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VERITAS Research Program of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health

January 13, 2011 | Author K Paul Stoller, MD


I made a point in the book, My Life After Life, that neither Galen nor myself were attempting to prove anything to anybody, and it is my firm belief that you can’t really prove the existence of anything that does not belong to this dimension anyway; however, I think it is safe to say there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence.


The existence of so-called “psychic phenomena” is inseparable from afterlife issues and survival of consciousness after death would seem to be the most logical explanation.


Hostility towards psychic science is a given and completely phony ghost-hunting (so-called ) reality shows have only further tarnished what little credibility this area of science could ever hope to hold. I was part of the now long disbanded Parapsychology Lab at UCLA, NPI, but UCLA will now vehemently deny that the lab ever existed or that Thelma Moss, the lab’s director, was anything more than a bumbeling staff psychologist. The university extension classes the Parapsychology Lab taught that were given on UCLA grounds and drew consistent audiences of 700 students each quarter during the early 1970’s. Moore Hall 100, which was the second largest lecture hall on campus (only Royce Hall was larger), was often standing room only for these classes. All records that these classes were taught have mysteriously vanished from UCLA archives. These activities took place 40 years ago and yet UCLA feels they need to cover this history up as if it is a black spot for them to be ashamed of and interfere with fund rainsing activities. I suppose it would interfere with fund raising activities if word ever got out that even half a century ago a paranormal research lab was tolerated at the medical center.


It goes without saying that the discoveries of serious scientists working to prove the afterlife have been misreported, distorted and ignored, and the general public knows very little about the great body of scientific research which has been accumulated.


For consideration, I offer the recent research of the VERITAS Research Program of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health (formerly the Human Energy Systems Laboratory) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona which was created primarily to test the hypothesis that the consciousness (or personality or identity) of a person survives physical death.


The investigators were:


GARY E. SCHWARTZ, Ph.D., Director of the VERITAS Research Program, is a professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health and its Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic. Dr. Schwartz has published more than four hundred scientific papers, edited eleven academic books, is the author of The Afterlife Experiments, The G.O.D. Experiments, and The Truth About Medium, and is the co-author of The Living Energy Universe.


JULIE BEISCHEL, PhD, Co-Director of the VERITAS Research Program, received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology/Immunopathology from the University of Arizona. Dr. Beischel was the first ever recipient of the William James Post-doctoral Fellowship in Mediumship and Survival Research and, as of January of 2008, will continue performing mediumship and survival research at the 







Beischel J, Schwartz GE. Methodological advances in laboratory-based mediumship research. Proceedings of the Rhine Research Center 2007 Conference: “Consciousness Today,” March 23-25, 2007.

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Beischel J, Schwartz GE. Anomalous information reception by research mediums demonstrated using a novel triple-blind protocol. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing. 2007;3(1):23-27.


Beischel J, Schwartz GE.  Are research mediums real? A triple-blind study of anomalous information reception.Toward a Science of Consciousness 2006, April 4-8, 2006.


Schwartz GE (with Simon WL). The Truth about Medium: Extraordinary Experiments with the Real Allison DuBois of NBC’s Medium and Other Remarkable Psychics. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company; 2005.


Schwartz GE, Beischel J. Survival is in the Details: Emerging Evidence for Discarnate Intention from Mediumship Research. 2005 Parapsychology Foundation International Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia, January 28-30, 2005.  (Proceedings not yet published.)


Schwartz GE. 2003. How Not To Review Mediumship Research: Understanding the Ultimate Reviewer’s Mistake.
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Schwartz GE, Chopra D. 2002. Nonlocal Anomalous Information Retrieval: A Multi-Medium Multi-Scored Single-Blind Experiment.

Schwartz GE (with Simon WL). The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death. New York: Pocket Books (division of Simon and Schuster); 2002.


Schwartz GE, Chopra D, and Grenard S. 2002. Evidence of Accuracy and Specificity for Long-Distance Mediumship: The “Double-Deceased” Multi-Medium Paradigm.


Schwartz GER, Russek LGS, Barentsen C. Accuracy and replicability of anomalous information retrieval: replication and extension. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. 2002;66(3):144-156.

Schwartz GER, Russek LGS. Evidence of anomalous information retrieval between two mediums: telepathy, network memory resonance, and continuance of consciousness. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. 2001;65(4):257-275.


Schwartz GER, Russek LGS, Nelson LA, Barentsen C. Accuracy and replicability of anomalous after-death communication across highly skilled mediums. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. 2001;65(1):1-25.

Schwartz GE. 2001. Accuracy and replicability of anomalous after-death communication across highly skilled mediums: a call for balanced evidence-based skepticism. The Paranormal Review: 20.  


Schwartz GE, Russek LG. 2001. Celebrating Susy Smith’s Soul: Preliminary Evidence for the Continuance of Smith’s Consciousness After Her Physical Death.  Journal of Religious and Psychical Research 24(2): 82-91.
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Schwartz, Ph.D., Gary E. R., Linda G. S. Russek, Ph.D., Donald E. Watson, M.D., Susy Smith, Elizabeth H. Smith (hyp), William James, M.D.(hyp), Henry I. Russek, M.D.(hyp), and Howard Schwartz, M.S.(hyp). 1999.  Potential Medium to Departed to Medium Communication of Pictorial Information: Exploratory Evidence Consistent with Psi and Survival of Consciousness. The Noetic Journal 2(3): 283-294.
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