Ecology, Nature and Parapsychology: An Online Symposium

Saturday, 21 November 2020 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM CET

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Saturday, 21 November 2020 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM CET

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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Parapsychological Association

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.

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Renaud Evrard
University of Lorraine

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.

About Renaud Evrard

University of Lorraine
Jack Hunter
University of Wales Trinity Saint David

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.

About Jack Hunter

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Michael Nahm
Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health

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.

About Michael Nahm

Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health
David Luke
University of Greenwich

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).

About David Luke

University of Greenwich
Jake Glazier
Life University

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.

About Jake Glazier

Life University

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Sessions on Nov 21, 2020

03:00 PM

Ecology: Parapsychology’s Next Challenge

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Renaud Evrard

    University of Lorraine

04:00 PM

Parapsychology and the Ecological Self

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Jack Hunter

    University of Wales Trinity Saint David

05:00 PM

The Missing Link: What Psi Tells Us About Biology and Evolution

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
  • Michael Nahm

    Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health

06:00 PM


06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
07:00 PM

Psi, Psychedelics and Nature

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • David Luke

    University of Greenwich

08:00 PM

The Ethical Implications Animism Has for Parapsychology

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
  • Jake Glazier

    Life University