First issue of The Spiritual Scientist bulletin [December, 1994 (Winter)] is released.
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Friday 18 November 1994 at Scole
Seven sitters: all the members of the Scole Group
There was nothing spectacular about this sitting on 18 November. Although we had the now customary ringing of bells, and a profusion of spirit lights and raps, the evening was very much ‘run of the mill’. Our Pyrex bowl was again silently levitated from its position on the floor and placed on the table, where it was often illuminated by a spirit light. The Ping-Pong ball, which we had placed in the bowl, was madly chased physically round in it by the spirit light at various times. We had the usual communicators, two of whom - Raji and Edward - spoke a little about the team’s intention to, henceforth, get down to some serious work with the photographic and scientific experiments. Whilst there were no results with the 35 mm Polaroid films this time, we did have two excellent prints on the flat Polaroid films, showing energy formations in greens, yellows, and browns.
Round about this time, we were finalising the first issue of the bulletin that we had been strongly urged to create by the spirit team. It was to be initially typeset on A4 paper and photocopied. The pagination we had decided on was fifteen pages of news and views about the New Spiritual Science Foundation and, in particular, the Scole Group and its phenomena. It was hoped that, as other groups came together throughout the world and started to get their own results using the energy-based new technology of the spirit world, we would also be able to report their progress in the Spiritual Scientist. There were to be no adverts, just text plus eventually, photographs. The bulletin would be issued quarterly with its publication dates in December, March, June and September of each year.
By the third week of November, several hundred copies of the first issue had been completed, photocopied, collated, and stapled. These were sent out, free of charge (but at a considerable cost to ourselves), to people all over the world, whom we considered might be interested in our work, and gradually we started to receive our first subscriptions. The numbers coming in were small but steady and it became apparent that the opening spark of interest was there - enough, at least for us to sustain publication of the Spiritual Scientist throughout its first year.
The first issue of The Spiritual Scientist bulletin we have been able to obtain is not correctly formatted – possibly due to it being compiled in an old publishing program before being made into a PDF – but the content is readable and we have therefore posted it 'as is' so that Scole researchers can view it.
For more diary extracts, read Witnessing The Impossible: The Diary of The Scole Experiment by Robin Foy.
For the scholarly, scientific analysis of The Scole Experiment, read The Scole Report: An Account of an Investigation into the Genuineness of a Range of Physical Phenomena Associated with a Mediumistic Group in Norfolk, England by Montague Keen, David Fontana & Arthur Ellison