The Archaeus Project
Archaeus Project was one of the groups active in paranormal fields in
the 1980s and early 1990s. It was founded in 1982 in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area (Bakken, n.d., p. 74), and during its early years it focused
heavily, though not exclusively, on the paranormal. It conducted
investigations, sponsored lecture series, held conferences,
established a library, and published periodicals and monographs.
journal, Archaeus, was published in five volumes from 1983 to
1989. It carried papers from a variety of contributors, with names
familiar to paranormal researchers, including (in order of first
appearance): Eldon A. Byrd, Jack Houck, James McClenon, John Thomas
Richards, Dennis Stillings, Robert C. Beck, Jule Eisenbud, Andrija Puharich,
Elizabeth A. Rauscher, Otto H. Schmitt, George P. Hansen,
W. E. Cox, Robert E. L. Masters, Earl E. Bakken, Hilary Evans, Martin
S. Kottmeyer, Peter M. Rojcewicz, Michael Grosso, Alvin H. Lawson, Michael
Archaeus Project began as a discussion group in the home of Earl
Bakken, a highly successful inventor-businessman who co-founded
Medtronic, Inc. (Bakken, n.d., p. 73). They were soon joined by
Dennis Stillings, who had earlier built the collections of The
Bakken, now a renowned library and museum focusing on electricity
and life (Bakken, n.d., pp. 70-71; Stillings, 2001). Stillings went
on to become the director of the Archaeus Project.
group had a number of other members with significant mainstream
accomplishments. Otto Schmitt, an eminent biophysicist, was one of
the early members involved with paranormal investigations. The
November-December 2004 issue of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and
Biology Magazine devoted over 40 pages to Schmitt and his work,
including an article by Stillings. John E. Haaland, a former
Corporate Vice President of The Pillsbury Company, was another
member. In 1998 Haaland and members of Robert Jahnís PEAR
laboratory at Princeton University received a patent for an electronic
random-number generator used to control a game toy or computer
display (Bradish et al, 1998). Archaeus Project member Karen
Olness, a professor of pediatrics, has received honors for improving childrenís health around
the Archaeus Project moved to Hawaii as its focus shifted to more
mainstream healthcare-related matters. In 2001 it became a sole
proprietorship owned by Dennis Stillings. It has not since been active in
paranormal areas, though Stillings retains his personal interest.
Bakken, Earl E. (n.d.). One
Manís Full Life. Available at: http://www.earlbakken.com/content/publications/one.mans.pdf.
Accessed March 8, 2008.
Bradish, G. Johnston;
Dobyns, York H.; Dunne, Brenda J.; Jahn; Robert G.; Nelson, Roger
D.; Haaland, John E.; Hamer, Steven M. Apparatus and method for
distinguishing events which collectively exceed chance expectations
and thereby controlling an output. U.S. Patent No. 5,830,064.
November 3, 1998.
Stillings, Dennis. (2004).
Otto Schmitt and the Archaeus Project: Adventures in the Anomalous. IEEE
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, Vol. 23, No. 6,
Stillings, Dennis. (2001).
The Bakken: A Library and Museum of Electricity in Life. Journal
of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 255-266.
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of the journal ARCHAEUS