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The Archeosophical Society is a charitable cultural association founded by Tommaso Palamidessi in 1973. The purpose of the association is to study and develop Archeosophy. The Society's activities are divided into three principal categories: Conferences, Exhibitions and Courses. At present the Society counts at least 20 centers in Italy and Germany and various study groups in Portugal, Austria and France.
The Archeosophical Society
The Archeosophical Society is a non-profit cultural association founded by Tommaso Palamidessi in 1973. The association is non-political, independent, and derives its financial support only from its members' contributions. Among its aims are studying the normal and paranormal psychical potentialities of the human being, and investigating the still unexplained laws of nature; comparative study of philosophies and religions; experimental research in the field of Cosmobiological phenomenology, by means of scientific and instrumental research, aimed at discovering and cataloguing the existing connections between solar, terrestrial and cosmic radiations, and the human, animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms. The Archeosophical Society now counts few thousands of members both in Italy and in the rest of Europe (mainly in Germany, Portugal and France).
Brief history of the society
0n the ninth of July 1973 the Archeosophical Society was born, a no profit organization which collects funds from member's voluntary contributions. The presidency of the Society was shared by Tommaso Palamidessi and his wife Rosa Bordino. Each section of the Society is made up of at least eight members and guided by a secretary. The principal groups were in Rome with adhering centers and Milan and probably Tuscany, in particular Pisa, where a group was founded by Renzo Bernadini (1923- 1973) in 1970, and Prato. In 1973 the active centers were 6, Milan, Como, Pisa, (which counted two centers) Florence and Rome (Headquarters). The public activities of the Society until the death of the founder in 1983 seem to have been principally conferences held by Tommaso Palamidessi and other members of the various other centers. From 1983 until today many centers have been founded while others have been closed; without descending in superfluous detail it is sufficient to fix some fundamental developments: In 1985 the Sienna Centre was founded by Enrico Monducci and in 1986 the Genoa center opened, founded by Franca Oneto. The Society's activities began to grow and diversify, especially towards the end of the 1990s. These can be divided into three principal categories: Conferences, Exhibitions and Courses. At present the Society counts at least 20 centers in Italy and Germany and various study groups in Portugal, Austria and France.
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