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- VANISHED IN TIME AND SPACE DEPARTMENT -
What Happened to Flight MH370?
year on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an
extraordinary amount of key data remains unknown - fuelling conspiracy
theories and heated online debate about one of aviation’s biggest
An information vacuum has nourished a cottage
industry of experts and amateurs in cyberspace who continue to
exhaustively pick the case apart in a bid to find out just what
happened to the plane and its 239 passengers and crew.
resulting theories range from the wild - alien abduction, MH370 and its
doomed fleetmate MH17 were the same plane - to sober, science-based
arguments that the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean, but not
necessarily in the current search area.
What they all agree on is that some key pieces of the puzzle are missing.
amazing how much information we don’t have after looking at this case
for all this time,” said Jeff Wise, an aviation expert whose recently
published Kindle book ‘The Plane That Wasn’t There’ reached No.1 on
Amazon’s bestseller lists.
The Boeing 777 lost contact with air
traffic control shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for
Beijing, early on March 8, 2014, as it flew across the Gulf of Thailand
close to a navigational waypoint called Igari.
Just about everything that happened thereafter is hotly debated.
air force said its radar tracked the plane as it turned back,
re-crossed the Malay Peninsula and flew out of range off the northwest
Official investigators used analysis from British firm
Inmarsat of “pings” to its satellite from MH370 to plot two vast arcs -
one to the north and one to the south - across which it may have flown.
Combining those faint pings with data from the plane, they concluded it
had turned south and flown for hours before crashing into the southern
That conclusion has been challenged by aviation
bloggers and freelance investigators, who have questioned key radar
plots and assumptions about the speed and fuel burn of the jet.
credence to some of the skeptics, Tim Clark, head of Emirates Airlines,
said last November he believed information was being withheld and
questioned the Malaysian military’s assertion that it took no action
because it identified MH370 as “friendly” when it suddenly reversed
The Malaysian government, which is due to release an
interim report on the investigation before the March 8 anniversary, has
always denied withholding information and said its position was
New York-based Wise, like many
others, confessed to becoming somewhat obsessed, even buying additional
satellite data in an attempt to confirm his theory the plane flew north
along national borders to avoid radar before landing in Kazakhstan.
independent investigator, retired telecoms engineer John Fiorentino,
whose early challenges to reports of sightings of wreckage in the
Indian Ocean were taken up by families’ group Voice370, has pressed on
That level of devotion has led to bad blood between supporters of rival theories.
Independent Group (IG), comprised of around a dozen satellite, data,
maths and aviation experts, expelled Wise this week following articles
linked to his book.
”It’s a bunch of garbage,” said New Zealand-based IG member Duncan Steel.
a former pilot, has himself banned anybody who uses the word
“lightning” from his website. Fiorentino has been blocked from several
blogs for, he says, questioning theories.
And those theories run the gamut.
Wise’s Russian theory is the suggestion by the boss of former French
regional airline Proteus, Marc Dugain, that the plane flew toward the
U.S. Navy base at Diego Garcia and was shot down.
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perhaps the most credible of the groups, has maintained that the plane
is in the southern Indian Ocean, near the so-called “7th arc” currently
being searched by an Australian-led international team, with whom it
has been in regular contact.
But the group stresses that missing
data would more clearly pinpoint the resting place and that it may well
be outside the current search area.
Many of the bloggers cite the right for relatives and loved ones of the missing to know what happened as a driving factor.
Bajc, the partner of passenger Phillip Wood, is thankful for the
persistence of those who continue to pursue their own investigations
into what happened.
”I’m exceedingly grateful for the efforts
put forth by the IG … they are invaluable to point out the inaccuracies
of the fabricated story we have been told,” Bajc said by email.
Bajc, however, does not subscribe to IG’s theory, believing that the plane is not in the southern Indian Ocean at all.
want an independent investigation … perhaps led by the U.N.,” she said.
“Despite extensive efforts we still have no idea why MH370 went silent
at Igari, or where the plane is now.”
- UNIDENTIFIED SUBMERGED OBJECTS DEPARTMENT -
USO Encounters Found in Declassified Russian Navy Records
recently declassified documents contain Soviet era reports detailing
many cases of possible USO encounters. Former naval officer and Russian
UFO researcher Vladimir Azhazha believes these documents are of great
Unidentified submerged objects (USOs) are not as famous as
UFOs although they are often encountered, according to declassified
Russian Navy records. The common trait of all USO phenomena is that
they involve unexplained and technologically advanced objects, far
superior to anything we’ve ever built.
One of the most
interesting cases he examined involved a nuclear submarine on a combat
mission in the Southern Pacific. During the routine operation, the
submarine detected six unknown objects travelling in formation at
speeds in excess of 230 knots (265+ mph). In comparison, the fastest
submarine was the Soviet K-222, which reached about 44 knots (51 mph).
submarine’s sonar determined the objects were heading straight for it
so the captain gave the order to surface. The USOs followed them to the
surface then flew away. Similar instances have been reported in the
region of the Bermuda Triangle, as retired submarine commander Yuri
Beketov recalls. On-board instruments often malfunctioned, indicating
the presence of strong interference. Many believe this is a clear sign
of USO/UFO presence.
"On several occasions
the instruments gave reading of material objects moving at incredible
speed. Calculations showed speeds of about 230 knots, or 265 mph.
Speeding so fast is a challenge even on the surface. But water
resistance is much higher. It was like the objects defied the laws of
physics. There’s only one explanation: the creatures who built them far
surpass us in development," said Beketov.
Both UFOs and USOs
seem to concentrate wherever military operations occur, indicating
their interest in humanity’s military arsenal.
hotspot is Lake Baikal in Russia. The world’s deepest freshwater lake
has always had a certain mysterious nature and fishermen tell tales of
lights being spotted in its deep waters. Multiple folk tales describe
swimmers being dragged down by creatures lurking beneath Baikal’s calm
Another of the Russian documents described the encounter
between a group of military divers and several humanoid beings in
silver suits. The divers were training in Lake Baikal at a depth of 150
feet (50 meters) when they came upon a group of unknown creatures. The
divers went deeper in the pursuit of the humanoids. Three men were
killed, while the other four were severely injured.
Vladimir Azhazha believes the issue should be thoroughly investigated.
“I think about underwater bases and say: why not? Nothing should be
discarded,” says Azhazha. “Skepticism is the easiest way: believe
nothing, do nothing. People rarely visit great depths. So it’s very
important to analyze what they encounter there.”
Source: Educating Humanity
- PHANTOMS OF THINGS PAST DEPARTMENT -
Pterosaurs of the Ghostly Kind
By Nick Redfern
crossing the moors and hills of England and encountering what looks
like nothing less than a living, breathing pterodactyl! Think it
couldn’t happen? It already has. From 1982 to 1983, a wave of sightings
of such a creature – presumed extinct for tens of millions of years –
occurred in an area called the Pennines, better known as the “backbone
So far as can be determined, thanks to the research
of Jenny Randles, the first sighting occurred in September 1982. That
was when a man named William Green encountered at Shipley Glen a large,
gray colored creature, which possessed a pair of leathery-looking
wings. The latter point is notable, since it effectively rules out a
significantly sized feathery bird, and does indeed place matters into a
Perhaps inevitably, the local media soon
heard of the sightings, as Randles notes in her book, Supernatural
Pennines. While the theory that a large bird of prey had escaped from a
menagerie or zoo may have satisfied the skeptics, it did not go down
well with the witnesses, who were sure that what they had encountered
was something straight out of the Jurassic era.
the media attention brought forth additional witnesses, including
Richard Pollock, who said he encountered a monster that looked like a
cross between a crocodile and a bat. Needless to say, the matter was
never satisfactorily resolved. But, it’s hardly a case that stands
Joshua P. Warren is a highly respected ghost-hunter from
Asheville, North Carolina. Amongst his many investigations of the
spooky kind, one in particular stands out. In the mid-2000s, Warren
documented a huge amount of supernatural activity at the Jackson Farm,
Lancaster, South Carolina. Ghostly apparitions were commonplace on the
property, and particularly so late at night. One of them, amazingly,
was described in Warren’s 2006 book, Pet Ghosts, as being a spectral,
winged animal that “had a wide wingspan and a long neck with some kind
of huge bird head.” It gave all the indications of being a pterosaur.
in our 2010 book, Monsters of Texas, Ken Gerhard and I detailed a
number of such cases. Specifically from Ken’s files came the report of
a woman named Debbie Fisher, who had an encounter with such a creature
– one with a ten-foot-wingspan – in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1980s.
In Ken’s own words: “The silhouetted outline of its wings appeared to
be ‘more bat-like than bird-like’ to her, and it made her feel both
‘creepy and uncomfortable,’ as if she was in some kind of vampire
movie. Overall, Debbie felt that the thing resembled a pterodactyl more
than anything else she could think of.”
A similar case, from
2004, and also from San Antonio, reached Ken. The witness, Mary, told
him: “I really believe that this was not a bird. It looked more bat
like, especially the wings and tail. I know for a fact that what I saw
was not a bird…prehistoric.”
It seems absurd to believe that
pterosaurs might still be amongst us, but never, ever get captured or
killed. Could it be that, as Joshua Warren’s research suggests, we’re
dealing with the ghosts of long dead pterodactyls? It sounds bizarre,
but if people live on after physical death, then why not animals, too?
There are, after all, numerous cases on record of animals returning
from the mysterious beyond.
This brings us to something else
which is supportive of this theory. While digging into the world of
U.S. Government research into remote-viewing and psychic-spying, author
Jim Marrs learned that elements of the official world had attempted to
focus their skill upon solving the riddle of what it is that lurks
within Loch Ness, Scotland.
It was no easy task, however, as
Marrs noted. Several remote-viewing sessions that targeted the
creatures, said Marrs, actually revealed physical traces of the beasts
– such as wakes in the water, or the distinct movement of large bodies
beneath the surface of the loch. Significantly, those involved in the
remote-viewing of Loch Ness even made drawings of long-necked, humped
animals that eerily resembled the presumed extinct plesiosaurs of times
As Marrs noted, however, when the government’s
remote-viewers attempted to dig further into the puzzle, they hit upon
a startling discovery: the creatures – if that is what they really were
– seemed to have the strange ability to appear and vanish into
thin-air, just like classic, chain-rattling spirits, one might very
Marrs, in his book, Psi-Spies, commented thus on
this curious development in the affair of Nessie: “Considering that
reports of human ghosts date back throughout man’s history, the Psi
Spies seriously considered the possibility that the Loch Ness Monster
is nothing less than a dinosaur’s ghost.”
The ghost of a
creature long extinct? Don’t bet against it. It just might be a viable
explanation for why people can have incredible encounters with
pterosaurs in both England and the United States, in the 20th and 21st
Source: Mysterious Univese
- THINGS THAT WANT TO KILL YOU IN AUSTRALIA DEPARTMENT -
In Search of Australia’s Monster Reptiles
By Andrew Nicholson
certainly has its share of large and deadly reptiles. The saltwater
crocodile grows as large as 7 metres, or 23 feet, and is definitely a
seriously deadly predator with a diet that includes the occasional
luckless human. The ‘salty’ as they are affectionately known in the Top
End are in fact, the world’s largest species of crocodile.
there is the perentie, Australia’s largest monitor lizard. It grows,
according to current scientific wisdom, to a maximum of 2.5 metres, or
around 8 feet, in length. A little smaller than the world’s largest
monitor lizard, the Komodo Dragon, which grows to a length of around 3
metres, or 10 feet.
There may, however, be other monster
reptiles surviving undetected in the Australian bush. Monster reptiles
like the 18-foot-long Prenty, the deadly and “unnatural” Gonderanup,
the gigantic serpent of the Mallee scrub and perhaps even a reptilian
hold out from the era of the mega fauna – the megalania.
Seeking an 18 foot lizard
is no room for doubt about the existence of the prenty, a gigantic
lizard of Central Australia,” reported the Cairns Post on 14 August
“An early caller at The Telegraph office was Mr. B. W. G.
Phillips, a great friend of the late T. C. Wollaston, who discusses the
Prenty in his book, “Opal – We of the Never Never.” The Prenty,
according to Wollaston, “has leisure and space to grow properly. It is
powerful in limbs, beautiful in skin, its reach exceptional, eight feet
in length when its tongue is fully extended.
“Its color is
gamboge yellow, with blackish-grey markings; and perfectly round spots-
as large as a shilling – adorn the sides and neck like a pedigree
Ayrshire. The prenty has a long head and brilliant eye, and when it
stands up with stiffened legs and arched body, its head bent forward,
it looks a formidable beast.”
But Wollaston’s 8-foot-long
Prenty, while formidable, would have been no match for the 18-foot-long
monster lizard reported in Darwin’s Northern Standard just 5 months
later in January 1940.
In Seeking an 18ft. Lizard, it was
reported that Fred Blakeley, leader of the first expedition to find the
legendary Lasseter’s Reef and known as “The Bicycle Bushman” would soon
set off in search of another outback legend – the giant Prenty lizard
of Central Australia.
“He hopes to bring back one alive. He
claims to be one of the few white men who have seen a giant Prenty. He
describes it as a mammoth lizard about 18 feet from snout to tail-tip.
Its claw tracks are about 6 feet apart.
“The claws are sharp and poisonous and inflict a wound which festers quickly and rarely heals.
giant Prenty, he says, attacks chiefly with its tail. It can fell an ox
with a sweeping blow. It is faster than a crocodile and its gait
resembles a gallop. The Aborigines call the Prenty a debil debil,”
Blakeley told the Northern Standard.
For the local Aborigines,
this giant lizard instilled great fear. Even the glare of the giant
Prenty was enough to cause certain death.
Blakeley recounted the
story of one Aborigine who apparently died at Alice Springs a week
after being glared at by one such monster reptile. According to
Blakeley, a subsequent medical examination found no cause of death.
Bark of a dog, growl of a lionprenty
wasn’t the first time that Blakeley had regaled the public with stories
of giant lizards roaming the Australian outback. Nine years earlier,
Blakeley’s giant Prenty was discussed in Hobart’s Mercury.
On 15 August 1931 the paper published an article titled: Central Australian Dragon A Fearsome Creature.
circles are keenly interested in reports by Central Australian
prospectors, now in Sydney of a fierce and gigantic lizard, known as
the ‘Prenty,’ which is said to occur in wide spaces of the interior.
Fred. Blakeley, leader of the Centralian Gold Exploration Expedition
(and a brother of the Federal Minister) declared that this remarkable
creature, which grows up to 15 feet in length, has been seen by white
In the article, Blakeley recounted the alarming experience
of “Big Jim,” an old prospector, who stood 6 feet 8 inches tall and
weighed 18 stone.
“Big Jim said he was walking along scanning
the ground, as is the habit of the opal fossicker, when he heard a
peculiar sound, and, looking up, saw an enormous reptile challenging
“The man snatched up some rocks, whereupon the ‘Prenty’
lashed its tail, undulated its back, and came springing towards him. As
it did so it uttered a roar that mingled the bark of a dog and the
growl of a lion. Big Jim promptly ran for his life.”
said that he had found the tracks of the creature the next day, and
that they measured the distance from one outside claw to another as 6
feet 3 inches and estimated its length as 15 feet.
And in a
letter to the Townsville Daily Bulletin on 15 January 1937, Albert
Morrow of Mapperley Station, Alice Springs offered further insight into
the Central Australian Prenty.
“… What we do get here (Central
Australia) and parts of the Northern Territory, which I do not think
are anywhere else in Australia, is the giant goanna or perentie, better
known as ‘The Prenty’. About four months ago in Alice Springs, I was
shown the skin of one ten feet in length. It was killed at Weinikie
Gold Field, and was killed for food. Strange as it may sound, it is
very good ‘tucker’ and the flesh is white.”
The deadly Gonderanups
A Tale of Central Australia, Favenc wrote of an expedition party’s
terrifying encounter with deadly monster lizards the Aborigines
referred to as Gonderanup.
“It was a brilliant moonlight night …
and the party were smoking after their meal, when they were startled by
an agonised cry from one of the horses. There is no sound more
startling and painful to hear than the semi-human cry of a horse in
mortal pain and terror, and the men, starting to their feet, picked up
their firearms, and hastened in the direction of the sound….
horse, a grey, was plunging frantically in its hobbles, rearing and
uttering the terrified scream of pain that had startled them. As they
approached they saw, clinging to the horse’s throat, with claws buried
in the shoulders, and its jaws having a firm grip on the poor
creature’s throat, what appeared to be a monstrous lizard. The horse,
as they approached, stood still, trembling all over, but the horrible
thing fastened on it never moved.
“Putting his carbine close to
its head at an angle that would not hurt the horse, Murray fired. The
claws of the thing relaxed, but the jaws never opened, and the
frightened horse began turning round and round with the dead creature
hanging on to its throat. Then it staggered, fell, and, with a
shuddering gasp, died. The creature that had attacked it was, in fact,
an enormous sort of lizard, with a huge disproportionate head. The iron
jaws, armed with cruel teeth, still retained their death grip on the
dead horse’s throat from which the blood was now pouring.
engaged in looking at it Dandy was seized in the side by another of the
horrible creatures. Rafter, the other man, killed it, but not before it
inflicted a terrible wound. Murray called to them to catch the horses
and get away as soon as they could, for others of the brutes were
“Dandy could do nothing but stagger to camp; while
Murray and Rafter ran after the horses to drive them up. Dandy heard
shouting and shots, but the others did not come back.
“He heard another of the creatures crawling towards him, and, overcome with blind terror, he fled.”
and Rafter would soon die out there in the hot desert from the wounds
inflicted by the Gonderanup. And of the horses that had been attacked,
only their skeletons remained, the ferocious reptiles having picked the
“When they approached the camp all was silent.
Martin shouted for Dandy, but got no answer. Poor Dandy was dead. The
bite of the Gonderanup seemed to be fatal.
“Murray never would
tell the whole details of his fight with the lizards on the bank of the
salt lake… The subject seemed repulsive to him, and he swore that you
could hack the bodies off the creatures, and their jaws would still
“They were not natural, he said, and old blackfellows of that part who remember them say so too.”
Great serpent of the Mallee scrub
is not only deadly monster lizards that are said to inhabit the
Australian outback. Further south, in the semi-arid Mallee districts of
Victoria and South Australia, there are stories of another monster
reptile, a gigantic serpent-like creature the local Aboriginals call
“The name of this creature is the “Mindai”. He is
described as a serpent of immense size and length, with a black mane…
His girth is that of a good-sized gum-tree, and his length that of a
spar fit for the main-topmast of a seventy-four [sailing ship]; while
others… declare him to be like a river or a road – a method of
expressing their ideas of a thing without a beginning or end.”
Like the Mallee’s original inhabitants, settlers to the region have also encountered the great serpent of the Mallee scrub.
squatter on the lower Murray, in riding through the Mallee, a few miles
from where the two men saw the enormous monster … met a snake which
reared itself up to the same height as his horse’s head, and from the
strike of which he states that he had a very narrow escape. Other white
men have, at various times, seen extraordinarily large reptiles in the
same quarter, and there can be no doubt that an unusually sized snake
does exist, whose habitat is the Mallee scrub; but like the famous
bunyip, it manages to keep itself very much out of sight.”
is no doubt that an enormous monster reptile once stalked the
Australian bush. Megalania, is believed to have died out around 30,000
to 40,000 years ago. It’s likely, however, that the giant reptile
shared the Australian landscape with the continent’s first human
inhabitants for thousands of years.
When it comes to the size of
megalania, there is a great deal of conjecture. Estimates of the
creature’s length range from 4.5 metres (15 feet) to 7.9 metres (26
feet). Its weight has been estimated at anywhere between 331 kg (730
pounds) and several tons.
Whatever the true size of megalania, it must have once projected a formidable presence in the Australia bush.
the Cessnock district of the Hunter Valley in NSW, a local farmer
reported seeing a giant reptile in a paddock on his property in 1978.
The monster reptile was apparently ripping into the flesh of a cow with
its massive jaws and teeth. Using the spacing of fence posts just
beyond the carnivorous lizard, the farmer estimated its length at an
astounding 35 feet, and around 9 feet tall on all fours. After
arranging a search party of local farmers, the incredible beast could
not be found. The bloody remains of the poor cow and some large
indistinct tracks in the grass were all that remained.
cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy has also collected a number of modern
megalania sightings including an apparent 30 foot reptile which killed
livestock in the Euroa district of Victoria during 1890 and a group of
Scouts, including the Scoutmaster, who reported sighting a 22-foot-long
Source: Weird Australia
- PROBABLY INTERSTELLAR COMMERCIALS DEPARTMENT -
Radio Signals May Be From Earth-Like Planet
Astronomers believe mysterious signals - previously dismissed as stellar bursts - are coming from an Earth-like planet.
The Gliese 581d planet has conditions that could support life, and is likely to be a rocky world, twice the size of Earth.
Signals from the planet were initially discovered in 2010, but last year dismissed as noise from distant stars.
a further study claims that the 2014 research was based on 'inadequate
analyses of the data' and that Gliese 581d does exist.
year, Pennsylvania State University researchers said Gliese 581d - and
its companion Gliese 581g - were simply a trick of the light caused by
magnetic bursts from a local star 22 light-years away.
British research, however, argues the method used by the Pennsylvania
team was only suitable for large planets, and that it could miss small
ones like GJ 581d.
The study, by Queen Mary University, London
and the University of Hertfordshire, claims to use a more accurate
model on the existing data.
'The existence (or not) of GJ 581d
is significant because it was the first Earth-like planet discovered in
the 'Goldilocks'-zone around another star and it is a benchmark case
for the Doppler technique,' said lead author, Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé.
are always discussions among scientists about the ways we interpret
data but I'm confident that GJ 581d has been in orbit around Gliese 581
'In any case, the strength of their statement was way too strong.
their way to treat the data had been right, then some planet search
projects at several ground-based observatories would need to be
significantly revised as they are all aiming to detect even smaller
'One needs to be more careful with these kind of claims'
581d is believed to be the first planet outside our solar system in the
Goldilocks zone around its star – an area not too hot and not too cold
To find Gliese 581d, University of California, Santa
Cruz astronomers originally looked for subtle changes in light caused
by the gravity of an orbiting planet tugging back and forth on the star.
The strength of the tugging, they believed, showed them a planet was about three times as massive as Earth.
At the time, the discovery of Earth-like planets around Gliese 581 caught the public imagination.
RDF and social-networking site Bebo used a radio telescope in Ukraine
to send a powerful focused beam of information - 500 messages from the
public in the form of radio waves - to Gliese 581.
Australian science minister at the time organised 20,000 users of
Twitter to send messages towards the distant solar system in the wake
of the discoveries.
Other exoplanets have previously been
doubted, most notably Alpha Centauri Bb, the closest Earth-sized world
to us, which some scientists claim could just be noise in the data.
CONTROVERSY AROUND GLIESE 581D: IS IT REALLY A PLANET?
planet was initially discovered in 2010. It was the first Earth-like
planet found in the 'Goldilocks'-zone around another star.
soon after the discovery, a group of scientists said the signals
thought to be from a planet were in fact simply magnetic bursts from
The latest study claims that the stellar bursts research was based on 'inadequate analyses of the data'.
They said the method is suitable for large planets, but the technique is unable to find small planets like GJ 581d.
Source: The Daily Mail
CRYPTO CRAZINESS IN CHINA DEPARTMENT -
China Monster Round-Up
Two giant ape-like creatures were spotted in the afternoon of November
18, 2007, in Shennongjia, an area famous for the legendary "bigfoot"
wild man located in central China's Hubei Province. Four independently
traveling tourists claimed that they were almost face to face with two
wild men while touring around the Licha River, at the northern foot of
Laojun Mountain. If their words prove to be true, the tourists will be
the first eyewitnesses of "bigfoot" in southeast Shennongjia Nature
Reserve in recent years.
According to a Changjiang Times report on November 20, Zhang Jinxing, a
scientist conducting investigations in the Shennongjia Nature Reserve,
reported the thrilling event to relevant local authorities in the
afternoon of November 19. When Zhang had finished his investigation
that morning, he came across four independently traveling tourists, two
men and two women, in a land-rover. These tourists told him that they
had seen two wild men around the Licha River in the morning of November
18. They were near a sharp curve on the mountain road when three of the
four, two men and one woman, spotted two giant, dark figures standing
behind a tangled mass of shrubbery some 50 meters away from their car.
It seemed that the two creatures didn't see the car at first, but they
soon fled into the dense forest. Later that day, the tourists reported
the event to the Lichahe Forest Maintenance Station and came back to
the spot with two forest rangers. At this time, they only found a few
footprints, branches they believed were broken by the wild men and wild
fruits scattered on the ground.
Since the Lichahe Forest Maintenance Station is situated in a remote
area in the Shennongjia Nature Reserve, local authorities didn't
receive the report in a timely fashion. Currently, the proper
authorities are busy contacting the four eyewitnesses and an
investigation team has been sent out along the Licha River to conduct a
thorough investigation. Local authorities have promised to announce
investigation results as soon as possible.
Explanation of Mysterious Tianchi Monster
A senior researcher from the National Academy of Science of The
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said the "Tianchi monster"
a Chinese photographer caught on film last month is probably the
mutated offspring of trout stocked by the North Korea 40 years ago.
77-year-old Kim Li-tae said during an interview with the Choson Shinbo,
a newspaper published by the General Association of Korean Residents in
Japan, that he was one of the North Korean researchers who released
nine trout into Tianchi Lake, located on Changbai Mountain, on July 30,
1960. At a later date they released other species of fish such as carp
and mosquito fish into the lake.
Generally fish cannot survive in a lake created by volcanic activity,
but the Korean researchers have proven through experiments that fish
can be transplanted live into the lake. Fish stocked by the researchers
could survive by eating insects and other creatures blown to the lake
by strong winds. The fish mutate during growth and form new varieties,
so the trout they stocked might now be called "Tianchi trout," Kim said.
In 2000, the Korean researchers did experimental tests on "Tianchi
trout" found in shoal waters that measured 85 centimeters in length and
weighed 7.7 kilos, but they've never been able to test trout from the
deeper waters of Tianchi Lake. The "Tianchi monster" that Chinese
photographer Zhuo Yongsheng, who works for a local TV station run by
the administration office of the nature reserve at Mount Changbaishan,
Jilin Province captured on film last month, might be a "Tianchi trout"
from the deep of the lake, Kim said.
Tianchi Lake is China's biggest and deepest volcanic lake, with an area
of 9.8 square kilometers, and water surface 2,198 meters above sea
level. The average water depth of the lake is 204 meters and the
deepest spot is 373 meters.
Earliest record of "monsters" date back over 150 years, but in the past
decade the "monster" only appears in the summer.
BUY TWO, GET ONE FREE WILL DEPARTMENT -
All We Zombies
When the French chemist Michel-Eugene Chevreul, who discovered the
margarine, received a pendulum as a gift in 1812, he was really
surprised. As he was told, the pendulum worked as a detector of occult
forces: it only oscillated when held in the air over water, metals or
living things. When a different material was put between the pendulum
and the metal, however, the oscillation ceased. He could verify it
himself, holding the pendulum. It was not a fraud. It worked as magic.
But Chevreul was a scientist, and he knew that it is not enough to
eliminate the possibility that other people may deceive him. We also
Chevreul then conducted a series of experiments, among them the
simplest of all, but that nobody had done until then. He simply
blindfolded himself and asked another person to place and remove
objects under the pendulum without his knowledge. All of a sudden, the
pendulum stopped working as a magic detector of materials.
Chevreul discovered the simple basic fact that he was indeed the one
moving the pendulum and it only reflected his own knowledge. No magical
On the other hand, Chevreul knew that he was not consciouly making
those movements, which were nevertheless intelligent and coherent. His
expectations were being transmitted to the pendulum unconsciously. This
unusual effect would be called the ideomotor effect, and further study
of it would prove even complex movements may be accomplished
In a previous post we saw how our own conscience and free will are not
what they seem to be. That intelligent unconscious movements can emerge
should not be surprising: it is the same that happens with our own
conscience. The only difference is that such movements are not felt as
being ours, they are not tagged by our conscience.
Which brings us to the zombies.
Libet’s famous experiment on the free will evidenced that almost half a
second before we feel we made a decision, our brain has already been
taking steps in such direction, exhibiting the so-called “readiness
potential”. Our free will, at least as the freedom of making decisions
the moment we feel we made them, is an illusion.
But if the readiness potential already indicates that we will make a
decision, couldn’t we create a machine to foresee our decisions before
we feel we made them?
Surprise: this has been already done, even before Libet’s famous
In 1963, William Grey Walter asked some subjects to control a slideshow
with a button. What they didn’t know was that the button was not
connected. What was connected were the sensors on their heads,
measuring the readiness potential in their brains. As soon as the
potential to press the button was detected, the slideshow went forward.
The result was reportedly bizarre. The subjects said that the slideshow
seemed to predict their decisions. Amazingly, Walter created a
precognitive machine more than forty years ago.
Though it may seem the easiest explanation, the experiments by Libet
and Walter are not evidence of time travel: they are evidence of the
illusion of our free will. Chevreul’s pendulum and all the other
applications of the ideomotor effect are also evidence of the illusion
of our consciouness: our unconscious may behave as a sentient being,
fooling even ourselves. But it’s all on our own mind. The alien hand
syndrome is one extreme demonstration of it.
Walter was also a pioneer of robotics, and his most famous robots were
the “electronic tortoises” Elsie and Elmer. They were the first
autonomous robots in history, half a century before the Roomba. Elsie
and Elmer moved freely, without programmed paths, in search of light
sources that indicated where they could recharge their batteries.
Given his studies of free will, it’s very relevant to note he described
the electronic tortoises’ movements as showing signs of… free will.
Which brings us finally to the point. If something acts exactly as if
it has free will and consciousness, does it actually have free will and
It is a philosophical question, and to some, the answer is no. Even if
a robotic descendant of Walter’s electronic tortoises behaves exactly
as a human being would, showing all of the responses suggesting
conscience and free will, that would not mean that it actually has any
of it. It would still lack something, maybe a soul, a spirit. Without
them, it would be a philosophical zombie.
But the experiments and cases that we saw demonstrate that
consciousness and free will are much more complex and hard to define
than they look.
We don’t have to wait for a Terminator T-1000 model capable of
befriending John Connor and saying “Hasta la vista, baby”, to finally
question the popular (and even religious) ideas about consciousness,
free will or even soul.
We already live every day with clear demonstrations that unconscious
phenomena can have all the appearance of consciousness.
The thing that moved Chevreul’s pendulum was a philosophical zombie.
And it lived inside his mind. What’s the difference between it and
Chevreul? Play with the pendulum, and ask if you’re not a “zombie”
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