Category: parapsychology

REALITY DENIEDFirsthand Experiences with Thing…

Firsthand Experiences with Things that Can’t Happen – But Did

by John B. Alexander

Trade paperback, 318 Pages, 15 Illustrations

$16.95, ISBN: 9781938398858

Genre(s): UFOs Cryptozoology Paranormal Psychic Abilities Speculative Science

Reality Denied confronts conventional wisdom with events that, although quite real, seem to challenge the revered “laws of science,” proving them to be wrong or incomplete. The thorny issues of life after death, mind over matter, UFOs, remote viewing, telepathic communications with animals, and more are all addressed from Col. John Alexander’s firsthand perspective. Here physical and spiritual domains collide, providing glimpses of worlds beyond everyday reality.

About the Author:

JOHN B. ALEXANDER, Ph.D., is a retired senior Army officer with decades of experience with a wide range of phenomena. Traveling to all eight continents, he has encountered events that defy common explanation. He has met with shamans in the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Andes, East and West Africa, and Northern Mongolia. In Tonga, he dived in open ocean with humpback whales, and was involved with telepathic experiments with wild dolphins in the Bahamas. A psychic adventurer, he practiced psychokinetic metal bending, fire walking, and caused a white crow to fly for the National Academy of Sciences. A founding board member of IRVA, he is a past-president of IANDS, and former SSE councilor. Straddling two worlds, he is also retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and served on studies with the National Research Council, the Army Science Board, the Council on Foreign Relations, NATO, and was a senior fellow of a DoD university. Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross headed his doctoral committee. His website is at

The Paranormal: Research and the Quest for M…

The Paranormal: Research and the Quest for Meaning (Routledge Revivals) 1st Editionby Eric Carlton (Author)

This title was first published in 2000:  A manifestation of mass hysteria, a compensation for physical or emotional deprivation, or an alternative to religion? What is the function of the paranormal in society? 

This question and its many possible answers are the subject of this scholarly study of our enduring fascination with experiences for which science provides no ready explanations. From the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt to the present day, Eric Carlton surveys the development of ideas and research associated with the paranormal, culminating as it does today in the recognized academic status accorded to parapsychology. 

With a critical yet open mind, Carlton explores issues associated with the study of the paranormal, such as witchcraft beliefs, near-death experiences and the UFO phenomenon. Case studies are employed to illustrate and illuminate certain examples and theories. 

This thought-provoking book concludes that the paranormal and our study of it provides a multi-faceted vehicle for humanity’s quest to find meaning in life.

Presentiment and Crisis Apparitions in Victorian-era Case…

Presentiment and Crisis Apparitions in Victorian-era Case Collections:  Phantasms of the Living (1886) as seen through Natural Language Processing

Presentiment in the classical sense is a form of precognition involving a feeling,  perception or premonition that something will or is about to happen.  From experimental parapsychology, the term now refers to an effect involving capacities to feel or intuit the future.  This modern sense of presentiment (feeling) sets it apart from precognition (knowing)

Phantasms of the Living, published in 1886 by the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), contains a collection of 702 Victorian-era cases involving classical presentiment phenomena occurring in various forms to include: dreams and premonitions; clairvoyance; as well as crisis apparitional experiences   

Phantasms was also a pathfinding study on extrasensory perception as it introduced the term “telepathy.”  The authors believed presentiment involving living persons in moments of crisis or danger, to include crisis apparitions, were evidence of “shock-induced” forms of thought transference

As a project, we wondered how might how machine learning might make sense of classical presentiment experiences in the Phantasms case collection  

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field of computing that enables computers to analyze, understand and communicate human language.  

The Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) is a platform of libraries and programs for natural language processing written in the Python programming language

Word clouds are the most basic and familiar NLP products.  Word clouds do not support fine grained analysis, but instead provide a visualization of key words and phrases,

where the sizing of words reflects their prominence within the text

Phantasms is available in various Internet archives in a variety of digital formats. For this project, a corpus (body) of plain text was created from a reprint of Phantasms hosted at the Esalen Center 

  • To derive meaningful insights the corpus was processed to remove stop words, such as commonly used prepositions.  Since the work represents a case collection, the set of stop words was expanded to remove references to “case(s)” and “fact(s)” and how they were documented, (i.e.words like “said ” and “told”).  Formal salutations (“Mr”, “Mrs”, “Miss) were also added to stop words
  • Since presentiment experiences can occur at any time, words having a temporal character were excluded from consideration to include: “day”, “night”, “morning”, “evening”, “hour”, and “time.”  Many presentiment experiences were singular events, hence ordinal and cardinal numeric references were also removed to include: “first”, “second” as well as “one” and “two”
  • Finally, some words often associated with precognition such as “will” and “may” were also added to set of stop words to allow greater emphasis on the features of presentiment experiences

The resulting word cloud presents a case pattern of presentiment experiences involving families and friends.  Mothers featured prominently in case accounts often as the percipient, and in other instances as the agent (or source) of the presentiment experience  

Many presentiment experiences were in the form of dreams or premonitions that were coincident with the death of loved ones. However the case collection also included other forms extrasensory perception (e.g. telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition) as well as crisis apparitional experiences 

The fact that mothers featured so prominently in these presentiment cases suggests a wider question, which arises elsewhere in parapsychology, of whether there is a natural (in the sense of evolutionary) explanation for presentiment phenomena and for psi functioning writ large. Toward this end, one of the authors of Phantasms concludes:

“If the natural system includes telepathy, Nature has certainly not exhausted herself in our few hundreds of instances: that these facts should be genuine would be almost inconceivable if she had not plenty more like them in reserve”


Bem, D. J. (2011). Feeling the future: experimental evidence for anomalous retroactive influences on cognition and affect. Journal of personality and social psychology, 100(3), 407.  Hosted on Semantic Scholar

Bird, S., Klein, E., & Loper, E. (2009). Natural language processing with Python: analyzing text with the natural language toolkit. “ O’Reilly Media, Inc.”.

Gurney, E., Myers, F. W. H., & Podmore, F. (1886). Phantasms of the living (Vols. 1-2). London: Trübner & Co. Reprint by the Esalen Center, Carmel CA

Radin, D. (2016). Presentiment. Psi Encyclopedia, Society for Psychical Research


Wordcloud from Phantasms of the Living Corpus. (2018, Feb 24). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

How Old is Psychical Research? – (A document…

How Old is Psychical Research? – (A documentary by Dr. Keith Parsons)

Many people think the beginnings of the spiritualist movement occurred at Hydesville
in New York State in the 19th century, but psychic investigation is much, much older than that. 

This particular video of 22 minutes duration is about the origins of psychical research.

To find out how much older, view this video now. 

 You can see the complete collection of Keith Parsons short documentaries at…

thedevilstailor: The Twelve Prodigies: Incine…


The Twelve Prodigies: Incineration

Incineration, better known by the modern terms Spontaneous Combustion or

Pyrogenesis (from Greek pyr, “fire” and genesis, “origin, beginning”), is the thaumaturgical ability to start fires spontaneously.

This is a mysterious gift that can affect bodies and objects even at a long distance of the operator, with or without knowing. There are several reported cases of combustions of living human bodies without any apparent external source of ignition, which real origin actually are this gifted thaumaturges or firestarters.

Parapsychology is the science dealing with tho…

Parapsychology is the science dealing with those biological or psychological events which show that the categories of matter, space, and time (and thus of causality) are not axiomatic.

Nursing Ghost Stories as told through Natural Language…

Nursing Ghost Stories as told through Natural Language Processing

Language comes natural and easy to humans but is difficult for machines because of its structure and ambiguity.  Ghost stories perhaps showcase that ambiguity as paranormal experiences are difficult to reconcile or explain within known scientific principles or inferences

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a field of computing that enables computers to analyze, understand and communicate human language.  Today natural language processing powers several technologies such as: speech recognition assistants; language translation; sentiment analysis; entity and relationship recognition; as well as text summation, parsing and analysis

The Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) is a platform of libraries and programs for natural language processing written in the Python programming language. NLTK was developed at the University of Pennsylvania and first released in 2001  

Word clouds are visual representations of a text, where the sizing of words displayed reflects their prominence or emphasis within the text.  The word cloud application used here was developed with NLTK and other Python modules

Word clouds provide high-level analysis of themes associated with a corpora (body) of text. In business, they can be used to highlight pain points from customer feedback.  For this effort, word clouds were applied to a collection of ghost experiences as told by nurses hosts a long-running discussion thread called “Nursing Ghost Stories” (NGS).  The NGS collection spans over a decade (2005-2017) amounting to 199 pages as of the time of this writing.  The NGS archive contains a mixture of first and second hand accounts along with commentary

Two corpora were developed from the NGS collection.  One corpus contained plain text and another corpus was tokenized (tagged) by sentences, words and parts of speech.  A word cloud was subsequently generated from the plain text corpus that is displayed above.  Common stop words, for example prepositions were  filtered out prior to the generation of the display

The word cloud is interesting for what it does and does not emphasize.  For example, the words ghosts and hauntings along with their roots or extensions are not prominent in the display.  Hauntings involve recurrent paranormal experiences commonly experienced in the form of ‘imitative noises” and in more elevated forms through apparitions. Many NGS discussions appear to involve sensed presence experiences

There also appears to be substantive emphasis on nearing death awareness (NDA) type experiences as said or told by patients, many of whom were in long-term care or hospice settings, to nurses under their supervision.  In their final phases, terminally-ill patients often perceive welcoming apparitions or visitations from deceased relatives or loved ones.  In NDA experiences, patients often appear to hold conversations with persons who are not physically present

As would be expected, terms of reference associated with medical profession are most prominent in the word cloud, however these terms could be filtered from future word clouds to potentially obtain deeper insights on the experiences

In the near-term, NGS corpora can be used to develop sentiment analysis. Also worth exploring are word pairings and conditional frequencies connected with them. A longer term effort would mix natural language processing with machine learning to characterize types of encounters within the NGS collection


Bird, S., Klein, E., & Loper, E. (2009). Natural language processing with Python: analyzing text with the natural language toolkit. “ O’Reilly Media, Inc.”.

Kircher, P. and Callanan, M. (2017, Dec 14).  NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the Terminally Ill. International Studies for Near Death Studies (IANDS).

Natural Language Toolkit: NLTK 3.2.5 documentation. (2017, Sep 24). NLTK Project

Pearson, P. (2014). Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May be Trying to Tell Us about where They’re Going. Random House Canada. Sponsored

What’s Your Best Nursing Ghost Story? (2017, Oct 30).


Wordcloud from NGS Corpus. (2018, Feb 19). © Maryland Paranormal Research ®.  All rights reserved.

Remote Viewing With Russians

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Precog Test Series intro Video

Precog Test Series intro Video:

Julia Mossbridge, PhD discusses a joint experiment sponsored by Mossbridge Institute, LLC and Windbridge Institute, LLC. Register for the series at… .

The Sign-up period for this project will close on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 10:00 pm PST or when we reach the maximum number of participants.

Welcome to the Precognition Test Series! – The…

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