Research Centers and Recommended Websites of Interest

Academic Centers and Foundations Studying Unusual Phenomena

 In 2018 Etzel Cardeña published an important article, “The experimental evidence for parapsychological phenomena: A review. American Psychologist, 73(5), 663-677″.

A new notable journal regarding research on the topic of consciousness has been published:

Journal of Anomalous Experience and Cognition Volume 1, No. 1-2 (2021), Editor-in-Chief Etzel Cardeña

Resources re: The Study of Unusual Phenomena

Some of Our Esteemed Colleagues in the Field

Carlos Alvarado, Ph.D.: (1955 – 2021) Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation.  Dr. Alvarado was well-known for his many contributions to parapsychology including survey research on apparent psychic experiences (especially OBEs) in the general population. Dr. Alvarado specialized in the history of parapsychology and he was well respected throughout the world for his many excellent academic publications on this subject and more. We can highly recommend his very interesting scholarly Blog series on a wide range of topics in the study of parapsychology. Follow this link to the blog. The late Dr. Alvarado and his surviving partner Nancy Zingrone, offered classes online for research and education in parapsychology Alvarado-Zingrone Institute for Research and Education in Parapsychology .

Michael Grosso, Ph.D.:  Currently an independent scholar and author. His scholarly contributions are aimed at changing the ‘scientific materialism’ position prevalent in mainstream science and is a contributing author to the book Irreducible Mind. Dr. Grosso has taught humanities and philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, City University of New York, and City University of New Jersey. Dr. Grosso is also writing a very interesting blog series called Consciousness Unbound.

Erlendur Haraldsson, Ph.D.: ( 1931 – 2020) University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. The late Dr. Haraldsson was a psychologist, a friend, and an esteemed research colleague of the late Dr. Ian Stevenson, founder of DOPS. Professor Haraldsson was the author of many books and a co-investigator on cases of the reincarnation type. He was well respected for his wide-ranging research into parapsychology phenomena.

Bernardo Kastrup, Ph.D.: Dr. Kastrup’s degree is in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many academic papers and books on philosophy and science. His most recent book is The Idea of the World: A multi-disciplinary argument for the mental nature of reality, based on rigorous analytic argument and empirical evidence. For more information, freely downloadable papers, videos, etc. can be found on his website Metaphysical Speculations. Kastrup is the executive director of the newly formed Essentia Foundation.

Andreas Sommer, Ph.D.: Historian working on the interrelations of the sciences and magic. His thesis (University College London, 2013) reconstructed the links between psychical research and experimental psychology in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The thesis won an award from the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.  If you’re interested in new perspectives on ancient questions that are informed by the latest insights from professional historical scholarship, please visit the Forbidden Histories Youtube Channel, which features short videos about these interesting topics.