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Letter from Tom Jones to Dr Chris Roe, November 22, 2001

Thomas Jones is a member of the Society for Psychical Research and co-founder of The International Survivalist Society.

Dr Chris Roe is the editor of Paranormal Review

Dr. Chris Roe
Paranormal Review
49 Marloes Road
London W8 6LA

Dear Dr. Roe,

As a new young member of the Society (21) I was most impressed by David Fontana's article about survival research in October's issue. However, I am at a loss to understand why the Paranormal Review is not concentrating more on the study of the invisible part of the universe - quantum mechanics.

I was brought up on the experiments that were carried out by scientists like the Nobel Laureate for Medical Science, Professor Charles Richet:

"There is ample proof that experimental materialisations should take definite rank as a scientific fact."

Another Nobel Laureate, Professor Richard Feynman, was adamant that our mathematical theories must match the experiment. Surely this should be top priority - looking for a mathematical backup to the revolutionary experiments that were carried out by scientists of the calibre of Richet and Sir William Crookes?

Two Cambridge University professors of physics have now done the same thing as Sir Oliver Lodge, linked so-called paranormal phenomena, including survival research, with the scientific discipline of subatomic physics. On 1st October the Daily Mail reported that Professor B.D. Josephson, a Nobel Laureate for Physics, has linked "psychic powers" with natural forces in the universe - physics. The next day Prof. Josephson was called a "scoundrel" by James Randi during a broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme!

On 3rd November Professor Peter Wadhams (Ocean Physics) linked survival research with subatomic physics for 3 hours on the Jeff Rense Radio Programme: This is now on permanent record. It went out live across the world on the Internet linking up with 200 radio stations in the USA.

The following statement from Sir Oliver Lodge predicted what is happening today:

"Any possible utilisation of the ether, however, by discarnate intelligences must be left as a problem for the future."

Yours sincerely

Tom M. Jones



Richet, Professor Charles. "Thirty Years of Psychical Research" 1923 (W. Collins & Sons)

Feynman, Professor Richard. "QED" 1985 (Princeton University Press)

Roller, Gilbert. "A Voice from Beyond" 1975 (Popular Library) New York. The experiments of Sir William Crookes.

Lodge, Sir Oliver. "The Mode of Future Existence", article in The Queen's Hospital Annual (Birmingham) 1933

Lodge, Sir Oliver. "Psychic Science" from the encyclopaedia: "The Outline of Science" (George Newnes Ltd.) 1920's


A representative of the BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme has confirmed to this site that James Randi spoke on the programme on October 2, 2001, but not live. The programme broadcast a clip of James Randi saying that those who link paranormal phenomena with subatomic physics are "scoundrels". James Randi said:

"There is no firm evidence for the existence of telepathy, ESP or whatever we wish to call it, and I think it is the refuge of scoundrels in many aspects for them to turn to something like quantum physics, which uses a totally different language from the regular English that we are accustomed to using from day to day, to merely say, oh that's where the answer lies, because that's all very fuzzy anyway. No it's not very fuzzy, and I think that his opinion will be differed with by the scientific body in general ..."

Prof. B D Josephson destroyed Randi's arguments on the programme, but this was not in live debate.

The full transcript of this discussion is on Prof. Josephson's web site.

Related material on this site:

The Mode of Future Existence - 1933 Lecture by Sir Oliver Lodge FRS (1851-1940)

This article is censored from all large-circulation papers and magazines throughout the world because it links the subject of survival after death with the scientific discipline of subatomic physics - the study of the invisible part of the universe.

Psychic Science by Sir Oliver Lodge FRS

The Chemist Sir William Crookes Proved Survival With Repeatable Experiments Under Laboratory Conditions - by Michael Roll