"Instead of defying the laws of physics, many so-called paranormal experiences can be interpreted as eyewitness accounts of the universe described by modern physics."


Leo Ruickbie, FRHistS, FRAI, ARPS, PhD, is a Visiting Fellow in Psychology at the University of Northampton. He has a doctorate from King’s College, London, for his thesis on contemporary witchcraft and magic use, building on his research into re-enchantment that won him an MA with distinction from Lancaster University. As a writer, editor and social scientist specializing in controversial areas of human belief and experience, he has published six books and almost a hundred articles and chapters in books.

His work has been mentioned in the media from The Guardian to Radio Jamaica and he has appeared on television in programs such as Mysteries at the Castle for the Travel Channel. His contribution to science has been recognized with Fellowships from both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Closely involved with the work of the Society for Psychical Research, he is a member of its governing Council, its Spontaneous Cases Committee and was the editor of its Magazine from 2014 to 2023. For his work with the Magazine and in the field of photography more broadly, the Royal Photographic Society awarded him an Associateship and an Accredited in Imaging in the Creative Industries qualification in 2022. In addition, he is the instigator and editor of the SPR’s two-volume book series Is There Life After Death? (forthcoming). He is also a Professional Member of the AAAS-affiliated Parapsychological Association and was a member of the governing committee of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics) from 2014 to 2020.

In 2021, he won third place in the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies contest for the best essay on the evidence for life after death with “The Ghost in the Time Machine.” Some 1,400 people initially applied to take part in the contest, with only 204 meeting the strict entry criteria. In total, $1.8 million in prize money was distributed, making it one of the most significant essay contests in history and certainly on the subject of life after death. In 2022, he was invited to join the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies as a fulltime member of staff.

Articles of Note

PDF cover

The Ghost in the Time Machine: The Survival of Human Consciousness After Permanent Bodily Death

Leo Ruickbie
Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, 2024
Kindle Edition

Third place winner of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies Prize Essay Competition 2021, delves into the enigmatic realm of human consciousness and its persistence post-mortem. Drawing upon a wealth of historical testimonies and contemporary paranormal investigations, the study critically examines the evidence for life after death, challenging the materialist paradigm. Through engaging narratives and scientific scrutiny, it explores phenomena such as near-death experiences, apparitions, and the concept of time in the afterlife, proposing a nuanced understanding of consciousness beyond physical existence.

PDF cover

'Child Witches': From Imaginary Cannibalism to Ritual Abuse

Leo Ruickbie and
Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, Vol. 3 No. 3 11 2012

An investigation of the distressing trend of child witch accusations within African immigrant communities in the UK, focusing on the severe abuse faced by children labeled as witches. By examining cultural beliefs in witchcraft, particularly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and their impact in the UK, the study reveals the need for increased awareness and policy interventions to safeguard children from abuse disguised as spiritual purification.

More articles are on Leo Ruickbie's website

Parapsychological Association Convention Presentation

Who's Who in Postmaterialist Science

We gratefully acknowledge the following people for their contributions. Through their research, teaching, writing and speaking we have all benefited. We include important papers, articles, books and videos for many. Some are manifesto signatories; otherwise they are unassociated with this website.