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8. Scole Experiment proves the afterlife
“ For the open-minded
skeptic, the evidence collected over a period of six years
and with more than five hundred sittings by the Scole
experimenters and the afterlife team is absolute, definitive,
irrefutable and irretrievably proven. Many regard the
Scole experiment as the greatest recent afterlife experiment
conducted in the Western world.”
The Scole Experiment was a recent example
of physical mediumship and materialization which are dealt
with in more detail later in the book in Chap. 10.
It is a very well documented current experiment, witnessed
by a number of people of the highest credibility many of
who are still very much alive.
When Skeptics attack the evidence for the afterlife you
will find that they are all strangely silent about the Scole
experiments. While they theorise about how physical mediums
could have cheated not one of them has offered to conduct
even one demonstration to produce even a fraction
of the phenomena that these wonderful experiments produced
on a weekly basis for over six years in several different
countries under the strictest scrutiny in premises that
were often assigned to the group on short notice.
Six years of experiments
Scole is a village in Norfolk, England. Using it as a base,
several experimenters of the Scole Group, including mediums
Robin and Sandra Foy and Alan and Diana Bennett, (pictured
below) produced brilliant evidence for the afterlife in
experiments conducted in England, the United States, Ireland
and in Spain.
Senior scientists and investigators who participated in
the Scole Experiment included Professors David Fontana and
Arthur Ellison and Montague Keen. Of course, over the six
years there were many others who attended as senior scientists
and guests in the actual experiments: Dr Hans Schaer, a
lawyer; Dr Ernst Senkowski; Piers Eggett; Keith McQuin Roberts;
Dr Rupert Sheldrake; Professor Ivor Grattan-Guiness all
with scientific or other relevant background and host of
other highly credible witnesses who have had years of experience
in dealing with the paranormal.
NASA scientists involved
In the United States sessions were also attended by a number
of scientists including a number of senior scientists from
the space agency NASA and others from the Institute of Noetic
Sciences near San Francisco as well as representatives from
Stanford University. Grant and Jane Solomon who wrote a
book on the experiments report that after the experiments
some fifteen scientists from the NASA group formed their
own psychic group to continue to communicate with the afterlife
entities (Solomon 1999:73 and 189).
One critical thing that the reader is asked to consider
is that during these experiments, the ‘spirit team’
working from the side of the afterlife expressly stated
that it was they who were causing psychic phenomena.
This was to rule out ‘super ESP’ and other theoretical
and abstract irrelevancies as an explanation of Scole effects.
The members of the ‘spirit team’ identified
themselves. The ‘spirit scientists’ identified
themselves. And intermittently, there were guest spirit
observers such as the formerly highly gifted medium, Helen
The Scole Report
A scientific report from the (British) Society for Psychical
Research is available which contains documents all of the
following phenomena. According to Montague Keen speaking
on behalf of three investigators who wrote the report: ‘None
of our critics has been able to point to a single example
of fraud or deception’ (Keen and Ellison 1999).
The group began with two mediums delivering messages from
a non-physical group. Many of these messages contained personal
information that nobody else could have known about.
Voices, touch and materialization
Soon the messages came in the form of voices which could
be heard by all in the room. Many of the experimenters experienced
physical touch and the levitation of a table took place.
Then came the actual materialization of the people and objects
from the non-physical side.
More than fifty small objects were materialized including:
a silver necklace; a Churchill coin; a small rose quartz
crystal ball; a 1940 British penny; a 1928 one franc piece
token; a Silver charm of the 'Grim Reaper'; an original
copy of Daily Mail dated 1st April 1944; an original copy
of Daily Express dated 28th May 1945 and many others.
Images imprinted on film and video
Interesting experiments were undertaken with photography.
Images were imprinted on unopened rolls of film inside a
locked box. These images included actual photos of people
and places, sometimes from the past, and various obscure
verses and drawings that took some effort to identify. There
were also pictures of other dimensions and the beings that
inhabit them. Eventually video cameras were able to record
One of the most spectacular phenomena of the Scole Experiment
was the materialised psychic lights that whirled around
the room performing various manoeuvres. Occasionally, these
lights would throw out beams, as well as pass through solid
objects. When they touched people, there was a definite
sensation, and when they entered a person's body a healing.
The speed and the different configurations and other phenomena
performed behind the lights were just overwhelming especially
when all witnesses attested it was impossible that the lights
could have been in any way fraudulently physically manipulated.
All of these phenomena were accompanied by sudden and dramatic
drops in temperature.
This is how Piers Eggett, one of the eye witnesses described
This was a small ball of white light which moved around
the room in all directions, sometimes at great speed,
leaving a trail like a firework by persistence of vision...
At times the light hovered in mid-air, and then touched
some of the sitters, giving them a small electric shock.
According to other eye witnesses the normally single light
• dart around at great speed and perform elaborately
patterned dances...including perfect, sustained circles
executed at high velocity and with a precision which appeared
inconsistent with physical manipulation
• settle on outstretched hands and jump from one
to the other
• enter a crystal and remain as a small point of
light moving around within the crystal
• strike the top of the table with a sharp rap or
the glass of the dome or dish with an appropriate ‘ping’
and do this repeatedly while remaining visible as a sharp
pinpoint of light
• respond to requests, such as alighting on and irradiating
parts of the witnesses' bodies
• move in time to tape-recorded music
• produce 'lightning flashes' in an area of a large
room some three to three and a half meters distant from
the group sitting round a table (in Spain)
• undertake several aerial 'bombing raids' on the
table top, hitting it very audibly and visibly, and appearing
to emerge from an area immediately below the table (USA
• change shape from a pinpoint of light to a generalized
• move at very high speed describing at times perfect
geometric shapes within a foot or two of visitors' faces,
but without making any sound or creating any perceptible
A master magician’s testimony
Skeptics may argue that such effects could be produced
by stage magicians using long hollow strands of fibreglass
with laser lights projected through them. This option was
certainly considered by James Webster, a professional stage-magician
and former member of the Magic Circle, who has more than
fifty years experience in psychic research. On three occasions
he attended sittings with the Scole group and published
His conclusion was clearly set out in a recent letter to
the English newspaper, Psychic World (June 2001):
I discovered no signs of trickery, and in my opinion such
conjuring tricks were not possible, for the type of phenomena
witnessed, under the conditions applied….
There were many dramatic revelations during the years of
the Scole Experiment?but one which I found particularly
interesting was that one of the spirit team who was named
Kingsley Fairbridge .
The information from the spirit team stated that Kingsley
Fairbridge was born in South Africa, educated at Oxford
in England and moved to Australia. There he set up Fairbridge
Farm Schools, to teach underprivileged children a trade.
Unfortunately, he was not physically healthy and died fairly
young. The Scole group made some effort to investigate the
details and published the details in the new Scole Bulletin
asking for help. As a result they were contacted by a relative
of Kingsley who was still living in Australia. When the
Scole group sent her a copy of a photograph materialized
from the afterlife she confirmed the accuracy of the information
and that the photograph was an excellent likeness of Kingsley
Fairbridge?her father (Solomon 1999)
Scole Experiment Update
A new edition of The Scole Experiment (Campion Publishing
2006) contains details of new communications received by
the mediums five years after the cessation of the Scole
Experiment. See http://www.thescoleexperiment.com/book_00.htm
A further book The Norfork Experiment is planned.
On the Internet
The Scole Report is available from the Society for Psychical
See the Society’s web site
“What the Scole Experiment Meant to Me” by
“Reflections on the Scole Experiment” by Alan
and Diana Bennett -
“The Scole Event” an eyewitness account by
Montague Keen, a long time member of the Society for Psychical
Perspectives of eyewitness Dr Ernst Senkowski
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