Scientific Study Demonstrates Psychic Phenomena

Have Scientists Found Evidence of Psychic Phenomena Finally?

Not only does this study (which appears to be considered truly scientific by any standard) demonstrate psychic phenomena, it hints at exciting things regarding the nature of time and destiny. And I’m not blowing it out of proportion. Read on…

Melissa Burkley, PhD, does a fantastic job of explaining this study in plain english at Psychology Today:

In one of the studies, college students were given a list of words and after reading the list, were given a surprise recall test to see how many words they remembered. Next, a computer randomly selected some of the words on the list as practice words and the participants were asked to retype them several times. The results of the study showed that the students were better at recalling the words on the surprise recall test that they were later given, at random, to practice. According to Bem, practicing the words after the test somehow allowed the participants to “reach back in time to facilitate recall.”

In another study, Bem examined whether the well-known priming effect could also be reversed. In a typical priming study, people are shown a photo and they have to quickly indicate if the photo represents a negative or positive image. If the photo is of a cuddly kitten, you press the “positive” button and if the photo is of maggots on rotting meat, you press the “negative” button. A wealth of research has examined how subliminal priming can speed up your ability to categorize these photos. Subliminal priming occurs when a word is flashed on the computer screen so quickly that your conscious brain doesn’t recognize what you saw, but your nonconscious brain does. So you just see a flash, and if I asked you to tell me what you saw, you wouldn’t be able to. But deep down, your nonconscious brain saw the word and processed it. In priming studies, we consistently find that people who are primed with a word consistent with the valence of the photo will categorize it quicker. So if I quickly flash the word “happy” before the kitten picture, you will click the “positive” button even quicker, but if I instead flash the word “ugly” before it, you will take longer to respond. This is because priming you with the word “happy” gets your mind ready to see happy things.

In Bem’s retroactive priming study, he simply reversed the time sequence on this effect by flashing the primed word after the person categorized the photo. So I show you the kitten picture, you pick whether it is positive or negative, and then I randomly choose to prime you with a good or bad word. The results showed that people were quicker at categorizing photos when it was followed by a consistent prime. So not only will you categorize the kitten quicker when it is preceded by a good word, you will also categorize it quicker when it is followed by a good word. It was as if, while participants were categorizing the photo, their brain knew what word was coming next and this facilitated their decision.

These are just two examples of the studies that Bem conducted, but his other studies showed similar “retroactive” effects. The results clearly suggest that average “non-psychic” people seem to be able to anticipate future events.

There are a few things to get tingly about here. First, the fact that this study was conducted in such a way as to be considered valid and valid enough to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. So we shouldn’t expect any of the usual poo-pooing (well I suppose we should, because some people just can’t accept anything psi-related) of the methodologies that have dogged other serious researchers like Rupert Sheldrake or Dean Radin. Second, this kind of research can be replicate in so many ways, further honing in on the phenomena – much more will be learned after this. Third, the implications of the nature of time are profound. Fourth, this study just happens to be coming out around the same time as another study conducted by physicists on particles that essentially demonstrates the same thing! It’s being demonstrated that particles behave differently in the present depending upon what happens to them in the future. THAT is trippy.

Now the question is, how soon before someone creates an iPhone app based on this? ;)

Ghost Stories and Visit From a Psychic Lead to Recovery and Burial of Veterans’ Remains


Ghost experiences and psychic help identify veterans' remains

Edgar (the ghost) as a young man

From The Associated Press:
The cremated remains of seven World War I, World War II and Korean War-era veterans were buried with military honors Friday in a long-overdue ceremony that organizers say was set in motion by ghost tales at a New York museum.

The ashes were among 24 sets of remains discovered in a basement closet 10 years ago as the Iron Island Museum was settling into its new address, a former funeral home.

The building’s former owners quickly picked up the remains, labeled only with names and dates of death. Soon afterward, museum volunteers reported seeing shadowy “people,” and hearing voices and the sound of aluminum chairs being banged about. A framed picture of a child on Santa’s lap would be found under — instead of on top of — the table where it is displayed.

“Strange things were happening all the time,” said Linda Hastreiter, president of the small museum that features a mix of railroad, military and other items saved by neighborhood preservationists.

A friend suggested in 2007 that the museum call paranormal investigators. Last year, a psychic claimed to detect the presence of a man named Edgar, which led Hastreiter to the list of identities from the remains, and the name Edgar L. Zernicke.

Hastreiter dug deeper into Zernicke’s life and found he’d served in the Marines from 1925 to 1929, fought in the Sandino Rebellion in Nicaragua in 1928 and later spent four years in the Navy before returning to Buffalo. He died in 1992 at age 87, twice widowed and a retired tool and die maker…

… Hastreiter marvels at how things worked out. “None of this would have come about if Chip Coffey hadn’t said (Edgar’s) name,” she said. “People might think it’s a crazy thing, but that’s the truth.”…

And from a September 5, 2010 story at BuffaloNews.com:

For the last decade, volunteers at the Iron Island Museum in Buffalo have known something odd was going on inside the former church and funeral home where they discovered 24 canisters of unclaimed cremated human remains.

Pictures would go missing from tables. Shadows darted about and, occasionally, a voice seemingly came out of nowhere to bid hello. Volunteers dismissed it as “Charlie the Ghost” acting out once again.

But now “Charlie” has been reunited with his true identity.

He is war veteran Edgar L. Zernicke, whose ashes were in one of the canisters tucked into a basement closet and left behind by Church Funeral Home, which was later sold to Amigone Funeral Home, which donated the building to the museum in August 2000.

Did the graveless Zernicke personally speak from the great beyond to inform Iron Island officials it was him they were experiencing?

No, but something almost as strange occurred.

“We had a psychic from Atlanta come here last year, and he climbed up into the attic. When he came back down, he said the man’s name begins with an E, it’s Edgar,” said Linda J. Hastreiter, president of the museum at 998 Lovejoy St.

At the time, she thought nothing of the information, but her interests were stirred when she started doing research to find out if any of the ashes were those of war veterans.

“I checked the list of names from the ashes and there was the name Edgar Zernicke on it,” Hastreiter said.

She concluded the psychic was indeed correct about the ghost’s identity.

She says her certainty is fortified by the fact that no one but the museum’s volunteers had access to the names affixed to the canisters with the remains, meaning there was no way the psychic could have known there was an “Edgar” among the canisters…

Ghost and Psychic Help Identify Veterans' Remains

The Iron Island Museum in Earlier Days

The museum’s website reveals that ghosts and hauntings are actually a major attraction for the museum:  http://www.ironislandmuseum.com/   The site features five videos from a program titled “TAPS: Ghosthunters” and it also provides several purported ghost audio recordings (“EVP Evidence”) in a section titled, “Evidence.” In fact, the museum now charges $30 per person for overnight “investigations.”

Does all this supernatural promotional marketing leave you skeptical? It might be hard to be too critical in light of the museum director’s valuable service to families of veterans. Clearly she has respect for the dead and their loved ones.

If you’ve ever visited or even investigated the museum, I’d love to hear from you about your experience.

Science and the Near-Death Experience – An Exciting New Book by Chris Carter

Science and the Near-Death Experience by Chris Carter

"Science and the Near-Death Experience" by Chris Carter

Chris Carter, author of, “Parapsychology and the Skeptics,” has the parapsychology community buzzing about his new work, “Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death.” 

Using evidence from scientific studies, quantum mechanics, and consciousness research, Carter reveals how consciousness does not depend on the brain and may, in fact, survive the death of our bodies. Examining ancient and modern accounts of NDEs from around the world, including China, India, and tribal societies such as the Native American and the Maori, he explains how NDEs provide evidence of consciousness surviving the death of our bodies. He looks at the many psychological and physiological explanations for NDEs raised by skeptics–such as stress, birth memories, or oxygen starvation–and clearly shows why each of them fails to truly explain the NDE. Exploring the similarities between NDEs and visions experienced during actual death and the intersection of physics and consciousness, Carter uncovers the truth about mind, matter, and life after death. 

Carter challenges materialist arguments against consciousness surviving death (that consciousness is wholly a creation of the brain) and shows how near-death experiences (NDEs) may truly provide a glimpse of an awaiting afterlife.

Stacy Horn, author of “Unbelievable” (a history of Duke University’s Rhine Research Center) says on her blog, “I am very excited to learn that Chris Carter’s new book, Science and the Near-Death Experience is out!! He did such a great job with his previous book, Parapsychology and the Skeptics.”

Science and the Near-Death Experience is available now at Amazon – click here

You can download an excerpt in PDF format by clicking here. If you read it, I’d love hear from you as to how you liked it.

Control Your iPhone With Your Mind

The New PLX XWave Device

The same NeuroSky technology behind Mattel’s MindFlex Game (click here to read all about it) is the driving ‘force’ (pun intended) of this new headset that allows you to control your iPhone (or iPod or iPad) with your brainwaves.

According to the maker, PLX Devices, “By safely detecting your brain’s rhythm through a small sensor contact gently placed on the skin of your forehead, XWave gives you a window into your mind. Grounded in medical research and patents, the XWave senses your attention and meditation levels. You will be able to control and float objects in video games by simply thinking about it, or train your mind to focus and relax on command.”

There are currently only four compatible applications listed on the PLX Devices website. The XW training app is described like this:  “Start with this fun free App to learn how to use your XWave headset. This app includes a brainwave visualizer and an attention and meditation trainer.” Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

While you may not be exactly comfortable wearing this headset on the bus to work, using a brainwave reading device in a more private setting to engage with the training software could prove to be a valuable exercise in biofeedback.

There is also a meditation application available. And another application, “Tug of Mind,” reads the brain patterns of the player as they try to relax, while a Digimi generated character aims to do the opposite.

Put this one on your holiday gift list, folks!

Self-Proclaimed 9/11 Predicter Warns of New, Equally Massive Attacks in the West

Chris Robinson, the "Dream Detective" who claims to have predicted 9/11

Gary S. Bekkum of Starpod.org brought this item to my attention. Chris Robinson, the “Dream Detective” who claims to have predicted the terrorist attacks of 9/11 via his dreams, has been posting warnings on Twitter about imminent new attacks.

From Robinson’s Twitter feed:

Seeing HUGE DOGS off leads. DEEP SNOW this is serious dreams and the 5 x 911 part is scary. Stonegrove ??
4:51 AM Aug 26th

COULD be USA or UK.. LONDON real possibility. Been seeing it build up for over a week now so decided to tweet it. Seeing Jewish areas. 4:47 AM Aug 26th

Multiple Terrorist attacks are imminent.. These will be multiple locations and in the WEST.. Police not aware of the cells. 911 type dreams 4:45 AM Aug 26th

dreams last night about attacks on military bases… The 10 people I saw murdered in the dreams few weeks ago were killed last thursday,
3:05 PM Aug 10th

In Bekkum’s story, he claims, “Robinson has been on the record concerning his pre-9/11 warnings for several years, and has discussed the events leading up to the attacks with mainstream media sources in the UK….Several sources to STARstream Research have provided information supporting Robinson’s claim that CIA had been alerted to his premonitions prior to September 11, 2001.” STARstream Research is Bekkum’s project. (Bekkum’s story may be of interest to you, as it goes on to talk about the current existence of a psychic operations unit in the National Security Agency. Story here…)

You can follow Robinson on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/DreamDetective1 His website is located at  http://www.dream-detective.com/

Another story about him appears on the Paranormal Review website:  http://www.paranormalreview.com/articles/20100810

Apparently, Robinson’s dreams were interesting enough to catch the attention of Britain’s Ministry of Defence, whose secret “UFO Files” were recently released to the public.

According to the Paranormal Review:

Chris tells how he knew in advance that there would be a terrorist attack at RAF Stanmore. So convinced was he that his dream was accurate that he went to the military base in 1990 and spoke to the uniformed guards at the gate, to warn them. Not surprisingly, he was detained and questioned but eventually released.

A month later, the IRA terrorist group placed a bomb at the base in a rucksack. No one was hurt in the explosion. …the MoD appears not to have been able to corroborate Chris Robinson’s account but it did confirm that there was an explosion at the RAF base in 1990. It said it was an incident that the Metropolitan Police would probably have handled.

According to his biography on World-of-Lucid-Dreaming.com:

Since the 1980s he has served as Scotland Yard’s dream detective, giving warnings of serious crimes and terrorist activities around the UK. They listen to him, because his advice in the past has proven bizarrely spot on.

He has also given demonstrations on live television, in which he was able to identify the contents of sealed containers – all via his precognitive dreams.

And in 2001, he took part in the famous Arizona Experiment; a scientific study of prophetic dreams that produced some uncanny results… This article is about the psychic dreams of Christopher Robinson and what one expert boldly described as “the best scientific experiment in the history of man.”

In 1991, Christopher Robinson [del] warned police that the IRA would bomb a bank in St Albans – five days before it happened. He named the town, the date and the time of day the explosion would occur. Amazingly, Robinson was also able to name the two IRA terrorists who were involved; information that was confirmed a week later by the police anti-terrorist squad.

Indeed, Hertfordshire Police has gone on the record to back up the work of this unparalleled dream detective: “When Chris Robinson comes to the police with his dreams, he is taken seriously and the information he passes on to his established contact, Sgt Richard MacGregor, is acted upon immediately.”

The main feature of his almost nightly precognitive dreams is that they show what will happen in the next day of his life. This happens even when the next day’s events are totally unforeseeable – such as witnessing a plane crash. What makes Christopher Robinson different from other claims of psychic dreams is that he reports them daily, and has been scientifically proven accurate many times.

Clearly, Robinson is a fascinating personality whose track record commands some respect. With the advent of the Internet and Twitter, it is now possible for him to go on record on a worldwide scale with his predictions.

Former Senator Ted Stevens Had A Premonition He Would Die In A Plane Crash

Senator Ted Stevens Foretold His Death

Several sources have reported briefly on the anecdote that Ted Stevens, the former Alaska senator who died August 9 in a plane crash, had a premonition of his death.

Alaska Pride reports: “One fact not widely reported is that Senator Stevens reportedly had a premonition that he would die in a plane crash. This premonition occurred back during the 1970s, before he was involved in a plane crash at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on December 4th, 1978 that killed five of seven people on board, including his first wife, Ann. As a result, Senator Stevens placed a premium on air safety during his stewardship, becoming a key supporter of legislation intended to help relatives of those killed in air crashes.”

The Washington Post reported: “…he told acquaintances of a premonition that he would die in one of the small, tinny airplanes that traverse Alaska’s wilderness.”

The premonition is mentioned briefly in most reports of his death, and the mention typically amounts to something like, “Stevens once spoke of a premonition,” or “Stevens told acquaintances of a premonition,” or just, “Stevens reportedly had a premonition…”

Does anyone know where to find the original report of his premonition, or where more details are spelled out?

Astonishing New Book From 9/11 Widow Charts Signs and Premonitions from Victims

"Messages" by Bonnie McEneaney

From Amazon’s book description: When Bonnie McEneaney’s husband, Eamon, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, she thought she had lost him forever. And then something unexpected happened that would shake her to the core and reassure her that her husband was still with her. As Bonnie reveals in this groundbreaking book, she began to have experiences that convinced her that her husband, in spirit, was sending her signs, indeed messages, that he was still present and watching over his family.

A mother and former business executive, Bonnie was always the rational one, and quite skeptical of the spiritual world and all that it represents, but after talking to a number of other families and friends of loved ones lost on 9/11, she realized she was not alone.

Numerous others connected to the tragedy—from financial executives to stay-at-home moms—described their own experiences: premonitions, signs, dreams, visitations, and communications through mediums and psychics. Bonnie began recording their compelling stories in a groundbreaking four-year-long project, illuminating the power of love and the unbreakable bond love creates.

Now, in Messages, she shares these miraculous spiritual stories while weaving in her own heartfelt message of comfort and hope for all those who are searching for their own deeper connections, proving that love and relationships can continue after death.

Have you read, “Messages?” I’d love to get your feedback here in the comments or in a blog post.

Survey of Dreams and Premonitions About the 9/11 Attacks on the U.S.

The ASPR Building in New York City

The American Society of Psychical Research is soliciting reports of dreams (and other experiences such as feelings, hunches, unexpected deviations from your normal routine, premonitions or daydreams) that occurred before the events of 9/11 and that seem to relate to the terrorist attacks on the United States. If you experienced a dream, or other premonition, about the attacks before they happened on September 11th, 2001, and would like to submit a report, please visit  http://www.aspr.com/911survey.html

Paranormal Afterlife Stories Wanted for New Edition of Book, ‘Contacted’

'Contacted' first edition

Have you ever had an instance where you felt a deceased loved one, friend or stranger was in some way communicating with you? Perhaps they appeared in a vision or you sensed their presence through sound, smell or unusual coincidence. How did you feel?

Freelance journalist, Audrey Healy, along with fellow author Don Mullan, is currently compiling a second edition of their book ‘Contacted’ (Mercier Press 2007).

The stories collected involve people who have found comfort in experiencing the presence of a deceased loved one or friend, knowing that they are at peace. In some cases people have felt contact with complete strangers who have passed on.

Both Audrey and Don are the authors of a number of books and have gathered remarkable stories in their first edition of ‘Contacted’ from people of all ages from around the world. The response to their first appeal for stories was overwhelming and they are now appealing for people to write or email their experiences, no matter how small and insignificant they may seem.

The authors are specific about the stories they are seeking. They are not looking for stories arising from contact with psychics, clairvoyants or mediums, whereby the living try to communicate with the dead. They are looking for stories from people who believe the communication came from people who have passed on.

Audrey Healy explains: “Our approach, arising out of our own personal experiences, is non-judgmental. We do not set out to prove or disprove the afterlife theory. We are simply providing a forum for people to share their own experiences before presenting them to the public who can then make up their own minds.”

Contributors can remain anonymous if they so wish and can forward their experiences to Audrey Healy, c/o Longford County Library, Longford, Co. Longford, Ireland or email yourstory@eircom.net. Please include your name, not necessarily for publication but for acknowledgment.

Participate in UVa Online Paranormal Research

Dr. Nancy Zingrone and Dr. Carlos Alvarado

The Study of Human Experiences Project is a research website set up by Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, Assistant Professor of Research in
Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the Division of Perceptual Studies of the University of Virginia. The project involves a random
survey of the population of Richmond, Virginia, and an on-line survey at their website.

Dr. Alvarado and his wife and co-investigator Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone are very interested in a wide variety of experiences that people live with
every day from fantasy and dreams to life satisfaction and daily habits and beliefs to experiences that many people consider to be
paranormal.

To take their survey, go to http://www.studyofhumanexperiences.org/