May 2023: Archives of the Impossible

In May, I’ll be giving a 25-minute flash talk at Rice University’s Archives of the Impossible conference in Houston.

The Archives of the Impossible is a relatively new set of archives featuring the papers of writers, researchers, and others who have lived and investigated “impossible” phenomena. It began with the papers of UFO researcher Jacques Vallée, author and experiencer Whitley Strieber, and physicist Ed May (who ran the U.S. government’s “Stargate” remote viewing program in the 80s and 90s). The archives, which are curated by Rice University professor of religion Jeffrey Kripal, have now grown to include over 100,000 items, including the papers of religion scholar Diana Pasulka and physical medium Stewart Alexander.

Last year, the Archives of the Impossible held their inaugural conference, filled with scholarly presentations on the current state of research into anomalous phenomena. This year’s conference promises to be equally stimulating. You can find the line-up of speakers here.

I’ll be speaking about using psi and synchronicity as a model for understanding the mind-body problem–that is, how our minds and bodies relate to one another. (For a full abstract, see here.) My good friend Scarlett Heinbuch (whom you may know from her appearance on William Shatner’s The UnXplained) will be speaking about the shared death experience in which she met her future husband, and about some blue beings who participated in his recovery from a terminal illness.

Registration for the conference is free, both for in-person attendance and online. If you have an intellectual bent and an interest in things that mainstream academics judge “impossible,” you won’t want to miss this event!

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