European Skeptics Congress 2019


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Anomalistic Psychology

  • Academieraadzaal Voldersstraat 9 9000 Gent (map)

The study of human behaviour and experience connected with what is often called the paranormal, with the assumption that there is nothing paranormal involved” says Wikipedia, and who am I to argue against it. A good understanding of which strange experiences can occur in the human mind, and what might cause them, is important before you try to propose a normal explanation for apparently paranormal events.

Chair: Geerdt Magiels, biologist and philosopher of science


  • “When using magicians to study how paranormal beliefs come about”
    Christine Mohr - Professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • “Near-death experiences: actual considerations”
    Vanessa Charland - neuropsychologist, member of the Coma Science Group working at the Cyclotron Research Center and in the Neurology department of the CHU Sart Tilman University Hospital in Liege, Belgium.

  • “Anomalistic Psychology in the Classroom”
    Michael Heap - Retired clinical and forensic psychologist from Sheffield, UK and chairman of the Association for Skeptical Enquiry.

Earlier Event: August 30
Selection of evening activities
Later Event: August 31
Green skepticism