Schepis, Giovanni (1894–1963)
Italian official who experimented in the field of parapsychology.
He was born on June 3, 1894, at Catania, Italy, and
studied at the University of Rome. He was a lecturer in statistics
at the University of Rome for many years (1936–63). In 1963
he became the director of the mechanographic center of Italy’s
Department of Elections, of the Ministry of the Interior. In
1937 he co-founded and became the first general secretary of
the Società Italiana de Metapsichica. He went on to become
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its president (1959–63). Schepis conducted mass experiments
in telepathy using radio and television. He also studied the personality
of sensitives, but made his major contribution with his
work on the statistical approach to parapsychological experiments.
He published a number of papers in various Italian
journals. He died December 1, 1963.
Sources
Schepis, Giovanni. ‘‘La Esplorazione delle Percezioni ExtraSensoriali
col Metodo Statistico’’ (Exploring extrasensory perception
by statistical methods). Notiziario di Metapsichica (March
1949).
———. ‘‘I ‘Poteri magici’ e l’Uomo Normale’’ (‘‘Magical
powers’’ and the normal man). Ulisse (October 1948).
———. ‘‘La Parapsicologia in Italia e la scienza ufficiale
Anno Zero’’ (Parapsychology in Italy and official science The
year zero). Studies and Problems of Parapsychology (1961).
———. ‘‘Questioni di Metodo in Parapsicologia’’ (Questions
of method in parapsychology). Revista de Parapsicologia
(April–June 1955).
———. ‘‘Un Nuovo Campo di Applicazione del Metodo Statistico
Lo Studio dell’ effetto detto di ESP’’ (A new field for the
application of statistical methods The study of so-called extrasensory
perception). Proceedings, Società Italiana di Demografia
e Statistica (1947).