Parapsychological Research Centre to open in Second Life (continued)
Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado and Dr. Nancy L.
Zingrone, the folks behind The AZIRE, have enjoyed careers in parapsychology
since the late 1970s. Focusing mainly on the psychology of
experience — especially on the out-of-body experience — they have
been lucky enough to have worked at some of the premiere institutions in the
field, such as the Rhine Research Center in Durham, North Carolina, the Koestler
Parapsychology Unit in the Department of Psychology at the University of
Edinburgh, the Parapsychology Foundation in New York City and Greenport, New
York, and at the Division of Perceptual Studies in the Department of Psychiatry
and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia, where they now hold
part-time grant-based research faculty appointments.
In addition to developing online courses, a
“Virtual College Fair” is in the planning stages. So far Dr. Charles Tart, Dr.
Caroline Watt of the
The AZIRE has committed to Second Life as a particularly vibrant media for education. To exploit that potential, The AZIRE Learning Center presents similar resources to those provided by The AZIRE website but using some of the interactive media available inworld such as continuously running slideshows, “notecards,” a YouTube viewer and click-throughs to buy books and download articles. Still in development in Second Life are The AZIRE Library that will include an expanded selection of articles and books to download or buy, and The AZIRE Classroom Building, a cosy space where discussions and classes will be hosted.
If you’re experienced in Second Life, Alvarado and Zingrone want to remind you that The AZIRE’s first open house is on Sunday, September 20th, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm PST. Once inworld, IM Maggie Larimore (Zingrone’s Second Life alter ego) and she will send you the landmark. For those who’d like to give Second Life a try, once inworld IM Maggie Larimore and/or Rodolfo Mirabella (Alvarado’s SL alter ego) for a warm welcome!