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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 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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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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Interview with Alex Tsakiris of Skeptiko, take two

Skeptiko podcast host, Alex Tsakiris had started his public journey into the world of psi research in January 2007. I had the opportunity to interview him about 5 months after he had started. Six years and about 200 fantastic episodes later, Alex has agreed to a follow-up interview. Despite starting the podcast without taking a position, just 5 months later you seemed to side with proponents of psi. I've got the feeling that in the following years you've established even firmly in the proponents camp. Is this where "following the data", as you love to say, led you? Short answer — yes. My biggest surprise was discovering how weak the skeptical arguments against psi were. You hear these skeptical talking points like, "100 years of nothing", "pseudoscience", "lack of experiential controls", and it sounds like there's a raging scientific debate. But when I drilled into it I found very, very little substance to the Skeptical position. Revisiting our previous interview reminded me that back then you had this initiative called Open Source Science. You wanted to duplicate some psi experiments, starting with the famous "Dogs that know" experiment of Rupert Sheldrake. I know you've done some work on it, but the project seems dead now. Even the web site redirects to Skeptiko.com. What happened to this initiative? Do you plan to conduct any experiments in the future? I guess...

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New online parapsychology course at Rhine

The Rhine Research Center starts a new “Introduction to Parapsychology” course, beginning April 29. It will be given by Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone and below you can see the video where she presents the course. The course web site includes syllabus, pricing and dates. It also contains the following description: This 8 week online introduction to parapsychology will include seven (7) classes by Dr. Nancy Zingrone, and a guest lecture by a prominent parapsychologist. Classes will begin on Monday, April 29th and continue until Monday June 17th. Classes will be broadcast each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time, but the courses will also be recorded so that you can view them when it is most convenient for you. In this introductory online course, Dr. Nancy Zingrone will present a series of seven (7) online classes to introduce students to the basics of parapsychology; the scientific study of paranormal experiences. This interesting course will use case studies and experiments to explore extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (mind over matter), near death and out of body experiences, apparitions (including ghosts), and modern research in parapsychology. Students taking this course will gain a deeper understanding of subjective paranormal experiences and the nature of consciousness, and learn that there are a variety of ways to explore these fascinating...

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