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Free Energy Technology
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- Should You Be Afraid of Ghosts? -
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- MORE FUEL FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT -
Officer's Amazing Deathbed Admission
Exactly 60 years
ago, a light aircraft was flying over the Cascade Mountains in
Washington State, at a height of around 10,000ft.
Suddenly, a brilliant flash of light illuminated the
aircraft. Visibility was good and as pilot Kenneth Arnold scanned the
sky to find the source of the light, he saw a group of nine shiny
metallic objects flying in formation.
He estimated their speed as being around 1,600 miles
per hour - nearly three times faster than the top speed of any jet
aircraft at the time. He described the craft as arrow-shaped and said
they moved in a jerky motion - 'like a saucer would if you skipped it
across the water'.
A reporter seized on this phrase and in his story
described the objects as 'flying saucers'. The age of the Unidentified
Flying Object (UFO) had begun.
Soon, similar reports began to come in from all over
America. This wasn't just the world's first UFO sighting, this was the
birth of a phenomenon, one that still exercises an extraordinary
Then, two weeks after Arnold's sighting, something
happened that was to lead to the biggest UFO conspiracy theory of all
time. On or around July 2, 1947, something crashed in the desert near a
military base at Roswell, New Mexico.
Military authorities issued a press release, which
began: "The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality
yesterday when the intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group of the
Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain
possession of a disc."
The headlines screamed: "Flying Disc captured by Air
Force." Yet, just 24 hours later, the military changed their story and
claimed the object they'd first thought was a 'flying disc' was a
weather balloon that had crashed on a nearby ranch.
Amazingly, the media and the public accepted the
explanation without question, in a way that would not happen now.
Roswell disappeared from the news until the late Seventies, when some
of the military involved began to speak out.
The key witness was Major Jesse Marcel, the
intelligence officer who had gone to the ranch to recover the wreckage.
He described the metal as being wafer thin but incredibly tough.
It was as light as balsa wood, but couldn't be cut or
burned. Some witnesses described seeing strange inscriptions on the
These and similar accounts of the incident have
largely been dismissed by all except the most dedicated believers.
But last week came an astonishing new twist to the
Roswell mystery - which casts new light on the incident and raises the
possibility that we have, indeed, been visited by aliens.
Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations
officer at the base in 1947, and was the man who issued the original
and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base
commander, Colonel William Blanchard.
Haut died last year, but left a sworn affidavit to be
opened only after his death.
Last week, the text was released and asserts that the
weather balloon claim was a cover story, and that the real object had
been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar. He described
seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies.
He wasn't the first Roswell witness to talk about
bodies. Local undertaker Glenn Dennis had long claimed that he was
contacted by authorities at Roswell shortly after the crash and asked
to provide a number of child-sized coffins.
When he arrived at the base, he was apparently told
by a nurse (who later disappeared) that a UFO had crashed and that
small humanoid extraterrestrials had been recovered. But Haut is the
only one of the original participants to claim to have seen alien
Haut's affidavit talks about a high-level meeting he
attended with base commander Col William Blanchard and the Commander of
the Eighth Army Air Force, Gen Roger Ramey. Haut states that at this
meeting, pieces of wreckage were handed around for participants to
touch, with nobody able to identify the material.
He says the press release was issued because locals
were already aware of the crash site, but in fact there had been a
second crash site, where more debris from the craft had fallen. The
plan was that an announcement acknowledging the first site, which had
been discovered by a rancher, would divert attention from the second
and more important location.
Haut also spoke about a clean-up operation, where for
months afterwards military personnel scoured both crash sites searching
for all remaining pieces of debris, removing them and erasing all signs
that anything unusual had occurred.
This ties in with claims made by locals that debris
collected as souvenirs was seized by the military.
Haut then tells how Colonel Blanchard took him to
'Building 84' - one of the hangars at Roswell - and showed him the
craft itself. He describes a metallic egg-shaped object around 12-15ft
in length and around 6ft wide. He said he saw no windows, wings, tail,
landing gear or any other feature.
He saw two bodies on the floor, partially covered by
a tarpaulin. They are described in his statement as about 4ft tall,
with disproportionately large heads. Towards the end of the affidavit,
Haut concludes: "I am convinced that what I personally observed was
some kind of craft and its crew from outer space."
What's particularly interesting about Walter Haut is
that in the many interviews he gave before his death, he played down
his role and made no such claims. Had he been seeking publicity, he
would surely have spoken about the craft and the bodies.
Did he fear ridicule, or was the affidavit a sort of
deathbed confession from someone who had been part of a cover-up, but
who had stayed loyal to the end?
Another military witness who claimed to know that the
Roswell incident involved the crash of an alien spacecraft is Colonel
Philip J. Corso, a former Pentagon official who claimed his job was to
pass technology from the craft recovered at Roswell to American
He claims that discoveries such as Kevlar body
armor, stealth technology, night vision goggles, lasers and the
integrated circuit chip all have their roots in alien technology from
the Roswell crash.
Corso died of a heart attack shortly after making
these claims, prompting a fresh round of conspiracy theories.
As bizarre as Corso's story sounds, it has support
from a number of unlikely sources, including former Canadian Minister
of Defence Paul Hellyer, who spoke out recently to say that he'd
checked the story with a senior figure in the U.S. military who
confirmed it was true.
The U.S. government came under huge pressure on
Roswell in the Nineties. In July 1994, in response to an inquiry from
the General Accounting Office, the Office of the Secretary of the Air
Force published a report, The Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the
New Mexico Desert.
The report concluded that the Roswell incident had
been attributable to something called Project Mogul, a top secret
project using high-altitude balloons to carry sensor equipment into the
upper atmosphere, listening for evidence of Soviet nuclear tests.
The statements concerning a crashed weather balloon
had been a cover story, they admitted, but not to hide the truth about
A second U.S. Air Force report, The Roswell Report:
Case Closed, was published in 1997 and focused on allegations that
alien bodies were recovered.
It concluded that any claims that weren't entirely
fraudulent were generated by people having seen crash test dummies that
were dropped from balloons from high altitude as part of Project High
Dive - a study aimed at developing safe procedures for pilots or
astronauts having to jump from extreme altitudes.
These tests ran from 1954 to 1959 in New Mexico, and
the U.S. government suggested that sightings of these dummies might
have been the root of stories about humanoid aliens, with people
mistaking the dates after so many years, and erroneously linking what
they'd seen with the 1947 story of a UFO crash.
Sceptics, of course, will dismiss the testimony left
by Haut. After all, fascinating though it is, it's just a story.
There's no proof. But if nothing else, this latest revelation shows
that, 60 years on, this mystery endures.
UFO enthusiasts plan to commemorate the 60th
anniversary of the Roswell incident with a series of events. In Roswell
itself there will be a conference partly sponsored by the city
authorities. Thousands are predicted to attend. Roswell has become not
just big news, but big business.
Ever since Kenneth Arnold's sighting and the Roswell
incident, UFO sightings have continued to be made around the world.
In the UK, in 1950, the Ministry of Defence's Chief
Scientific Adviser, Sir Henry Tizard, said UFO sightings shouldn't be
dismissed without proper, scientific investigation.
The MoD set up arguably the most wonderfully named
body in the history of the Civil Service, the Flying Saucer Working
Party. Its conclusions were skeptical.
It believed UFO sightings were attributable to either
misidentifications, hoaxes or delusions. Its final report, dated June
1951, said no further resources should be devoted to investigating UFOs.
But in 1952 a high-profile series of UFO sightings
occurred, in which objects were tracked on radar and seen by RAF
pilots. The MoD was forced to think again and has had been
investigating ever since. To date, the MoD has received more than
The best-known UK incident occurred in December 1980
in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. In the early hours of December 26,
personnel at RAF Bentwaters (a base leased to the USAF) reported
strange lights in the forest. Thinking an aircraft had crashed, they
went to investigate.
What they found, witnesses say, was a UFO. They took
photographs (which they were later told hadn't come out) of the
brightly illuminated craft and one of the men got close enough to touch
the object, which then took off and flew away. The stunned men briefed
their bosses, including the deputy base commander, Lieutenant Colonel
Halt ordered the men to make official witness
statements, including sketches of the craft. The following night Halt
was at a social function when a flustered airman burst in, saluted and
said: "Sir, it's back."
Halt looked confused and said: "What's back?" "The
UFO, Sir. The UFO is back," the airman replied.
Halt and a small team went to investigate. His
intention, he later reported, was to 'debunk this nonsense'. As they
went into the forest, their radios began to malfunction and powerful
mobile searchlights cut out. Suddenly, Halt and his team saw the UFO
and attempted to get closer. At one point it was directly overhead,
shining a bright beam of light down on them.
After these events, Halt ordered an examination of
the area where the UFO had been seen on the first night. Three
indentations were found in the ground where the craft had landed. A
Geiger counter was used and radiation readings were taken, which peaked
in the three holes. Halt reported it to the MoD and an investigation
This was inconclusive, but Defence Intelligence Staff
assessed the radiation readings taken at the landing site were
'significantly higher than the average background'. The MoD's case file
on the incident has only recently been released under the Freedom of
Another spectacular UFO incident occurred in March
1993. Over six hours, around 60 witnesses in different parts of the UK
reported a series of sightings of spectacular UFOs. Many of the
witnesses were police officers and the UFO also flew over two military
bases in the Midlands, RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury.
The Meteorological Officer at RAF Shawbury described
the UFO as being a vast triangular-shaped craft that moved from a hover
to a speed several times faster than an RAF jet in seconds.
He estimated that the UFO was midway in size between
a Hercules transport aircraft and a Boeing 747 and said that at one
point the craft had been as low as 400ft. He also said that it had been
firing a narrow beam of light at the ground and emitting an unpleasant
The MoD investigation lasted several weeks and the
case file - also recently released - runs to more than 100 pages.
The final briefing submitted to the Assistant Chief
of the Air Staff stated: "In summary, there would seem to be some
evidence on this occasion that an unidentified object (or objects) of
unknown origin was operating over the UK." That is about the most frank
admission on UFOs that the MoD has ever made.
Sixty years after Kenneth Arnold's 'flying saucer'
sighting, pilots are still seeing UFOs. In April this year, Captain Ray
Bowyer, a pilot based in Alderney, saw two bright yellow UFOs in the
vicinity of the Channel Islands.
Some of his passengers saw the same thing, another
pilot in the area made a similar report and some unusual readings were
seen on air traffic control radar. The MoD and the Civil Aviation
Authority investigated the incident and no explanation has been found.
Despite any number of hoaxes over the years, interest
and belief in UFOs remains strong. Under the Freedom of Information
Act, the MoD receives more requests relating to UFOs than on any other
So what is it about UFOs that continues to excite our
imaginations? To some people, the subject has become almost a religion
and perhaps that gets to the heart of it. Those who study the subject
are on a quest not just for the truth, but for meaning. It's a search
for the answer to one of the most fundamental questions we can ask -
are we alone?
Source: The Daily Mail (UK)
IRONING OUT THE BUGS DEPARTMENT -
Free Energy Technology
Display Has Rocky Start
Technology developed by an Irish firm that allegedly defies basic laws
of physics to produce free power goes on public display for the first
Steorn is challenging worldwide cynicism over its claims to have
stumbled upon a revolutionary discovery that creates clean, constant
energy and could end the global fuel crisis.
While 22 scientists continue their exhaustive tests on the Orbo
technology the inventors are asking the public to come and see a
demonstration for themselves at Kinetica Museum, Spitalfields Market,
A live working demonstration is being streamed on the internet. It can
be viewed on the web from four different camera angles.
Sean McCarthy, chief executive of Steorn, said: "What we are showing
basically is a very simplified version of the technology. It's
virtually all-clear plastic and magnets so we are demonstrating
obviously that there is no battery hidden and so on. What the system
will be doing is literally lifting a weight, demonstrating work being
done for free."
Mr McCarthy said the company decided against using the technology to
illuminate a light-bulb because the use of wires would attract further
suspicion from a scientific community that has denounced the invention
The technology, based on the interaction of magnetic fields, and yet to
be conclusively proven or declared a hoax, created a stir after Steorn
placed an advertisement in the Economist magazine last year challenging
the world's scientists to test its claims.
The company picked 22 of the world's leading scientists from Europe and
the US for the review, which started in January and is not expected to
be completed before the end of the year.
Mr McCarthy insisted Steorn are contractually obliged to publish
whatever the scientists conclude in full, adding that the €8 million
invested in the technology to date and the company's reputation were at
"Obviously Steorn and Sean McCarthy would never recover if there is a
negative result here. But we don't see that as even an outside
possibility," he said.
A company press release dated July 4th announced that people from
around the world would be able to view the exhibit via live web cams,
and that they would be able to select different camera angles and thus
be able to view the exhibit from various positions.
The demonstration was originally announced to begin at 6:00 pm Eastern
Time, July 4 in the Kinetica Museum gallery of London, but "due to
slight technical difficulties", the publication of their real-time
streaming was postponed to July 5th.
A person, apparently in the know, reported to the Steorn forum:
"...they ran into some technical issues, firstly a
problem with the bearings, which was fixed once identified. The next
issue appears to be an environmental issue. We think possibly the
temperature from the lighting system in the immediate area, but this
has to be further assessed in the morning."
As of 6:00 am Eastern, July 5th, 24 hours after it was supposed to air,
the Kinetica Museum website was displaying this announcement: "KINETICA
OPENING DELAYED: Due to some technical difficulties caused by the
intense heat from camera lighting, Steorn's demonstration of its 'Orbo'
free energy technology has been slightly delayed. As a consequence,
Kinetica Museum will not be open to the public today (5th July). A
technical assessment is currently underway and information will be
posted on the websites of Steorn and Kinetica as soon as it becomes
available. We apologise for this delay and appreciate your patience.
"Steorn's 'Orbo' technology is based on the interaction of magnetic
fields and allows the production of clean, free and constant energy.
'Orbo' technology is fully scalable and can be applied to virtually all
devices requiring energy, from cellular phones to cars.
"From 6th-13th July, visitors to Kinetica can witness for themselves
'Orbo' as it perpetually spins a clear polycarbonate wheel with
absolutely no supply of external energy or power supply attached."
This botched start is a serious setback for Steorn, who had hoped to
prove so many skeptics wrong, but who are now gloating with words to
the effect, "who ever expected anything but this?"
When the demonstration gets up and running, you can view it via webcam
- IN THE TIME BEFORE TIME
What Happened Before the Big Bang?
New discoveries about another universe whose collapse appears to have
given birth to the one we live in today has been announced in the early
on-line edition of the journal Nature Physics.
"My paper introduces a new mathematical model that we can use to derive
new details about the properties of a quantum state as it travels
through the Big Bounce, which replaces the classical idea of a Big Bang
as the beginning of our universe," said Martin Bojowald, assistant
professor of physics at Penn State. Bojowald's research also suggests
that, although it is possible to learn about many properties of the
earlier universe, we always will be uncertain about some of these
properties because his calculations reveal a "cosmic forgetfulness"
that results from the extreme quantum forces during the Big Bounce.
The idea that the universe erupted with a Big Bang explosion has been a
big barrier in scientific attempts to understand the origin of our
expanding universe, although the Big Bang long has been considered by
physicists to be the best model.
As described by Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the origin of
the Big Bang is a mathematically nonsensical state -- a "singularity"
of zero volume that nevertheless contained infinite density and
infinitely large energy. Now, however, Bojowald and other physicists at
Penn State are exploring territory unknown even to Einstein -- the time
before the Big Bang -- using a mathematical time machine called Loop
This theory, which combines Einstein's Theory of General Relativity
with equations of quantum physics that did not exist in Einstein's day,
is the first mathematical description to systematically establish the
existence of the Big Bounce and to deduce properties of the earlier
universe from which our own may have sprung. For scientists, the Big
Bounce opens a crack in the barrier that was the Big Bang.
"Einstein's Theory of General Relativity does not include the quantum
physics that you must have in order to describe the extremely high
energies that dominated our universe during its very early evolution,"
Bojowald explained, "but we now have Loop Quantum Gravity, a theory
that does include the necessary quantum physics." Loop Quantum Gravity
was pioneered and is being developed in the Penn State Institute for
Gravitational Physics and Geometry, and is now a leading approach to
the goal of unifying general relativity with quantum physics.
Scientists using this theory to trace our universe backward in time
have found that its beginning point had a minimum volume that is not
zero and a maximum energy that is not infinite. As a result of these
limits, the theory's equations continue to produce valid mathematical
results past the point of the classical Big Bang, giving scientists a
window into the time before the Big Bounce.
Quantum-gravity theory indicates that the fabric of space-time has an
"atomic" geometry that is woven with one-dimensional quantum threads.
This fabric tears violently under the extreme conditions dominated by
quantum physics near the Big Bounce, causing gravity to become strongly
repulsive so that, instead of vanishing into infinity as predicted by
Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, the universe rebounded in the
Big Bounce that gave birth to our expanding universe. The theory
reveals a contracting universe before the Big Bounce, with space-time
geometry that otherwise was similar to that of our universe today.
Bojowald found he had to create a new mathematical model to use with
the theory of Loop Quantum Gravity in order to explore the universe
before the Big Bounce with more precision. "A more precise model was
needed within Loop Quantum Gravity than the existing numerical methods,
which require successive approximations of the solutions and yield
results that are not as general and complete as one would like,"
Bojowald explained. He developed a mathematical model that produces
precise analytical solutions by solving of a set of mathematical
In addition to being more precise, Bojowald's new model also is much
shorter. He reformulated the quantum-gravity models using a different
mathematical description, which he says made it possible to solve the
equations explicitly and also turned out to be a strong simplification.
"The earlier numerical model looked much more complicated, but its
solutions looked very clean, which was a clue that such a mathematical
simplification might exist," he said. Bojowald reformulated quantum
gravity's differential equations -- which require many calculations of
numerous consecutive small changes in time -- into an integrable system
-- in which a cumulative length of time can be specified for adding up
all the small incremental changes.
The model's equations require parameters that describe the state of our
current universe accurately so that scientists then can use the model
to travel backward in time, mathematically "un-evolving" the universe
to reveal its state at earlier times. The model's equations also
contain some "free" parameters that are not yet known precisely but are
nevertheless necessary to describe certain properties. Bojowald
discovered that two of these free parameters are complementary: one is
relevant almost exclusively after the Big Bounce and the other is
relevant almost exclusively before the Big Bounce. Because one of these
free parameters has essentially no influence on calculations of our
current universe, Bojowald colludes that it cannot be used as a tool
for back-calculating its value in the earlier universe before the Big
The two free parameters, which Bojowald found were complementary,
represent the quantum uncertainty in the total volume of the universe
before and after the Big Bang. "These uncertainties are additional
parameters that apply when you put a system into a quantum context such
as a theory of quantum gravity," Bojowald said. "It is similar to the
uncertainty relations in quantum physics, where there is
complimentarity between the position of an object and its velocity --
if you measure one you cannot simultaneously measure the other."
Similarly, Bojowald's study indicates that there is complementarity
between the uncertainty factors for the volume of the universe before
the Big Bounce and the universe after the Big Bounce. "For all
practical purposes, the precise uncertainty factor for the volume of
the previous universe never will be determined by a procedure of
calculating backwards from conditions in our present universe, even
with most accurate measurements we ever will be able to make," Bojowald
explained. This discovery implies further limitations for discovering
whether the matter in the universe before the Big Bang was dominated
more strongly by quantum or classical properties.
"A problem with the earlier numerical model is you don't see so clearly
what the free parameters really are and what their influence is,"
Bojowald said. "This mathematical model gives you an improved
expression that contains all the free parameters and you can
immediately see the influence of each one," he explained. "After the
equations were solved, it was rather immediate to reach conclusions
from the results."
Bojowald reached an additional conclusion after finding that at least
one of the parameters of the previous universe did not survive its trip
through the Big Bounce -- that successive universes likely will not be
perfect replicas of each other. He said, "the eternal recurrence of
absolutely identical universes would seem to be prevented by the
apparent existence of an intrinsic cosmic forgetfulness."
A HAUNTING WE WILL GO DEPARTMENT -
Should You Be Afraid of
The ghost phenomenon has become so closely associated with the instinct
of fear that it's almost a given that, if asked, most people would
admit that of course they would be frightened if they encountered an
apparition. Even many seasoned ghost investigators have been known to
run like scared rabbits when they see or even hear something unexpected.
Why? Have ghosts really earned the reputation of being harmful to
If you were walking unarmed in a dense tropical jungle that you know is
inhabited by tigers and large snakes, you'd undoubtedly be petrified.
The threat to your life and well-being is quite real and your fears
justified. Tigers and snakes can and do kill.
Now place yourself alone at night in a house that has the reputation
for being haunted. Most people would probably experience the same fear.
Yet, according to most authorities on the subject, the fear is not
justified. Ghosts, by and large, are harmless. The true behavior of
ghosts, as evidenced by many thousands of investigations and case
studies conducted by paranormal experts, overwhelmingly contradicts the
common idea that they are to be feared.
Veteran ghost investigator Hans Holzer, in his book Ghosts: True
Encounters with the World Beyond (Black Dog & Leventhal, 1997),
emphasizes “...the need to forget a popular notion: that they are
always dangerous, fearful, and hurt people. Nothing could be further
from the truth.... Ghosts have never harmed anyone except through fear
found within the witness, of his own doing and because of his own
ignorance as to what ghosts represent.”
Loyd Auerbach, another respected ghost hunter of many years, agrees:
“In many cultures and religions around the world, ghosts are thought to
harbor ill will towards the living. This is unfortunate, since the
evidence from thousands of cases...suggests that people don't change
their personalities or motivation after death... nor do they turn
evil.” (Ghost Hunting: How To Investigate the Paranormal, Ronin
So why do we fear them? There are probably two main reasons.
Fear of ghosts – also known as spectrophobia or phasmophobia – most
obviously stems from our fear of the unknown. This is a deep-seated
fear that is hard-wired into our genetic makeup. The primitive parts of
our brain that respond to instinct – a holdover from our cave-dwelling
ancestors – flushes our bodies with adrenaline when we encounter a
threat, preparing us to fight or flee. And when that threat is
something unknown that might leap out of the darkness, we'd just as
There's another component to this fear when that something in the dark
is perceived as a ghost. After all, a ghost is the manifestation of a
person who is dead. So now we are confronted not only with what we
think is a threat to our lives, but a representative of death itself.
Not only is it an entity that we don't understand, it is also a
resident of the place many of us fear the most – the mysterious land of
The second main reason we fear ghosts is that we have been further
conditioned to do so by popular culture. Almost without exception,
books, movies and television shows portray ghosts as evil, capable of
mischief, injury, even death. If the media are to be believed, ghosts
actually enjoy scaring us out of our wits.
“What Hollywood and television portray is very inaccurate and cannot be
relied upon as truthful,” say Lewis and Sharon Gerew of the
Philadelphia Ghost Hunters Alliance in their article, Co-Existence.
“They show these spirits of the dead as being evil in nature, filled
with malice and harmful intent. I assure you that this is not the case.”
Creepy, rotting, vengeful ghosts may make exciting movies, but they
have very little basis in actual experience.
Ghost and haunting phenomena are harmless. As much as they may unnerve
and mystify us, there is really nothing to fear. Haunting phenomena
seem to be recordings of past events on a particular environment. This
is why haunted houses can “play back” the recordings of footsteps on a
stairway, for example, or even the voices of an argument that took
place many years previous. Apparitions can sometimes be seen performing
the same task over and over again.
True ghosts or spirit apparitions may be earthly manifestations of
those who have passed on. They are sometimes able to interact with the
living and relay messages.
In neither case does the phenomena pose any real threat. Voices
captured through electronic voice phenomena (EVP) techniques can at
times be rude or even downright abusive, but again there is no real
threat of harm.
So then how do we explain those rare cases in which a person is
apparently scratched, slapped or even bitten by some unseen entity?
Such instances have been documented in the famous Bell Witch case, the
Esther Cox case in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and the terrifying “The
Entity” case on which the film was based.
These cases, and others in which people are “attacked” and objects are
thrown around, are considered by most researchers today as poltergeist
activity. Although poltergeist means “noisy spirit,” current
parapsychology theory suggests that they are not spirits or ghosts at
all. Poltergeist activity is psychokinetic activity caused by a living
person. Usually that person is a teenager undergoing hormonal changes
or someone under extreme emotional or psychological stress.
So what we generally consider the scariest aspects of ghosts – objects
moving by themselves, TVs turning on, pounding on walls and very rarely
a person being injured – are most likely caused by the unconscious
working of a living human mind. We can't blame ghosts.
For those of us researching ghost and haunting phenomena, we must
resist our fearful instincts in the face of the unknown. Fear can only
inhibit our examination and understanding of one of the most intriguing
aspects of the human experience.
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07/07/07: Is This Your Lucky Day?
Those superstitious types who freaked out last year when the calendar
read 06/06/06 will have something to smile about on the 7th day of the
7th month, 2007.
Believing the triple appearance of the number 7 will bring luck, many
people are planning important events for this first Saturday in July.
Brides and grooms, especially, looking for a little extra dose of
marital fortune, are flocking to the altar in droves on 07/07/07,
according to wedding watchers.
If they only knew what the Chinese were thinking.
The number seven is considered lucky due to its frequent and favorable
appearance in the Bible, say historians.
"As the number of the days of God's first week, of the levels of
heaven...of the numbers of angels and trumpets, etc., the number came
in the last few centuries BCE to represent divine perfection," said
David Frankfurter, professor of religious studies and history at the
University of New Hampshire. "Something organized seven-fold meant that
it corresponded to God's own arrangement."
Numbers control our fate?
Just as some people wouldn't dare get married on a Friday the 13th or
live in a house with the address 666, believing in the positive
influence of the number seven is just another technique humans use to
have some jurisdiction over the chaotic world around them, said
“In our modern American society we have a tendency to look for magical
ways to control the world or fate, so numerology is especially
important for us,” Frankfurter said.
The obsession with numerology—and other para-sciences like
astrology—tends to get stronger especially during significant life
events like marriages, he added. "It represents Americans' rather weak
(compared to Asian cultures') attempt to exert some numerical or
calendrical control over important life-cycle, transition, or other
crisis situations," Frankfurter told LiveScience.
Trying to find meaning in numbers is a practice that goes back to
ancient times, say historians, and doesn't begin and end with 6, 7 and
There are many other numbers in the Bible that were thought to have
sacred meanings, said Frankfurter, including twelve (for the tribes of
Israel and the zodiac), five (books of Moses) and four (archangels,
Lucky numbers also vary from culture to culture, proving, skeptics say,
that coincidental connections between an event and the influence of a
number can always be found if you're looking hard enough, no matter
what the digit.
Chinese culture, for example, associates "degrees" of luck according to
how a number is pronounced. Eight, whose Chinese name rhymes with the
words for prosperity and wealth, is considered particularly auspicious.
The Beijing Olympics, as a result, will open next year at 8 p.m. on
Aug. 8, 2008.
Oh, and many Chinese consider 7 a very unlucky number associated with
death. Don’t tell the brides.
THE DOMESTICATION OF MAN DEPARTMENT -
Domestic Cats May Have
Garfield, Morris and the Aristocats get the fame, but look to the
origins of today's furry felines and you find "lybica," a Middle
Eastern wildcat. Domestic cats can be traced to wild progenitors that
interbred well over 100,000 years ago, new research indicates.
"House cats — which includes fancy breeds and feral cats — those cats
all form a genetic group that is virtually indistinguishable from ones
in the Middle East," said Stephen J. O'Brien of the National Cancer
"So, domestication, for sure, took place in the Middle East where those
cats live today," added O'Brien, co-author of a paper appearing in this
week's online edition of the journal Science.
Carlos Driscoll, of Oxford University and NCI, and an international
team of researchers studied the origins of those loving and aloof,
graceful and finicky pets that entertain or supervise millions of homes.
It's serious research, because cats are a model for some human genetic
diseases, such as polycystic kidney disease and retinal atrophy,
Driscoll explained in a telephone interview. In addition, the work is
expected to assist in conservation efforts for wild cats, he said.
Cats' ancestry was traced to five types of wild cats, but that doesn't
mean they were domesticated five times, Driscoll said. Rather, these
five types managed to interbreed at various times, with the result
being Felis silvestris lybica, which appears to be the ancestor of
modern house cats.
"This was an amazing experiment when animals came out of the wild,"
O'Brien said. "Cats are known for their ferocious, deadly nature,"
O'Brien said, so this is an extraordinary change for them.
Cats may have been domesticated once or many times, he said, adding
that the most likely case is they were domesticated once and other wild
cats bred with the domesticated ones.
"I wasn't there, but all the data supports that," he said.
The researchers found wild cats, with DNA identical to domestic cats,
in Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
By studying the mitochondrial DNA of 979 domestic and wild cats from
Europe, Asia and Africa the researchers concluded that the origins of
the species — what O'Brien calls a feline Adam and Eve — developed
between 130,000 and 160,000 years ago. Mitochondrial DNA is passed down
from mother to child.
Domestication of cats began as long as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago,
O'Brien said, as the earliest farmers domesticated grains and cereal.
As that occurred, local wild cats adapted to hunting rodents in the
grain and developed a relationship with humans.
The earliest archaeological evidence of cats and humans in association
dates to 9,500 years ago in Cyprus.
Joan Miller, chair of outreach for The Cat Fanciers' Association, based
in San Diego, Calif., said the most interesting aspect of the research
"is the finding that some wild cats and domestic cats from the Near
East were distinct from the other Felis silvestris subspecies long
associated with domestic cat origins."
"Since the DNA samples were taken from cats in remote desert areas
there would be less likelihood of hybridization occurring," she said.
"I would like to know more about these cats."
"We have evidence of cat domestication by the Egyptians because of
their prolific artwork. It would be interesting to try to investigate
early artwork from Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain or Saudi
Arabia," added Miller, who was not part of the research group.
Other wild cats in the study included the European wildcat, Felis
silvestris silvestris; Central Asian wildcat, F. s. ornata; sub-Saharan
African wildcat, F. s. cafra; and the Chinese desert cat, F. s. bieti.
The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Source: Yahoo News
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