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The Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) is a leading professional organization of scientists and scholars who study unusual and unexplained phenomena. Subjects often cross mainstream boundaries, such as consciousness, ufos, and alternative medicine, yet often have profound implications for human knowledge and technology.

We publish a peer-reviewed journal, host annual meetings, and engage in public outreach. While our Full members are professional or experienced scientists and scholars, Associate and Student memberships are available to everyone. Consequently, we have a diverse and active membership, who promote critical thinking and rigorous—yet open-minded—scientific exploration.

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Journal of Scientific Exploration

The JSE is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the SSE. Since 1987, the JSE has published original research on consciousness, quantum and biophysics, unexplained aerial phenomena, alternative medicine, new energy, sociology, psychology, and much more. The journal also contains book reviews, letters to the editor, and peer correspondence.

We have made available an archive of over 400 original research articles from the JSE, from its first print until two years from the present. There are also over 500 book reviews from the JSE available online.

In 2010 we launched an online JSE system. The online JSE allows current members and journal subscribers to access searchable archives of the past two years of the JSE, including the most current issue.

The online JSE also allows anyone (member or not) to create an account and submit manuscripts to the JSE editors, for possible publication in the JSE. This system greatly simplifies the process of manuscript submission and peer-review.

» Online JSE Login / Manuscript Submission
» Research Articles (1987 - 2008)
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SSE Meetings

Each year in the United States (and every two years in Europe), SSE members and invited speakers attend a 3-day meeting. Members and invited speakers give 30 - 60 minute talks about their own, cutting-edge research and experimental findings.

Popular topics include consciousness, gravitation, UFOs and aerial phenomena, healing and medical studies, and sociology. In addition to professional scientists and scholars, many non-scientists, public enthusiasts, and students attend. While the research is treated rigorously, meetings are typically casual, social, and a lot of fun.

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EdgeScience Mag

Introducing EdgeScience - the new magazine from the SSE. Edgescience Magazine exposes the general public the groundbreaking research and discoveries made by SSE members.

Why EdgeScience? Because scientific knowledge is still full of unknowns. What remains to be discovered—what we don't know—very likely dwarfs what we do know. And what we think we know may not be entirely correct or fully understood. Anomalies, which researchers tend to sweep under the rug, should be actively pursued as clues to potential breakthroughs and new directions in science.

EdgeScience is available Free as a PDF download. Hardcopies can be purchased for $4.95 plus shipping, and advertising opportunities are available.

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SSE Meetings

SSE Talks are video presentations given at SSE meetings. Speakers typically discuss their own original research, and cover a broad range of subjects. SSE Talks can give you an idea of what attending an SSE meeting is like.

The speaker's abstract is available on each SSE Talk page, as well as a brief bio in most cases. DVDs of the meetings presentations are typically available before the SSE Talks come online.

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Explorer Newsletter

The Explorer is the newsletter of the SSE. It typically features letters from the president and council, meeting recaps, and member news. It often summarizes conducted by members. The Explorer is edited by Dr. Dominique Surel, and published 3 to 4 times per year. Advertising space is available.

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The primary goal of the international Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) is to provide a professional forum for presentations, criticism, and debate concerning topics which are for various reasons ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. A secondary goal is to promote improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry, such as sociological constraints, restrictive world views, hidden theoretical assumptions, and the temptation to convert prevailing theory into prevailing dogma.

Topics under investigation cover a wide spectrum. At one end are apparent anomalies in well established disciplines. At the other, we find paradoxical phenomena that belong to no established discipline and therefore may offer the greatest potential for scientific advance and the expansion of human knowledge.

The Society encourages such investigations for several reasons that may appeal to different communities:

  • To the research scientist, we commend the intellectual challenge of explaining away an apparent anomaly or seizing the new knowledge presented by a real one.
  • To the student scientist, we point out that science does not begin with textbooks: it begins with the unknown and ends with textbooks.
  • To the nonscientist, we acknowledge that deep public interest in some of these topics calls for unprejudiced evaluation based on objective research.
  • To the policy-maker, we point out that today's anomaly may become tomorrow's technology.


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Professor William Bengston
Department of Sociology
St. Joseph's College
New York, New York

Vice President
Professor Garret Moddel
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
Mark Urban-Lurain, Ph.D
College of Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Education Officer
Chantal Toporow, Ph.D
Northrop Grumman Aerospace (Ret.)
Redondo Beach, California

York Dobyns, Ph.D
Lexington, Kentucky


Marsha Adams, Ph.D
Sedona, Arizona

Julie Beischel, Ph.D
Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential
Tucson, Arizona

Larissa Cheran, Ph.D
Senior Research Scientist
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Roger Nelson, Ph.D
Global Consciousness Project
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Dominique Surel, Ph.D
Evergreen, Colorado


President Emeriti
Professor Peter A. Sturrock
Applied Physics Department
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Professor Charlie Tolbert
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virgina

JSE Editor Emeritus
Professor Henry Bauer
Dean Emeritus, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

Associate Members’ Representative
Carl G. Medwedeff
Livonia, Michigan
Vice President Emeritus
Professor Robert G. Jahn
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey

Secretary Emeritus
Professor Larry Frederick
Department of Astronomy
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

JSE Book Reviews Editor
P. David Moncrief
Memphis, Tennessee

European Representative
Anders Rydberg
Engineering Department, Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden

Asian Representative
Weiming Peng
Beihang University
Beijing, China


Webmaster & SSE Developer
Adam M. Curry
San Francisco, California
Membership & Accounts Receivable
Elissa Hoeger
North Plainfield, New Jersey

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Mark Urban-Lurain, Ph.D
Secretary, SSE
Michigan State University
428 S. Shaw Lane
1410 B Engineering
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Tel: 517-432-2108
Email: [email protected]
Kathleen E. Erickson
JSE Managing Editor
151 Petaluma Blvd. So., #301
Petaluma, CA 94952 USA
Tel: 415-435-1604
Email: [email protected]


Kathleen E. Erickson
JSE Managing Editor
151 Petaluma Blvd. So., #301
Petaluma, CA 94952 USA

Tel: 415-435-1604
Email: [email protected]

P. D. Moncrief
JSE Book Review Editor
Memphis, Tennessee
Email: [email protected]
Stephen E. Braude, Ph.D
JSE Editor-In-Chief
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
University of Maryland Baltimore County
8022 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 236
Las Vegas, NV 89139
Email: [email protected]

Elissa Hoeger
Membership & Accounts Receivable
230 Sandford Ave.
North Plainfield, NJ 07060-4329 USA
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 609-349-8059


Chantal Toporow, Ph.D
Education Officer, SSE
Chantal Toporow, Ph.D
Northrop Grumman Aerospace (Ret.)
Redondo Beach, California
Email: [email protected]
(The Young Investigators Program is an outreach initiative to help interested high school and university students pursue academic careers in SSE-related subjects.)


Webmaster & SSE Developer
San Francisco, CA USA
Email: adam.curry{a}psyleron.com

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