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Exploring the Extraordinary: conference York University


University of York

Exploring the Extraordinary
1st One day Conference
W/222, Department of Sociology, University of York, UK
Saturday 31st October, 2009

Speakers include:

Tamlyn Ryan, University of York: ‘Cyberpsychics: Subjective experiences of psychic readings on the internet’;

David Luke, University of Greenwich: ‘Discarnate entities and
dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Psychopharmacology, phenomenology and ontology’;

Paul Cowdell, University of Hertfordshire: ‘Spirits and spirits: Seeing
ghosts under the influence’;

Tony Hegarty, Liverpool John Moores University: ‘Ambassadors of spirit’;

Ian Kidd, University of Durham: ‘Science, pseudoscience and the demarcation problem’;

Chris Roe, University of Northampton: ‘Reproducing anomalous experiences in the laboratory: A review of some recent research developments in

This conference will be hosted by the Anomalous Experiences Research Unit ( ), members of which established Exploring the Extraordinary in 2007 at the University of York, with the aim of creating a supportive researcher network that would encourage interdisciplinary links and discussions regarding the study of extraordinary experiences. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to experiences that are considered by experients to be beyond the mundane, having significant spiritual or life changing connotations. We include experiences that have been called supernatural, aranormal, mystical, transcendental, exceptional, spiritual, and religious, as well as the belief systems such experiences may connect to.

Tickets will cost £15 (£10 concessions), and we will be organising a meal at a local restuarant in the evening for those wishing to stay over in York on Saturday night. For further details and registration information please contact Hannah Gilbert at

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