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41st International Annual Conference of the Society for Psychical Research

The 41st International Annual Conference of the Society for Psychical Research will be hosted by DE VERE HORSLEY ESTATE on the 1st-3rd September 2017.

The presentation of papers will begin on Friday evening and continue (with appropriate breaks) until 5 pm on Sunday. A drinks reception will be held before dinner on Friday evening and there will be a private dinner on Saturday evening. Wine is included with dinner on Saturday night.

Free parking. WiFi available throughout the building. All bedrooms have ensuite bathroom facilities, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities.

Swimming pool and gym facilities open for use by all delegates.

Only Single or Double rooms are available (only single rooms for 24hr bookings); there are no Twin rooms. If you wish to add extra nights (B&B only) before or after the conference, please contact the SPR Office to enquire.

From 14.00 Accommodation check-in at Management Centre Main Reception

17.00 – 18.00 Registration at SPR desk (Horsley Court Reception)

18.00 Meeting room Access (Ockham Suite)

18.20 – 18.30 Programme Chair, Adrian Parker OPENING REMARKS

Spontaneous Psychic Experiences Chair: Adrian Parker

18.30 – 19.00 Chris Roe & Rebecca Linnett

Confirmatory Content Analysis of Spontaneous Cases of Psi drawn from the Alister Hardy Database

19.00 – 19.30 Dylan Jones Paranormal Reality TV and the Portrayal of Scientific Practice

19.30 – 20.00 Drinks Reception (Horsley Court Bar)

20.00 – 21.15 DINNER (Steam, Bake & Grill Restaurant)

21.15 – 21.30 Leo Ruickbie Paranormal Review Photography Competition

After Dinner Talk (lecture room)

21.30 – 22.00 Adrian Parker & Annekatrin Puhle Making Thoughtforms Work: Magic Rabbits and Polar Bears



07.30 – 11.00 BREAKFAST (Steam, Bake & Grill Restaurant)

Paranormal Beliefs Chair: Bernard Carr

9.00 – 9.30 Martha Maxine Meilleur Trance Mediumship in Tibetan Buddhism and Spiritualism

9.30 – 10.00 Honey Darwood & Ciarán O’Keeffe A Self-Report Study Investigating Religiosity and Spirituality as Possible Aspects of Human Personality

Altered States Chair: Chris Roe

10.00 – 10.30 David Saunders Lucid Dreaming: Dreams of High Significance

10.30 – 11.00 TEA/COFFEE

11.00 – 11.30 Adrian Parker Current Research on Lucid Dreaming and Shared Lucidity States

11.30 – 12.00 Callum Cooper & David Saunders Sensory Isolation in Flotation Tanks as a Method for Promoting Psi-Conducive Imagery

12.00 – 12.30 Ciarán O’Keeffe Deliver us from Evil or Deliver us from our Brain? A Re-examination of the Case for Demonic Possession

12.30 – 14.00 LUNCH

14.00 – 14.30 Adalexis Rios-Orlandi The Study of Trance Communication: A Linguistic Analysis of Trance Messages

Near Death Experiences and Light Experiences Chair: Jon Mannsåker

14.30 – 15.00 Annekatrin Puhle Light Changes: A Study of 800 Experiences of Transforming Light

15.00 – 15.30 Callum Cooper, Chris Roe & Graham Mitchell A Content Analysis of Fifty Cases of Anomalous Experiences Reported During Bereavement and the Process of Recovery

15.30 – 16.00 TEA/COFFEE

Apparitional Experiences Chair: Ross Friday

16.00 – 16.30 Kate Adams Seeing the Unseen: Children’s Voices, Encounters and Meaning Making

16.30 – 17.00 Marcelo Eremián Comparative Study on Phenomenological Aspects in Recurrent and Shared Apparitional Experiences

Invited Speaker

17.00 -18.00 Allan Kellehear Near Death Experiences, Visions of the Bereaved and Death-Bed Visions and the Politics of Knowledge

19.00 – 20.30 PRIVATE DINNER (Steam, Bake & Grill Restaurant)

After-dinner Speaker (in Restaurant)

20.30 – 21.30 Peter Fenwick A Neuropsychiatrist Sees the Light


07.30 – 11.00 BREAKFAST (Steam, Bake & Grill Restaurant)


Mediumship Chair: Callum Cooper

9.00 – 9.30 Rachel Evenden, David Saunders & Chris Roe A Test of Mediumship to the Showcase Facilities at the AFC Research Laboratory

9.30 – 10.00 Wim Kramer The Third Way or How Professor Valckenier Suringar Escaped His Catch 22

10.00 – 10.30 Selma Hofstra Gerald Croiset – UK Cases

10.30 – 11.00 TEA/COFFEE

11.00 – 11.30 Sean Richards Voices and Faces from the Greetings Project: A Three Year Investigation into Instrumental Trans-Communication

Healing and Fasting Chair: Annekatrin Puhle

11.30 – 12.00 Jon Mannsåker Healing Research – How Much Do We Know?

12.00 – 12.30 Marcus Mast Claims of Anomalous Fasting: A Review of Investigated Cases and a Method for Producing Extraordinary Evidence

12.30 – 13.30 LUNCH

13.30 – 14.00 Remote presentation: Bharobi Chatterjee & Sarah Haq Remembering Auschwitz: Surviving the Holocaust

Psychokinesis Chair: Leo Ruickbie

14.00 – 14.30 Eric Dullin & David Jamet Telekinesis or Aerodynamic/Thermal Effects?

14.30 – 15.00 Ana Flores, Caroline Watt & Ian Tierney Replication and Extension of a New Paradigm for Psychokinesis: Mind-Matter Interaction through Non-Local Entangled Correlations?

Unconscious Processes Chair: Caroline Watt

15.00 – 15.30 David Vernon Testing to See Whether Participants with High Levels of Belief in Psi Can Precall Highly Emotive Images

15.30 – 16.00 AFTERNOON TEA

16.00 – 16.30 Ross Friday & David Luke Now See Hear! Detecting Being Watched or Listened to Via Extrasensory Means

More on Spontaneous Experiences Chair: Adrian Parker

16.30 – 17.00 Adrian Ryan Psi Open Data in Parapsychology – Introducing “Psi Open-Data”

17.00 Programme Chair, Adrian Parker CLOSING REMARKS

Visit SPRAC for further details or to book tickets

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