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The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE, pronounced ‘assist’) was “established to support people who have had spiritually transformative experiences (STEs).” They offer: competency guidelines for professionals working with clients who may present issues related to their STEs; education, training, and certification to professionals who want to provide support for experiencers; a directory of professionals certified by ACISTE; and free online and regional support and discussion groups for individuals who’ve had STEs.
Forever Family Foundation
The Forever Family Foundation’s missions include establishing the existence of the continuity of the family, even though a member has left the physical world; stimulating thought among the curious, those questioning their relationship to the universe, and people who are looking for explanations of certain phenomena; financially supporting the continued research into survival of consciousness and afterlife science; and providing a forum where individuals and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one can turn for support, information, and hope through state-of-the-art information and services provided by ongoing research into the survival of consciousness and afterlife science.
Rhine Research Center
For the past 70 years, the Rhine Center has been researching and studying the experimental science of parapsychology. Now in the 21st century, the Rhine Center continues the mission and work of its founder J.B. Rhine with a broadened scope directed deeper into the Study of Consciousness.
University of Virginia — DOPS
The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), founded by Dr. Ian Stevenson, is a unit of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia. Utilizing scientific methods, they investigate apparent paranormal phenomena, especially: Children Who Claim to Remember Previous Lives (reincarnation), Near-Death Experiences, Out of Body Experiences, Apparitions and After-Death Communications, and Deathbed Visions. The staff of DOPS is interested in personal accounts of these types of experiences; you can contact them by email through their site.
Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
IONS is a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness-including perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and intuition. The Institute explores phenomena that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models, while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor.
Victor J. Zammit: A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife
Victor Zammit’s site aims to provide an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the empirical and scientific evidence for the afterlife. It focuses on areas of evidence which are objective and repeatable and which can be supported by experiments and empirical observations. The site is the work of researchers Victor and Wendy Zammit who have been researching the objective, scientific evidence for the afterlife for almost 20 years. The Zammits offer a free weekly online newsletter.
Parapsychological Association (PA)
The PA is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of ‘psi” (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition (“parapsychology”). The PA website offers links to online psychic experiments, surveys, and questionnaires, as well as links to parapsychology journals and organizations.
The Parapsychology Foundation, a worldwide forum supporting scientific exploration of psychic phenomena, gives grants, publishes pamphlets, monographs, conference proceedings and the International Journal of Parapsychology, and maintains the Eileen J. Garrett Library with its collection of more than 12,000 volumes and 100 periodicals on parapsychology and related topics. The Foundation encourages and supports impartial scientific inquiry into such seemingly psychical aspects of human nature as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, ghosts and hauntings, the out-of-body experience, and reincarnation, and provides professional resources, information, and referrals to both the academic and lay communities worldwide
The International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS)
IANDS is the only professional organization in the world devoted exclusively to the study of near-death and related experiences. IANDS publishes a peer-reviewed journal and a member newsletter, and sponsors conferences for NDE experiencers, scholars, and the public.
HCH Institute’s Certificate in Parapsychology
The HCH Institute, An Institute for Hypnotherapy and Psycho-Spiritual Trainings in Lafayette, California, is now offering a Certificate Program in “Parapsychological Studies: The Study of Psychic Phenomena.” The certificate program is a 60-hour overview of the field of Parapsychology and its main areas of research and investigation. The individual courses include an Introduction to Parapsychology, Ghost Hunting, Psychokinesis and Precognition, Being Psychic, and the Search for Life After Death. The program’s instructor is Loyd Auerbach, one of the few people in this country with a degree in Parapsychology, and the courses may be taken via a distance learning option (with or without certification).
The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE)
The SSE is a multi-disciplinary professional organization of scientists and other scholars committed to the rigorous study of unusual and unexplained phenomena that cross traditional scientific boundaries and may be ignored or inadequately studied within mainstream science. The SSE publishes a peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE), and holds annual scientific meetings in the USA and periodic meetings in Europe. Topics addressed in its journal and in its regular meetings cover a wide spectrum, ranging from real or apparent anomalies in well-established areas of science to paradoxical phenomena that belong to no established discipline.
Society for Psychical Research (SPR)
The SPR, located in the United Kingdom, was the first organization established to examine allegedly paranormal phenomena using scientific principles. Their aim is to learn more about events and abilities commonly described as “psychic” or “paranormal” by supporting research, sharing information and encouraging debate. SPR members, who come from all over the world and represent a variety of academic and professional interests, have access to a comprehensive online library as well as the full content of SPR’s publications from the very first issues to the present day and a number of out-of-print classic books and materials housed at the SPR libraries in London and Cambridge.
Skeptiko: Science at the Tipping Point
The Skeptiko podcast offers host Alex Tsakiris’ interviews and conversations with leading controversial researchers, thinkers, and their critics.
Michael Prescott’s Blog
Author of nine thrillers, Michael Prescott writes about his “occasional thoughts on matters of life and death” and accepts your comments.