Professor John Poynton, MSc, PhD is a past President of the Society for Psychical Research where he continues to fulfil a variety of duties as Hon. Secretary as well as other important academic work elsewhere. In 1992 he received an Order of Merit in South Africa. His life-long interests are African wildlife and classical music, in addition to psychical phenomena and in mysticism. He takes a critical view of the dogmatic materialism promoted both by current science and by current philosophy and has helped many people break free from the chains of materialism through his books, his teachings and motivational talks. He takes the view that one’s existence on earth is for some purpose, which the individual has to try to discover, and to fulfil to the best of one’s ability.