JJ Lumsden's Paranormal and Parapsychology Blog



Who?
Dr. JJ Lumsden. Experimental Parapsychologist, and
Author of
The Hidden Whisper [click here]

"This book works on many levels, an excellent introduction to the concepts current in the field of parapsychology... at best you may learn something new, and at worst you'll have read a witty and well-written paranormal detective story" Parascience.
 
contact: lumsden.jj (at) googlemail.com
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Feb 28
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Mass Surveillance - Time to Act?

Day by day, as the revelations mount, it becomes ever clearer that our security agencies are truly out of control. Today, for example, we have learned that GCHQ collected webcam images and metadata from 1.8 million global Yahoo! users between 2008 and 2010 (using the Optic Nerve program; which was still active in 2012). A massive data slurp not based on suspicion – but just because ‘they could’, and no-one prevented them.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/gchq-nsa-webcam-images-internet-yahoo

This, hot on the heels of disclosures that GCHQ’s JTRIG unit was working to discredit and damage the reputations of whichever individuals and organisations they saw fit through online deception and reputation-destruction.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/

GCHQ’s response is that they operate “in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.”

What seems in little doubt, as our security services operate however they want (falling back on the stock ‘in accordance with’ justification) is that the overseers and guardians of their activities have grossly failed the public. A public which has every right to expect privacy and for the security services to act in accordance with the law. A public which, sadly, has been sleep-walked into a surveillance state.

Despite the fact that the law is clear and that mass surveillance is illegal - Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect for private and family life; the right to freedom of expression), change clearly needs to happen.

If this is an issue that has resonance for you, consider joining the ‘Don’t Spy On Us’ campaign. Their six key principles are:

1. No Surveillance without Suspicion

2. Transparent Laws, not Secret Laws

3. Judicial not Political Authorisation

4. Effective Democratic Oversight

5. The Right to Redress

6. A Secure Web for All

You can sign the petition and learn more here:

https://www.dontspyonus.org.uk/org

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Feb 25
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Death of Harold Ramis

Very much saddened to see the death of Harold Ramis. Aside from writing and starring in Ghostbusters, he was also the writer on Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and Animal House. That is quite some legacy to leave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head. Remember that?

Dr. Egon Spengler: That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

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Feb 14
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The 56th Parapsychological Association Convention has been announced. Fancy a trip to Viterbo, Italy?

http://www.parapsych.org/section/45/2013_convention.aspx

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Sep 19
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Parapsychology Book now 99 cents on Kindle

Somehow The Hidden Whisper is four years old, which must mean I am also four years older and wiser… hmmm…

Anyhoo - I’ve decided to drop the Kindle price to 99 cents permanently. I hope you enjoy the read!

The Hidden Whisper Parapsychology Book on Kindle

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Sep 05
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Article on Cancer Research

A little off topic I know - but I thought I’d share an article on Cancer Research.
It’s a long article, BTW, but fascinating.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9508895/A-virus-that-kills-cancer-the-cure-thats-waiting-in-the-coldc.html

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Jul 23
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Meta analysis of Distant Intention Effects Studies

Stephan Schmidt has recently published a meta-analysis of distant intention research studies:

“Can We Help Just by Good Intentions? A Meta-Analysis of Experiments on Distant Intention Effects.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2012, 18, 529-533.

Carlos Alvarado has put up the abstract details on his blog:

http://carlossalvarado.edublogs.org/2012/07/20/evaluation-of-distant-healing-experiments/

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May 10
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Synaesthesia May Explain Healers’ Claims of Seeing People’s ‘Aura’(s)

Researchers from the University of Granada’s Department of Experimental Psychology have just published research in the journal Consciousness and Cognition adding credence to the idea that synaesthesia might explain some instances of people ‘seeing auras’.

There’s a link to Science Daily here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120504110024.htm

In ‘light’ of this new research, it’s time to delve into the hidden recesses of
The Hidden Whisper
and dig out endnote 62.


62. Synaesthesia and Auras.

Psychics often report that they can see auras around their clients - coloured zones that sometimes get represented as a form of psychic energy. Recent research (Ward, 2004) has suggested that seeing auras might be attributed, under some circumstances, to a form of synaesthesia - an uncommon neurological condition where individuals involuntarily experience sensations in non-related modalities. For example, in what’s known as lexical-gustatory synaesthesia, a person might hear a certain word (e.g. purple) which then evokes the sensation of a particular taste (e.g. the percipient then tastes vanilla). To all intents and purposes, the taste is as real as if they ate the food itself. It’s worth pointing out that with this form of synaesthesia, the words do not have to link semantically (although they can), i.e. people do not necessarily have a taste experience that is citrus or sweet when they hear the word orange.

With aura reading, it has been suggested that a visual experience is fired, in relation to the emotion the reader is feeling at the time. If the reader looks at an individual and feels warm and happy, they might see a pink colour around the head/body of the client. If they feel uncomfortable with the client, the colour may be brown or blue (colours are personal and do not apply uniformly). It should be highlighted that any one theory is rarely able to explain all cases of a particular phenomenon.


ps - for those who are interested, I have posted on Kirlian Photography before:

http://parapsychologist.tumblr.com/post/512647470/what-is-kirlian-photography

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Mar 16
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Mar 06
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Survey of Psychic Experiences

Can you help further paranormal research, and participate in an online survey of Psychic Experiences?

Researchers, led by Dr Christine Simmonds-Moore, are interested in learning more about a variety of human experiences, some of which are unusual, but which are by no means uncommon in the general population.

As Christine and the team explains: "We are undertaking an online survey to explore individual differences, synesthesia (the tendency for some people to experience two senses together, e.g., colored words or numbers; tasting shapes; spatially organized calendars, etc.), and a variety of anomalous experiences (for example, extrasensory perception)."

The team would very much appreciate it if you would take the time to complete this online questionnaire, even if you have never experienced the things described in the questionnaire. The survey should take about 20 minutes.

The link to the survey is here: Psychic Experiences

There is lots more information about the study on the survey pages.

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Jan 29
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Ghostbusters

Okay, I’ll admit it ;) I’ve always had a soft spot for Ghostbusters - although I’ve never come across the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, or Gozer the Gozerian, in real life. On Friday, I was walking through Central London and saw these scale models of “Ecto 1”, the 1959 Cadillac ambulance that starred in the film.

At £160 though for the big one though - nostalgic warmth comes at a price! 



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Jan 05
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Have yourself a very Kindle Christmas

A YouGov survey has estimated that 1-in-40 UK adults received an eBook Reader last Christmas. And 92% of those are thought to have been Kindles.

http://mediatel.co.uk/newsline/2012/01/04/the-kindle-christmas/

Time for a promo on The Hidden Whisper ;)

Until the end of January, the ebook will be : $2.99, £1.92, E2.60. Hurrah!

The Hidden Whisper on Kindle

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Nov 18
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Neutrinos still Faster than Light in second test

Neutrinos still FASTER THAN LIGHT in second test.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/18/neutrinos_faster_than_light_confirmed/

Am really enjoying seeing where this goes :)

Update: And there you have it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17560379

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Sep 23
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Aug 18
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Stanford Prison Experiment - 40 years old

It has been 40 years since one of the most (in)famous experiments in psychology took place - Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment. What took place has become required reading on just about every human behaviour module on every Psychology course.

The premise was simple: take a group of people, divide them into Prisoners and Wardens and see what happens. Scheduled to last for 2 weeks, the experiment was cut short after just 6 days…

The BBC has put a good ‘looking back’ write-up to the experiment here

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Aug 11
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Parapsychology Article and Interview Index

It’s that time of year when I update the article index. I hope it’s useful for navigating the site. I’ve also added some Twitter and Fbook buttons to the blog, I’ll use them to help work out what sort of content people would like to see.

Articles I

 

Articles II

 

Interviews

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