On Saturday, December 2nd, the Parapsychology Foundation will host it’s latest Book Expo, an online event that focuses on recent books, academic and popular, that are important to the field because of the topics they cover, and, of course, because of the quality of the research and the writing. In this iteration all three of the recent books included are edited anthologies that provide a glimpse at survival research, remote viewing, and Fortean phenomena of various kinds. Adding to the day’s activities, a session that focuses on the field’s classics will also be included.
The online event opened on November 29th, and will remain open to enrollment until December 31st, 2017. Live sessions will start with a 30-minute welcome to the event at 11:00am Eastern on Saturday, and conclude with a brief closing session at 5:30pm that will allow for a bit more discussion as well as feature a preview of the upcoming free, open online course, Parapsychology Research and Education 2018. To enroll in the PF Book Expo click here and set up a free student’s account on the social media teaching platfrom WizIQ. Attendees will not only have access to the live sessions on Saturday, but also to the recordings of the live sessions and a variety of additional supporting materials for at least the year to come.
Leslie Kean, a seasoned journalist who has put together not only the results of her research into the survival problem, has also included writings of some of the experts she visited and interviewed. The full title of the book is Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife and will be presented 11:30am Eastern with a Q & A.
PF Research Fellow Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado will present a session on classic books that deserve to be brought to a modern audience, including 19th century physicist William Crooke’s Researches in the Phenomena of Spiritualism and F. W. H. Myers’ Human Personality an Its Survival of Bodily Death. Alvarado’s overview of these classics and some others will start at 1:00pm Eastern also following with a Q & A.
At 2:30pm Eastern, Physicist and former director of the US Department of Defense’s Stargate Program, Dr. Ed May will present the anthology that contains much of the scientific review of that program, Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing Research and Theory. Edited with neuroscientist Dr. Sonali Bhatt Marwaha, the book includes articles written by many of the researchers and theorists attached to that program.
At 4:00pm Eastern, Jack Hunter, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol in England, will present the anthology he edited called Damn Facts: Fortean Essays on Religion, Folklore and the Paranormal. His book covers a wide variety of phenomena from around the world that seems to uproot the notion of what is real in the world. His presentation is also followed by a Q & A session.
Finally, drawing the event to a close at 5:30pm Eastern I wll bring the session to a close, leading a discussion with the attendees on the four presentations and then presenting a brief introduction to the PF’s next online event that will open in January of 2018.
Previous PF Book Expos
The Parapsychology Foundation has been hosting the PF Book Expos since 2015. A number of the most important academic and scientific books and anthologies of the field and a number of very well-researched and very well-written popular books have been brought to the spotlight, providing attendees with the unusual opportunity to attend an online book event. The majoirty of the sessions of the past PF Book Expos are available on the PF’s YouTube channel in a playlist dedicated to the content of hte Expos. You can find that playlist here.
Don’t Forget to Enroll!
Open enrollment for this Saturday’s PF Book Expo will extend through the 31st of December. You can join us live on Saturday or dip in and out once you’ve enrolled and watch the videos of the sessions. To enroll on WizIQ and join us Saturday or later for the recordings click here. More information about the authors/editors and the books can be found here. See you Saturday!