A New Online Course: Signs of Reincarnation

May 8th, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

From the course description:

“Signs of Reincarnation is a 15-week online seminar course offered through The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education. The course is an interdisciplinary offering that draws on anthropology, consciousness studies, and psychical research, among other fields. It is designed as a graduate-level course to introduce enrollees to academic research on reincarnation (chiefly by Ian Stevenson and his colleagues) and presupposes some acquaintance with academic argument and the scientific method.”

The course is being taught by James G. Matlock, M.L.S., Ph.D. Matlock is an historical researcher associated with the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina. He wrote the reincarnation chapter for Advances in Parapsychological Research and recently finished a textbook on reincarnation which will be used for this course.

Matlock is one of the most thorough and meticulous researchers I’ve met, and this course is a wonderful opportunity to learn from him and benefit from his years of exploration, and all without leaving your house! For more information, including a link to the complete syllabus, click here. Students at Saybrook University can take this class for credit. Members of the Rhine Research Center, Society for Psychical Research and Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness get 10% off registration!

The Congress for Curious People and Other Things

May 2nd, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

I wish I had posted about the Congress for Curious People sooner because some great people are involved, like Shannon Taggart from the Observatory in Brooklyn and researcher and writer George Hansen. It’s co-produced by Morbid Anatomy and Coney Island USA.

The full schedule is here, but for the paranormally inclined, there’s a panel tomorrow at 1:30 (which is part of an all day symposium of interesting panels) called Pop, The Paranormal and Other Myths We Live: Contemplating the Liminal.

And Couple of Cool Videos to Watch!

The Haunted Bay-SF Barbary Coast: Walk with a Medium.
The Haunted Bay: The Paranormal Side of San Francisco (Ep. 4)- Interview with a Medium (an earlier walk with the same medium, June Ahern).

Looking for Stories about the ASPR

April 24th, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

I am in touch with someone who is working on a piece about the ASPR, and this person is seeking personal accounts from people who have conducted research, or attempted to conduct research at the ASPR. This person reached out to me because I wrote a frank account of my own attempts to visit the ASPR archives. My post began:

“While I was researching my book about the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory I repeatedly tried to explore the ASPR archives (American Society for Psychical Research) but I was never granted access. For a year and a half they put me off and I finally accepted that they just didn’t want me to see anything. They wouldn’t even tell me what they had. I’ve since learned I’m just one in a long line of people who had similar experiences with the ASPR.”

If you are willing to share your experiences, please let me know and I will forward your email to the person working on the story. Thank you.

I found this picture in the digital archives of the New York Public Library. According to the caption, it’s a wood engraving by Whitney, A. titled The apparition. It was in the December 1883 issue of Harper’s magazine.


Controlled Remote Viewing Classes at the The Parapsychology Foundation

April 6th, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

From the email I received:

“The Parapsychology Foundation will proudly host Controlled Remote Viewing Classes at the Eileen J. Garrett Library, 308 Front Street, Greenport, New York, on May 2-4, 2014. This three day course from 9 – 5 will be taught by Lori Williams, Executive Director of Intuitive Specialists. Trained for 14 years under the tutelage of Lyn Buchanan (a longtime military CRV instructor and author of The Seventh Sense) Lori has worked professionally as a remote viewer in her own right and trained over 600 students from around the world. This comprehensive class ensures a high level of one-on-one instruction.”

For more information call Lori Williams at 806 678-8582, or simply register here.


Rest in Peace Robert Van de Castle

February 13th, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

Dr. Robert Van de Castle passed away on January 29th. Van de Castle worked as a research associate at the Parapsychology Laboratory of Duke University in the 1950’s and I talked with him a few times for my book. He told me how shocked and flattered he was when he wrote J. B. Rhine, the head of the Lab, and Rhine wrote back. “It was like a letter from Jesus Christ himself.” Van de Castle was only around 21 or 22 years old at the time.

Van de Castle was great for descriptions of what the people who worked at the Lab were like, ie, “Peggy Price had a stewardess personality” and Betty Humphrey was “austere.” (I think she scared him a little.) He also said that J. B. Rhine told him that “he was the worst team member he ever had.” He seemed pretty proud about that!

Carlos Alvarado, who knew him better, wrote an appreciation which you can read on his blog here.

The picture is a screenshot from an interview conducted by Dream Cloud.
Van de Castle

A New Website: In Defense of Animism

January 3rd, 2014 Posted in General | No Comments »

It was set up by James G. (Jim) Matlock, M.L.S., Ph.D., and you can visit it here. From the website:

“This site is dedicated to bringing together anthropology and parapsychology, especially on problems relating to the nature of the human being, interaction with a spirit world, and reincarnation. Both disciplines are concerned with these problems but their approaches are very different. Anthropologists document the beliefs and practices of peoples other than themselves without asking if there is any underlying truth to them, whereas parapsychologists are interested in evidence of human capacities transcending those furnished by the physical body and the question of whether some aspect of the human being might survive bodily death and subsequently reincarnate.”

I know from experience while researching my book that Matlock is a thorough and serious researcher. You can see this in the blog he set up on the site, which is dedicated to the subject of reincarnation. He begins with an extensive review of Jim Tucker’s new book, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives, a book that deserves the kind of attention Matlock has brought to it.

Great start Jim, and congratulations on the new site!

Rest in Peace, Eileen Coly

November 23rd, 2013 Posted in General | No Comments »

From the email I received this morning:

“It is with regret that we announce that Eileen Coly peacefully passed away in Manhattan at the age of 97 on November 18th, 2013. She served as President of the Parapsychology Foundation from 1970 until her retirement in 2011. She continued to share the founder, her mother Eileen J. Garrett‚s vision for the Foundation which is to formulate a multi-disciplinary international approach to the study of psychic phenomena with an emphasis on scientific methodology and education.

“Born and educated in England, traveling extensively with her mother the famed psychic and author, they were separated during World War II, during which she remained in England, surviving the London Blitz. Settling in the United States in l947 she worked at Creative Age Press and Tomorrow Magazine before joining the Parapsychology Foundation in l966. She is the recipient of the 2001 Parapsychological Association‚s Outstanding Career Award „for her generous support and dedication to the science of parapsychology.

“With her French born husband, Robert R. Coly, now deceased she raised two children, Lisette and Robert Louis Coly. She is survived by her daughter, Lisette, who continues to serve as current President of the Parapsychology Foundation in Manhattan and Greenport as well as her son-in-law George E. Damalas and three grandchildren: George Robert Damalas, Anastasia Eileen Damalas and Robert Alan Coly. She has resided in Greenport since l990. In lieu of flowers donations in her name to: The North Fork Animal Welfare League, the Visiting Nurse Society of New York Hospice and Palliative Care and Parapsychology Foundation, Inc.”

Carlos Alvarado did a lovely appreciation here.

The pictures of Eileen Coly come from Susan MacWilliam’s website for the film 13 Roland Gardens, which features Eileen Coly talking about her mother, Eileen Garrett.