Staff Meetings at the Parapsychology Laboratory

Every Monday night the Parapsychology Lab staff would get together in the library for what they called Research Meetings. Later, it turned into a daily morning gathering called the Coffee Hour. Everyone would file in, sit at attention, and wait for Rhine to appear. He “entered the room in a fashion unmistakably demanding attention and authority,” Klaus Schmidt-Koenig, a former Lab Research Associate described. They might discuss their current experiments. Or a newspaper article. Or one of the many reports they received from the field.

“The meetings were casual and excited, highly structured, but not formal, not boring,” one former attendant wrote. And interesting people were always stopping by. For instance, during the month of November, 1964, Eddie Albert, Pearl S. Buck, and Burl Ives dropped in for a visit (on different days).

“Anyone who had an idea spoke up, one way or the other,” remembers psychologist Gertrude Schmeidler, an occasional attendee who Rhine once tried to lure into joining them at the Lab. “When all had had their say, heads turned to Rhine and there was silence. Then he spoke, telling us the decision … There was no pretense of being first among equals; Dr. Rhine was first.”

“He ruled the lab almost like an old fashion German professor,” Schmidt-Koenig described. “And he didn’t like to be interrupted,” Rhea White, another former staff member, added. “It made him lose his train of thought.”


But Louisa Rhine had a sense of humor about her serious husband. She’s the one on the far right in this picture. Someone told how she’d sometimes make affectionate fun of J.B. when he was being particularly serious. The staff would do their best to smother their laughter, but J. B. would sense the change of mood in the room, stop, look out over the top of his glasses, and wonder what the fuss was about.

3 thoughts on “Staff Meetings at the Parapsychology Laboratory

  1. Stacy, I have flagged this up on the SPR’s Facebook page, and mentioned John Randall’s review which appeared in JSPR last year.

  2. Bowl like caverns of megaliths
    Bowl like or pan like caverns that were dug into surfaces of megaliths in horizontal, vertical or skewed orientation are one of many mysteries associated with megaliths. They are located across the whole globe in great quantities. For example, thousands of such caverns dug into stone blocks were found only in Australia. Their purpose would be easier to find if we first get to know the physical fundamentals of this phenomenon on similar examples in present age or the middle ages.
    Every underground or over ground water flow produces static charge. This is formed according to the well known physical phenomenon due to the friction of water molecules with the rock base or the pipe in which the water flows. After this I can continue only by assuming yet unknown properties of static charge, which have come out of long empirical research.
    Every piece of matter has its specific charge, which spontaneously changes its magnitude due to the effects of other charges. In case of water flows and other charges the static charge produced by friction increases not only the charge of water but also the charge of other matter. The value of charge of the water flow equals the sum of both charges.
    If we place a rock into the charge of the water flow its charge increases by an amount that equals the amount of charge of the water flow. If we cut a cavern into the surface of the rock that we fill up with water the water slowly takes over the energy of the rock. If we take the water away from the cavern of the rock the water will slowly lose its gained energy – it will be absorbed by other surrounding charges.
    If we summarize the phenomena described above we get a piece of knowledge that explains why there were caverns being cut into megaliths. It has to be emphasised that the transfer of energy between the charges takes place not only by direct contact of auras of both charges but also by contact of their zones. The caverns were cut into megaliths (a rock placed into a source of greater charge increases its charge and becomes a megalith) for the purpose of people having access to energetic water even further from the water flow. When this water was consumed it increased their bodily charge.
    This explains the use of the caverns that could be filled with water. The caverns that were placed in vertical locations function in a different way. However, this is also in accordance with known physical laws. The function of the parabolic shape of the cavern could be compared to parabolic mirrors of reflectors that channel and amplify the energy of the rock into one place where the charge of human body can also gain energy.
    At present age we use the energy of water flows in much more complicated way. We visit spas due to the curing properties of water that springs on the surface. For the same purpose people have visited many places during pilgrimages since middle ages.
    The explanation of the caverns in rocks stated above may have a negative effect on the distribution of mineral sparkling waters. A sparkling water that may be bought in plastic bottles does not have any energetic charge anymore. It contains only minerals it gained in the surroundings through which it flowed. The charge of water of different magnitudes is easy to create and it is also easy to add various kinds of minerals to the water. It can be expected that a device that will create energetic mineral sparkling water will belong to the accessories located in every kitchen.
    Like in other cases, the caverns in megaliths gave us new pieces of knowledge that do not agree with the current view of history. What needs to be explained is who coordinated the whole action with caverns. According to the current view of history people at different continents did not know about each other. Even if there could have been a contact between them the overcoming of the language barrier is not yet explained. The hundreds of thousands of megaliths that are located across the whole globe prove that it is the end of the wrong stories. I think that it would be beneficial if we stop making the megalithic culture a ritual and calendar propriety and instead of that if we state that some historic realities are still located outside of the scope of current science. This will be largely necessary for further research.
    The new knowledge about static electricity resulting from the research of megaliths seems like a great hint not only for the research of ancient cultures but also for several other fields. In addition, we can expect further findings of the unknown properties of static electricity.

    I remind the importance of the four attributes of static electricity, which I describe in dozens of articles at

    1 – Each material has a charge with three energy components (aura, zones, and interzones).
    2 – When auras of two or more charges come into contact they merge into one common charge with common energy components.
    3 – By merging charges into a joint charge, there is a gradual equalizing of their energetic potentials.
    4 – During the equalizing of energetic potentials there is also a transfer of chemical properties.
    Miroslav Provod

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