Saturday, December 25, 2010

Nick Redfern's The NASA Conspiracies

Nick Redfern’s latest effort at deriving truth from within the corridors of government and other bureaucratic constructs involved the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: NASA.

His book, The NASA Conspiracies: The Truth Behind the Moon Landings, Censored Photos, and the Face on Mars, [New Page Books, Pompton Plains, NJ], is replete with information readers will think they are familiar with but will find out they are not.

Mr. Redfern’s forte isn’t just ferreting news from FOIA documents. He actually has accumulated first-hand information, via face-to-face interviews with persons privy to the inner workings of NASA, the military, and other relevant agencies – insiders.

He has done this again for his NASA book, with a fellow named John, from Bloomington, Minnesota about Area 51 (page 57 ff.), Nick Pope, former U.K. Minister of Defense staffer about contactees, et cetera (Page 97 ff.), Matthew Williams, an investigator with the U.K.’s Customs & Excise Agency about crashed UFOs in the Britain (Page 125 ff.), and a NASA employee with NASA’s Public Affairs office about the Gary McKinnon affair (Page 199 ff.).

Mr. Redfern also presents incredible stories about alleged alien abductions (Sharon, Page 146 ff.) and persons who have experienced mothman-like creatures in and around NASA facilities (Hilda Walker and Frank Shaw, Chapter 13, The Monsters of NASA, Page 153 ff.).

Mr. Redfern also offers a kind of paean to Sci-Fi writer and UFO maven Mac Tonnies, who died recently but left a legacy of hypothetical thought that is unique and provocative, about the so-called Face on Mars (Chapter 9, Page 101 ff.) and cryptoterrestrials, a concomitant, hidden Earthian civilization that interacts with human beings who share this planet with “them.”

Mr. Redfern also provides illuminating minutiae about Roswell, the Moon landing, and the Frank Scully Aztec story.

His ruminations about the Space Shuttle and NASA’s astronauts, some of whom who are believers in extraterrestrial visitation, offer grist to those who believe that the UFO phenomenon is ET oriented.

But most of all, Mr. Redfern confirms for the rational observer that NASA and other U.S. agencies (such as the CIA and FBI) harbor secrets that would be explosive if revealed.

The NASA Conspiracies is a must-read for those who would like a heads-up on the agency that is at the fore-front of our Space exploration and efforts, including the next trips to the Moon and Mars (and beyond).

What does NASA know now, and how would that “secret” information, if made public, impact humanity, and human civilization? Mr. Redfern gives readers some insightful clues.

Mr. Redfern’s book may be had via Amazon.com or from Career Press, Inc., 220 West Parkway, Unit 12, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 (careerpress.com or newpagebooks.com).

Friday, December 10, 2010

UFO Truth? Not so fast....

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The December 13th, 2010 Issue of The New Yorker has an article that all UFO mavens would do well to absorb.

It’s “The Truth Wears Off” by Jonah Lehrer [Page 52 ff.].

Lehrer recounts how science (and researchers) get snookered by “The Decline Effect” –the measurable drop off of one-time observations and data that, when first obtained, seemed invincible as proof of various phenomenon, but end up on second (or third) observations to be considerably less that originally measured.

Rhine’s studies, at Duke, of ESP are mentioned, as are pharmacological, ecological, psychological, biological studies.

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The gist of the article is that studies are intrinsically flawed but why is still open to question.

Some relevant quotes from the piece, which UFO debaters should heed, include:

“Most of the time, scientists know what results they want and that can influence the results they get.” [Page 52]

“Asking people to put their perceptions into words led to dramatic decreases in performance.” [Page 53]

(Re: Rhine’s studies/experiments) “What he wanted to know was whether the images [from Zener card experiments] that got a second showing were more likely to have been identified the first time around. Could subsequent exposure have somehow influenced the initial results? Could the effect be the cause?” [Page 54]

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“The extrasensory powers of…subjects didn’t decline – they were simply an illusion that vanished over time.” [Page 54]

“…the ‘decline effect’ deserves more attention: its ubiquity seems to violate the laws of statistics.” [Page 54]

“…[an] author might publish several critical papers, which distort his analysis.” [Page 54]

“…some – perhaps many – cherished generalities are at best exaggerated in their…significance and at worst a collective illusion nurtured by strong a-priori beliefs [are] often repeated.” [Page 55]

“…the problem seems to be one of subtle omissions and unconscious misperceptions, as researchers struggle to make sense of their results.” [Page 55]

“…act[s] of measurement [are] going to be vulnerable to all sorts of perception biases.” [Page 56]

“The problem of selective reporting is rooted in a fundamental cognitive flaw, which is that we like proving ourselves right an hate being wrong.” [Page 56]

“…after a claim has been systematically disproven…you still see some stubborn researchers citing the first few studies that show a strong effect. They really want to believe that it’s true.” [Page 56]

“Every researcher should have to spell out, in advance, how many subjects they’re going to use, and what exactly they’re testing, and what constitutes a sufficient level of proof. We have the tools to be much more transparent about our experiments.” [Page 56]

“Although…reforms would mitigate the dangers of publication bias and selective reporting, they still wouldn’t erase the decline effect. This is largely because scientific research will always be shadowed by a force that can’t be curbed, only contained: sheer randomness.” [Page 56]

“…a lot of extraordinary scientific data are nothing but noise.” [Page 57]

“…dramatic findings are also the most likely to get published in prestigious journals…” [Page 57]

“…the decline effect is actually a decline of illusion.” [Page 57]

“While Karl Popper imagined falsification occurring with a single, definitive experiment – Galileo refuted Aristotelian mechanics in an afternoon – the process turns out to be much messier than that. Many scientific theories continue to be considered true even after failing numerous experimental tests.” [Page 57]

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“Even the law of gravity hasn’t been perfect at predicting real-world phenomena. In one test, physicists measuring gravity…in the Nevada desert found a two-and-a-half-per-cent
discrepancy between the theoretical predictions and the actual data. Despite these findings…The law of gravity remains the same.” [Page 57]

“Such anomalies demonstrate the slipperiness of empiricism.” [Page 57]

“Although many scientific ideas generate conflicting results and suffer from falling effect sizes, they continue to get cited in textbooks…Why? Because these ideas seem true. Because they make sense. Because we can’t bear to let them go. And this is why the decline effect is so troubling. Not because it reveals the human fallibility of science, in which data are tweaked and beliefs shape perceptions…And not because it reveals that many of our most exciting theories are fleeting fads and soon will be rejected.” [Page 57]

The decline effect is troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that is often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. An just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true.” [Page 57]

“When he experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe.” [End of article]

Scientists and (some) “ufologists” like to think they have a lock on truth. But as Mr. Lehrer’s New Yorker article shows, truth is as elusive as ever, and nothing is certain.

Monday, November 22, 2010

UFO Peer Review? You gotta be kidding….


The UFO mystery continues as a mystery, unabated.

Although some so-called researchers have spent their life-times studying the phenomenon, these “researchers” have come nowhere close to resolving any aspect of the UFO phenomenon.

Not an iota of understanding or tangible hypothesis has evolved over the sixty years plus of UFO study by a small group of UFO die-hards, who like to pretend research credibility by labeling their hobby “ufology.”

The resident hang-out for this moldering group of UFO devotees is UFO UpDates, called “The List” by habitu├ęs of the shop-worn web-site.

A visit to The List will show you that the left-over and left-out members of “ufology” try to one-up other members with attempts at faux-expertise; that is, members strive mightily to show that they have some expertise about something: aircraft, chemistry, photography, et cetera – all things that have little or nothing to do with the intrinsic UFO riddle.

Elder statesmen of the concocted “science of ufology” hope to create a legacy of some kind for the futile and fruitless endeavors over the years.

Jerome Clark, for instance, hangs his hat on the rubric “UFO Historian” – a sad commentary for one’s career or life.

Stanton Friedman, a well-known UFO spokesperson has been relegated to defending his obtuse views about UFOs and various elements of the foolish study called ufology.

Bruce Maccabee, a Naval insider, uses The List to showcase his knowledge – limited knowledge we note – of UFO photography that has shown up over the years.

Don Ledger is a pilot, who likes to correct Listers when they wax eloquently but incorrectly about airfoils and things that fly in the sky.

When a topic arrives at UFO UpDates, it’s never ignored, but always flailed by someone who uses the topic to back-bite others or to showcase a pretense at scholarship about something.

No topic is ever debated on its merits, or efficacy. The List is all about ego and self-promotion.

What’s even sadder is that the small contingent of UFO mavens who still use UpDates for a presence in the UFO community have no idea how ridiculous their ramblings are to outsiders who look at UFOs in the context of wider realities or surrealities.

Over the years, The List has accumulated more UFO rot than any other UFO site in existence.

The surfeit of blather is astounding, for its faux seriousness and ludicrous patina, as academics and true scientists see the thing.

We continue to refer to the group that maintains a presence at UFO UpDates, The List, as UFO Geezers: a group of has-beens or never-weres who represent nothing worthwhile within the legitimate study of UFOs.

This group of pathetic UFO hobbyists are in the final stages of life, thankfully, whose passings will leave open the door of UFO study for real peer review by persons who are less inclined to defend their smarmy, egotistical wasted lives and pursue a mystery that evokes true awe in the human mind.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jenny Randle's segment about the Cumberland Spaceman and Woomera sighting of 1964 on BBC-TV's "Secrets of the Paranormal"

Jenny Randles is one the few bona fide UFO researchers in the world. Here is her investigation of the Templeton Solway Firth (Cumberland) "spaceman" photo and concomitant Woomera (Australia) sighting of a similar being.

(Nick Pope is interviewed also.)


Disclose.tv - the cumberland spaceman 1964 Video

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Great Web-Site: UFO Comet

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A new, for us, paranormal site -- UFO Comet -- has much about UFOs and some fine forums.

Check it out and sign up:

http://www.ufocomet.com

Monday, September 13, 2010

UFOs and The Smiley Blanton Syndrome

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In a monograph (1966) for Abnormal Psychology, University of Michigan, this writer provided an epithet – The Smiley Blanton Syndrome – for the confluence of materials that form a new memory or recollection, composed of diverse artifacts that a human mind accumulates, around a topic.

That is, when one reads or sees an item, then reads or sees another item (in the same or near-same context), a new memory or recollection is formed, from combining and mixing the disparate data/information.

The new memory or recollection is considered to be valid (or true, real) by the person who has “created” the new memory/recollection, even though it is a unique creation made up of tidbits that are only tangentially connected if connected at all.

This corresponds to the theses advocated by Bartlett in his 1932 work, Remembering, which remains a primary, still relevant work by cognitive psychologists and neurologists. (See current thinking about Bartlett’s work by accessing the list of materials below.)

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When a witness to a UFO event, such as Roswell or Betty/Barney Hill’s testimony, after-the-fact (of their alleged abduction), comes into contact with related materials, they tend to incorporate, unconsciously or semi-consciously, elements from those related materials, forming a new “reality.”

This isn’t a direct malfeasance by the persons concocting the new “story” or enhancing another story in the news. It is a quirk of the mind, as Bartlett noted, correctly, many years ago.

The Smiley Blanton Syndrome, which was reproduced in experiments at U of M, provides a template for UFO researchers who want to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

Roswellian testimony is a selective source for determining if a witness has, inadvertently, combined multiple data and input to form what appears to be accurate and supportive testimony from other Roswell witnesses.

This is Anthony Bragalia’s thesis: the testimony he has acquired resonates with other witness testimonies.

The collective memory flaws are also addressed by Bartlett and the writers below. (Jung, too, dealt with collective memory, and its caveats.)

It is time to move away from Roswell testimony and witnesses, in the public arena, anyway, and time to move on to other UFO events without the residual energy of ET believers and resident debunkers or skeptics that Roswell generates.

That is, until Mr. Bragalia, and a few other UFO researchers produce information from new leads, which may (or may not) confirm the ET crash in Roswell.

(The RRRGroup is not holding its united breath, however.)

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N.B. Bartlett's book Remembering (1932) is frequently cited as a major forerunner of the information processing approach to memory and cognition....remembering in natural contexts. A re-examination of Bartlett's work demonstrates that it offers little basis for an information processing approach, but rather that it offers the foundation of a much broader, culturally contextualized and functional approach to the study of everyday remembering. Three particular themes are discussed: the integration of social judgements and affective reactions with cognition, the role of conventional symbols in the coding and communication of experience, and the importance of conversational discourse. Bartlett's best-known studies, involving the method of serial reproduction, are shown to be microcosmic demonstrations of the process that he was most concerned with—that of conventionalization of symbols rather than of the workings of an individual's memory. It is argued, again beginning with Bartlett, that everyday remembering may be most fruitfully studied in terms of its personal and social functions, and particularly through its realization in discourse. [Conversation and remembering: Bartlett revisited, Derek Edwards, David Middleton, Copyright © 1987 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd]
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The thinking person's emotional theorist: A comment on Bartlett's "Feeling, imaging, and thinking" [Tim Dalgleish, British Journal of Psychology, 2009]
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Bartlett, Culture and Cognition [Edited by Akiko Saito, University of Cambridge, UK, 2000]
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Disparate Effects of Repeated Testing: Reconciling Ballard's (1913) and Bartlett's (1932) Results [Mark A. Wheeler and Henry L. Roediger, III, Rice University, American Psychological Society, 1992]
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Roswell Memory Mess

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Debate continues here and elsewhere about witness testimony regarding the Roswell incident [sic] and other UFO episodes.

Related accounts at the time and, more importantly, later – much later in some instances – have to be tempered by all the psychological caveats for memory.

The literature is extensive, but not accessed by ufologists (which isn’t surprising, as ufologists generally are inept at researching what they perceive as tangential to their preconceived notions) and, along with their inadequate training in appropriate academic disciplines, the matter of memory failure is shunted aside or disregarded altogether.

But it is clear to psychologists, neurologists, and those in the legal profession (lawyers, prosecutors, judges, et al.) that witness testimony has to be corroborated by something more than circumstantial elements. That is, memory alone cannot and should not be the sole arbitrator in matters of serious consequence.

The mental acuity of every person is subject to a diversity of things including physiological debilities, associative history (from childhood onward), memory disorder,1 and something we call the Smiley Blanton Syndrome, predefined by F. C. Bartlett in his book Remembering [Cambridge University Press, 1932]:

"[Bartlett] has demonstrated that the content of what has been previously acquired in ordinary experience may be radically altered when remembered…It is his argument that the individual tends to incorporate new items a mental ‘schema’ so that remembering is ‘an imaginative reconstruction, or construction, built out of the relation of our attitude towards a whole active mass of organized past reactions or experience…"2

Ernst Jones also discussed “memory replacement” in his Papers on Psycho-Analysis, (4th Edition, Wood, Baltimore 1938)3

The processes of memory may be afflicted by neural maladies including simple forgetfulness all the way to dementia. The “memory trace” or neurogram (engram) can be disoriented by brain modifications or diseases of the nervous system, as outlined in Psychology [4th Edition, Norman L. Munn, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston 1961, Page 451 ff.]

Repression also needs to be determined, as many Roswellians, according to Anthony Bragalia (See material in archives here), were affected psychologically (and physiologically) by their association with the Roswell story and may have resorted to the neurotic escape of suppressing what they experienced, in reality or in fantasy. (See The Psychology of Adjustment, 2nd Edition, Laurance Frederic Shaffer and Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr., Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1956, Page 236 ff.)

Then there is “memory error” or confabulation where, unable to recall exact events or details, persons manufacture something that seems appropriate.4

None of the things mentioned here have been taken into account, for the Roswell witnesses or witnesses to other UFO sightings and events.

Until the memory matter is clarified, which is possible for some still-living Roswell witnesses, their accounts and remembrances remain suspect.

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N.B. See also sciconrev.org/category/cognition/

1 Symptoms of Psychopathology: A Handbook, Edited by Charles G. Costello, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. NY, 1970, Page 95 ff.

2 A Dictionary of the Social Sciences, Edited by Julius Gould and William L. Kolb, The Free Press, NY, 1964, Page 422

3 Psychiatric Dictionary, 4th Edition, Edited by Leland E. Hinsie, M.D. and Robert J. Campbell, M.D., Oxford University Press, London, 1970, Page 189

4 Psychology Today, CRM Books, Del Mar, California, 1970, Page 360

Thursday, September 09, 2010

UFOs, Zamora, Zamorro, Big Foot, and ?

The tale in a clipping we found in our batch or UFO stuff intrigues in several ways.

Click here to see clipping

Lonnie Zamora saw a UFO with two beings near by. Zamorro saw a “saucer” with a Big Foot creature near by.

What’s our point?

That observations of UFOs and other paranormal artifacts (ghosts, sea monsters, fairies, et al.) are connected by synchronous delusions, variegated by the mind-sets of the observers, posing a psychological or neurological link amongst witnesses to UFO events, as we and Paratopia’s Jeff Ritzmann would have it.

UFOs, while having, sometimes, a tangible effect on materiality, the residue or remnants of that original tangible effect are lost or muddled in the observational aftermath.

UFOs have remained elusive for millennia. Collected data has provided no distinct clue as to what they are.

Ritzmann, among others, think that UFOs alter their presence or appearances to correspond to the cultural/societal conditions at the time they are observed.

That is, UFOs adopt the technological attributes of the period in which they are seen or witnessed.

No, it’s not a matter of interpretation by witnesses – such as chariots of fire in the early historical records of humankind or the 1890 airships. What is seen or reported is exactly what is seen; the UFO (or flying saucer) manifests itself precisely as witnesses have reported them.

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The “saucers” of the 1950s, the occupant-sightings too, were geared to the mind-set of the observers.

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The zeitgeist determines how UFOs will look -- their apparent construct.

But as the old philosophical saw goes – if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? – applies: if a UFO is in the vicinity of humans, but no one is around to see it, does it produce a tangible presence (for cameras, radar, et cetera)?

It seems that real UFO incidents need humans to perceive them, directly or indirectly.

And when humans perceive the UFO(s), they do so with all the aggregate mental detritus that suffuses their mind or memory.

Is there a UFO reality that is concrete or uniform? Apparently not.

UFOs alter themselves – we’re suggesting a living attribute obviously -- or are altered by the mental configurations of those perceiving them.

There is no one UFO presence, no one UFO reality. UFOs are all things to all people, manifesting their reality dependent upon the mental make-up of the person or persons taking in their presence, in the air, on the ground (as in previous years, more so than today), or via technology (radar, for instance).

And those who refuse the reality are also determinant mentally. They refuse the “reality” or “delusional reality” of others because they are saddled with mind-sets of a restrictive kind.

Until neurology, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines tackle the UFO phenomenon within the parameters of human mental vagaries, the mystery will remain elusive.

Hypothesizing about UFOs with an extraterrestrial orientation seems a futile enterprise. The folkloric aspect, propounded by Jacques Vallee or Dr. David Clarke, is a sensible approach.

But one shouldn’t eschew the ET interpretation out-of-hand. It remains a possibility, in the great scheme of things, but it shouldn’t becloud other interpretations, as it has for the past 60 years or so….

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Nick Redfern's new book: Final Events

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Nick Redfern presents material outlining a government study group's “obsession” with a demonic aspect of UFOs and the Afterlife too.

Click here for Mr. Redfern’s site about his new publication

Sunday, September 05, 2010

GhostsStory.com



A very interesting site we highly recommend:

Click here to go to GhostsStory.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010

With God/Jesus dead, where lies theology?

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It is exceedingly clear, to those with normal reasoning powers, that God – the reality of an incarnate God anyway – and Jesus as God have been rationally demolished.

Certainly, the idea of a Supreme Force or Creative Entity remains intact for philosophers, theologians, and even physicists.

But for everyone else, the existence of God and Jesus as His beneficent offspring is, or should be, a matter of idle conjecture and/or insane belief.

The God of the Hebrew Bible was a maniac. Jesus of the New Testament was a deluded prophet, or a transitional divine entity whose living presence has become an exoteric concept for the intellectually deficient.

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Jesus/Christ, as a concept, is useful and interesting, insofar as He provided, like K’ung fu tzu (Confucius) and other avatarae who’ve dispensed enlightened wisdom for humanity.

But as a Divinity, with eternal existence and salvational dispensation, He has lost His cachet for rational human beings.

God, as represented by Yahweh, in the Old Testament, is not like Allah in the Koran.

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Allah is nearer to what philosophers deal with, as the mysterious First Cause.

Yahweh is a metaphorical nightmare.

Jesus doesn’t identify with Yahweh, or the God above God. Jesus merely behaves like the character in Michael Moorcock’s “Behold the Man.”

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If one takes away the assumed divinity of Yahweh and Jesus, and recognizes the gods of Hinduism or Greek Mythology, along with the Mormon divinity or other imagined presences thought to be divine as erroneous, what is left?

A residue of mythology – which is accurate or true, in essence, as Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell made abundantly clear.

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So what happened in the aetiology of human religious beliefs?

That is, what caused mankind to cogitate upon the Divine Entities that allegedly interacted with humans and show up in the precipitative stages of human history?

Erich von Daniken’s “ancient astronaut” theory is an acceptable alternative to the divinity origins of early human design, and makes the most sense, if one examines the hypothesis,
objectively.

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Are there other alternative theories or theologies addressing the incarnate God idea?

Mac Tonnies, recently deceased Science Fiction writer, conjectured in his posthumous book, The Cryptoterrestrials, that there is another, concomitant race of beings inhabiting the Earth along side humans.

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(Mr. Tonnies didn’t proffer a conjecture that his race of cryptoterrestrials account for the religious-oriented divinities, but the hint is there.)

E. J. Hammond’s “Parallel Beings and the Gods of Yore” proposes that entities from other dimensions (qua universes) account for the Divine reminiscences of early chroniclers of tracts that have become the bases for various religions.

Gnostic writings of the early Christian era present a theology explaining the nature of Yahweh, Jesus, and other gods that make up the pleroma.

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The Gnostic view, however, is just a muddy as the Jewish/Christian theologies, and just as unsubstantiated.

Unfortunately, all religious or paranormal presentations of a Divine presence, in the early accounts of humanity or even today, fall short of credible acceptance by persons with acute thinking faculties.

Thus atheism and agnosticism have attained a healthy cachet among scientific writers and thinkers who skirt the issues of religion and philosophical theology.

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But something happened to create the God myths of early man.

If it wasn’t a truly Divine Being, what was it?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Message

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A new book, UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Message by Richard Lawrence, will be published by CICO Books in September 2010. It is a unique investigation of cosmic communication that presents evidence for extraterrestrial contact in a whole new light, examining how these benign beings might offer humanity a rare opportunity for spiritual evolution.

Click here for Press Release

Amazon buy-site

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mperience -- a special web-site

Here's an esthetic, intellectual, cultured web-site we highly recommend:

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Click here to check out Mperience (and sign up).

Monday, July 19, 2010

Jesus (on the Mount?)

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Bart Ehrman in his book “Jesus, Interrupted” [HarperCollins, NY, 2009, Page 117] recounts this section supposedly from a heretical Christian sect, the Phibionites, in a work, The Greater Questions of Mary, as presented by Epiphanius in The Panarion (book 26):

Jesus takes Mary [Magdalene] up to a high mountain and in her presence pulls a woman out of his side…and begins having sexual intercourse with her. When he comes to climax, however, he pulls out of her, collects his semen in his hand, and eats it, telling Mary, “Thus must we do, to live.” Mary, understandably enough, faints on the spot.

While Ehrman was making a point about how some early writers created works to disparage their perceived enemies, the bizarre anecdote he cites confirms, in a strange way, the Morton Smith tenet that Jesus had a secret rite he used to seduce young men.

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Further, alchemists thought semen was the “elixir of life” and used it in their experiments.

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The idea that semen absorbed by others or from one’s own ejaculation could sustain life or enhance it is analogous with Gandhi’s practice of drinking his own urine, to recapture the minerals therein.

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The hidden or subliminal elements in Gnosticism of such Jesus-like perversions is obvious to those familiar with Gnostic literature.

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The eating of Christ’s body and drinking of his blood (the combined gesture) is a sanitized, metaphorical version of the semen dictum.

That Jesus and members of the early Church(es) engaged in such pagan rites accentuates a belief by an erudite friend of ours, Shane Johns, that the early Church and Jesus, himself, was a creation of Greek and Roman literateurs, for what reason, we’re not sure.

Nevertheless, it becomes clearer and clearer that Jesus apparently indulged in activity that present-day Christians would find appalling if they were aware of the alleged activity.

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And, more importantly, the Roman Catholic Church has hidden the evidence for (or branded it heretical) such inflammatory behavior by Jesus.

Bart D. Ehrman's web-site

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jesus' Secret Homosexuality

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Scholar Morton Smith, in his book "The Secret Gospel: The Discovery and Interpretation of the Secret Gospel According to Mark" [Dawn Horse Press, Clearlake, California, 1982], posits that the Gospel of Mark now extant in The New Testament is an expurgated version of an earlier, more authentic Markian Gospel.

And the earlier Gospel, referred to in a letter by Church Father Clement of Alexandria [circa 200 A.D.] to Theodore and found as an underwriting among the Mar Saba manuscripts (notably as part of rewritten pages from a fifteenth-century manuscript of "St. Macarius of Egypt" -- a name used to disguise a colleciton of tracts by ancient Syrian heretics), indicates that the Baptismal rite instigated by Jesus was an homosexual ritual for initiates to His Judaic/Christian brotherhood He fostered.

The following is the portion of the Clement letter, quoting from the Secret Gospel of Mark, which outlines the ritual, but neglects to detail it:

"And they came into Bethany, and a certain woman, whose brother had died, was there...she prostated herself before Jesus and says to him, 'Son of David, have mercy on me.' But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus being angered, went off with her into the garden where the tomb was, and straightway a great cry was heard from th tomb.

"And going near Jesus rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb. And straightway, going in where they outh was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him.

"And going out of the tomb they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days Jesus told him what to do and in the evening they outh comes to him, wearing a linen cloth over [his] naked [body]. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

"And thence, arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan...And he comes into Jerico...And the sister of the youth whom Jesus loved and his mother and Salome were there, and Jesus did not receive them."

Professor Smith equates the rich youth with Lazarus and compares the passage about Lazarus in the Gospel of John [11:17] with the passage above from the Secret Gospel.

Further considerations to the veracity of the Clement letter and the Secret Gospel appear in the canonical Mark Gospel of The New Testament when Jesus is arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane:

"And they all forsook Him and fled. But a certain youthfollwoed Him, wearing a linen cloth on his bare body, and when they seized him, he left the linen cloth behind and fled from them, naked." [Mk. 14:50 ff.]

Professor Smith also elaborates upon the "secret teachings" of Jesus, recounting the references to such in the canonical Gospels.

And the idea that Jesus performed baptism only with and on his disciples, as said by John, purports to show that Jesus, indeed, had a secret teaching or ritual, to which outsiders were not privy.

As to whether or not the secret baptism or The Kingdom of God was a euphemism for homosexual ritual is moot, but some in the Church of Rome, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, believe that Jesus was homosexual and, thus, allows for same-sex activity even nowadays.

The "theology" is considered gnostic and sacred, even though some in the early Church condemned it to be heretical, especially as practiced by the Carpocratians.

But John Boswell [d. 1994] in his "Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century" [The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1980] presents a scholarly thesis about the history of the Catholic Church's attitude towards homosexuality, much of it outside the view of the laity, and not denounced as one might expect.

(Further readings about Biblical homosexuality may be found in a number of books, and a pamphlet, The Biblical Paradigm for Homosexuality, can be had for free by sending a postal mailing address via e-mail to rrrgroup@juno.com)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Nick Redfern reviews "Secrets of Death Valley"

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Nick Redfern reviews "Secrets of Death Valley" published by Tim Beckley's Global Communications, which covers Contactees, secrets of the Mojave Desert, creepy caverns, and more.

The Review

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Nick Redfern reviews "Paranormal London"

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Our favorite Fortean reviews Neil Arnold's book, "Paranormal London"

The Review

Friday, July 02, 2010

Monsters of Texas!

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A new book by Nick Redfern and Ken Gerhard provides reports of weird things and creatures in Texas.

(We're not surprised. Texas is a weird place, even without the strange thingies that Gerhard and Redfern bring to readers.)

The Book site

Monday, June 28, 2010

Vitriol is okay....

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Bloggers and their readers. including us, often gripe about the incendiary and sometimes overly partisan commentary that infuses political, religious, and even UFO discussions.

But Ron Chernow, in The Wall Street Journal, reports on the venomous and divisive discourse engaged in by America’s Founding Fathers.

Here’s Mr. Chernow’s piece.

So, vitriol has a lofty genealogy it seems…

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Our favorite Fortean author, Nick Redfern, does radio!

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I'm very pleased to announce that from next Thursday night (June 10) at 9PM EST I will be co-hosting a regular, weekly, 1-hour-long radio show with good friend Raven Meindel called Exploring All Realms. For all the information on times, schedules, guests and more, see: http://apexn.com/

If you are an author, researcher, investigator or eyewitness and want to be a guest on the show, do let us know via this email address. Or, if you are a publisher and would like your authors to be on the show, let us know and we'll be pleased to have them on.

And, if you would like to post the banner for the show to your site, let me know and I'll send it along as an attachment.

Feel free to cut-paste the info on, and link to, the show that is contained in this email and re-post.

Exploring All Realms with Redfern and Raven

EXPLORING ALL REALMS with Nick Redfern and Raven Meindel is an exciting, vibrant and mystery-packed talk-show devoted to just about everything paranormal, supernatural, cryptozoological and ufological. Each week, Nick and Raven will be speaking with leading investigators, researchers, eye-witnesses and authors in their respective genres as they seek out the truth about the mysteries of this world and beyond, including Bigfoot, ghosts, psychic phenomena, alien encounters, conspiracies and cover-ups. For all the information on times, schedules, guests and more, see: http://apexn.com/

EPISODE 1: We are very pleased to announce that, for the first episode of Exploring All Realms with Redfern and Raven, the guest will be the acclaimed author Brad Steiger. An expert on numerous aspects of the world of the unknown, Brad has penned approximately 170 books, with no less than 17 million copies in print. His huge list of titles include Shadow World; The Werewolf Book; Real Vampires; Strangers From The Skies; and Worlds Before Our Own. And, on Exploring All Realms, Brad will be speaking with us about his brand new book, Real Zombies: The Living Dead, And Creatures Of The Apocalypse. For more data on Brad, check out his website that he runs with his wife Sherry: Brad & Sherry Steiger's Mysteries and Miracles which can be found at http://www.bradandsherry.com/ Don't miss the chance to hear the words of a true legend in the realms of the paranormal, the supernatural, ufology, and strange creatures!

ABOUT NICK REDFERN:
Nick Redfern is the author of numerous books on the world of the paranormal, including There’s something in the Woods; Science Fiction Secrets; Contactees; Memoirs of a Monster Hunter; and A Covert Agenda. He has appeared on many TV shows, including the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest; the BBC’s Out of this World; and the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural. He can be contacted at his website: http://www.nickredfern.com

ABOUT RAVEN MEINDEL:
Raven Meindel runs the blogs Raven’s Crypto Haven (http://www.cryptoraven.com/index.html) and Raven’s Mysterious Haven (http://ravensmysterioushaven.blogspot.com/). She has appeared on the History Channel’s Monster Quest, and is the Michigan representative of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology - a full-time group dedicated to the investigation of unknown animals, such as the Abominable Snowman, the Chupacabras, and the Loch Ness Monster - and has written for the CFZ's in-house magazine, Animals & Men.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Our favorite Fortean author

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Nick Redfern is (not) arguably the best writer of Fortean phenomena we have come to know.

He has a score of terrific books about things strange and stranger.

Click here for a compendia of his oeuvre

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Roswell Witnesses [REDUX]

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A New Yorker piece in the January 25th, 2010 issue by Daniel Mendelsohn about literary memoirs [Page 68 ff.] should be essential reading for those who think that the Roswell witnesses provide proof of an alien space craft crash near their town in 1947.

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Discounting Freud’s remarks about the mendacity of memoirs, Mendelsohn provides this about memory (and the recounting of past events):

“…[people] always manage to turn…memories into good stories – even if those stories aren’t quite true. Anyone who writes a memoir doesn’t need psychology experiments to tell him that memories can be partial, or self-serving, or faulty.”

Mendelsohn goes on to relate instances where events he was privy to were added to and re-constructed by others who inserted themselves into the events, believing that they were actually involved. (Not quite Freud’s mendacity but just as errant when it comes to truth.)

Many Roswell “witnesses” have been caught lying outright about their participation in the 1947 incident. Others, now old and subject to natural mental diminution and senility or dementia, have created scenarios in which they are an integral part.

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UFO tyro Joseph Capp [UFO Media matters] is a Roswell witness crusader who extols witness accounts as if they were handed down by the hand of God, ignoring the reams of material by psychologists, law enforcement, and neurologists that indicate witness accounts are some of the most flawed elements in event reconstruction.

All people, and especially older people, are also flummoxed by the Smiley Blanton Syndrome, which is where separate events are amalgamated into one event, with elements and remembrances intertwined in such a way as to create a new “reality.”

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In Roswell, something happened that was strange, even convoluted, exacerbated by a few persons, Mac Brazel, Walter Haut, and Jesse Marcel Sr., who were almost hysterical during the 1947 period, followed by a gaggle of UFO investigators who were just (and many still are) as hysterical many years afterwards.

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We think several things happened near Roswell in July 1947: a missile launch that went astray perhaps, a Mogul experiment that ended up in the mix, a (possible) flying disk accident, and/or a “secret” military event that was brief but significant.

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Any two of those possibilities would provide gist for the Smiley Blanton Syndrome, and evoke faulty memories years later by those who were involved or at the edge of any of the events.

In the rush to augment or prove their extraterrestrial inclinations, many UFO researchers, all with limited qualifications to be called “researcher” on the face of it, have tried to use witness testimony to bolster their ET predilections.

But as many true experts on memory and witness testimony, such as Daniel Mendelsohn, “prove” with actual scientific data and experiments that people deliberately or by natural mental deficiencies mis-remember past events, ufologists and wannabes (such as Capp, Rudiak, Randle, et al.) continue to proffer Roswell witness testimony as proof positive that something foreign to this Earth crashed in the New Mexico desert in 1947.

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And those ufologists wonder why they are scoffed at or seen as loonies. They are in a state of denial far worse than that of the witnesses they exploit.

It’s beyond sad; it’s insane…..