“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”
Psychiatrist Dr. Carl G. Jung in a 1919 address to the Society for Psychical Research in England
My webmaster volunteer work is a perfect blend of my technology background, parapsychology research interests, and love of roses.
I am Honorary Website Manager for the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) based in London, England. Founded in 1882, the SPR was the first society to conduct organized scholarly research into human experiences that challenge contemporary scientific models. From the SPR website:
"Psychical research and parapsychology are concerned with the scientific investigation of the ways that organisms communicate and interact with each other and with the environment, that appear to be inexplicable within current scientific models. Stories of the paranormal (apparitions, prophetic dreams and visions, inexplicable awareness of events faraway, divination, miraculous cures etc.) have been with us since antiquity, but it was only in the 19th century that the subject began to be studied in a systematic and scientific way."
The SPR also supports thePSI Encyclopedia, a new collection of articles and case studies about psi research, the scientific investigation of psychic phenomena. It's an edited and managed response to the disaster that Wikipedia has become related to Psi research, and remains a work in progress.
I am also Webmaster for the Pacific Northwest District of the American Rose Society, which consists of 22 rose societies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, western Montana, and British Columbia, Canada. The purpose of the ARS is to further interest in the USA's National Flower, the Rose through education, demonstration, and cultural events.