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"History shows that every intelligent man who has gone into this investigation, if he gave it adequate examination at all, has come out believing in spirits; this circumstance places the burden of proof on the shoulders of the skeptic."

James E. Beichler, Ph.D
Former President
Alan Hugenot, D.Sc.
Vice President
William Wilson, J.D.
Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
Asst. Treasurer
Lee S. Lawrence, CPA
President Emeritus
 Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
Executive Administrator
 Paul Hauser, J.D.
ASCS Board
of Directors
♦ Boyce Batey, B.A.
♦ James E. Beichler, Ph.D
♦Jacquelyn A. Close
♦Rick Darby
♦ Stephen H. Hall, B.GS.
♦ Alan Hugenot, D.Sc.
♦ Lee E. Lawrence, CPA
♦ John Franklin Miller III, Ph.D.
♦ Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
♦ Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
♦ David Stang, J.D.
♦ William E. Wilson, J.D.
ASCS Advisory
♦ Stafford Betty, Ph.D.
♦ Edward R. Close PhD, PE, SFSPE
♦ Larry Dossey, M.D.
♦ Suzanne R. Giesemann
♦ Jean Houston, Ph.D.
♦ Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
♦ Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D.
♦ Raymond A. Moody Jr., M.D., Ph.D.,
♦ Vernon M. Neppe, M.D., Ph.D, BN&NP, FRSSAf, DFAPA
♦ Anne Puryear, D.D.
♦ Herb Puryear, Ph.D.
♦ Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.
♦ John W. White, M.AT.
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ASCS Conference 2018

We, at the Academy, are happy to announce our focus on formulating plans for the growth and expansion of the ASCS.  We are currently seeking contributions (both monetary and in-kind) to help enhance this beneficial and valuable organization. Included in our expansion efforts, we have been busy in the planning of our annual conference, which, this year, is in conjunction with the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship of North Carolina. This year’s conference will be held at Unity of the Triangle in Raleigh, NC and will run from Thursday evening, October 4 to Saturday evening, October 6, 2018. We are currently arranging both workshops and lectures based on the title theme “ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS”.  As in previous years, we have sought to offer a comprehensive representation of the subject matter, so to fulfil this intent, a “CALL FOR PAPERS” button is located on this page to the right to fill the remaining speaker/workshop slots.  Stay tuned for updated conference details via this site, social media and  targeted emails as well as announcements made in the ASCS published materials that are available to  Academy members.

James E. Beichler, President ASCSI


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Trembling Terriers
We now come to a group of phenomena which, although frequently recorded in the publications of the Society for Psychical Research have recieved no special attention as bearing on theories put forth by the members of the Society but have either been ignored or have been attempted to be explained away by arbitrary assumptions of the most improbable kind... read more

  Featured Evidence

The Endeavor Mystery
On March 13th , 1928 nearly a year after Charles Linbergh made history by flying across the Atlantic from New York to Paris, Captain Raymond Hinchliffe, a veteran fighter pilot, and Elsie Mackay, a British actor and pilot toook off from Cranwell Aerodome in England in their small plane, Endeavor, ln an attempt to complete the first east-to-west translantic crossing, considered driskier thatn the eas-to west crossing of Linbergh becsue of the high winds... read more

  Featured Biography

Maurice Barbanell
Maurice Barbanell (May 3, 1902 - July 17, 1981) was a London Journalist and a trance medium, most remembered as the medium fro the entity Silver Birch, an apparently advanced spirity who assumed the persona of an American Indian Guide... read more

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C. Bruce Greyson, M.D.
A pioneer and still a leading researcher in the area of near-death experiences, Bruce Greyson, M.D., now serves as the Carlson Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1968 and his medical degree from the State University of New York in 1973. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Greyson has had more than 60 scientific presentations at national and regional conferences, received nine research grants, and published more than 90 articles in scholarly journals. more

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call for papers 2018

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