Psi and the Brain – SPR Study Day

I really really want to go to this event – it’s £35 though, and with a £2 discount for the unwaged (hardly the most generous terms!) it is completely out of my league after coming back from Edinburgh Science Festival.  On the other hand, if Becky wants to go, or some of the other forum people, it may be worth doing…  Anyway if anyone is interested please do let me know – I’ll post a short summary here, but full details  on SPR website I guess –

Society for Psychical Research

Society for Psychical Research

Here is the advert!


Chair: Prof. Bernard Carr

Speakers: Dr. Peter Fenwick, Adrian Ryan, Dr. David Luke, Dr. Ian Baker and Robert Charman

What are the implications of psi for the relationship between mind and brain?  Can some psychic interactions be explained by or associated with particular brain processes?  If so, what physical or chemical effects on the brain are likely to trigger or accompany such interactions and what is the relationship between the brains of the people interacting?  What sort of psi experiences would seem to transcend a brain-based explanation altogether?

In this Study Day, five leading experts will address these questions, placing particular emphasis on geomagnetic and neurochemical effects, EEG correlations during psychic healing and ESP experiments, and the apparent independence of the brain of near-death experiences.  The meeting will end with a general discussion with audience participation.

St Philip’s Church, Earls Court Rd, London W8, 10am-5pm.
Cost: Members £30 / Non-Members £35. / Students, Over 60s or Unwaged: £2 discount.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served, but bring your own lunch.
Advance booking is recommended, as space is limited so


About Chris Jensen Romer

I am a profoundly dull, tedious and irritable individual. I have no friends apart from two equally ill mannered cats, and a lunatic kitten. I am a ghosthunter by profession, and professional cat herder. I write stuff and do TV things and play games. It's better than being real I find.
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5 Responses to Psi and the Brain – SPR Study Day

  1. David says:

    I would have loved to have gone to this, but I’ve already got a social engagment that weekend which I can’t really get out of without letting other people down. What a bummer!
    I would especially liked to have heard Dr Peter Fenwick speaking. I’ve read his books on the near-death experience, and his views on the relationship between mind and brain reflect my own thinking on this subject. I also hold the view that the mind and brain are two seperable but closely related interacting substances. Yes – I’m a good old fashioned dualist! Unfashionable in today’s scientific circles

  2. Tom Ruffles says:

    It’s worth pointing out that the price of the study day for members was £30, and £35 for non-members, with a £2 discount for students/over 60s in each category. Student membership of the SPR is very reasonable, and if you were interested in the subject of this study day – which really was excellent – you might find SPR membership worthwhile (you can see details of subs and benefits on the SPR website under ‘Join the SPR!’). It is also worth mentioning that audiotapes of lectures and study days are available, free to borrow apart from postage to members, and for sale to non-members (again details are on the website).

    • Chris says:

      Hi Tom, long time no see. Strangely I mentioned you today while chatting with parapsychologist Ian Hume at Coventry, as suddenly your postal address flashed in to my mind. In fact I gave Ian and Becky your address, which I think they thought odd, as i was trying to describe you. I then come home and find that you have commented on my blog. Strange days indeed. After my successful guess on the subject of a paper by Andreas Sommer I might even start to believe I’m psychic. 😉 Well maybe not. Hope Norfolk, and the SPR good, and you will be glad to hear I have escaped the clutches of the fiendish Derek and Harry here in Cheltenham!
      cj x

  3. Tom Ruffles says:

    Chris from Cheltenham! I didn’t realise it was you. It certainly has been a long time – the Norfolk address is long out of date, now in Cambridge (I am flattered you remember the old one). A while back Eleanor at Marloes Rd said she had had a friendly chat with you so perhaps I shall see you at an event one of these days. Andreas has just been elected to the SPR Council so I shall certainly be seeing him!
    All the best

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Tom. Andreas is on council is he? Wow he kept that quiet! I shall have to ask him about it. 🙂 I will indeed attend something but last time i showed up, Cirencester conference with a colleague from the uni Bernard seemed to regard me with black suspicion – I think everyone from Cheltenham, maybe even the totally innocent Gary Skidmore was regarded as somehow corrupt minion of Derek and Harry! Anyway I was made to feel so uncomfortable that was it, I simply never renewed my membership after that. Don’t think Tony was talking to me either come to think of it – so I just dropped out of sight. I kept in tough with the late Manfred Cassirer for a while, and still talk to people when I get the change – Alan, Eleanor, etc, on the phone – and my dear friend Becky Smith was recipient of an SPR grant for her doctorate and I phoned to ask how one applied to help her with that – but really the major reason I have not joined is if one is not a student, but is unwaged, it is prohibitively expensive!

    Anyway great to hear from you again! 🙂
    cj x

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