The 2017 SSE Conference

The 36th annual SSE Conference will take place June 14-17, 2017, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale offers us a beautiful campus, good meeting spaces and many close by amenities. Our online conference registration will be handled by Yale this year.

When you register for conference, you will also be able to register for the Yale dorm rooms reserved for the SSE (see more below) and Yale meal plans if you choose. Rooms at the nearby Marriott hotel are available as an alternative. After that date you will need to register at the door. If you don't wish to register online, you can mail in this manual registration form.

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Conference Registration

Register online for the SSE Conference (and reserve Yale dorm)

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Courtyard Marriott

Book a room at the Marriott (instead of Yale dorms) at the SSE rate.

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Become a Member

Join SSE for a discount on conference registration fees.

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Announcement

The theme for this year will be Expanding the Boundaries of Science.

Those of us interested in the rigorous study of scientific anomalies have been stymied by the strictures and assumptions of the dominant materialistic scientific paradigm. And so at least two questions challenge us: what parts of the scientific enterprise need reformulation; and the more difficult problem, how might we need to think differently about the way the world works?

Provisional Schedule (Download PDF program here)

Wednesday – June 14

  • 09:30 - 17:00 – Council Meeting – Baker Hall Activity Room
  • 18:00 - 20:00 – Registration & Welcoming Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar – Baker Hall Courtyard

Thursday – June 15

  • 08:30 – Registration – Linsly-Chittenden Hall Foyer – LC 196

Plenary Sessions:

  • Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Meeting Room – LC 102

Session 1

  • 09:00 - 09:10 - Welcoming Remarks
  • 09:10 - 09:20 - Founders Lecture Award Presentation – Bob Jahn
  • 09:20 - 10:05 - FOUNDERS LECTURE – Brenda Dunne – A View from the Bridge
  • 10:05 - 10:30 - James Clement van Pelt – The Cult of the Meaningless Coincidence
  • 10.30 - 11.00 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK

Session 2: Healing

  • 11:00 - 11:45 - INVITED TALK – Bill Bengston & Sarah Beseme – The Reverse Engineering Healing Project
  • 11:45 - 12:10 - Mike Turner – Further Analysis of Energetic Healing Signals
  • 12:10 - 12:35 - Imants Baruss – Meaning Fields
  • 12:35 - 14:00 - LUNCH – New Members/Young Investigators
  • 14:00 - 14:45 - INVITED TALK – Jim Oschman – The Vortical or Spiral Structure of Light and Space
  •  14:45 - 15:10 - Ana Flores & Harald Walach – An Emerging New Paradigm for Complementary Medicine: Generalised Entanglement and New Experimental Support
  • 15:10 – 15:35 - Eileen McKusick – Therapeutic Sound and the Human Biofield
  • 15:35 - 16:05 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 16:05 - 16:50 - INVITED ADDRESS – Rick Leskowitz – Phantom Limb Pain
  • 16:50 - 17:15 - Carl Medwedeff – Solving the Enigma of the Biochemistry of Sleep
  • 17:15 - 17:45 - BUSINESS MEETING
  • 17:45- 19:45 - DINNER

Session 3: Funding Roundtable

  • 19:45 - Jerry Pollack, moderator

Friday - June 16

Session 4: Survival

  • 09:00 - 09:10 - Welcoming Remarks
  • 09:10 - 09:55 - INVITED TALK – Ed Kelly – Science and Postmortem Survival
  • 09:55 - 10:20 - Julia Sellers – Report of Firsthand Out of Body Experiences
  • 10:20 - 10:50 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 10.50 - 11.35 - INVITED TALK – Jeffrey Long – God and the Afterlife: Latest Findings from the Largest Near-Death Study Ever Reported
  • 11:35 - 12:00 - Gary Schwartz – Procedure for Detecting Subaudible Vocalizations from Hypothesized Collaborating Discarnates: Three Proof-of-Concept Experiments
  • 12:00 - 12:25 - John Alexander – On Being Dead
  • 12:25 - 14:00 - LUNCH

Session 5: Methods

  • 14:00 - 14:25 - Garret Moddel – Science Court: A Critique of Impure Reason 
  • 14:25 - 14:50 - Amy Lewis – Dogma, Heresy, and the Religion of Science: Is it Time for a Reformation of Empiricism?
  • 14:50 - 15:15 - York Dobyns – Strengths and Weaknesses of Multiple Regression Analysis
  • 15:15 - 15:40 - John Valentino – Retrocausation, Meaning, and Epistemological Challenges in Psi Research
  • 15:40 - 16:10 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK

Session 6: Intellectual Salad

  • 16:10- 16:35 - Ron Westrum - A Hidden Event: Portal Areas
  • 16:35 - 17:00 - Debra Katz, et. al.Towards a Phenomenological Approach to Psi as a New Model To Psychic Exploration and Understanding Human Perception and Consciousness
  • 17:00 - 17:25 - Keith Alexander - A Multi-Frequency Replication of the MegaREG Experiments
  • 17:25 - 17:50 - Sam Sandweiss – A Modern Day “Revelation”: A Case Presentation
  • 17:50 - 18:15 - Rongwu Liu – The Volume Field Model about Strong Interaction and Weak Interaction
  • 18:15 - 20:00 - DINNER

Session 7: Movie Night

  • 20:00 – Rick Leskowitz - The Joy of Sox
  • Frank Huguenard -The Physics of the Soul

Saturday – June 17

  • 09:00 - 09:10 - Welcoming Remarks

Session 8: An update on Water Research

  • 09:10 - 10:00 - INVITED TALK – Jerry Pollack – Beyond Water: What Makes the World Go ‘Round?

Session 9: EMFs and the Physical Environment

  • 10:00 - 10:45 - INVITED TALK – Martin Pall – Finally, an Established Mechanism for Health Impacts of Electromagnetic Fields.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:15 – 12:00 - INVITED TALK – Larry Gust – Electrosmog; Effects on Health, Building and Environmental Sources, and how we can Mitigate it
  • 12.00 - 12.25 - Marsha Adams – Are Invisible Hazards Lurking in your Home Affecting your Health?
  • 12:25 - 12:50 - To be Announced
  • 12:50 - 14:15 - LUNCH

Session 10 – Perspectives

  • 14:15 - 14:40 - James Beichler – Physical Origins of the Consciousness Revolution
  • 14:40 - 15:05 - Herb Mertz – The Human Mind as Models and Moments
  • 15:05 - 15:30 - Simeon Hein – Implications of the Many Interacting Worlds Model of the Multiverse For our Ideas about Human Personality, Structure, Channeling, and Creativity
  • 15:30 – 15:50 - TEA/COFFEE BREAK
  • 15:50 - 16:15 - George Gantz – The How and the Why of Emergence and Intention
  • 16:15 – 16:40 - Jason Jorjani – Paranormal Phenomenology
  • 16:40 – 17:05 - To be announced
  • 18:00 – 21:00 - Banquet (18:00 – 19:00 Cash Bar)

Sunday – June 18, Post Conference Workshop

Conference Accommodations

There are two lodging venues arranged by the SSE. Book your accommodations early - New Haven is very busy during June and other accommodations might be hard to find.

Option 1: Yale Dorms in Baker Hall
This arrangement includes single bed dorm rooms. Each room is connected to a center kitchenette and bath-one room is on either side of the shared kitchenette and bath. Pricing is $95 per night. We have 42 rooms reserved for the SSE. Yale housing registration may be done when registering for the conference. Rates are available for reservations from June 12 through June 20. Please note that rooms will be available until May 21st on a first come basis.

We can not add any rooms to this block so please make your reservations early.

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Option 2: Courtyard Marriott New Haven at Yale
Additional rooms for the SSE conference participants can be booked at the Courtyard Marriott, within walking distance of the Yale campus. (Note that the SSE discount for these rooms has passed.)

On-site parking is $20 per vehicle/per night. This hotel fills up fast, so book early!

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Meals

Yale offers a meal package that includes breakfast and lunch and you can select the individual day or days you wish to do this. Several people have mentioned that the meals are quite good at Yale. To date, about two thirds of the registered participants are choosing to eat breakfast and lunch through this program. Reservations for this meal plan and banquet cannot be made at the door and must be made by the registration cutoff date.

Travel Information

Yale's Visitor Gateway offers good information on how to get to Yale, how to get around Yale and New Haven once you have arrived, what is happening on campus during your stay, and much more.

Traveling to Yale | Parking at Yale | Campus Map

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for papers: April 15, 2017
  • Deadline for Marriott room discount: May 12, 2017 (limited block)
  • Deadline for Yale dorms: May 21, 2017 (limited block)
  • Deadline for online registration: May 31, 2017 (Register at the door afterward)
  • June 14: Evening reception (registration opens) - 6:00 PM
  • June 15-17: Conference Talks - 9AM-5PM
  • June 18: Sunday Workshop (optional) - 9AM-5PM

On behalf of the program committee (Bill Bengston, Marsha Adams, Neal Grossman, Patrick Huyghe, Garret Moddel, Dominique Surel, Chantal Toporow) and the local hosts (James Clement Van Pelt, Margaret Nies), we look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

DVD Videos

DVD copies of the conference talks can be ordered from Event Video.