Paranormal Researchers Downunder

Parapsychologists

There are few parapsychologists in the world – perhaps 50 people – who are involved in paranormal research. In Australia there are three academics that I am aware of who specialize in parapsychology.

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Coincidentally, I went to school with the first, Michael Thalbourne. He and his colleague Lance Storm are based at the University of Adelaide (also my alma mater).

The third academic is Hannah Jenkins, from the University of Tasmania, who was one of the examiners of my dissertation on spontaneous paranormal experiences. Like so many academics who study the paranormal, Hannah’s background is not in parapsychology but rather in philosophy. Hannah also has an occasional show on the University’s radio station.

I think the study of the paranormal dovetails beautifully into so many areas of study. I can easily see why it overlaps with philosophy and psychology. But these are not the only areas of study that harbour researchers with more than a passing interest in psi.

My lists of publications include an interesting array of academics. you might be interested in adding some of them to your To Do reading list.

I will explore this small band of academics in more detail in a future article but in the meantime, have you come across an academic who speaks with authority on the paranormal?

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  • Rosemary Breen Sep 2, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Hi Stephen

    First of all we have to consider if there was anything associated with your ‘light ding’ in the way of concussion or whiplash. Obviously, any trauma to the head or the neck could interfere with the normal functioning of your brain.

    Having said this, we need to consider the impossible and ultimately, perhaps, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said: “once we eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

    So, what can the impossible be in this case? Certainly telepathy exists and I for one have experienced in others. Further, the skeptic Sigmund Freud wrote: I must suggest to you that you should think more kindly of the objective possibility of thought-transference and therefore of telepathy.

    So, maybe this was a telepathic conversation going on Stephen between you and the children. How does that suggestion feel to you?

    If you can remember back that far, where would you say you heard the voices? Were they external to yourself or were they perhaps within your brain?

    That may be a hard question to answer and I’m not sure exactly why I ask it ….. but I’ll go with my instinct and ask anyway 🙂

    Others may have their own contributions to add to this discussion, but in the meantime have a think where those voices were located?

    Cheers

    Rosemary

  • stephen venn Sep 1, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Hi.

    I was involved in a car accident 10 years ago, a very light ding only. I parked, got out of the car and spoke to the driver, a teacher on a remote Aboriginal community in the far north. The young Aboriginal kids gathered around and started to talk to me, or so I thought…

    One of the young girls asked me what had happened, but her lips hadn’t moved. I heard another comment/question from another young girl and asked her to repeat what she said. She just remained tight-lipped and looked at me slightly perplexed.

    Haven’t come across it since and I’ll never forget this.

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