The New Science of Mediumship

What happens when we die? Can people communicate with those who have passed on? Efforts to answer such questions using science have been underway since the late 1800s. Over the years, the methods have varied, some more convincing than others. One area that is both promising and amenable to rigorous science involves the study of mediumship, or “spirit” communication.In a standard mediumship “reading,” a client (or “sitter”) asks questions about a friend or relative who has passed away (a “discarnate”). The medium reports that he can connect with the friend and offer reliable insights.An important but unresolved question about such reports is whether the mediums provide reliable information about the deceased person. If so, can the results be explained by normal psychological terms such as fraud, subjective fantasies, and wishful thinking, or do they reflect some extended reach of consciousness?Today, an innovative new study is underway at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) (, in partnership with the Windbridge Institute. The carefully controlled research aims to investigate the accuracy o …

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