Saturday April 15, 2017
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Bryan J. Williams
Minding the Matter of Poltergeists: Current Parapsychological Findings and Perspectives
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 12:00pm - 2:30pm
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Few psychic occurrences are as mysterious – or as disruptive – as objects spontaneously flying across the room on their own, or knocking noises emanating from the walls when no source is clearly making them. These are the occurrences that commonly characterize the type of phenomena traditionally labeled as "poltergeist." What are we to make of them? How are they to be understood? One long-held interpretation is that they are caused by the pestering and malicious actions of a disembodied spirit or demon. But a number of findings gathered over the past century seem to suggest that poltergeists may actually have a purely human side to them, one which ties into the possible link between mind and matter. A general summary of these findings – coming from various case surveys, experimental studies, and field investigations conducted in the scholarly domain of parapsychology – will be given in this presentation, which may be helpful in the effort to better understand, and maybe even deal with, this particular type of ostensibly paranormal phenomena.
Bryan J. Williams is the Research Director of the Psychical Research Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in parapsychology that is currently based in Carrollton, Texas. He previously studied psychology at the University of New Mexico, and was a research student of the late parapsychologist William G. Roll. In 2008, Bryan was a recipient of the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship Award offered by the Parapsychology Foundation in New York. In addition to various online materials, he has published a number of articles and book reviews in various peer-reviewed parapsychological journals, and has contributed chapters to four scholarly anthologies - Mysterious Minds: The Neurobiology of Psychics, Mediums, and Other Extraordinary People (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2010); In Search of Psi: Contemporary Perspectives on Extrasensory Perception, Psychokinesis, and Survival (Pari, Italy: Pari Publishing, 2014), Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015), and the tentatively titled Probing the Paranormal: An Introduction to Parapsychology, to be published by Greenwood Press later this year. His most recent publication is a monograph entitled Psychic Phenomena and the Brain: Exploring the Neuropsychology of Psi, which was published in December 2015 by the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research. He currently lives in Albuquerque.