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THE SOCIETY for Psychical Research was set up in London in 1882, the first scientific organisation ever to examine claims of psychic and paranormal phenomena. We hold no corporate view about their existence or meaning; rather, our purpose is to gather information and foster understanding through research and education.
We are a registered charity run by a council of elected members, with committees overseeing various activities. Past presidents have included philosophers William James and Henri Bergson, scientists William Crookes, John Strutt (Lord Rayleigh) and Charles Richet, and British conservative prime minister Arthur Balfour. We are always looking to increase our funding for research and education, through donations and bequests.
Our members represent a variety of academic and professional interests all over the world. We welcome active researchers and volunteer helpers, also those who wish to learn about the subject.
Today, the SPR continues to promote and support the main areas of psychical research, carrying out field investigations, surveys and experimental work. It holds no corporate view about the true origin and meaning of psi – as telepathic and other psychical phenomena are now collectively termed – and debate among its members with regard to particular subjects is often vigorous. However, it’s fair to say that from the earliest times the consensus view of its members – and of the psi research community in general – has been that psi is real, and that while the phenomena should certainly be explained in scientific terms, such a science does not at present exist.
Regular events are organised at our Head Office in Kensington ranging from lectures, demonstrations, discussion forums and study days plus an annual conference is held at a different residential venue to share and discuss a wide range of subjects.
Learn Psychic Development is a personal blog and free online resource containing a growing collection of online video lessons, articles, tools plus a range of useful information to enable our visitors to expand and explore their psychic abilities and discover more about alternative beliefs or other subjects.
Have you ever wondered if you are psychic? or experienced unexplained phenomena? Do you sometimes know who is calling when the phone rings? or recognise a place you have never visited before? These are often indications of psychic ability!
Whether you are a seeker of knowledge or simply curious, we aim to provide an unbiased and comprehenisve source for you on a variety of subjects including: how to be a psychic, discovering and developing psychic abilities, intuitive recognition, clairvoyance, clairaudience, alternative therapies, channelling spirit guides, numerology, aura reading, healing and much more to come including the Learn Psychic Development eBook.
Most sections of the site are free to browse. We welcome your views and contributions to the site, and encourage practitioners to submit their articles, advice, links or video lessons, which requires free registration by using the contact form to request an account.
Joseph McMoneagle joined the U.S. Army and was recruited by the Army Security Agency for classified assignments. As a result of some unusual events in his life: a near-death experience, a UFO sighting, and numerous spontaneous out-of-body episodes, he became aware of his intuitive abilities and developed the skill of remote viewing.