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The Center for Frontier Sciences
The Center for Frontier Sciences is an open forum that networks information on the frontier questions in science, medicine and technology. The Center is dedicated to open-minded examination of any theories, hypotheses or model that challenge prevailing scientific views, using sound scientific methods and reasoning. It does not promote or endorse particular positions, but encourages critical review and healthy skepticism. The Center has advisory and editorial boards composed of distinguished researchers, scientists, physicians, theoreticians and engineers from throughout the world. The Center is based at Temple University, Philadelphia and publishes a scientific journal Frontier Perspectives. The Center also sponsors international round table meetings and public lectures.
Website: www.temple.edu/cfs

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The Electric Universe
This organization is skeptical about the assumptions on which mainstream astronomy and cosmology are founded. In particular its members question the assumption that gravitational and magnetic fields are the dominant forces shaping the cosmos. They emphasize the role of electrical fields, currents and plasma discharges. They also criticise the assumption that objects exhibiting red shifts must be moving away from us. Instead, they suggest that red shift is more a measure of an object’s youth than its velocity, and that the Universe is highly electrical in nature. Building on the work of modern plasma physics and cosmologists such as Halton Arp, they suggest a radically different approach to astronomy and cosmology.
Website: www.electric-cosmos.org

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The Fortean Times
The Fortean Times is a monthly magazine of news, reviews and research on strange phenomena and experiences, curiosities, prodigies and portents. It was founded in 1973 to continue the work of Charles Fort, an eccentric independent researcher who was skeptical about scientific explanations for anomalous phenomena. He delighted in pointing out how scientists argued according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence, showing how inconvenient data were ignored, suppressed, discredited or explained away. He spent many years researching scientific literature in the New York Public Library and the British Museum and marshalled his evidence and set out his philosophy in a series of books published between 1919 and 1932. The Fortean Times continues his tradition in a lively and amusing form. Its sub-title is ‘The Journal of Strange Phenomena’
Website: www.forteantimes.com

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Institut Metapsychique International
The Institut Metapsychique International (IMI), established in 1919, is a private foundation dedicated to the scientific study of psi phenomena. It constitutes the principal center in France for research and information on psi phenomena.
French Speaking Website:
www.metapsychique.org

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Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Institute of Noetic Sciences was founded in 1972 by Apollo 14 astronaut, Edgar Mitchell. IONS is a worldwide membership organisation that conducts and sponsors research on human potential, including the role of perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention and intuition. It is especially concerned with phenomena that don’t fit into the conventional scientific model. The word ‘noetic’ comes from the Greek word for intuitive knowing. It points towards a new science of the human mind much broader than psychology has been to date. The Institute has a campus in Petaluna, near San Francisco, and sponsors meetings, conferences, and publishes a regular review and research publications. Its research interests include subtle energies and energy medicine, exploring states of consciousness, and the role of spirit and intention in health and healing.
Website: www.noetic.org

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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCCAM was established in 1998 by the US Congress at the National Institute of Health, to stimulate, develop and support research on complementary and alternative medicine for the benefit of the public. The NCCAM advocates for quality science, rigorous research and an open-minded enquiry into which practices work, which do not, and why. Its over-riding mission is to find reliable information about the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medical practices. The Center has a budget of about $100 million per year and gives grants for innovative research to test alternative and complementary therapies, for conducting controlled randomised clinical trials, for investigating placebo effects, and for investigating acupuncture. It also provides training opportunities for researchers and career development awards. This is by far the best-funded organization for pioneering research in unconventional areas.
Website: www.nccam.nih.gov

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The Parapsychological Association
This Association is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of psychic experiences such as telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, psychic healing and precognition. Such experiences seem to challenge contemporary conceptions of human nature and the physical world, and appear to involve the transfer of information in ways that are currently unexplained. The primary objection of the Parapsychological Association is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences. PA members develop and refine methodologies for studying psychic experiences and their physical, biological or psychological underpinnings. They assess hypotheses through experiments, conceptual models and field investigations in a spirit of open-minded skepticism. The PA provides an international forum of scholarly exchanges through annual conferences and through the publication of proceedings from these conferences. Affiliated with the PA is the peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Parapsychology.
Website: www.parapsych.org

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The Parapsychology Foundation
This Foundation, based in New York City, gives grants, organises conferences and publishes the International Journal of Parasychology. It encourages and supports impartial scientific enquiry into such seemingly psychical aspects of human nature as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, mediumship, ghosts and hauntings, out-of-the-body experiences, reincarnation and other psychic experiences and phenomena. The Foundation provides professional resources and information to the academic and lay communities and serves as a clearing house for information on parapsychology and psychical research.
Website: www.parapsychology.org

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Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Program
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program was established at Princeton University in 1979 by Robert G. Jahn, then Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Its objective is to pursue rigorous scientific study of the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes common to contemporary engineering practice. Since that time, an interdisciplinary staff of engineers, physicists, psychologists, and humanists has been conducting a comprehensive agenda of experiments and developing complementary theoretical models to enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.
PEAR Laboratory Closes The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program at Princeton University, internationally renowned for its extensive study of the influence of the mind on physical reality, completed its agenda of basic research and closed its physical facilities at the end of February 2007.
Website: www.princeton.edu/~pear/

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Rhine Research Center
The Rhine Research Center is a nonprofit research and education organization established to explore the unusual types of experiences that suggest capabilities as yet unrecognized in the domain of human personality, and to investigate those capabilities thoroughly by exact scientific methods. The Center is the successor to the Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory and carries forward that famed laboratory's research mission and educational programs. The current research emphasis is the application of these unusual capabilities in medicine, including intuitive diagnosis of illness and remote healing effects. The Center is also renowned for its Summer Study Program, an eight-week intensive introduction to scientific research in parapsychology, and its publication of a leading professional scientific journal, the Journal of Parapsychology.
Website www.rhine.org

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Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies
Science Frontiers is a bimonthly newsletter providing digests of reports that describe scientific anomalies; that is, those observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms. Over 2000 Science Frontiers digests have been published since 1976. Over 14,000 volumes of science journals, including all issues of Nature and Science have been examined for reports on anomalies. Disciplines include archaeology, astronomy, biology, geology, geophysics, mathematics, psychology and physics. The Science Frontiers Web sites includes over 2000 digests that are fully searchable.
http://www.science-frontiers.com

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The Scientific and Medical Network
The Scientific and Medical Network is an international organization based in Britain, that aims to deepen understanding in science, medicine and education by fostering rational analysis as well as intuitive insights. It is skeptical about some of the assumptions of contemporary scientific and medical thinking, so often limited by exclusively materialistic doctrines. It attempts to foster a climate in which science as a whole can adopt a more comprehensive approach. Its members constitute an informal network of qualified scientists and doctors, together with other professionals such as psychologists, engineers, philosophers and therapists. The Network currently has over 2,000 professional members and 800 associates in 53 countries. The Network’s guidelines are to be open to new observations and insights; rigorous in evaluating evidence and ideas; responsible in maintaining the highest scientific and ethical standards; and sensitive to the views of others. It publishes a Review called Network and organizes seminars and conferences. There are also a number of local groups throughout Britain and in other parts of the world.
Website: www. scimednet.org

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Society for Interdisciplinary Studies
The SIS was formed in 1974 to consider the role global cosmic catastrophes may have played in our history, and even recorded by cultures worldwide in their oral and written ancient traditions. The society also consider the effect catastrophes have on other disciplines, such as biology, cosmology, geology, psychology, archaeoastronomy, astrophysics, linguistics, and other areas such as religion. Catastrophism demands that there should be corroboration between disciplines, making catastrophism truly interdisciplinary and inclusive.
Website: www.knowledge.co.uk/sis/

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The Society for Psychical Research
The Society for Psychical Research, founded in Britain in 1882, is the longest-established organization anywhere in the world for exploring unexplained human abilities. Its purpose is to “advance the understanding of events and abilities commonly described as ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ without prejudice and in a scientific manner.” The Society does this by promoting and supporting important research and by publishing scholarly reports. It acts as a forum for debate, organizes conferences, meetings and study days and publishes a peer-reviewed scientific journal, The Journal of the Society for Psychical Research and a more informal newsletter, The Paranormal Review.
Website: www.spr.ac.uk

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The Society for Scientific Exploration
The Society was founded in 1982 by a committee of scientists and scholars to foster the study of questions that are amenable to scientific investigation, without restriction. Despite the enormous advances in science in the last century there are important areas that remain almost unexplored, some of great public interest. Is the mind a machine or an entity in some sense independent of the body? Is there credible evidence that life exists on other planets, or that our solar system has ever been visited by extra terrestrial beings? Some areas have technological potentials that could be of great benefit. Do some human beings have the capacity of locating water and other resources? Are there sources of energy available to mankind other than sunlight, fossil fuels and nuclear energy? The Society has 800 members and associates from more than 45 countries and provides a forum for the presentation and criticism of research. It holds regular meetings and conferences and publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Scientific Exploration.
Website: www.scientificexploration.org

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Survival Science
This website presents materials related to the scientific support for evidence based mediumship, life after death or eternal life, and the ability to communicate with the consciousness of those who have crossed over from a physical to a so-called spiritual existence. It does not presuppose the validity of any other kind of so-called psi experiences although these may be related to this phenomena. Out of necessity evidence derived from physics, astrophysics, quantum physics and related fields which support the notion of parallel universes or dimensions are therefore included as these provide the basis for locality of energy embodying the consciousness of those who have died in this physical universe or dimension.
Website (available to membersi only): www.survivalscience.org/

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Organisations Promoting Open-minded Research


Center for Frontier Sciences
Electric Universe
Fortean Times
Institut Metapsychique International
Institute of Noetic Sciences
NCCAM
Parapsychological Association
Parapsychology Foundation
PEAR Program
Rhine Research Center
Science Frontiers Digest
Scientific and Medical Network
Society for Interdisciplinary Studies
Society for Psychical Research
Society for Scientific Exploration
Survival Science