Author: Jacob

Online parapsychology course

I’m starting to “attend” a virtual classroom parapsychology course, “Parapsychology and Anomalistic Psychology: Research and Education“. The course is led and taught by leading researchers in the field, including Nancy Zingrone, Carlos S. Alvarado, Roger Nelson and many more. The course is free and lasts six weeks. It’ll have live sessions but can also be watched later. It starts today, January 5th. There are about 650 people registered from all over the world. It’s gonna be...

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Have you had an Out-of-Body Experience?

The below text is posted verbatim from a request for research participant that I received from Andrew Hodrien, Research Assistant at Nottingham Trent University. Request for research participants Have you had one or more Out-of-Body Experiences (OBEs) in which it seems as if your sense of self or consciousness has become separated from your physical body? These experiences can occur under a variety of conditions. If you have experienced one or more OBEs we are interested to hear from you about your experience(s). This research is being carried out at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and is being conducted by me, Andrew Hodrien (Research Assistant – my contact details can be found at the end of this message) and the project is being supervised by Dr David Wilde. The aim of this research is to develop an OBE ‘screening’ scale which will be able to more precisely identify whether someone has had an OBE. At present no such tool exists for OBEs. Our research is not testing your experience in relation to psychological variables as is commonly done in OBE research, but instead explores the content of the experience itself to better understand it and differentiate it from other experiences. To do this we would like your help by asking you if you would fill in an online questionnaire anonymously about the individual aspects of one of your OBEs. Your...

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Impressive summary of scientific research of meditation benefits

I’ve written quite a lot of articles in the past about different Studies related to the benefits of meditation: Benefits of meditation Meditation and neuroscience research Meditation leads to happiness research shows Yoga and meditation help sleep better Transcendental Meditation helps the heart Benefits of meditation researched by scientists Meditation benefits appear after several days of practice That being said, none of the articles that I ever wrote come close to the fabulous summary posted on the blog of Jon Lieff, MD. His article, Meditation and the Brain 2013, presents detailed but approachable overview of the latest scientific research into the benefits of meditation, Tai Chi and yoga. The benefits of these practices span a wide spectrum of human activity, such as physical health, mental health, dealing with pain and creativity. While you’re there on his site, make sure to read other articles which summarize recent research, such as Animal Intelligence Update...

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Online OBE, NDE and Precognition courses from Rhine Research Center

In this fall semester, the Rhine Research Center offers two online courses in parapsychology: The Wandering Mind: Out of Body and Near Death Experiences Premonitions and Precognition The courses are taught by Drs. Nancy L. Zingrone  and Carlos S. Alvarado. Both courses are 8-week long and cost $199 each ($179 for Rhine members and students). The courses are both really interesting and touch the subjects that are so often discussed in the Skeptiko podcast and in its forum. Maybe I should enroll...

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Interview with Annalisa Ventola – Executive Director of the Parapsychological Association

Today I’m glad to present interview with Annalisa Ventola. I first got to know her through her blog, Public Parapsychology. These days she’s the Executive Director of the Parapsychological Association. This interview was taken over email. Annalisa, could you please tell our readers about yourself. I am a the Executive Director of the Parapsychological Association, an associate member of the Center for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology at Lund University, Sweden, and the founder of Public Parapsychology, a web log devoted to promoting public scholarship in the fields of parapsychology and anomalous psychology. I'm also a composer, performer, and music teacher. I have a small, private studio of 20-30 young pianists who see me once a week for tutoring. I also perform original piano/vocal music around Columbus, Ohio and have an EP album in development (http://www.annalisaventola.com/). Could you describe the Parapsychological Association, how does it differ from other psi research associations (SPR, for example) The Parapsychological Association is a professional association of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of psi (or 'psychic') experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition. The PA is similar to the structure of other kinds of professional academic associations, but unique in the types of members that it attracts and the programs that it offers. Our professional membership is primarily made up of college and university professors, clinicians, counselors, and...

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