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Understanding Galileo's Critics: lessons from the scientific revolution

Event: 36th SPR International Annual Conference
Speaker: Julie Rousseau
Date: 7-9 September 2012
Venue: University of Northampton
Summary: The helio-centric models of Copernicus and Galileo met resistence largely because they were incompatible with views on mechanics, gravity, cosmology and chemistry at the time. This talk will look at the steps that had to be taken to change the 17th century world-view, and extract some lessons for modern-day boundary science.

Philosophical Foundations for a Theory of Exceptional Experiences

Event: SPR Study Day: "Making Sense of Psi"
Speaker: David Rousseau
Date: Sat 28th April 2012
Venue: St Philips Church, Earls Court Road, London, W8 6QH
Summary: Philosophy not only guides and supports the development of theories, but also brackets the logical possibilities. Although we do not yet have a viable theory of exceptional experiences, some progress has been made. This talk will review the progress to date and discuss the trends of where things appear to headed.

Beyond Dualism: insights and predictions from a new mind-body model

Event: SPR Study Day - Ordered Minds with Disordered Brains: From Evidence to Insight.
Speaker: David Rousseau
Date: Sat 27th November 2010
Venue: St Philips Church, Earls Court Road, London, W8 6QH
Summary: This presented a mind-body model that is dualistic, so can accommodate the radical evidence emerging from studies of near-death and end-of-life experiences, and yet is still compatible with generally accepted scientific and philosophical understandings. Some of the implications this model has for everyday concerns were discussed.

If minds are not just brains, what might they be?

Event: Gwen Tate Memorial Lecture
Speaker: David Rousseau
Date: 7 October 2010
Venue: Lecture Hall of the Kensington Central Library, Kensington, London W8 7RX
Summary: This talk discussed how different philosophical presuppositions lead to different ways of interpreting evidence about the nature of minds and consciousness. It outlined which presuppositions have to be changed in order for mind-body dualism and a theory of survival to be scientifically acceptable.

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