From CSICon Speakers James Alcock and Loren Pankratz: A Call for Essays

James Alcock, Loren Pankratz

We are interested in compelling stories of personal turnabout with regard to well-entrenched beliefs. We are seeking essays about the personal experience of changing one’s mind because of meaningful new information or data, compelling argument, or defeated theory. This obviously raises questions about what, when, and why some “facts” become facts. We presume that such changes will also have inevitable social and emotional consequences.

We want to hear your story without restricting your style or content. We plan on editing the final submissions into a book with the working title: I changed my mind: Personal stories of facing the facts. We use the word “stories” instead of “essays” because we are aiming for a more general market. Please make your submission in Microsoft Word, 1.5 line spacing, 12 font, Times New Roman, unjustified, with footnotes in Chicago 16 style. Length should be 1,000 to 4,000 words.

Please contact us if you have something to contribute within this framework, or if you know someone whom we might approach who has an interesting and relevant story to tell.

Loren Pankratz: loren.pankratz@comcast.net

James Alcock: jalcock@yorku.ca

James Alcock

James E. Alcock, PhD, is professor of psychology at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a member of the Executive Council of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Editorial Board of the Skeptical Inquirer. Alcock has written extensively about parapsychology and anomalous experience and has for many decades taught a psychology course focusing on these topics. His most recent book is Belief: What It Means to Believe and Why Our Convictions Are So Compelling (Prometheus Books, 2018).

Loren Pankratz

Loren Pankratz is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon.