The Observatory, Brooklyn, NY

I went out to the Gowanus section of Brooklyn to a place called the Observatory to hear author and researcher George Hansen talk about parapsychology. I should have given a lecture here about Unbelievable! Everyone who runs the Observatory has an interest in the macabre. From their website:

“…the space seeks to present programming inspired by the 18th century notion of “rational amusement” and is especially interested in topics residing at the interstices of art and science, history and curiosity, magic and nature.”

Coming up in July are a bunch of events “surveying the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture curated by Observatory’s Morbid Anatomy,” and a “Wearable Taxidermy Workshop by Beth Beverly, Rogue Taxidermist.”

To get to the space you need to pass by the South Brooklyn Casket Company …

South Brooklyn Casket Company

… a few blocks later you go around a corner and through this beautiful alley.

Entrance to the Observatory, Gowanus, Brooklyn

This is George Hansen, who gave a marvelously entertaining and informative lecture. George is the author of the book, The Trickster and the Paranormal. George also very graciously mentioned Unbelievable, so thank you very much George!

Lectures on the History and Decline of Parapsychology

I’m going to be attending this lecture given by by George Hansen on Saturday, June 15 at 5pm, titled History of Parapsychology and Psychical Research. This lecture will be immediately followed by another titled: The Decline of Parapsychology, or Whatever Happened to Parapsychology?

George Hansen worked for three years at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina, and for five at Psychophysical Research Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey. He is also the author of The Trickster and the Parnormal.

Coincidentally, I’ve been meaning to post a link to Carlos Alvarado’s blog post, Distortions of Parapsychological History: I. It will be interesting to see if there is any overlap or disagreement.

And, I’ve also been meaning to post Dean Radin’s excellent collection of links titled, Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications on Psi Research.

The picture below is of scientists from the former Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University, now the Rhine Research Center.

Scientists, Duke Parapsychology Laboratory