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Programme chair 's Introduction to the 42nd International Annual Conference of the Society for Psychical Research

Proceeding
Författare Adrian Parker
Publiceringsår 2018
Publicerad vid Psykologiska institutionen
Språk en
Länkar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BU...
Ämnesord Psychical research, psi, consciousness
Ämneskategorier Psykologi

Sammanfattning

This year's conference takes place in Newcastle-upon-Tyne which is the northern regional capital playing host four universities if we include nearby Durham. Newcastle University does have a singular historical connection with psychical research: Gerhard Wassermann, a quantum physicist who became Reader in the Theory and Philosophy of Biology invited J B Rhine to visit him in Newcastle. Wassermann was deeply interested in the subject and formulated a field theory of psychic phenomena, which is similar to the morphic fields theory of Rupert Sheldrake, one of the invited speakers at this conference. All of the invited speakers are currently making outstanding scientific and philosophical contributions and are recognised in their own field for these. These contributions are enabling us to reach a better understanding of consciousness and in doing so they take research into psychic phenomena into their worldview. The panel discussion will offer an opportunity to see if some consensus can be reached. What is already clear is that there is a shift occurring in science by recognising that there can never be a "theory of everything" without a theory of consciousness. The conventional reductionist view of humans is that we are nothing more than intelligent apes occupying an infinitesimal time period in a distant insignificant part of the universe. As the physician Larry Dossey asked, who would then believe such an ape's theory of everything? Besides humility, something big appears to be missing and this has to do with altered states of consciousness and psi - the main focus of the conference. The conference follows the usual tradition of being an optimal mixture of university based experimental research and the active investigations of spontaneous phenomena and are arranged according to the themes of Consciousness, Near Death Experiences, Cross Cultural and Historical Aspects, Experimental Studies of Psi, and Investigations of Mediumship. The conference is also internationally represented with speakers from England, Germany, Holland, Iceland and Sweden. This year, in an effort reduce costs and thereby to attract a wider participation, we have no formal dinners or receptions but Newcastle is know for it pubs and parties. And for those who want to escape city life, I recommend the Northumbrian coast - 30 miles of largely deserted beaches. So enjoy these opportunities.

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