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October 2012 - Andrew Hodrien Lecture - Psychology & Ufology (Part 2)


Date: Thursday 25th October 2012
Time: 7.30-11.30pm
Price: £3.00 members, £3.50 non-members

Andrew Hodrien – Psychology and Ufology: An Overview of Research Findings

In August After gave a fascinating lecture on the benefits and challenges of applying the psychological discipline to Ufology. Due to the sheer amount of information he has to share on the subject, it was decided that he would need to return to BUFOG to cover part two of his lecture. In this lecture he will give an overview of both his own and other people's psychological research into UFOs.

This will include the first presentation of research findings as part of his degree, involving a small project into the relationship of UFO "belief" and paranormal "belief", but more importantly his dissertation into the nature of UFO "belief" and "scepticism" influencing assessment of evidence, and exploring individual differences between "believers" and "sceptics". Andrew will also show a number of interesting videos of various researchers including John Mack.

Whether or not you managed to see Part 1 of Andrew's lecture you are more than welcome to attend. It should be noted that the two halves are quite separate from each other and you will not have had to have been present back in August to understand the lecture.

As this lecture was originally going to be a documentary night, we will be holding the meeting at the normal asking price for a non-lecture evening.

Background:

Andrew Hodrien has been a BUFOG member since its beginning and has a strong interest in exploring Ufology for about 20 years. However, for the past 5 years he has been studying psychology with the aim of a career in psychological research into aspects of consciousness, currently planning his PhD. He is graduating from The University of Northampton in July and has also been lucky to study Parapsychology as part of his degree, and is currently working on a Remote Viewing research project at the University. For Andrew, delving further into psychological theory and research practice has been the beginning of a new journey into exploring ufology through the integration of psychological research, which he hopes to pursue in the future. This involves both the experiences covered within ufology, exploring the nature of beliefs and scepticism surrounding the field, and how we approach UFO-related evidence which might challenge either our world view or general beliefs on the subject. Regarding sightings and experiences, after being exposed to both UFO-related evidence and studying human nature, Andrew takes an increasingly open-minded approach, being open to all possibilities and endorses true scepticism, rather than closed-minded thinking.

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