Italian-born Scottish author and speaker Piero Calvi-Parisetti is a medical doctor originally specialising in Public Health and Disaster Management. At the beginning of his career, employed by the International Red Cross and the United Nations, he worked for a about deacade in the management of large-scale humanitarian aid operations in Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. At the end of year 2000 he moved from field operations to the classroom, taking up a late academic career. Until 2015, he has been Professor of Emergencies and Humanitarian Action at the Institute for International Political Studies of Milan University (Italy) and a visiting professor to several other universities.
In 2004, a simple anecdote narrated by his wife triggered an intellectual interest, at first, and then a true scholarly passion for psychical research (the scientific investigation of the ways that organisms communicate and interact with each other and with the environment that appear to be inexplicable within current scientific models) and, especially, for the study of empirical and scientific evidence pointing to the survival of human personality of bodily death.
After digesting some 30,000 pages of literature, in 2008 Dr Parisetti wrote his first book 21 Days into the Afterlife, hailed by NY Times bestselling author Michael Prescott as “The best introduction I have seen to the survival hypothesis”. The book received very complimentary reviews by specialists and lay public alike, was translated into six languages and went on to become a little Internet publishing success.
After 2010, Dr Parisetti’s interests focused on applied psychical research, that is the practical application of the research findings. He formally trained as a cognitive-behaviour psychotherapist and developed an original patient education approach directed to those who suffer because of the loss of a loved one and those who are in fear of impending death (their own or a loved one’s). This approach aims to help the bereaved and the dying developing a rational belief in life after life – a belief based on reason, built upon the critical evaluation of evidence, rather than on faith. A self-help workbook with an accompanying 8-hour video course based on this approach are currently being developed as a collaborative project under the aegis of the Forever Family Foundation.
Dr Parisetti is a member of the Society for Psychical Research and of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, two professional scientific research organisations, and serves on the scientific advisory board of the Forever Family Foundation, a nonreligious, not for profit organisation strong of over 10,000 members worldwide which is dedicated to furthering the knowledge of afterlife science amongst the bereaved.