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"History shows that every intelligent man who has gone into this investigation, if he gave it adequate examination at all, has come out believing in spirits; this circumstance places the burden of proof on the shoulders of the skeptic."

Rev. Karen Herrick, Ph.D.
Vice President & A/V Support
Stephen H. Hall, B.GS.
Kathy Devito, B.S.
Treasurer & Webmaster
Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
William Wilson, J.D.
Michael E. Tymn, B.A., CPCU
Product Manager
R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Roberta Grimes, J.D.
Marketing Manager
Lee S. Lawrence, CPA
Miles Edward Allen, B.S.
President Emeritus
 Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
Executive Administrator
 Paul Hauser, J.D.
ASCS Board
of Directors
♦ Rev.Karen E. Herrick, Ph.D.
♦ Miles Edward Allen, B.S.
♦ Boyce Batey, B.A.
♦ Stafford Betty, Ph.D.
♦ Kathy J. DeVito, B.S.
♦ Roberta A. Grimes, J.D.
♦ Stephen H. Hall, B.GS.
♦ R. Craig Hogan, Ph.D.
♦ Lee E. Lawrence, CPA
♦ Karin Nemri, A.S., C.S.C.
♦ Rev. Harry L. Serio, D.Min.
♦ William E. Stoney, M.S.
♦ Patricia Thoms, R.N.
♦ Michael E. Tymn, B.A., CPCU
♦ William E. Wilson, J.D.
♦ Nancy Zingrone, Ph.D.
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Our mission is to discern, develop and disseminate knowledge of how paranormal phenomena may relate to and enhance the development of the human spirit.


2014 Conference Is Best Yet

[14 July 2014] With over 200 enthusiastic attendees enjoying 20 learned speakers in the awesome Embassy Suites resort, the Academy's 2014 annual conference was a roaring success. Yes, the weather outside was hot, but the spirits inside – both physical and non – were sizzling. Craig Hogan, Roberta Grimes, and the rest of the program committee now face the challenge of repeating and exceeding their triumph as they plan a special conference on Life in the Afterlife, to be held in September of 2015, at the same beautiful location.

New Book on Conditions Hereafter

Betty book
[24 June 2014] Academy member Stafford Betty's Heaven and Hell Unveiled, has just been published by White Crow Books. Click here for description on Amazon.

Researchers Seek OBErs

[24 June 2014] If you have experienced one or more OBEs, the scientists at Nottingham Trent University would appreciate hearing from you. To take their survey or for more info, click here prior to July 31, 2014. 

Marketplace Now Open
Caps, Shirts, Bags, Mugs and other items to help spread the word  CafePress Products

[21 June 2014] Our volunteer members have designed a variety of items that will promote interest in the Academy, demonstrate your committment, and start conversations with those you meet. All profits from sales go to support ASCS projects. Look good while doing good! Click here. 

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July Features
Featured Evidence
Friends and Strangers
PiperA researcher arranges séances for over 150 persons, of whom about 30 were friends or acquaintances of the medium's controlling spirit. In almost every instance, the visitors whom the control knew in life are recognized with "the appropriate emotional and intellectual relations."   For more proof of an afterlife, see aisles E1 through E6 in the Evidence room of the Garland Memorial Library.
Featured Biography
G. Vale Owen
G. Vale OwenA clergyman of the Church of England and later a convert to Spiritualism, G. Vale Owen is most remembered today for his four volume work titled The Life Beyond the Veil.  For other biographies of important persons in the development of evidence for an afterlife, see aisle L2 and aisle L3 in the Legacy room of the Garland Memorial Library.
Featured Interview
Jane Katra, M.D.
Jane KatraTeacher, Researcher, Spiritual Healer. Now residing in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Jane Katra offers higher vibration healings by phone and locally, and workshops in esoteric wisdom, psychic and spiritual development, forgiveness as transformation, facing death and meeting soul, and spiritual healing. For other interviews of important persons in the development of evidence for an afterlife, see aisle L1 in the Legacy room of the Garland Memorial Library.
Featured Commentary
Instinct, Intuition, and Reincarnation
Sir Oliver LodgeA profound discourse by the spirit of Sir Oliver Lodge, speaking to the Rev. Charles Drayton Thomas via the famous British medium, Gladys Osborne Leonard. One unexpected assertion: reincarnation is true.  For other articles and excerpts on topics related to Survival and psychic matters, see aisle E7 in the Evidence room of the Garland Memorial Library.
Spirituality Matters

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New to Spiritual Experiences?
One reason, among many, that prompts people to visit this website is that they are seeking explanations or reassurance concerning a puzzling occurrence in their life. I have put together a list of some of the most common — a lot more common than you might think — events that can trigger a shift in the way that one’s consciousness relates to one’s spiritual essence. You may view this list here, and are welcome to contact me if you desire elaboration or wish to discuss your own experience. In the meantime, I’d like to say that I and all the other volunteers who make up the Academy are glad you stopped by and hope you find this site informative and our work gratifying.
Karen Herrick
Rev. Karen Herrick, Ph.D.
ASCS President

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