Psychic Phenomena and a Spiritual Realm: The Case of Camille Flammarion
Carlos S. Alvarado obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. He is a research psychologist who combines his thirty-year fascination with out-of-body experiences with his deep interest in the histories of psychical research and psychology. Dr. Alvarado is a Research Fellow at the Parapsychology Foundation where he participates in the Foundation’s outreach and education programs by crafting conferences and courses. Alvarado is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration, and a member of the editorial Boards of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and the Journal of Near-Death Studies. In addition he has been twice President of the Parapsychological Association and the recipient of the Association’s 2010 Outstanding Contribution Award. His over 300 articles and book chapters, on such topics as the psychology and the features of out-of-body experiences, the history of parapsychology, and bibliography in parapsychology, have appeared in such publications as the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, History of Psychiatry, the Handbook of Near-Death Studies (2009), and Parapsychology: Handbook for the 21st Century (2015). He also writes the popular blog, Parapsychology: News, History, and Research, which has been published since 2013. Appearing frequently, Alvarado has written entries for such categories as “Digital Resources”, “Education”, “People in Parapsychology”, “Recent Publications,” and “Voices from the Past”, among others.
The talk will review the long conceptual tradition that interprets psychic phenomena as evidence for a spiritual component in human beings. The purpose will be to discuss a particular example from the writings of French astronomer Camille Flammarion that touches on this perspective, through Flammarion’s writings on apparitions and telepathy.
There is a long conceptual tradition that interprets psychic phenomena as evidence for a spiritual component in human beings. Examples of this appear in the literatures of mesmerism, Spiritualism, and psychical research. Examples include individuals such as J.C. Colquhoun, Carl du Prel, J.H. Jung-Stilling, Frederic W.H. Myers, and J.B. Rhine, among many others. The purpose of […]