Current research interests

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Edge science – a game changer?

For more than 20 years, I have been interested in anomalies that challenge the western worldview and our current scientific paradigm. Interestingly, some of these aberrations are now being studied with widely accepted scientific methods by a minority of tenured and visionary scientists. Nevertheless, mainstream scientists often consider this research pseudoscientific, albeit a substantial body of evidence has been collected over the past decades with results published in peer-reviewed journals.

In other words, many mainstream scientists will ignore this “fringe” research and may even ridicule and ostracize scientists who study the “weird” phenomena. In spite of scores of prospective and methodologically strong studies, this – in my opinion – unscientific behaviour, still seems to be prevalent.

A common denominator for several of the research areas that I am interested in, is a significant potential for changing the hegemonic, materialistic, and anthropocentric western worldview, which has been cemented since the Enlightenment. Despite being grossly underfunded by governments, research foundations, and universities, it is conceivable that some of this pioneering edge research will contribute to enormous social, economic, and scientific change in a not so distant future.

During 2006-2018, I had a strong focus on Unidentified Arial Phenomena (UAP) (AKA UFOs). I was especially interested in the well documented UAP observations in the proximity of nuclear weapons (ICBM sites), nuclear powerplants, nuclear weapons tests, uranium enrichment plants etc. Among other activities, I hosted the American researcher Robert Hastings‘ presentation “UFOs and Nukes” in Copenhagen in 2013.

In 2018 (and onwards) I moved my focus to Near-death experiences (NDEs), End-of-Life experiences (ELEs), Shared-death experiences (SDEs), the sociology of the paranormal, the sociology of ignorance (agnotology), parapsychology, the mind/body relationship, and megalithic sites and the end of the last ice age.

In my spare time, I currently follow the research of DOPS (Division of Perceptual Studies) at the University of Virginia. The staff at DOPS (from DOPS’ website):

Kim Penberthy, Marieta Pehlivanova, Ed Kelly, Lori Derr, Ross Dunseath, (seated) Jim Tucker, Bruce Greyson.

Furthermore, I am interested in the work affiliated with NERSCH (Network for Research in Spirituality and Health) and the research group Existential and Spiritual Care at the Research Unit of General Practice at the University of Southern Denmark.

Moreover, I follow the often heated debates concerning humanity’s ancient past. For example, between sceptics like Michael Shermer and archaeologist Mark Lehner and proponents of alternative theories like geologist Robert Schoch and journalist Graham Hancock.

Finally, I try to keep myself updated by reading articles published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, EdgeScience, and the Journal of Near-Death Studies.

Dr. Edward Kelly from DOPS