Research

  • Evolution and Psychic Experiences

    Is it possible to reconcile evolutionary theory with paranormal experiences? On the surface, these two areas may seem like polar opposites, and even contradict one another. Indeed, there is little evidence that "psychic ability" is increasing as a selected skill. However, in this presentation, Christine will explore the idea that paranormal experiences can be understood within an evolutionary context. Evolutionary terms will be explored, alongside various features of psychic experiences that indicate that experiences run in families (there may be a genetic component), that they are associated with a personality type that seems to be maintained by "natural selection" (i.e., it is useful to humans!) and also that experiences often seem to be "future oriented", associated with increased survival (not in a spooky sense, but in an everyday sense, to avoid danger and threat!) and often include ones own family members. In this presentation, time will be allowed for Q&A and audience interaction.

    Christine Simmonds-MooreChristine Simmonds-Moore, PhD has a PhD on personality and anomalous experiences and has been actively studying anomalous, paranormal and transpersonal experiences for over 10 years. Previous research projects include healing, ganzfeld research, virtual reality and ESP, gender role and paranormal experiences and recently, cognition and attention and paranormal experiences and the overlaps between paranormal experiences and clinical psychology. She has recently become interested in evolution and psychic experiences. Christine has also regularly taught courses on paranormal experiences, both for members of the public (at the Rhine Research Center) and at undergraduate level (at Liverpool Hope University). Christine is currently on grant funded sabbatical from her teaching post at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, and is a visiting Researcher at the Rhine Research Center and the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVA in Charlottesville. During this upcoming year, she will be working on a study which will explore individual differences and the detection of weak and paranormal signals as well as working on two books - one on psychic personality and the other on health, mental health and exceptional human experiences (the outcome of a recent conference that Christine organized in the UK). Christine is a member of the PA, where she sits on one of the grant committees, the SPR, and also a member of the British Psychological Society, highlighting her passion for mainstream psychology and the psychology of anomalous experiences.

  • Exploring PSI in Animals with J.B. Rhine, and OtherTopics

    A talk and round-table discussion, with Richard Lowrie

    As part of a rare U.S. government grant to investigate psi in animals, Dick Lowrie accompanied JBR to visit various German researchers who were exploring this unusual topic in the early 1950's. He then helped JBR with later tests with animals under this grant from the US Army Corps of Engineers. Now retired, the speaker will share his memories of this collaborative association, much of which has never been published. The speaker will also discuss an area of current research, entanglement, which he believes Dr. Rhine would have considered related and of interest to him. In conclusion, the speaker will provide free copies of a book he wrote a few years ago, Life and Afterlife, and take questions. Dick Lowrie, is a retired electrical engineer with experience in computers and instrumentation and a life-long interest in parapsychology. He now lives in Dade City, Florida.

  • Medicine and Healing Panel Discussion: Where We Are and Where We Might Go, Part 1

    Steve Baumann, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, Healing Researcher
    Josiane D'Hoop, Healer, Hypnotherapist, and Teacher
    Jerry Pittman, MD, Medical Practitioner
    Jane Katra, MPH, Healer, Author

    We intend to compare and contrast the clinical aspects of the practice of medicine and the practice of energetic healing as they are now, and suggest how they might work better together to serve those who seek healing.

    At present the fields of energetic healing and allopathic medicine are practiced with separate goals and intentions, using terms which vary in meaning between the fields, using different paradigms to describe what we are doing.

    Before we can begin a scientific study of healing or medicine that makes sense to both fields, we must arrange to be on the "same sheet of music" and thereby clarify our intentions.

  • Medicine and Healing Panel Discussion: Where We Are and Where We Might Go, Part 2

    Steve Baumann, PhD, Biomedical Engineer, Healing Researcher
    Josiane D'Hoop, Healer, Hypnotherapist, and Teacher
    Jerry Pittman, MD, Medical Practitioner
    Jane Katra, MPH, Healer, Author

    We intend to compare and contrast the clinical aspects of the practice of medicine and the practice of energetic healing as they are now, and suggest how they might work better together to serve those who seek healing.

    At present the fields of energetic healing and allopathic medicine are practiced with separate goals and intentions, using terms which vary in meaning between the fields, using different paradigms to describe what we are doing.

    Before we can begin a scientific study of healing or medicine that makes sense to both fields, we must arrange to be on the "same sheet of music" and thereby clarify our intentions.

  • Scientific research on ESP and parapsychology

    With Dr. Sally Rhine Feather and Dr. Larry Burk. Radio Interview from Radio in Vivo: Your Link to the Triangle Science Community, with Ernie Hood, aired on Aug. 8, 2007, on WCOM-FM in Carrboro, NC. (Download, 24MB. MP3 Audio file).

  • Scientific Sessions Paper Presentations, Session 1

    Rhine Research Center, Spring 2007 Conference at Myrtle Beach

  • Scientific Sessions Paper Presentations, Session 2

    Rhine Research Center, Spring 2007 Conference at Myrtle Beach

  • Scientific Sessions Paper Presentations, Session 3

    Rhine Research Center, Spring 2007 Conference at Myrtle Beach

  • Scientific Sessions Paper Presentations, Session 3 (continued)

    Rhine Research Center, Spring 2007 Conference at Myrtle Beach

  • Scientific Sessions Paper Presentations, Session 4

    Rhine Research Center, Spring 2007 Conference at Myrtle Beach

  • What's Happening at the Rhine Lab?

    A panel presentation by Jim Carpenter, Bill Joines, John Palmer and Christine Simmonds-Moore moderated by John Kruth

    The evening will reveal the latest findings and theoretical ideas about psi from four major Rhine parapsychology researchers, along with a unique opportunity to ask questions of the scientists themselves. A panel presentation by Jim Carpenter, Bill Joines, John Palmer and Christine Simmonds-Moore moderated by John Kruth.


    Christine Simmonds-MooreChristine Simmonds-Moore, PhDhas a PhD on personality and anomalous experiences and has been actively studying anomalous, paranormal and transpersonal experiences for over 10 years. Previous research projects include healing, ganzfeld research, virtual reality and ESP, gender role and paranormal experiences and recently, cognition and attention and paranormal experiences and the overlaps between paranormal experiences and clinical psychology. She has recently become interested in evolution and psychic experiences. Christine has also regularly taught courses on paranormal experiences, both for members of the public (at the Rhine Research Center) and at undergraduate level (at Liverpool Hope University). Christine is currently on grant funded sabbatical from her teaching post at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, and is a visiting Researcher at the Rhine Research Center and the Division of Perceptual Studies at UVA in Charlottesville. During this upcoming year, she will be working on a study which will explore individual differences and the detection of weak and paranormal signals as well as working on two books - one on psychic personality and the other on health, mental health and exceptional human experiences (the outcome of a recent conference that Christine organized in the UK). Christine is a member of the PA, where she sits on one of the grant committees, the SPR, and also a member of the British Psychological Society, highlighting her passion for mainstream psychology and the psychology of anomalous experiences.
    Dr. John Palmer
    Dr. John Palmer, Ph.D.,
    was on the staff of the Rhine Research Center (formerly Foundation of Research on the Nature of Man) from 1984 to 2004, serving as both the Director of Education and Director of Research. He has been Editor of the Journal of Parapsychology since 1994 and was President of the Parapsychological Association in 1979 and 1992. His research has focused primarily on psychological factors associated with ESP performance in the laboratory. He has published numerous research articles and is co-author of the book Foundations of Parapsychology.


    Bill Joines, Ph.D.Dr. Bill Joines, PhD Dr. Bill Joines has a B.S. and M.S. degree from N.C. State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University in electrical engineering, where he is now a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in technical journals and numerous book chapters. Currently he has a BIAL grant for measuring and analyzing mentally induced optical photon emission from the body and electrical charge accumulation on the body of practiced healers and volunteers (shams). In the 1960's and 1970's Dr. Joines served as a consultant-investigator at the Psychical Research Foundation (PRF) with William Roll on poltergeist and haunting events, as well as in investigations of channeling or mediumship, where the goal was to record as much data using instruments as the situation allowed. Dr. Joines continues to seek a clearer understanding of the conscious and non-conscious mechanisms that drive paranormal events.

    Jim Carpenter
    Dr. Jim Carpenter, is a clinical psychologist, a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, ABPP, and a Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. Formerly with the Psychology Faculty of the University of North Carolina, he is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Carpenter has been active in parapsychological research for over 30 years including demonstrating empirically that psi information can enter into the process of a psychotherapy group, and showing that laboratory-based ESP effects can be used to transfer encoded verbal information. He was recently awarded a grant from the Bial Foundation for intensive psychological study of the sorts of adaptations people make to the Ganzfeld ESP testing situation. Dr. Carpenter has a private practice of clinical psychology in Chapel Hill.
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">John G. Kruthhas been a software developer and manager for over 16 years. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in experimental design and analysis. Because he was raised in a family that practiced healing traditions, John has been using and studying psi techniques for over 35 years. He is certified as an Esoteric Healer following the teachings of Alice Bailey, and he has worked informally as an energetic healer and advisor. John is a member of the Rhine Research team and is actively designing and developing experiments related to precognition, hypnosis, the practical applications and effects of energetic healing, and an examination into the experiences of healers.

    "What I now recognize as 'psi' abilities were part of normal experiences in my family when I was younger. We regularly practiced mediation, hypnosis, creative imagining, and positive thinking. My mother's family performed healings for people in the community, and they discussed what they had done at the breakfast table. At times, card games and trivia games became impossible for my brothers and sisters and me. It became too easy to 'guess' the answers or the cards other people were holding in their hands. I would like to use this experience with psi to help to inform my experimental designs and assist in the advancement of the science of parapsychology."