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Published: Jun.21.2012

Patterns in the Acceptance/Rejection of Anomalies: A Survey of SSE members

William F. Bengston

I recently administered an email survey to 488 present and 1471 former SSE members, asking about their acceptance or rejection of ten selected anomalies that have been featured in our publications and conferences. Respondents were also asked about the extent of their knowledge of each of these anomalies, and whether their opinions have been influenced by published work, personal experience, or presentation by a credible authority. Background questions included degree and area of advanced training, whether they are actively involved in conventional and anomalies research, and whether they regularly read our publications.

349 respondents claimed to be current members, and 79 self reported themselves as former members, for a total of 428 usable responses. These response data are analyzed to determine the degrees of acceptance/rejection of the various anomalies and the predictors of opinion. These predictors supply the basis for understanding how individuals shift their interests towards anomalies, as well as providing suggestions for potentially increasing interest in anomalies research.

Bill Bengston is a professor of sociology at St. Joseph’s College in New York, and President of the SSE. His research has produced the first successful full lifespan cures of transplanted mammary cancer and methylcholanthrene induced sarcomas in experimental mice by “energy healing” techniques that he helped to develop. He has also investigated assorted correlates to healing such as geomagnetic micropulsations and EEG harmonics and entrainment. Contact: wbengston@sjcny.edu.