Carlos Alvarado’s talk will focus on phenomena such as apparitions of the living, deathbed visions, physical phenomena, near-death experiences, and shared death experiences. The presentation will include examples of these phenomena, as well as a discussion of less usual topics, such as communications received through mediums about the process of death and experiments conducted at the moment of death. There will also be examples of attempts found in parapsychological literature to explain the above mentioned phenomena and of the ancient idea that death is but a change into a different state. The topics will be illustrated with slides and the discussion will cover both historical and more recent material.
Carlos S. Alvarado has masters degrees in parapsychology (John F. Kennedy University), history (Duke University) and a Ph.D. in psychology (University of Edinburgh). He is a Visiting Scholar at the Rhine Research Center and Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia. His interests include the history of psychical research and out-of-body experiences. In addition to having served as one of the editors of Research in Parapsychology 1993 and the author of Getting Started in Parapsychology, a bibliographic guide, Alvarado has also published numerous papers in refereed history, parapsychology, psychiatry and psychology journals.