631. Ed Kelly

EDWARD F. KELLY is currently a Professor in the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in psycholinguistics and cognitive science from Harvard in 1971, and spent the next 15-plus years working mainly in parapsychology, initially at J. B. Rhine’s Institute for Parapsychology, then for ten years through the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke, and finally through a private research institute in Chapel Hill. Between 1988 and 2002 he worked with a large neuroscience group at UNC-Chapel Hill, mainly carrying out EEG and fMRI studies of human somatosensory cortical adaptation to natural tactile stimuli. He returned full-time to psychical research in 2002, serving as lead author of Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (2007), Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality (2015), and Consciousness Unbound: Liberating Mind from the Tyranny of Materialism – (2021), all published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is now returning to his central long-term research interest – the application of modern functional neuroimaging methods to intensive psychophysiological studies of psi and ASCs in exceptional subjects.

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Interview recorded January 22, 2022.

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  • 00:04:31 – Overhauling Our Worldview
  • 00:08:31 – The Center for Theory and Research at Esalen
  • 00:12:46 – Anomalies in Conventional Ideas
  • 00:16:49 – Mrs. Piper and the Existence of PSI Phenomena
  • 00:21:00 – Maternal Impression Cases and Vivid Imagination
  • 00:24:59 – Intense and Transformative Experiences
  • 00:28:57 – The Astonishing Abilities of Child Prodigies
  • 00:33:19 – The Neglect of Mystical Experiences in Contemporary Science
  • 00:37:40 – Alfred North Whitehead’s Metaphysics and Process Philosophy
  • 00:42:17 – Jung and Pauli’s Interaction
  • 00:47:04 – Secondary Personalities and Centers of Consciousness
  • 00:51:21 – The Presence of God in All Things
  • 00:55:55 – Differences between Myers and Jung
  • 01:00:35 – The Changing Culture and Challenges to Physicalist Viewpoint
  • 01:04:52 – The Effect of Psilocybin on Brain Activity
  • 01:09:02 – The Connection Between Consciousness and Global Issues
  • 01:13:25 – Enriching Consciousness and the Whole Field
  • 01:17:36 – The Introverted Mystical Experience
  • 01:22:04 – Exploring Mystical and Psi Phenomena
  • 01:26:22 – The Nature of Reality and Consciousness
  • 01:30:35 – Mystical experiences and scientific justification
  • 01:35:16 – The Stealth Worldview of Evolutionary Pantheism
  • 01:39:47 – The Intersection of Science and Mysticism
  • 01:44:21 – Incorporating Quantum Mechanics in the Study of Consciousness
  • 01:49:06 – Marvels of Functioning Atoms and the Intelligence Factor
  • 01:53:38 – Tapping into our Full Potential
  • 01:57:36 – ESP Performance and EEG Methods
  • 02:02:11 – Levitation and the Laws of Nature
  • 02:06:10 – Levitation and Mystical Ecstasy
  • 02:10:06 – Additional Topics Covered