William Stoney, a resident of Virginia, USA.

I have a bachelors and a masters from the Massachusetts Institure of Technology and a masters from the University of Virginia. I have worked as an aerospace engineer, 30 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and for 30 years with contractors supporting NASA. (See Google for my publications.) But the important fact for my current position is that I have been collecting books and journal articles on the paranormal since the mid-50s. My current library contains 1038 books, 286 of which I have actually read but all of which I have scanned and entered into a computer data base that can be scanned for key psychic topics e.g. apparitions, afterlife, mediums, table tilting, etc.

It all started with reading Rhine and believing he was on to something important about our mind's abilities. In the early 50s I accidently saw "There is a Psychic World" by Horace Westwood, a Unitarian Minister then in Canada, about the development of his teenage daughter from initial success with a ouija board into a full fledged voice medium. In 1970, after a series of synchronistic events, I found myself talking to Horace's son, also a Unitarian minister, who had been a pre-teen while his sister was doing her mediumistic activities. The son testified that he saw it all, reading books held in another room, playing with concert skill on the piano without having lessons, walking a table across the floor with one hand touching its top, and of course the sťances, controlled by an American Indian, during which many recently deceased soldiers (this all occurred in 1918 - 1919) came through. I had to ask myself: Is it possible that these events were all made up, that two Unitarian ministers were both either stupid or congenital liars? I could not, and still cannot, accept either of those as possibilities, and thus have had to accept that talking to the departed is a reality and that there is another level of existence. My continued reading has considerably reinforced that conclusion

But the personal contact that forced me to believe what was written does not usually convince others. This can only be done by the time-honored scientific process of accumulating, organizing, validating and documenting the data. For facts that directly confront the current conclusions of the scientific community it is necessary to document as many credible events as possible, a process that the scientific community has steadfastly refused to do. And that, therefore, is the need for and the purpose of AECES.

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