134th Birthday of the Society for Psychical Research


Carlos S. Alvarado, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

I would like to join Andreas Sommer in wishing the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) a happy 134th birthday. Writing in his Traité de Métapsychique (Paris: Félix Alcan, 1922, p. 37), famous physiologist Charles Richet stated that the “colossal work” of early SPR workers  provided the foundations for current psychical research.

The Society was founded in London on February 20, 1882. As Andreas wrote in the above-mentioned blog: “To historians of science and medicine, the Society’s history offers a veritable goldmine of opportunities to investigate some of the links between the sciences and the ‘occult’, which it might not be exaggerated to state have been written out of popular and disciplinary history.”

I have posted in another forum a short bibliography about the SPR, with emphasis on its early years. Below you will find parts of the “Objects of the Society,”…

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The Diversity of Parasociology. – News Article – Supernatural Magazine

There are many disciplines or fields of study in the unknown & unexplained. Each one of them specializes & focuses on specific catagories & topics within their own field of expertise. Although certain fields may interact with each other at times through certain topics, its not a commonality. For example, cryptozoologists don’t generally hunt ghosts, demonologists don’t usually skywatch for UFOs, archaeologists don’t usually conduct seances, & parapsychologists don’t preform exorcisms, ect…

However, there is one field which deals with the unknown which can interact with every other field in the unexplained equally. This would be parasociology. Since many are not aware of this unique field of research, let’s first define what exactly parasociology is.

Parasociology is a branch of paranormal research dedicated to examining & studying how paranormal manifestations, activity, or events affect a group or family unit. A group is a number of people who identify & interact with one another. Basically, parasociology is to sociology what parapsychology is to psychology….

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Paranormal Research schedule is not like electricians.

Cal-Para Paranormal Research Organization

It has to be mentioned.

Almost all paranormal groups are doing this as their preferred ‘hobby’. We don’t like to think of it that way because most of us would wish to do this full time – and have our bills paid.

But we fit in our investigations in between our Monday – Friday, 8-5pm jobs which means we are usually at a client’s home or business during the evening hours, or on weekends. This makes Saturday nights prime for bypassing work traffic and having more time to get there and be focused on only the client and their possible haunting. Since there are only a handful of Saturday nights in any month, they can book up really fast. That’s when we start trying to accommodate the clients by fitting them in during the week evening hours, Friday nights with heavy traffic, or Sunday afternoons.

By the time a client…

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