A Rational Scientific Explanation For So-Called
By Michael Roll
Revised February 2004
Professors Richard Wiseman and Chris French are constantly
appearing on television programmes putting forward the scientific
case for oblivion, that the mind and brain are the same. So
far no qualified scientists have been allowed to challenge
this theory in the United Kingdom before millions of people.
Hardly anybody knows that there is another school of scientific
thought that is diametrically opposed to the parapsychologists
arguments that death is the end of everything (1). Until quite
recently it was against the Broadcasting Act to talk about
survival after death in a serious scientific manner in Great
Britain. Following many complaints the Chairman of the Radio
Authority (2), Lord Chalfont and his committee, have now removed
these restrictive clauses and at last the scientific case
for survival after death - against oblivion - is being presented
on radio stations throughout the country.
On 24th December 2003 BBC Radio 4 featured a factual report
of experiments that were carried out with a materialisation
medium called Minnie Harrison. It was repeated on New Year's
Day. What was unusual about this programme that gave convincing
evidence that we all survive the death of our physical bodies,
and that the invisible part of the universe is teeming with
life, is that we were spared the usual hatchet job from parapsychologists
masquerading as experts on the subject. Instead the psychologist
who was invited to comment on the programme was Professor
David Fontana, a former President of the Society for Psychical
Research. A scientist with a good track record of balancing
the arguments of "experts" that until now have monopolised
media and educational outlets whenever the subject of survival
after death cropped up.
Paradoxically, now that we are allowed a balance on radio
programmes this does not apply to television programmes in
the UK. Following the phenomenal success of the Living TV
channel, featuring mediums giving hope and comfort to bereaved
people, the Independent Television Commission (ITC) has recently
strengthened its guidelines regarding what information the
public are allowed to receive. A scientific balance is only
allowed on radio programmes in the UK when the subject of
survival after death is discussed, not on television programmes!
The Experimental Proof of Survival After Death
For over 100 years we have had the experimental scientific
proof that we all survive the death of our physical bodies,
that the living mind separates from the dead brain. Refer
to the repeatable experiments under laboratory conditions
that were carried out by Sir William Crookes (3), holder of
The Order of Merit and President of the Royal Society. His
results were published in The Quarterly Journal of Science
in 1874. These experiments proving survival were subsequently
repeated by international teams of scientists - The Nobel
Laureate for Medical Science, Professor Charles Richet (4)
(French team), Professor von Schrenck Notzing (5) (German
team), Dr. Glen Hamilton (6) (Canadian team) and Dr. W.J.
Crawford (7) (Irish team). There are two reasons why this
revolutionary discovery in physics failed to have the impact
that it should have done.
1. These experiments lacked the mathematical theory to back
up what was being observed. The Nobel Laureate for physics,
Professor Richard Feynman (8), makes it clear how important
"If your mathematical theories do not match the experiment,
then they are wrong."
2. The "dead" person Katie King, who materialised
from the etheric world, had died so long ago that Sir William
Crookes was unable to get living friends and relations to
take part in his repeatable experiments.
Thanks to recent exciting discoveries in subatomic physics,
the study of the invisible part of the universe, and the published
work of Ronald Pearson (9), we now have the missing mathematical
theory that matches the pioneering experiments. The reports
of Jesus physically appearing in front of his disciples after
he was killed are no longer to be considered as supernatural
- above or beyond the laws of nature. At last we now know
exactly where the so-called next world is. It is all around
us, the life force that drives our physical bodies carries
on operating on another wavelength at what we call death.
This part of the universe that is normally out of range of
our five physical senses. It never crossed the mind of Sir
William Crookes (10) that he was witnessing anything other
than natural and normal forces. This is because he was the
pioneer of subatomic physics. For confirmation of this statement
look up x-rays in the encyclopaedia and on the Internet.
Following contemporary experiments with materialisation mediums
we have been able to provide what was missing from Sir William
Crookes's experiments. Recently deceased people have been
physically reunited with friends and relations who are still
on Earth. Ever since the death of the materialisation medium
Helen Duncan (11) in 1956 following a police raid, every scientist
reading the subject of survival after death as a branch of
physics has been eagerly waiting for another first class medium
like her to come on the scene. This is because it's now essential
to repeat the pioneering experiments using the sophisticated
recording equipment that we now have available to us.
Unfortunately hardly any scientific work was carried out with
Helen Duncan. However, we do have the report that was submitted
by a team of magicians headed by William Goldston, the founder
of the Magician's Club. They were astounded when their "dead"
magician friend, The Great Lafayette, materialised and spoke
to them. Goldston sent a report to Psychic News confirming
that Helen Duncan's mediumship was absolutely genuine and
that no magician could possibly duplicate the phenomena that
he and his fellow magicians had witnessed.
Andrew Collins in his book The Circlemakers (ABC Books 1992)
tells the story of how in 1982 the journalist Alan Cleaver
carried out the scientific exercise of getting Helen Duncan's
daughter, Gena Brealey, to witness an experiment that was
being carried out with a materialisation medium from the Midlands.
The "dead" Scottish medium was materialising on
a regular basis. There is no way a daughter could be taken
in by an impostor impersonating her mother. Gena came away
from this meeting fully convinced that the medium was not
a fraud and that she had indeed been talking to her "dead"
mother for an hour. A complete account of this meeting between
"dead" mother and daughter is given in Issue 3 of
Anomaly the journal of the Association of the Scientific Study
of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP) in March 1987. It's also on
the website of The Campaign for Philosophical Freedom:
A great deal more important preliminary scientific work has
been carried out with this contemporary materialisation medium.
Researchers were first alerted to the fact that another fully
developed physical medium was operating in England following
a front page report in Psychic News on 26 February 1983. This
was written by Alan E. Crossley, arguably the world's foremost
expert on this type of mediumship, friend and biographer of
Parents Reunited With Their "Dead" Children
By the time I witnessed the mediumship of Rita Goold (12)
in March and April 1983 more experiments had been carried
out reuniting families with their "dead" loved ones.
All these experiments took place in the house of Barry and
Pat Jeffery. They have been physically reunited with their
"dead" 16 year old son in the course of hundreds
of repeatable experiments. Michael Jeffery died in a motorcycle
The same thing has happened to Gwen and Alf Byrne. They have
been physically reunited with their "dead" son Russell
on scores of occasions. He had died of cancer at the age of
nine, 20 years before he first appeared at this experiment.
Gwen tells her wonderful story in her book "Russell"
(13) which is giving great hope and comfort to grieving parents
all over the world.
In 1983 Professor Archie Roy (14) and other members of the
Society for Psychical Research made a determined effort to
capture on film all these experiments in order to share this
proof of survival after death with as many people as possible.
Sadly these researchers were thwarted by the medium withdrawing
her services just as the team were about to go in with the
The medium Rita Goold was on the receiving end of frightening
anonymous telephone threats warning her of dire consequences
if she went ahead with the scientific experiments. Vicious
lies were also being spread to discredit and blacken her character.
Rita was deeply hurt because she had dedicated her gift to
bringing enlightenment to humanity. She had flatly refused
to take one penny for the incredible inconvenience that she
was subjected to. In fact she and her hosts, Barry and Pat
Jeffery, were out of pocket every time a demonstration took
place, all the visitors were fed. Everything now rests on
another fully developed materialisation medium coming forward
and letting scientists of the calibre of Professor Archie
Roy complete their experiments.
Subatomic Physics - the Study of the Invisible Part of the
We now know that what has been known as psychic phenomena
and the religion of Spiritualism is in fact a branch of physics
that should be called "subatomic phenomena". The
first principal of Birmingham University, Sir Oliver Lodge
(15), said to the outstanding medium Bertha Harris, "Cut
out the Spiritualist jargon." He then published his paper
The Mode of Future Existence linking the subject of survival
after death with subatomic physics in The Queen's Hospital
Annual in 1933 (Birmingham). This article can be read on the
website www.cfpf.org.uk and is sent free of charge to every
person who sends a stamped addressed envelope to Michael Roll
at 28 Westerleigh Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 6AH.
We are all going to die and we have all lost loved ones, therefore
everybody in the world is entitled to have access to this
secular scientific case for survival, to accept or reject
as the case may be. Let's hope in the future all television
producers will feature qualified scientists like doctors Sam
Parnia and Peter Fenwick or professors Archie Roy, David Fontana
and Peter Wadhams (16) who have started from the base that
the mind and brain are separate. Surely a balance on all media
and educational outlets is not too much to ask whenever there
is a programme about survival after death? This will fall
in line with Article 19 of The United Nations Universal Declaration
of Human Rights:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression:
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference,
and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through
any media, and regardless of frontiers."
1. Roll, Michael. "The Scientific
Proof of Survival After Death"2. Psychic News February
26, 1994 Front page report. Survival to be given fair hearing
on radio. Radio Authority sends memo to every station.
3. Medhurst, Dr. R.G. "Crookes and the Spirit World"
1972 (Souvenir) ISBN 0 285 62037 1
Roller, Gilbert. Voice From Beyond 1975 (Popular Library,
4. Richet, Prof. Charles. Nobel Laureate for Medical Science.
"Thirty Years of Psychical Research" 1923 (W. Collins
5. Notzing, Prof. Baron von Schrenck. "Phenomena of Materialisations"
1923 (Kegan Paul. Trench Trubner).
6. Hamilton, Dr. T. Glen. "Intention and Survival".
1942 (Regency Press)
7. Crawford, Dr. W.J. "The Reality of Psychical Phenomena"
1918 (E.P. Dutton & Co)
8. Feynman, Prof. Richard P. "QED" 1985 (Princeton
University Press) ISBN 0 691 02417 0
9. Pearson, R.D. "An Alternative to Relativity Including
Quantum Gravitation" Peer-refereed and published by The
Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg 1993
Pearson, R.D. "Quantum Gravitation and the Structured
Ether" 1994. The Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.
"Consciousness as a Sub-quantum Phenomenon" - Ronald
Published in the journal Frontier Perspectives, Temple University,
Philadelphia, USA. Volume 6. No. 2, Spring/Summer 1997 (pp70-78).
Pearson, R.D. "Intelligence Behind The Universe"
1990 (The Headquarters Publishing Co. Ltd.) ISBN 0 947823
10. Crookes, Sir William. "Experimental Investigation
of a New Force" July 1st, 1871 Quarterly Journal of Science.
11. Crossley, Alan E. "The Story of Helen Duncan"
1975 (Arthur H. Stockwell) ISBN 7223 0840-X
Cassirer, Manfred. "Medium on Trial" 1996 (PN Publishing)
Barbanell, Maurice. "The Case of Helen Duncan" 1945
(Psychic Book Club)
12. Roll, Michael. "The Rita Goold Report" - Families
Physically Reunited After Death. Article published in Psychic
News 12th September, 1992
13. Byrne, Gwen. "Russell" 199414. Recording the
proof of survival - Letter from Prof. Archie Roy to Michael
Roll (August 22, 1983)
15. Meek, George W. "From Séance to Science"
1973 (Regency Press)
16. Wadhams, Prof. Peter. (Ocean Physics) Cambridge University,
Radio Broadcast with Jeff Rense www.soundwaves2000.com/rense
The Jeff Rense Program - Survival After Death as a Branch
Broadcast on March 18, 2003, Michael Roll, Prof. Peter Wadhams,
and John Samson discussed photographs of materialisation phenomena
taken by Sir William Crookes and others.
Other References for Researchers
Findlay, Arthur. "On the Edge of the Etheric" 1931.
Essen, Dr. Louis D.Sc. FRS. OBE. "Relativity - Joke or
Swindle?" (Electronics & Wireless World). This criticism
of Einstein's Theory of Relativity by the inventor of the
atomic clock is censored in all mainstream scientific publications.
It was Rutherford who thought Einstein's Theory of Relativity
was a joke!
Crookes, Sir William. "Specialist of Specialists"
Article in Quarterly Journal of Science defending himself
after an anonymous attack was published in the Quarterly Review
by a biologist from London University Prof W. B Carpenter.
Baird, John Logie. "Sermons, Soap and Television"
1988 (Royal Television Society) The inventor of television
tells how fingerprints taken at a materialisation experiment
matched the prints on the dead physical body. ISBN 1 8715
Milton, Richard. "Forbidden Science" 1994 (Fourth
Lodge, Sir Oliver FRS. "Ether and Reality" 1925
(Hodder & Stoughton)
Lodge, Sir Oliver FRS. "Psychic Science" contribution
to the encyclopaedia The Outline of Science Volume 2 (George
Newnes Ltd. London)
Alan Pemberton's Video - The Science of Eternity (1 hour,
1994) - New Scientific and Personal Evidence that the Subject
of Life After Death is a Branch of Physics. Tom Harrison covers
what was said on BBC Radio 4' "Christmas Spirits"
(broadcast in December 2003); Gwen and Alf Byrne tell how
they have physically met their "dead" son Russell
on many occasions; Ronald Pearson talked about the scientific
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