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Parapsychology is a scientific attempt to explore as-yet-unknown rules of nature. With the current concerns of the ecological crisis, it’s time to assess how this discipline may contribute to expected changes of behavior by changing the way we think about our place in the cosmos. Ecology may become parapsychology’s next challenge.
The most obvious intersection between ecology and parapsychology is a commonly reported aftereffect of several different types of exceptional experiences (psychedelics, near-death or abduction experiences, etc.): the experiencer comes away from their encounter with an enhanced sense of connection to the environment and the world around them.
The “ecological self” is a new sense of self that sees the environment as an extension - or part - of the person. The study of this rising “ecological consciousness” shows another promising aspect of exceptional experiences. In a similar vein, the worldview of animism may offer parapsychology a viable alternative to physicalism, entailing ethical implications for its methods and practices.
Explanatory models for living organisms must take into account the existence of the background reality described by parapsychology, along with the modes of causation it implies. Therefore, a new theory of evolutionism is being developed in parapsychological circles. What is the place of psi in nature?
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The Parapsychological Association is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of psi (or 'psychic') experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition. First established in 1957, the PA has been an affiliated organization of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1969.
Renaud Evrard is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Lorraine (Nancy). He is the co-founder of the Center for Information, Research and Counseling on Exceptional Experiences. He is the author/editor of several books on the clinical, historical, anthropological, and sociological approaches of exceptional experiences. He is the current President of the Parapsychological Association.
Dr. Jack Hunter is an anthropologist exploring the borderlands of consciousness, religion, ecology and the paranormal. He founded the journal Paranthropology. His doctoral research with the University of Bristol examined the experiences of spirit mediums and their influence on the development of self-concepts and models of consciousness, and is an effort towards a non-reductive anthropology of the paranormal.
Michael Nahm, Ph.D, is a biologist and parapsychologist. His research interests include 1) the history of parapsychology, 2) physical mediumship, hauntings and poltergeists, 3) unusual phenomena near death and 4) the links between parapsychology and unsolved riddles of biology. He has published three books and numerous articles on these matters.
Dr. David Luke is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Psychedelic Studies, Imperial College London. His research focuses on transpersonal experiences, anomalous phenomena and altered states of consciousness, especially via psychedelics, having published more than 100 academic papers in this area, including ten books, most recently Otherworlds: Psychedelics and Exceptional Human Experience (2nd ed., 2019).
Jacob W. Glazier, PhD, LPC, NCC has a doctorate degree in Psychology: Consciousness and Society from the University of West Georgia. Currently, Dr. Glazier is an Adjunct Professor at Life University and an online Adjunct Professor at New York University – Steinhardt. With specific regard to parapsychology, his main areas of research interest include ecology and the paranormal, animism, paranthropology, the philosophy of parapsychology, psychoanalysis and parapsychology, and trickster theory.
The notion of ecosystems is all about relationships, a connection of everything through networks of reciprocal exchange. How does parapsychology intersect with the field of ecology?
University of Lorraine
Deep Ecologists have argued that the ecological crisis is simultaneously a psychological and spiritual crisis, and that we will need to re-conceptualize our relationship to the world in which we live.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Michael Nahm argues that current mainstream biologists lack an encompassing understanding of organisms, and explains why psi is necessary to expand current biology, including evolutionary biology.
Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health
Go grab a bite, or stick around and enjoy the social lounge to get to know your fellow attendees.
The practice of psychedelically inducing psi is embedded within a nature-based eco-spiritual epistemology and is difficult to disentangle as a web of interconnected relations.
University of Greenwich
Building on recent research in science studies, Dr. Jake Glazier will argue that the worldview of animism offers parapsychology a viable alternative to physicalism entailing ethical implications for its methods and practices.
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