranormal Georgia Investigations:

IMG_5600 Photo credit: Heather Dobson

As paranormal investigators, it’s natural for us to have a love of cemeteries. Heck, it’s natural for us to be fascinated with anything and everything having to do with death. Let’s just be honest, we all have our favorite local cemeteries that we love (*cough* Atlanta Oakland Cemetery *cough*). I don’t know about you, but cemeteries are always guaranteed to be quiet places where you can think, reflect, and reconnect with yourself. Cemeteries have also become favorite paranormal investigation locations, especially in the warm, summer months. It makes sense. Lots of dead people plus wide-open spaces with no high walls or barbed wire or locked doors equals instant ghost hunting magic! But, regardless of whether your favorite cemetery is a large, garden cemetery, in the center of town, full of historical markers and famous people who have passed on or if it’s a small, forgotten family…

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What We See

•April 18, 2015 • 1 Comment

Paranormalogistically:

Great post from my favorite E.V.P. researcher, investigator and blogger, Randy Keller. I feel this is one of those truly informative posts every paranormal researcher should read and remember. Don’t forget to check out Randy’s other great posts while you’re there!

Originally posted on thevoicesblog:

Over the years, I’ve learned that my eyes are not completely trustworthy. As a paranormal investigator, I’ve also learned to adjust them. When I witness something “ghostly,” or highly out of the ordinary, and before I assume that “paranormal” explanation, I look for clarification above my own nose. It turns out, there are a number of fascinating visual conditions which will cause us to see things that may not be there, and I seem to be susceptible to a few.

The first time I noticed a kind of misty, ectoplasmic looking entity floating around the room, it turned out to be the result of Blue Field Disorder. BFD is the ability to see the blood vessels in your eyes as imprints on the normal field of view. All it takes is the slight presence of blue light in a dark room, and depending on your sensitivity, this effect can continue…

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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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