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Tuesday Talks | Robert Stek | A Triple Blind Experiment in Mediumship | Online

27 September.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

A Triple Blind Experiment to Contact Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

Dr Robert Stek

27th September| 7.30pm until 9.00pm  | £6 | Online


A research medium’s contact with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini led to the development of a sophisticated triple-blind experimental design for further research.

Join us for discussion into the cutting edge of Mediumship research.

An exploratory trial with a research medium at the University of Arizona Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health yielded apparent contact with both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.

In order to confirm the validity of their identities, a research design was developed which would reduce, if not eliminate, alternative explanations for hypothesized positive results from a more formal experiment with stricter controls.

This presentation will first present excerpts of the recording made during that initial trial as well as make available a complete transcript of the session. The second portion of the presentation will review types of control procedures used in mediumship research and discuss how a proposed research design isolates from each other the experimenter, the medium, and the expert evaluators of data as a way to eliminate errors due to other explanations or fraud.


Professor Christin Fergusson talks about the Land of Mist at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

About Dr Robert Stek

Robert J. Stek, PhD started his undergraduate degree in engineering but received his PhD in psychology from the University of Regina in Canada under Duncan Blewett, one of the original investigators of LSD in the 1950’s.

Stek’s life-long research interests in consciousness led him to study sleep, dreaming, hypnosis, parapsychology, biofeedback, meditation, drug states, and other aspects of consciousness and transpersonal psychology. As a licensed clinical psychologist he worked in private practice and also became Director of Quality Improvement for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Following retirement he was a Research Associate at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health in the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona where he worked with Dr. Gary Schwartz for 8 years. He has published research on meditation, distance healing, and mediumship. He currently offers integration services for individuals dealing with issues due to psychedelics or other unusual states of consciousness.


He is a Libra born on the cusp of Scorpio and is an inveterate punster.


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27 September
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
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