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On May 2nd, 2010, the MI:ST Society held a Humane Society sanctioned “Chimp Retirement Party” at the Liffy II Bar.

We offered a variety of raffle items as well as holding a silent auction for a pair of box seat Mets Tickets that came with free parking and club access after the game!

With the help of our extensive network of family, friends, and fans we ended up raising almost $800.00 for the Humane Society that day!

The MI:ST Society welcomes the chance to help both neighborhood events as well as national events.

PARA:NORMAL For PRI:MATES Humane Society Fundraiser event hosted by the MI:ST Society

MI:ST Society founders John Galvin and Tom Vullo share a laugh with a fan during the fundraiser.

Lead Investigator Dan Sturges wonders who the "Big Dog" really is as he hangs out with the official MI:STcot, Murphy Maximus Magoo.

MI:ST Society Assistant Case Manager and Researcher, Gaby Oravetz with President John Galvin

Home Made cookies shaped like monkeys, haunted hauses, and ghosts!

MI:ST Society Senior Investigator Brendan McGinn... which is the mask and which is his real face?

Senior Investigator / Assistant Case Manager Alexis Nixon... we couldn't have put this together without her!

Ryan Moeller won the raffle to accompany the MI:ST Society on a paranormal investigation.

Jackie Hartley won the raffle for the Monkey themed children books. She also won the 2 free tickets to a lecture given by our own Tom Vullo.A couple of little monkeys having fun at the party!

Now that the event is over and everything went well, John can kick back and relax.

John Ward was the winner of the silent auction for the Box Seats Mets tickets

Lisa Gittler won the cute red fuzzy monkey bank

Some raffle items

Some raffle items

Monday’s (March 22nd, 2010) preliminary investigation conducted at a brownstone at 35 W 74th St. New York, NY 10023 at 1:00pm, did not gather us any information worthy of a full-fledged investigation.

Lots of man-made electrical activity …and some sign of a possible fear cage effect along the stairwell leading from the second to the third floor. There was some evidence of a potential haunting brought to our attention by one of the building’s dogwalkers, but since -by definition- that is only a residual “fingerprint” there is nothing for us to interact with… and until a building official gives us full permission we’re at a brick wall.

The OFFICIAL MI:ST SOCIETY Conclusion of our Preliminary Investigation:  At the time of this investigation there was no active evidence of any paranormal activity that was substantiated by our  team.

Paranormal Links

Here you will find some of the more interesting paranormal links and reference information.

Sturges Paranormal can be found at…
http://www.sturgesparanormal.com/

The Parapsychological Association can be found at…
http://www.parapsych.org/index.html

The Rhine Research Center can be found at…
http://www.rhine.org/

The Office of Paranormal Investigations can be found at…
http://www.mindreader.com/opi/

The Paranormal Research Organization can be found at…
http://www.paranormal-research.org/

The Parapsychological Foundation can be found at…
http://www.parapsychology.org/

The Society for Psychical Research can be found at…
http://www.spr.ac.uk/expcms/index.php?section=1

The American Society for Psychical Research can be found at…
http://www.aspr.com/

Unlike so many people who call themselves parapsychologists, Prof. Loyd Auerbach really is one.  He holds a Graduate degree in parapsychology (as well as Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology).  He is the creator and principal instructor of the Parapsychological Studies Certification Program at HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA which was approved by the State of California. It is available for on campus students and for distance learning.  He is the founder and Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations as well as a consulting editor and a columnist for Fate Magazine.  Loyd has also served as a past president of the California Society for Psychic Study and is a co-founder of thr Paranormal Research Organization.  He was the Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society of Psychical Research in 1982-83 and on the Core Faculty of the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University (However this academic program no longer currently exists).   He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Rhine Research Center.

He is the author of ESP, Hauntings, and Poltergeists : A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-34951-2) which was named the “Sacred Text” on ghosts by Newsweek.  He has also authored A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium (ISBN: 978-1-933177-04-5),   Hauntings & Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide (ISBN: 978-1-57951-072-5),   Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal (ISBN: 978-1-57951-067-1),   Mind Over Matter (ISBN: 978-1-57566-047-9),   Reincarnation, Channeling and Possession: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-36333-4)   and Psychic Dreaming: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (ISBN: 978-0-446-36056-2)

He has been investigating the paranormal for over 30 years and is considered an international expert on ghosts, poltergeists, and psychic phenomena.  He has appeared on many TV programs for such programs on the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, the Learning Channel, A&E, the History Channel, the Sci Fi Channel,  and TechTV.  Some of the shows he has been asked to appear on including; Larry King Live, Oprah, the today Show, Unsolved Mysteries, Late Night with David Letterman, Sightings, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Mediums: We See Dead People, Evening Magazine, and the Coast-to-Coast radio program to name a few.

Loyd Auerbach is a professional speaker, working mainly on the college circuit. He frequently consults with journalists and TV production personnel regarding stories and programs on the paranormal.

His favorite quotes comes from his old friend Martin Caidin, “It shouldn’t be happening….but it IS!”

The San Francisco Examiner has called him “The Sam Spade of Real Ghostbusters”.

Loyd’s work in the field of paranormal research has directly or indirectly affected and inspired everyone in the field of paranormal investigations today, from you and me, to Jason and Grant from Ghost Hunters/TAPS, to the Klinge Brothers from Everyday Paranormal/Ghost Lab and everyone else you have seen on TV or read about.

He is also an accomplished professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal before private and corporate groups. He served as President of the Psychic Entertainers Association for four terms from 2001-2005.

email: esper@sfo.com -or- info@hauntedbychocolate.com -or- lauerbach@jfku.edu

websites:
http://www.mindreader.com
http://www.hauntedbychocolate.com

Office of Paranormal Investigations (415) 249-9275

President John Galvin with Prof. Loyd Auerbach

A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium

By Loyd Auerbach

Atriad Press

ISBN: 1-933-1770-47

BOOK REVIEW BY JOHN C. GALVIN

This book (copyright 2005) opens up with a simple question, “Do you believe in ghosts?”  Well, according to a 2005 CBS News poll 48% of Americans answered Yes to that very question.  Judging by the popularity of TV reality shows that folloow teams of ghost hunters around on cases like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab (to name a few) and reenactment shows like Celebrity Ghost Stories, as well as the spike in sales of books dealing with the paranormal over the last several years I’m not surprised by that number – and its growing (currently 53% of Woman polled in America, also by CBS News, believe in ghosts).

Section One of Loyd Auerbach’s book on the subject of ghost hunting offers the reader a very informative answer to the books second question, “What are ghosts?”  Some of the answers in this Q&A section might surprise some readers if they are only familiar with paranormal research from the current pop culture trend of TV shows on the subject.   Unfortunately many of these shows Do Not Follow the standards of, or even use the proper terminology of real parapsychology – the parent science of paranormal investigations.  This first part is a great section of the book.  It will teach paranormalists the Real Science of ghost hunting as well as some of the Actual Terminology of the field.  That alone makes this book worthy to be on the shelf (if not in the hand) of any paranormal investigator/researcher.  It was also important for Prof. Loyd Auerbach to make this the first section of his book because it helps to answer reader questions as they begin the second section of the book, which are examples of some of the authors more exciting, memorable, and perplexing paranormal investigations.

Section Two is appropriately called “The Casebook”.  This part of the book details some of the paranormal investigations conducted by Loyd Auerbach over the years.  It starts off with a very personal case involving one of the authors dearest friends, Martin Caidin.  Mr. Caidin was an author whos most famous creation was Steve Austin, the title character in the Novel CYBORG which was the basis of the mid 1970’s TV show “The Six Million Dollar Man”.  Caidin was also a pilot as well as an aviation and space program expert.  Martin Caidin died of thyroid cancer on March 24th, 1997.

As the second section progresses the reader is allowed to accompany the author on his cases, in a manner of speaking.  This gives the reader the opportunity to watch and learn from a Real parapsychologist and a Professional Full-Time paranormal investigator.  The cases in this section primarily deal with private homes and the people who own or rent them.  While reading this section is akin to being at the investigator’s side it becomes clear that not only is each case unique, but how important it is to interview the people involved – some cases never have to go beyond this point!  Besides the importance of the interview, this part also shows how any good paranormal investigator needs to be not only part scientist and part interviewer, but also part psychologist.

Section Three is titled “Special Cases, Special Places”.  The title could not be more appropriate.  This section deals with cases that Loyd Auerbach has set aside from the normal, “run-of-the-mill” cases (if such a creature even exists, that is).  These investigations will seem a little more familiar to those readers who primarily know ghost hunting from TV shows.  In many cases it is a great source of learning for the paranormal enthusiast as it deals more with the paranormal investigator interpreting his/her own feelings and sensations while correlating his experiences with those of the other investigators on the case and the equipment being used.  These cases deal with investigations conducted at public places like the Banta Inn, Ashley’s Resturante, and the USS Hornet as opposed to the private residences detailed in the previous section.

Section Four is called “Into the Mind of a Paranormal Investigator” and it offers the readers another section of Q&A format style interview.  The main difference between this one and the one presented in Section One is that where that was a series or questions pertaining to the science of parapsychology, this one is about the author himself and really does give us a great glimpse “inot the mind of a paranormal  investigator.”

Section Five closes out the book and is called “For Further Information” and is broken into two parts.  The first part is called “Ghost Hunting: What To Do.”  The Final part is called “Ghost Hunting: What Not To Do.”  Both of these are a must-read for all paranormal investigators!

Overall, this reviewer has to say that “A Paranormal Casebook” is one of the best books on the market concerning the cases of one of the most experienced parapsychologists in the world today.  This book deserves to be read (and reread) by anyone who is interested in the field of paranormal investigation and should have an honored spot in the library of all paranormal teams.

GHOST HUNTING: How To Investigate The Paranormal

By Loyd Auerbach

Ronin Publishing

ISBN: 1-57951-067-1

BOOK REVIEW BY JOHN C. GALVIN

In this publication (copyright 2004) by Loyd Auerbach the author offers up a concise guide that deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in the ghost hunting aspect of paranormal investigation or parapsychological research.

The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the science of parapsychology and explains the need to understand and study the two abilities that a disembodied entity uses to interact with the physical world; E.S.P. and Psychokinesis.  I cannot stress enough the importance of being familiar with these two psi phenomena and Loyd Auerbach does a great job of addressing them in a way that is both straightforward and easy for the reader to grasp.

Chapters are dedicated to each of the three classifications of ghostly activity as they are scientifically recognized by professional parapsychologists; Poltergeists, Hauntings, and Apparitions.  As with the previous chapters on E.S.P. and psychokinesis, this section is likewise noteworthy as it explains some of the basic terminology used by the scientists of parapsychology.

From this point on the book gets more in-depth concerning the actual act of conducting a professional and scientific interview, as well as the research and investigation of the alleged activity.  This covers such things as what to do when a call comes in, the detective work that should be conducted, paranormal fraud, and the concept of perceptions and misinterpretations.

Before Loyd Auerbach gets into the chapters that discuss the equipment often associated with ghost hunting he presents a chapter on psychics.  The use of psychics is a hotly debated subject among many part-time ghost hunters and paranormalists, which in itself shows how many people don’t follow the standards already set down by the professional degree holding scientists of parapsychology (such as the author himself, Prof. JB RHine, Prof. Jessica Utts, Professor emeritus of psychology Erlendur Haraldsson, Prof. William G. Roll, Dr Matthew Smith, Dr. Ian Pretyman Stevenson, and Prof. Gertrude Schmeidler to name only a few).  As Loyd Auerbach points out it is always best to work with psychics you have tested as well as one that you get along with – or, in lieu of that, at least work with one who has been referred to you by another researcher that you trust.  Loyd also notes that the reader should stay clear of those psychics that charge for their services or who have more ego than its worth to deal with.  This chapter also details the equipment used by psychics and how they fit in with the more scientifically accepted tools of parapsychology.

The next several chapters focus on the tools of the trade for ghost hunters.  Remember, No Tool Has Yet To Be Made That Can Detect Ghosts!  Fortunately, parapsychologists have several theories which allow them to use certain tools to help them correlate environmental anomalies that are often associated with possible ghostly activities.

Now that Loyd Auerbach has covered such topics as basic parapsychology, ESP & Psychokinesis, the types of ghostly activity, the basics, interviewing clients, psychics, and tools of the trade he is ready to jump right into the investigation process itself!  From such mundane concepts as assembling your team to establishing ground rules and such exceptional concepts as the anomalous experience checklist to initial interview questions the author makes sure that the reader has the knowledge on hand to conduct a professional and scientific investigation.

As the book winds down Loyd deails handling different types of cases; what to do about poltergeists, apparitions, and hauntings.  He discusses, quite matter-of-factly, banishing rituals and the correlation between science and religion.

The final two chapters of his book should not be skipped over (none of the book should be skipped) as they deal with professionalism, legal and ethical considerations, and it even ends off with a short, but concise, ghost hunter’s checklist.  Also, don’t miss the author’s recommended reading list.  I urge anyone who is seriously interested in the field of parapsychology in general or even ghost hunting specifically, to consider these books.

Overall, this reviewer believes that Prof. Loyd Auerbach has written another great book for anyone interested in this aspect of parapsychology.  Whether you are an armchair enthusiast, an active ghost hunter, or an interested paranormalist this book has something for you.   Every paranormal investigator should have thhis title on their bookshelf!

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The Metaphysical Investigations: Search & Test Society (AKA The MI:ST Society, AKA MI:ST) is an organization of like minded individuals formed with two goals in mind.

First is our intent of helping people who believe they have had or encountered metaphysical, paranormal, or otherwise unexplained phenomena.

Second is our goal is to improve the scientific community’s understanding of these phenomena by putting them through meticulous analysis to remove any chance of a natural explanation and documenting their purported existence with audio/video and scientific equipment.

We research these reported metaphysical occurrences in the hopes of finding naturally occurring explanations for them.  Our research is firmly grounded in the scientific method and any evidence we collect goes through rigorous logical and theoretical examination before any conclusions are made.  We believe that the best way to approach this goal is to seek out as much evidence on the subject as possible by using both personal experiences as well as technology to conduct an investigation using the scientific method of testing: observance, collection (and organization) of evidence, search for patterns and correlations, establish a reliable cause & effect, hypothesis formation, and finally our conclusion. In the event our research fails to debunk paranormal experiences by applying known physical explanations or natural observable occurrences then we must turn to the theories posited by preexisting parapsychological and psychical research findings. The MI:ST Society also believes in sharing all its findings and their conclusions with the paranormal community at large to create a shared network of information.

Although “Ghost Hunting” may be our most public face, the MI:ST Society has a broad range of paranormal interests which include, but are not limited to: hauntings, poltergeist activity, remote viewing, possession, astral projection, psychotronic devices, telepathy / ESP, psychokinesis, auras / Kirlian photography, precognition / post-cognition, Fortean occurrences, psychic healing, and cryptozoology.

Our services are offered for FREE (although we do accept donations to help keep us in batteries, gear, etc.).  We will come in and set up our equipment and test claims of the supernatural / unexplained.  Members of the MI:ST Society will always conduct themselves professionally and discreetly.
The MI:ST Society also pledges to be an active member of it’s local community and participate in local events when possible.

We are a Trademarked and non-profit organization.

Thank You for taking the time to read this and please check out our Official MI:ST Society Client Questionnair located below.

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Below you will find the Official MI:ST Society Client Questionnaire.
These questions are based on ones asked by serious, professional parapsychologists when conducting an interview with potential clients.

* NOTE that all these questions are optional, but the more we know about your case the better prepared we will be to conduct an investigation for you.
We are also trying to put together a database of information on paranormal activity and the more information we have to pull from the more (potential) answers we can discover about the paranormal.

Please feel free to Copy and Paste this questionnaire to an email, fill it out, and send it to the MI:ST Society at
mistsocnyc@gmail.com

1) How many occupants currently live on the premises and what is there relationship to each other?

2) What is the birth date of each of the occupants living on the premises?

3) How long have each of the occupants lived on the premises?

4) List any and all pets that currently live on the premises, including; Type, Breed, Sex, Age, and (if known) Birth date.

5) When did the first unusual occurrence take place (Time and Date if possible, or at least day or night, month, season)?

6) What was the first unusual occurrence, where did it take place and who experienced it?

7) When did the most recent of these unusual occurrences take place (Time and Date if possible, or at least day or night, month, season)?

8 ) What was the most recent unusual occurrence, where did it take place and who experienced it?

9) Please list all other unusual occurrences, When they took place (as asked in questions 5 and 7), where they took place, and who experienced them.

10) How frequently do these unusual occurrences take place and do you find any regularity to them?

11) Are there any particular activities that are going on when these unusual occurrences take place? If so, what are they?

12) Have these unusual occurrences increased in frequency and/or severity since they first began?

13) Are there any strange or unexplained feelings or emotions associated with these unusual occurrences at your current residence?

14) Have any of these unusual occurrences ever seen any publicity such as in the media, press, or even on-line? If so please explain and what conclusions did they make about your case?

15) Were there any unusual occurrences noted at any of the current occupants previous residences? If so what were they, When did they take place (as asked in questions 5 and 7), where did they take place, and who experienced them?

16) Did any of the previous owners/occupants ever mention or report any unusual occurrences that took place at the present location? If so what were those occurrences and who experienced them?

17) Have any of the occupants, past or present, ever been know to dabble in, or outright practice, the occult? If so, please elaborate.

18) Have any of the occupants, past or present, ever been known to see a psychic or a paranormal investigator? If so, who did they see and what happen?

19) What is your opinion as to what is going on concerning these unusual occurrences?

20) Have you ever considered what would be called a “normal” explanation for these unusual occurrences?

21) Have you ever considered the possibility that any or all of these unusual occurrences are being faked by someone on the premises?

22) What books have you read or TV shows have you seen concerning the occult, psychics, ghost hunters, or paranormal investigators?

23) What is your opinion concerning how these books and TV shows portray the paranormal and those who investigate it?

24) What is your opinion of movies like; Ghostbusters, Poltergeist, the Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, the Exorcist, the Others, the Omen, the Sixth Sense, and 1408?

25) What is your opinion concerning how these movies portray the paranormal and those that investigate it?

26) Have you or anyone in your family ever been considered a sensitive or a psychic? if so, can you elaborate?

27) Have you or anyone in your family ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? If so, can you elaborate?

28) What would you like done to help you?

29) Would you allow members of the MI:ST Society to conduct an investigation of these alleged unusual occurrences?

30) What is your address and phone number?

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The Science of Parapsychology has a rich history (beginning with their roots in the Society for Psychical Research) that stretches back for over 125 years.
To this day, the work conducted by Prof. J.B. Rhine during his days as a researcher at Duke University have Never been debunked! In fact, his findings in the field of ESP and Psychokinesis were heralded as “Ground Breaking” by not only other universities – such as Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell- but also by the mainstream.
In fact his work was found to be so thought-provoking and his findings so impressive that his organization, the Parasychological Association, was admitted into the prestigious AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for the ADVANCEMENT of SCIENCE in 1969 and are still members to this very day.

In fact Prof. Loyd Auerbach (who holds a Master’s Degree in Parapsychology) is considered one of the most well respected men in the field today and is often called on for his expertise.

Paranormal research does fall under the blanket of Parapsychology, so therefore it is a science and there are even many scientists connected to the field even to this very day.

Parapsychologists have left us with a rich and full history of experiments and findings as well as a full lexicon of official terminology.

-Parapsychologist Prof. Jessica Utts of the University of California has written work about her time studying remote viewing which was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, and carried out initially by Stanford Research Institute and subsequently by SAIC.

-Cleve Backster who began his career as an Interrogation Specialist with the CIA, and went on to become Chairman of the Research and Instrument Committee of the Academy for Scientific Interrogation.  Best known for his controversial experiments with biocommunication in plant and animal cells using a polygraph machine in the 1960s which led to his theory of “primary perception.” He is currently director of the Backster School of Lie Detection in San Diego, California.

-Dr Michael Daniels is currently a senior lecturer in Psychology and program leader for the MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.  is the author of two books and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters on observational methods, self-actualization theory, moral development, the psychology of the shadow and evil, Jungian psychology, transpersonal theory, mystical experience, parapsychology and poltergeists. He is also the developer of the Watchword Technique of Jungian self-analysis, of the parapsychology and psychical research website psychicscience.org and the transpersonal studies website transpersonalscience.org

-Prof. Erlendur Haraldsson Professor emeritus of psychology at the Faculty of social science at the University of Iceland has published work in various parapsychology journals, and done work with Ian Stevenson and Karlis Osis researching reincarnation.

-Dr. Edwin C. May who Earned his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburg in 1968, his discipline being Low Energy, Experimental Nuclear Physics. His interests turned inclusively towards the research of parapsychological phenomena, and in 1975 he joined with SRI International and participated in work sponsored by the United States government. By 1985 he was directing the program, and by 1991 he moved on to further government-sponsored parapsychology work with Science Applications International Corporation. His involvement with STAR GATE was brought to closure in 1995 by the US Government, and finally declassified in 1989.

-Dr. Rupert Sheldrake An English biochemist and plant physiologist. He is known for having proposed a non-standard account of morphogenesis and for his research into parapsychology. His books and papers stem from his theory of morphic resonance, and cover topics such as animal and plant development and behaviour, memory, telepathy, perception and cognition in general. His publications include A New Science of Life (1981), Seven Experiments That Could Change the World (1995), and The Sense of Being Stared At (2003).

-Dr. Jim Tucker is the medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic, and assistant professor at both the Division of Perceptual Studies and the Division of Child and Family Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. His main academic research interests are children who seem to remember previous lives, and prenatal and birth memories. He is the author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, which presents an overview of more than 40 years of reincarnation research at the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies. Tucker, a board-certified child psychiatrist, worked for several years on this research with Ian Stevenson before taking over upon Stevenson’s retirement in 2002.

-Dr Matthew Smith an Associate Professor in Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and leads the Parapsychology Research Group. He has recently conducted research on replication issues in parapsychology and psychological variables associated with paranormal belief.
Dr Smith was awarded his PhD on the psychology and parapsychology of luck from the University of Hertfordshire in 1998.

-Prof. Etzel Cardeña Is Thorsen Professor of Psychology (including parapsychology and hypnosis) at Lund University, Sweden where he is Director of the Centre for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology (CERCAP).
He has advised the World Health Organization in developing guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. He was President of the Parapsychological Association for the year 2008-2009.
His edited book Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence is the first scholarly volume on anomalous experiences to be published by a mainstream publisher (The American Psychological Association).

-Dr. Thelma Moss was an American psychologist and parapsyShe earned her Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA and became a professor at the same institution. For a time in the 1970s she led UCLA’s parapsychology laboratory (when such a place existed). She explored a wide range of specific subjects in parapsychology (hypnosis, ghosts, levitation, alternative medicine), though her research on Kirlian photography was the most significant theme in her work for the remainder of her career. She made several trips to the Soviet Union to explore Russian work in the field, and wrote two books on that and related subjects.chologist, best known for her work on Kirlian photography and the human
aura.

-Dr. Ian Pretyman Stevenson a Canadian biochemist and professor of psychiatry. Until his retirement in 2002, he was head of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia, one of a small number of academic facilities around the world that study the paranormal.  Stevenson was known for his study of reincarnation, which he termed the survival of the personality after death. He traveled extensively for 40 years to investigate 3,000 childhood cases that suggested to him the possibility of past lives. Stevenson saw reincarnation as an explanation for a range of phobias and unusual abilities, although he never suggested a physical process by which a personality might survive death. He studied topics such as near-death experiences and apparitions (death-bed visions), as well as more mainstream topics such as tissue oxidation, psychosomatic medicine, the mind-body dichotomy and psychedelic drugs.
Stevenson was the author of several books, including Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects (1997) and Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation (1987). Stevenson was the subject of Tom Shroder’s Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives (1999).

-Loyd Auerbach professor of parapsychology and a prominent field investigator in psychic phenomena.  He was the Public Information and Media Consultant to the American Society for Psychical Research in 1982-83 and on the Core Faculty of the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University. He was a columnist for Fate magazine from 1991 – 2004. He’s currently on the Advisory Board of the Rhine Research Center.

Even Dr. Carl Gustav Jung in his essay “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle” (1978c), Carl Jung repeatedly mentioned J. B. Rhine’s experiments and how important they were.


Kirian photography/human auras,
Reincarnation,
Plant/animal psi,
Anomalous human experiences,
the phenomenon of Luck,
Perception and cognition,
Remote sensing,
Observational methods,
Self-actualization theory,
Moral development,
the psychology of the shadow and evil,
Transpersonal theory,
Mystical experience,
Ghost hunting,
Mediumship,
Psychic abilities,
Poltergeist activity,
Psychic phenomena,
and ESP & Psychokinesis.

What more can the science of parapsychology teach a paranormal investigator about?

Below are some GREAT websites to help teach a paranormal investigator what exactly it is he or she really needs to know about the field.
The Parapsychological Association can be found at…
http://www.parapsych.org/index.html

The Rhine Research Center can be found at…
http://www.rhine.org/

The Parapsychological Foundation can be found at…
http://www.parapsychology.org/

The Society for Psychical Research can be found at…
http://www.spr.ac.uk/expcms/index.php?section=1

The American Society for Psychical Research can be found at…
http://www.aspr.com/

The Office of Paranormal Investigations can be found at…
http://www.mindreader.com/opi/

The Paranormal Research Organization can be found at…
http://www.paranormal-research.org/

These comments can all be found on the PARANORMAL LECTURES IN NEW YORK CITY PAGE at…
http://www.meetup.com/Paranormal-Lectures-in-New-York-City/calendar/12147647/

DONNA – The lecture was very intellectual,Ii enjoyed listening to the stories about ESP and Telekinesis in part one, and I really enjoyed part 2 with the skull experiments, they were really amazing and they had some really incredible evidence on the after-life. I especially enjoyed looking at the pictures they they got for evidence! The meetup was great,Ii enjoyed it very much. Especially the Scole Experiment I enjoyed hearing about it and they had some incredible evidence on the after life.

LA – Fun time. Very interesting. I will be back next time!

KRISTEN – Although I am probably biased I thought John and Tom did a great job. I had not heard a dry run of either lecture prior to Sunday and I didn’t realize how rich a history parapsychology had. I also enjoyed how MI:ST’s interests in the paranormal in general produced such a great lecture on something (Scole Experiments) I think was new to most of the attendees. Well done MI:ST!

DAYANN – I enjoyed the lecture, especially the first one regarding the history of parapsychology. The second presentation was very good also, however I am not sure if I beleive the Scole Experiments were not fraudulent. It was nice to meet like minded people. I look forward to the next lecture!

DR. SUSAN EISEN – The lecture was much more than I anticipated! The speakers were knowledgeable and kept it real at the same time. I would definitely attend another lecture and recommend my friends to come!

THERESA – I really enjoyed the presentation but I thought I would hear a little more about ghosthunting, hauntings, etc. The 2 presenters were very informative and knowledgeable about their subjects.