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SSE provides a critical forum of rationality and observational evidence for the often strange claims at the fringes of science... Yervant Terzian, professor of astronomy and founding member of the Society.

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 NEW - Press Release from Stanford University - Scientific Panel Concludes Some UFO Evidence Worthy of Study

Commentary - Be Skeptical of the "Skeptics"

Young Investigators Program

New JSE abstracts and other SSE notices will be updated on an on-going basis. Last updated July 27, 1998.

Advances are made by answering questions. Discoveries are made by questioning answers...Bernhard Haisch, astrophysicist and editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration

The primary goal of the international Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE) is to provide a professional forum for presentations, criticism, and debate concerning topics which are for various reasons ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. A secondary goal is to promote improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry, such as sociological constraints, restrictive world views, hidden theoretical assumptions, and the temptation to convert prevailing theory into prevailing dogma.

Topics under investigation cover a wide spectrum. At one end are apparent anomalies in well established disciplines. At the other, we find paradoxical phenomena that belong to no established discipline and therefore may offer the greatest potential for scientific advance and the expansion of human knowledge.

The Society encourages such investigations for several reasons that may appeal to different communities.

Examples of topics that have been discussed at meetings or published in the Journal
(The Society merely provides a forum for investigations; it neither promotes nor aims to debunk any of these topics.)

UFO and related phenomena, clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, psychokinesis, out-of-body and near-death experiences, cryptozoology, evidence suggestive of reincarnation, alternative medical practices, astrological claims, ball lightning, crop circles, apparent chemical or biological transmutation, etc.

Current Officers

Prof. Peter Sturrock, Stanford University, president

Prof. Robert Jahn, Princeton University, vice president

Prof. L. W. Fredrick, University of Virginia, secretary

Prof. Charles Tolbert, University of Virginia, treasurer

Ms. Brenda Dunne, Princeton University, executive vice president for education

Founding Committee (1981)

Prof. George Abell, UCLA

Prof. George Siscoe, UCLA

Prof. Bart Bok, Steward Observatory

Prof. Ian Stevenson, Univ. Virginia

Prof. Robert Creegan, SUNY

Prof. Peter Sturrock, Stanford Univ.

Prof. Persi Diaconis, Stanford Univ

Prof. Yervant Terzian, Cornell Univ.

Prof. Thomas Gold, Cornell Univ.

Prof. William Thompson, UCSD

Prof. Robert Jahn, Princeton Univ.

Prof. James Trefil, Univ. Virginia

Prof. Roger Shepard, Stanford Univ.

Prof. Marcello Truzzi, Eastern Mich. Univ.

 International Meetings

Annual Society Meetings are held every summer. The first SSE meeting took place at the University of Maryland in 1982. Subsequent meetings have been held at the University of Virginia, Princeton University, Cornell University, Stanford University and elsewhere. Meetings are generally 3 days long and consist of invited lectures, contributed talks and poster sessions selected by a program committee.

European SSE meetings are held biennially. The first Euro-SSE meeting was held at the Technical University of Munich in 1992. The second Euro-SSE meeting hosted by the University of Edinburgh was held in 1994 in Scotland. The 1996 Euro-SSE meeting was held in Freiburg, Germany. The 1998 Euro-SSE meeting will be in Valencia, Spain.

Other regional meetings will be considered in the future.

 Journal of Scientific Exploration

The international Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE) was established in 1987 to provide a professional forum for the presentation, scrutiny and discussion of scientific research on topics outside the established disciplines of mainstream science. JSE provides an unbiased forum for scholarly debate of unconventional and possibly controversial topics. The Journal is published quarterly and includes peer-reviewed research and review articles, essays, book reviews, letters to the editor, columns, meeting abstracts and Society news items.

Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Bernhard Haisch Executive Editor, Marsha Sims

Latest Abstracts Available

The abstracts for the Spring 1998 edition of the Journal of Scientific Exploration are now on-line. This and all other abstracts from previous editions of the Journal are accessible via the abstracts index.

New Online Sample Articles

"Unconventional Water Detection: Field Test of the Dowsing Technique in Dry Zones" by Prof. Hans-Dieter Betz, Dept. Physics, Univ. of Munich.

"Science of the Subjective" by Prof. Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton Univ.

"Curious, Creative and Critical Thinking" by Prof. Peter Sturrock, Center for Space Science and Astrophysics, Stanford Univ.

"Critical Review of the 'Cold Fusion' Effect" by Dr. Edmund Storms.

Available on the Journal of Scientific Exploration (JSE) page.

 Essay on UFO's and Mainstream Science
Press Release - Scientific Panel Concludes Some UFO Evidence Worthy of Study
Press Release - The Roswell UFO Crash: Myth or Reality?
Press Release - Society Convenes Science Panel to Review UFO Evidence
Press Release on A Possible Discovery Regarding ESP
Press Release on CIA Sponsored Remote Viewing Program
Press Release on German Government Water Dowsing Project
Press Release on Study of Birthmarks and Claimed Reincarnation Memories
Press Release on Miracle of St. Januarius Investigation
Press Release on Princeton University Mind-Matter Experiments

 The Explorer

Associates and Members of the SSE also receive the Society newsletter, the Explorer, that presents short items, Society news, meeting announcements, etc.

 Joining the Society

Any person who supports the goals of the Society may become an ASSOCIATE by filling out the application form and paying the annual dues. A scientist or other scholar with appropriate credentials may apply to become a MEMBER. Both include receiving the Journal of Scientific Exploration and the Explorer.

Associateship ($55/year):
Any person who supports the goals of the Society is welcome.

Membership ($75/year):
Scientists or other scholars who have an established reputation in their field of study. Most Members have the following qualifications: (a) a doctoral degree or the equivalent; (b) an appointment at a university, college, or other research institution; and (c) a record of publication in the traditional scholarly literature.

TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP: In addition to the application form, you should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a bibliography of your publications, (3) a supporting statement by an SSE member.

For more specific information contact: Prof. Laurence W. Fredrick, Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Virginia, Box 3818, Charlottesville, VA 22903-0818, phone: 804-924-4905, fax: 804-924-3104, email:

Retired Persons:
Retired persons may request Emeritus Status in the Society. This results in a reduction in dues.

Student Membership ($25/year):
Students are encouraged to join the Society at special reduced student rates, and to apply for Full Membership when they have completed their studies.

The Journal of Scientific Exploration:
If you only want to receive the Journal without joining the Society, JSE is also available to institutions or individuals on a subscription basis. Discounts are available to first-time subscribers. For current subscription details and information on back issues contact the Editorial Office at:

Journal of Scientific Exploration
PO Box 5848
Stanford, CA 94309-5848
Attention: Marsha Sims
Phone: (650) 593-8581 (8 am to 5 pm M-F Pacific time)
Fax: (650) 595-4466 (24 hours)

 NEW Links to NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program

Links to articles on the Zero-Point Field

Links to other sites which may be of interest

Sponsoring the Society and possible new research and educational programs

The Society for Scientific Exploration is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded entirely by memberships, journal subscriptions and private donations. While many of the scientists who are members of the Society receive support from government agencies for their mainstream research, present circumstances preclude similar support for topics that are, for various reasons, considered to be too controversial. Recognizing both this reality and the obvious need for broader research and education, the Society is developing plans for new programs which are necessarily contingent upon patrons willing to provide financial support, including the establishment of an endowment. Initial inquiries may be directed to either Marsha Sims, Executive Editor, Journal of Scientific Exploration (650-593-8581, or Prof. Charles Tolbert, Treasurer, Society for Scientific Exploration (804-924-7494,