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- CREATE A UNIVERSE FOR ONLY PENNIES A DAY DEPARTMENT -

Is Our Universe a Fake?
By Robert Lawrence Kuhn

I began bemused. The notion that humanity might be living in an artificial reality — a simulated universe — seemed sophomoric, at best science fiction.

But speaking with scientists and philosophers on "Closer to Truth," I realized that the notion that everything humans see and know is a gigantic computer game of sorts, the creation of supersmart hackers existing somewhere else, is not a joke. Exploring a "whole-world simulation," I discovered, is a deep probe of reality.

David Brin, sci-fi writer and space scientist, relates the Chinese parable of an emperor dreaming that he was a butterfly dreaming that he was an emperor. In contemporary versions, Brin said, it may be the year 2050 and people are living in a computer simulation of what life was like in the early 21st century — or it may be billions of years from now, and people are in a simulation of what primitive planets and people were once like.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, describes a fake universe as a "richly detailed software simulation of people, including their historical predecessors, by a very technologically advanced civilization."

 It's like the movie "The Matrix," Bostrom said, except that "instead of having brains in vats that are fed by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation. It would be one big computer program simulating everything, including human brains down to neurons and synapses."

Bostrum is not saying that humanity is living in such a simulation. Rather, his "Simulation Argument" seeks to show that one of three possible scenarios must be true (assuming there are other intelligent civilizations):

    All civilizations become extinct before becoming technologically mature;
    All technologically mature civilizations lose interest in creating simulations;
    Humanity is literally living in a computer simulation.

His point is that all cosmic civilizations either disappear (e.g., destroy themselves) before becoming technologically capable, or all decide not to generate whole-world simulations (e.g., decide such creations are not ethical, or get bored with them). The operative word is "all" — because if even one civilization anywhere in the cosmos could generate such simulations, then simulated worlds would multiply rapidly and almost certainly humanity would be in one.

As technology visionary Ray Kurzweil put it, "maybe our whole universe is a science experiment of some junior high school student in another universe." (Given how things are going, he jokes, she may not get a good grade.)

 Kurzweil's worldview is based on the profound implications of what happens over time when computing power grows exponentially. To Kurzweil, a precise simulation is not meaningfully different from real reality. Corroborating the evidence that this universe runs on a computer, he says, is that "physical laws are sets of computational processes" and "information is constantly changing, being manipulated, running on some computational substrate." And that would mean, he concluded, "the universe is a computer." Kurzweil said he considers himself to be a "pattern of information."

"I'm a patternist," he said. "I think patterns, which means that information is the fundamental reality."
How could people know?

If people are in a whole-world simulation, how could they know it? Brin suggests a "back door" in the simulation program that would enable the alleged programmers to control people (much like countries accuse each other of installing "back doors" in code to conduct espionage).

"If we are living in a simulation, then everything is software, including every atom in our bodies," Brin said, "and there may be 'back doors' that the programmers left ajar."

I asked Marvin Minsky, a legendary founder of artificial intelligence, to distinguish among three kinds of simulations: (i) brains in vats, (ii) universal simulation as pure software and (iii) universal simulation as real physical stuff.

 "It would be very hard to distinguish among those," Minsky said, "unless the programmer has made some slips — if you notice that some laws of physics aren't quite right, if you find rounding-off errors, you might sense some of the grain of the computer showing through."

If that were the case, he says, it would mean that the universe is easier to understand than scientists had imagined, and that they might even find ways to change it.

The thought that this level of reality might not be ultimate reality can be unsettling, but not to Minsky: "Wouldn't it be nice to know that we are part of a larger reality?" [Incredible Technology: How Future Space Missions May Hunt for Alien Planets ]

For a reality check, I visited Martin Rees, U.K. Astronomer Royal, a bold visionary and hard-nosed realist.

 "Well, it's a bit flaky, but a fascinating idea," he said. "The real question is what are the limits of computing powers."

Astronomers are already doing simulations of parts of universes. "We can't do experiments on stars and galaxies," Rees explained, "but we can have a virtual universe in our computer, and calculate what happens if you crash galaxies together, evolve stars, etc. So, because we can simulate some cosmic features in a gross sense, we have to ask, 'As computers become vastly more powerful, what more could we simulate?'

"It's not crazy to believe that some time in the far future," he said, "there could be computers which could simulate a fairly large fraction of a world."

A prime assumption of all simulation theories is that consciousness — the inner sense of awareness, like the sound of Gershwin or the smell of garlic — can be simulated; in other words, that a replication of the complete physical states of the brain will yield, ipso facto, the complete mental states of the mind. (This direct correspondence usually assumes, unknowingly, the veracity of what's known in philosophy of mind as "identity theory," one among many competing theories seeking to solve the intractable "mind-body problem".) Such a brain-only mechanism to account for consciousness, required for whole-world simulations and promulgated by physicalists, is to me not obvious.

I asked Rees whether human-level consciousness and self-consciousness can be simulated.

"That may be the kind of question that would demand a superhuman intelligence to answer," which, he adds, "could be forever beyond our capacity."

Physicist Paul Davies has a different take. He uses simulation theory to tease out possible contradictions in the multiple universe (multiverse) theory, which is his countercultural challenge to today's mainstream cosmology.

"If you take seriously the theory of all possible universes, including all possible variations," Davies said, "at least some of them must have intelligent civilizations with enough computing power to simulate entire fake worlds. Simulated universes are much cheaper to make than the real thing, and so the number of fake universes would proliferate and vastly outnumber the real ones. And assuming we're just typical observers, then we're overwhelmingly likely to find ourselves in a fake universe, not a real one."

So far it's the normal argument.

Then Davies makes his move. He claims that because the theoretical existence of multiple universes is based on the laws of physics in our universe, if this universe is simulated, then its laws of physics are also simulated, which would mean that this universe's physics is a fake. Therefore, Davies reasoned, "We cannot use the argument that the physics in our universe leads to multiple universes, because it also leads to a fake universe with fake physics." That undermines the whole argument that fundamental physics generates multiple universes, because the reasoning collapses in circularity.

Davies concluded, "While multiple universes seem almost inevitable given our understanding of the Big Bang, using them to explain all existence is a dangerous, slippery slope, leading to apparently absurd conclusions."
Five premises to the simulation argument

I find five premises to the simulation argument: (i) Other intelligent civilizations exist; (ii) their technologies grow exponentially; (iii) they do not all go extinct; (iv) there is no universal ban or barrier for running simulations; and (v) consciousness can be simulated.

If these five premises are true, I agree, humanity is likely living in a simulation. The logic seems sound, which means that if you don't accept (or don't want to accept) the conclusion, then you must reject at least one of the premises.

Which to reject? Other intelligent civilizations? Exponential growth of technology?

Not all civilizations going extinct? No simulations ban or barrier? Consciousness simulated?

Whichever you choose, it must apply always, everywhere. For all time. In all universes. No exceptions.

That, to me, makes no sense.

Would the simulation argument relate to theism, the existence of God? Not necessarily.

Bostrum said, "the simulation hypothesis is not an alternative to theism or atheism. It could be a version of either — it's independent of whether God exists." While the simulation argument is "not an attempt to refute theism," he said, it would "imply a weaker form of a creation hypothesis," because the creator-simulators "would have some of the attributes we traditionally associate with God in the sense that they would have created our world."

They would be superintelligent, but they "wouldn't need unlimited or infinite minds." They could "intervene in the world, our experiential world, by manipulating the simulation. So they would have some of the capabilities of omnipotence in the sense that they could change anything they wanted about our world."

So even if this universe looks like it was created, neither scientists nor philosophers nor theologians could easily distinguish between the traditional creator God and hyper-advanced creator-simulators.

But that leads to the old regress game and the question of who created the (weaker) creator-simulators.

At some point, the chain of causation must end — although even this, some would dispute.

Personally, I do not think humanity is living in a whole-world simulation. But because the simulation argument seems to work, what it seems to do is to uncover deep discrepancies, or fundamental flaws, in how people think about deep reality — about this universe, multiple universes, consciousness, and even inferences for and against theism.

Something’s amiss.

Source: Yahoo News
http://news.yahoo.com/universe-fake-171049212.html

- GHOST? UFO? MAYBE BOTH DEPARTMENT -

Witnesses Report Seeing A "Ghost Plane" Over Derbyshire

Multiple witnesses spotted a World War Two era bomber flying low over the Derbyshire hills last week. But there are no reports of an air display or scheduled flypast that could account for it.

The first account of the ‘ghost plane’ came from Helen Jepson, who spotted it while driving with her husband Richard last Monday afternoon.

Richard told the Derby Telegraph: "We were approaching a retail outlet and started slowing down to turn.

"My wife saw it first, she shouted 'what the hell’s that?'.

"I looked over and I could see a big plane, it looked like a Lancaster bomber, flying incredibly low - if it was any lower, it would have landed."

"My car window was open and this plane was so low that you could touch it - but it was completely silent.

"It then flew across us, and near some trees - Helen shouted 'it’s going to crash', we sort of braced ourselves for a crash but nothing happened."

The couple arrived back at home to look online to see if anybody else had seen it.

Richard said: "When we got in and turned on our television, the news was on saying that the last surviving Dambuster pilot had died – I said to Helen 'perhaps it was an enthusiast paying their respects', and Helen said 'perhaps it was him'.

"It just left me speechless."

The phantom bomber was spotted by other witnesses too. George Furnace, an 88-year-old former RAF ground crew engineer, said: "I heard it coming before I saw it. It was deafeningly loud but seemingly nobody else saw or heard it. It was flying very low and I went to my window to see if it had crashed.

"I don't think it was a Lancaster, I know what they look like. I think it appeared to be more like a Liberator."

The Liberator was an American-made heavy bomber with four engines. There is a B24 Liberator still in the UK at the museum at RAF Hendon. Two B-24s are currently listed as airworthy but they’re both currently in the US.

George said: "Nobody believed me when I said that I had seen it but, after that couple came forward, my daughter showed me the report and I said to her that she had to believe me now!"

And golfer Richard Burley, 64, from Mickleover, also rang the Derby Telegraph offices to explain how he had seen the plane's low flight across the county.

Richard was travelling along the A52 from Buxton to Derby when he saw the plane travelling south-west across the sky, just before Brailsford, between 3pm and 3.30pm.

He said: "It was flying very, very low but there are quite a lot of trees at the point, so I couldn't get a very good look at it.

"It was definitely not a Lancaster, it was much smaller than that, but I couldn't be sure.

"It had (camouflage) colouring and an antenna at the front. I couldn't believe that nobody else had seen it!"

Another couple reported to the Derby Telegraph that they were shocked when they saw the strange plane flying so low.

Peter Johnson and his wife Avis were travelling between Alkmonton and Longford some years ago when the giant plane, which they say looked like a Lancaster bomber flew low over the trees towards them.

"All of a sudden we were struck with disbelief as we approached a clump of trees on our left," Mr Johnson, of Oakwood, said.

"A World War II-type bomber appeared flying towards us, almost touching the top of the trees. A male crew member was sitting on the left of the cockpit and was grinning down at us. We thought it must be coming into land, but there was no landing strip in that area."

However, Barry Chambers, 41, of Littleover, who used to serve in the RAF and also as an air traffic controller in the force, thinks that people are not seeing a plane at all.

"In the areas this plane has been spotted, there are very often helicopters flying there, and this would explain the low-flying aircraft that people are reporting."

"One person I read about described the sound as being 'one hell of a clatter', well that just has to be a helicopter.

"The plane, or flying object, was described as being camouflage, with an antenna, that means it was a Chinook helicopter, and I'm quite certain."

He added: "Chinook helicopters are twin-engine, they are nose-down, fly low and are also camouflaged in colour.

"This is what they saw."

Other readers aren't convinced that the object they saw was a helicopter.

Beryl Dyson, 87, from Stenson Fields said she saw the phantom bomber between 10 and 15 years ago.

"I was walking in Osmaston with my sister and cousin, three elderly ladies – we walked through a field of cows, which were a bit restless.

"My sister got quite scared and made off for a fence at the edge of the field. As a consequence, we ended up losing our bearings.

"We carried on walking but there was nothing around, no farms, no houses – eventually, we came to a lane and heard a terrific roar, and that is when the bomber flew over."

Beryl described the aircraft as flying so low it was "as if you could touch it", and said the experience was "very scary".

"I could see the pilot, he saw us, he was wearing a leather helmet.

"It wasn't a helicopter, definitely not a helicopter, it was a heavy bomber and I can remember the war – it was World War Two plane.

"It was a plane, and it was flying so low, you felt as though you could touch it, it was as if it was going to land – I could see that.

"At the time we had tried to find out if there were any displays but we couldn't, and there weren't.

"I find things like this absolutely fascinating, I would like to know what the explanation is, but with things like this you rarely find out why."

Peter Johnson agrees with Beryl Dyson. "What my wife and I saw was no helicopter."

Source: Quirker
http://quirker.co.uk/story/what-is-the-truth-behind-the-mysterious-ghost-plane-of-derbyshire

- NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG DEPARTMENT -

NASA on Ceres: Dog Day Space-Cartoon
By Chris Knowles

You've probably been following the controversy over the massive lights on the dwarf planet Ceres (named after the mother goddess of Rome who was identified with Isis and Demeter) and the subsequent shenanigans we've come to expect from everyone's favorite labyrinthine comedy troupe.

    The largest bright spot in the photographs measures roughly 55 miles from one side to the other. Program managers and other researchers at NASA are perplexed trying to explain the processes that could form the highly-reflective regions.

    "The bright spots in this configuration make Ceres unique from anything we've seen before in the solar system. The science team is working to understand their source. Reflection from ice is the leading candidate in my mind, but the team continues to consider alternate possibilities, such as salt," said Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission at the University of California, Los Angeles.

And here's where the boffo yuks and giggles and grins kicked in: Good ol' NASA made like they gave two and a half squats what Joe and Jane Q. Public had to say about the lights, or that they actually wanted a bunch of antsy amateurs nosing around their billion-dollar business:

    NASA is asking the public for their opinions on the nature of the strange spots on Ceres. People participating in the survey are asked to choose between volcanoes, geysers, rock, ice, salt or "other." As of June 11, 40 percent of respondents believed the unusual features are caused by something other than the suggested materials in the survey. Of the other choices, ice is the in the lead with three of every 10 votes. Rock is the least popular explanation, selected by just six percent of the poll's participants.

Of course, what NASA really wanted was to get a self-selecting gaggle of neckbeards to offer up the dullest possible explanations, just in case some reporter wandered off-script and started asking interesting questions.

I doubt the general public at large would look at a 55 mile-wide, non-reflective (meaning self-luminous) light mass and guess it was "rocks."

Things got a bit more dicey when NASA started playing games with the satellite photos, doing the usual tricks with resolution and targeting. We started seeing pictures of everything but what most people were interested in, ie., the light formations.

    NASA recently published a new photo of Ceres and its of a large crater in high detail…high for NASA, its still not even close to HD quality. However the crater is not the same crater as the one with the glowing white lights coming from it. Its a crater that is 5-6 craters above and to the right of the lights.  What this shows us is that NASA didn’t want to show the public the lights and instead tried to confuse the public by thinking that this photo released with a close up of the crater is the same as the crater with the lights. We…the people…are not so stupid as NASA believes.

Then this happened:

    "NASA found a pyramid in outer space and nobody knows how it got there"

    Earlier this year, NASA’s Dawn mission finally entered into Ceres’ orbit. Since then, the dwarf planet has offered nothing but mysteries, the latest of which is a three-mile-high pyramid on Ceres’ surface.

    The mission’s principal investigator, Christopher Russell, told the Los Angeles Times that “we do not know yet what made this peak on Ceres, let alone made it the observed shape.”

    The fact that there is only one observable peak deepens the mystery. And it’s relatively large size doesn’t clear things up, Russel added, explaining, “there are processes on Earth that can grow mounds out of ground water in Arctic terrains on Earth. But these are much smaller structures.”

As befitting a heavenly body named in honor of the Queen of the Mysteries, Ceres seems to be full of them. So what does NASA do to quash all of the "conspiracy theory" speculation?

What it always does- make a cartoon!

Never mind that there isn't a pixel of real data in this cartoon- it will be circulated as (non) gospel truth. Never mind that it subtly frames all the things NASA can't explain in such as way that it leaves the impression they were, or soon will be, explained.

And for the coup de gras, NASA throw the epithet "Weird" into the title in order to leave the impression that weirdness does in fact await. But of course, it doesn't and never will. Rocks aren't weird. Well, unless you mean these rocks.

All of this just gives us further proof that NASA's PR arm exists to pump out tranquilizing tedium for school field trips, not to stimulate the imaginations of nascent maverick scientists. Why aren't young people on fire about space these days? Look no further than your local NASA shill.

 For those of us who pay attention to NASA's secret language, it's no accident that "Dawn," or Aurora, was sent to Ceres, aka Isis-Sothis-Demeter. Remember the sacred association of dawn and Sirius (associated with the Mother Goddess) and realize that all of this is being released during the Dog Days of Summer, or the days of the heliacal rising of Sirius.

And again, it is my belief, given the obvious connection to the sacred star via her identification with Isis, that Ceres, or Cer-E-S, is an adaption of the Greek Sirius. Believe me, names have been constructed through far, far, far more tenuous etymological links (and my etymology is a lot more Occam's Razor than the unsettled official interpretations).

Finally, the Ceres video was released 8/6/15. According to the Ancient Egyptian Festival calendar, August 6th was the festival of Nut, mother of the gods.

Now that's pretty weird.

Source: The Secret Sun
http://secretsun.blogspot.com/2015/08/nasa-on-ceres-dog-day-animation.html

- SAVED FROM BEYOND DEPARTMENT -

"Aliens Are Here to Save Us From Nuclear War" Claims Edgar Mitchell

The sixth man to walk on the surface of the moon has made the astonishing claim that aliens came to Earth to stop a nuclear war between America and Russia.

Edgar Mitchell, a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, told Mirror Online that top-ranking military sources spotted UFOs during weapons tests.

The astronaut has been outspoken about his belief in aliens ever since he landed on the surface of the moon, becoming one of the most prominent figures in the worldwide UFO community.

He told us military insiders had seen strange crafts flying over missile bases and the famous White Sands facility, where the world's first ever nuclear bomb was detonated in 1945.

Mitchell grew up in New Mexico near both the bomb testing zone and Roswell, where believers think one of the world's most famous UFO encounters took place.

"You don't know the area like I do," he said in an interview with Mirror Online.

"White Sands was a testing ground for atomic weapons - and that's what the extraterrestrials were interested in.

"They wanted to know about our military capabilities.

"My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth."

Mitchell also suggested he had heard similar stories from people who manned missile bases during the most tense parts of the 20th century.

"I have spoken to many Air Force officers who worked at these silos during the Cold War," he continued.

"They told me UFOs were frequently seen overhead and often disabled their missiles.

"Other officers from bases on the Pacific coast told me their [test] missiles were frequently shot down by alien spacecraft.

"There was a lot of activity in those days."

We asked Nick Pope, a former Ministry of Defence UFO researcher, whether he believed Mitchell's claims.

"Edgar Mitchell is an honourable and truthful man, who I've had the privilege of meeting," he said.

"But so far as I'm aware, most of his information on this issue comes not from things he's experienced himself, but from things he's been told by others.

"Clearly, because of who he is, he's had access to government, military and intelligence community personnel at the highest level, but because - quite understandably - he won't name his sources, we can't be certain these people were being straight with him, or indeed that they were privy to any classified information about UFOs."

Pope said the "idea that peace-loving extraterrestrials are here to warn humanity about our destructive ways" is popular with those who take a New Age view of the UFO phenomenon.

"It's a nice thought, but if I'm being sceptical, I'd point out that it's almost exactly the plot of the classic 1951 sci-fi movie The Day the Earth Stood Still," he continued.

"There have certainly been some intriguing UFO sightings around nuclear facilities, and around military bases more generally, but an alternative explanation is that some of these sightings are attributable to espionage activity involving secret spy planes or drones.

"Given that the Universe is around 14 billion years old, if we're being visited, it's unlikely we're dealing with a civilisation just a few hundred years ahead of us, so stories of aliens managing to disrupt a few of our weapons tests are far-fetched.

"Chances are they'd be millions of years ahead of us and could do anything they wanted to."

Source: The Mirror
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/peace-loving-aliens-tried-
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- EVERYTHING YOU DO WE WILL BE WATCHING YOU DEPARTMENT -

AT&T Helped NSA Spy on Internet Traffic

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T Inc has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency, it has been claimed.

According to newly disclosed documents, the company has helped the spy agency, which conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported.

They are believed to have given technical assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the headquarters of the United Nations, an AT&T customer.

The documents date from 2003 to 2013 and were provided by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Times reported.

The company helped the spy agency in a broad range of classified activities, the newspaper reported.

The documents describe how the NSA's working relationship with AT&T has been particularly important, enabling the agency to conduct surveillance, under various legal rules, of international and foreign-to-foreign internet communications that passed through network hubs in the United States.

AT&T installed surveillance equipment in at least 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, far more than competitor Verizon Communications Inc, the Times reported.

AT&T engineers also were the first to use new surveillance technologies invented by the NSA, the Times reported.

'This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship,' according to one NSA document describing the link between the agency and the company.

AT&T's 'corporate relationships provide unique accesses to other telecoms and I.S.P.s,' or internet service providers, according to another NSA document.

In 2011, the firm started to provide the NSA with more than 1.1 billion domestic cellphone calling records daily after 'a push to get this flow operational prior to the 10th anniversary of 9/11,' referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the Times reported.

AT&T's providing of foreign-to-foreign internet traffic has been especially important to the NSA because large amounts of the world's internet communications pass across U.S. cables, the Times reported. The company gave access to contents of transiting email traffic years before Verizon started in March 2013, the Times reported.

Asked to comment on the Times report, AT&T spokesman Brad Burns told Reuters by email: 'We do not voluntarily provide information to any investigating authorities other than if a person's life is in danger and time is of the essence.

For example, in a kidnapping situation we could provide help tracking down called numbers to assist law enforcement.'

Burns said AT&T would have nothing further to say on the report.

Source: Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199563/AT-T-helped-U-S-NSA-spy-Internet-traffic-
Telecommunications-powerhouse-reportedly-helped-intelligence-agency-tap-phone-lines
-clients.html

- TALES OF THE AUSTRALIAN YOWIE DEPARTMENT -

Mysterious Legends of a Tribe of Hairy People
By Bryan Hill

In 1804, the book Modern Geography – a Description of the Empires, Kingdoms, States and Colonies: with the Oceans, Seas and Isles: In all Parts of the World was published by John Pinkerton.  In it there is a comment regarding a population of Aborigines that shared Sydney Harbor with another tribe.  They were described as flat-nosed with wide nostrils; thick eyebrows and sunken eyes.  Their mouths were of ‘prodigious width’ with thick lips and prominent jaws.  The Aborigines regarded them as another people entirely: the Yahoos or Yowies meaning “hairy people”.

The Kuku Yalanji Tribe of Tropical North Queensland, Australia believes in the existence of this creature. They claim to have coexisted with the Yowie for centuries and have a long and detailed history of attacks from them in their legends.  The Yowie is their equivalent to what Native American tribes in Northwest America call Sasquatch.

Historical accounts refer to two types of Yowie in Australia with the most prominent species being Gigantopithecus.  This is the larger species said to grow between 6 and 10 feet tall, weighing up to 1,000 lbs.  It is described as a cryptic and said to resemble a huge hair covered ape-like man with talons for fingers. Compared to the North American Sasquatch, it is believed to have more of a primate look to the face and head and walk upright.  Its temperament has also been described as more aggressive and dangerous towards humans.  The other species of Yowie is described as being smaller, between 4-5 feet tall.  While most people are skeptical of the accounts, some believe it is an ancient species of hominid that has avoided extinction.  These hominids have been depicted in local cave art as tall, hairy figures beside smaller Aboriginal figures.

European contact with the Yowie is said to have begun with the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove in 1788.  During the early colonial era, Aborigines often warned British settlers to beware of an ape-like creatures lurking in the rugged mountains and deep forests of the continent.  One particular account, which reached London in a letter in 1820, told of an encounter in 1789 by convicts and a party of marines while on a hunting trip. The men killed a bunch of wallabies and were returning to the settlement when, atop a nearby hill, they saw an animal observing them among the trees which they later claimed was twice the height of an ordinary man.

The first southern sighting in Australia was reported on Philip Island, Victoria in 1849.  During this encounter, several people observed a creature, said to be between 6-7 ft tall, resembling a cross between a baboon and a man.  At the time, the creature was said to be sitting on the edge of a lake when it was shot at.

Arguably one of the stranger and more controversial sightings, comes in the form of a photograph from 1936.  It is one of a series of images taken by Rich Jones while working at an isolated loggers camp in Batlow, located in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, 450km  (279.6 miles) south-west of Sydney. The image appears to show a large creature sitting with his hands in his lap, behind two men on a wooden log.  Further analysis of the photo purportedly shows the head area resting near its chest looking down. This is due to “tree line matrixing”.

The mysterious photograph taken by Rich Jones in Batlow, New South Wales that some say was a Yowie (1932)

The mysterious photograph taken by Rich Jones in Batlow, New South Wales that some say was a Yowie (1932) (Youtube)

Another well known incident occurred in December 1979 when a local couple, Leo and Patricia George, ventured into the forest and came across the carcass of a mutilated kangaroo.  They later claimed that the perpetrator was only forty feet away and described a creature ten feet tall, covered with hair, that stopped to stare back at them before disappearing back into the brush.

The Yowie isn’t the only creature in Australian history to have been met with skepticism over its existence.  When European settlers sent a specimen of the Platypus back to London, scientists were baffled at the egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal and concluded it was some kind of fake.  Only when more specimens arrived did the scientific community accept that it was real.

Source: Ancient Origins
http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/australian-yowie-mysterious
-legends-tribe-hairy-people-003605

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