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- It's Not Cold Fusion... But It's Something -
- Visiting the Dark Side of the Moon -
- 'Vampire' Burials Have Been Uncovered in Poland -
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- A HOT AND COLD REACTION DEPARTMENT -
It's Not Cold Fusion... But It's Something
By Steven B. Krivit, Michael J. Ravnitzky
This is the second article dealing with the subject of "cold fusion" that Conspiracy Journal has run in the last two weeks. It is gratifying to know that the subject is still being researched after so many years. The editors of Conspiracy Journal has pushed for years for a more thorough study on cold fusion, and for a public release on those studies. It has been apparent that there has been top-secret research conducted on cold fusion, not only by the United States, but by other countries as well. Unfortunately, the results of those studies have not, and probably never will be, released to the public.
History shows that any new scientific theory is usually met with ridicule, so the initial witch-hunt within the scientific community that took place after Pons and Fleischmann released their findings was not totally unexpected. Nevertheless, there has been a substantial amount of interesting findings conducted by other laboratories to conclude that Pons and Fleischmann were definitely on to something. The debate continues though on just exactly what it was that they discovered.
Unfortunately, cold fusion is still considered "bad science" by those who have not studied the subject, or who, perhaps, has another agenda that wishes to keep the subject out of the scientific communities attentions. Whatever the case, the progress that could have been achieved over the last 27 years, if there had not been such a vitriolic reaction to the idea of cold fusion, is lost to us forever. Hopefully, science can forget their earlier narrowmindedness and give this subject the attention it so rightfully deserves.
A surprising opportunity to explore something new in chemistry and physics has emerged. In March 1989, electrochemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, at the University of Utah, announced that they had "established a sustained nuclear fusion reaction" at room temperature. By nearly all accounts, the event was a fiasco. The fundamental reason was that the products of their experiments looked nothing like deuterium-deuterium (D+D) fusion.
In the following weeks, Caltech chemist Nathan Lewis sharply criticized Fleischmann and Pons in a symposium, a press release, a one-man press conference at the American Physical Society meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, and during his oral presentation at the APS meeting. Despite Lewis' prominence in the media spotlight, he never published a peer-reviewed critique of the peer-reviewed Fleischmann-Pons papers, and for good reason. Lewis' critique of the Fleischmann-Pons experiment was based on wrong guesses and assumptions.
Richard Petrasso, a physicist at MIT, took Fleischmann and Pons to task for their claimed gamma-ray peak. Petrasso and the MIT team, after accusing Fleischmann and Pons of fraud in the Boston Herald, later published a sound and well-deserved peer-reviewed critique of what had become multiple versions of the claimed peak.
From this dubious beginning, to the surprise of many people, a new field of nuclear research has emerged: It offers unexplored opportunities for the scientific community. Data show that changes to atomic nuclei, including observed shifts in the abundance of isotopes, can occur without high-energy accelerators or nuclear reactors. For a century, this has been considered impossible. In hindsight, glimpses of the new phenomena were visible 27 years ago.
In October 1989, a workshop co-sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute took place at the National Science Foundation headquarters, in Washington, D.C. Among the 50 scientists in attendance was the preeminent physicist Edward Teller. After hearing from scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory who had observed isotopic shifts in room-temperature experiments, Teller concluded that nuclear effects were taking place. He even had a hunch about a possible mechanism, involving some sort of charge-neutral particle.
By October, tritium production and low-levels of neutrons in such experiments had been reported from a few reputable laboratories, including Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center in India. Moreover, BARC researchers observed that the tritium production and neutron emissions were temporally correlated. Outside reviewers selected by the Department of Energy and tasked with examining the worldwide claims included this data in a draft of their report. Before the document was finalized, however, they removed the tables containing that data.
In the early 1990s, several researchers in the field strongly favored neutron-based explanations for the phenomena. By the mid-1990s, a vocal contingent of scientists attempting to confirm Fleischmann and Pons' claims promoted the room-temperature fusion idea. Other scientists in the field, however, observed evidence—isotopic shifts and heavy-element transmutations—that pointed not to fusion but to some sort of neutron-induced reaction.
In 1997, theorist Lewis Larsen looked at some of this data and noticed a similarity to elemental abundances he had learned about while a student in Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar's astrophysics class at the University of Chicago. Larsen suspected that a neutronization process was occurring in low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR). Physicist Allan Widom joined Larsen's team in 2004, and in 2006 they published a theory in the European Physical Journal C - Particles and Fields.
The Widom-Larsen theory has nothing to do with fusion; the key steps are based on weak interactions and are consistent with existing physics. The theory explains how nuclear reactions can occur at or near room temperature through the creation of ultra-low-momentum neutrons and subsequent neutron-capture processes. Such neutrons, according to the theory, have a very large DeBroglie wavelength and therefore have a huge capture cross-section, explaining why so few neutrons are detected. Many-body collective quantum and electromagnetic effects are fundamental to Widom and Larsen's explanation for the energy required to create neutrons in LENR cells. Crucially, such reaction-rate calculations are based not on few-body interactions but on many-body interactions.
After 2006, the scientists who remained wedded to their belief in the idea of room-temperature fusion rejected the Widom-Larsen theory. A few of these fusion believers began making unsupported claims of commercially viable energy technologies.
Hidden in the confusion are many scientific reports, some of them published in respectable peer-reviewed journals, showing a wide variety of experimental evidence, including transmutations of elements. Reports also show that LENRs can produce local surface temperatures of 4,000-5,000 K and boil metals (palladium, nickel and tungsten) in small numbers of scattered microscopic sites on the surfaces of laboratory devices.
For nearly three decades, researchers in the field have not observed the emission of dangerous radiation. Heavy shielding has not been necessary. The Widom-Larsen theory offers a plausible explanation—localized conversion of gamma radiation to infrared radiation. The implication is that immense technological opportunities may exist if a practical source of energy can be developed from these laboratory curiosities.
Perhaps most surprising is that, in the formative years of atomic science in the early 20th century, some scientists reported inexplicable experimental evidence of elemental transmutations. In the 1910s and 1920s, this research was reported in popular newspapers and magazines, and papers were published in the top scientific journals of the day, including Physical Review, Science and Nature. The experiments, using relatively simple, low-energy benchtop apparatus, did not use radioactive sources so the results defied prevailing theory. Several researchers independently detected the production of the gases helium-4, neon, argon, and an as-yet-unidentified element of mass-3, which we now identify as tritium. Two of these researchers were Nobel laureates.
In 1966, physicist George Gamow wrote, "Let us hope that in a decade or two or, at least, just before the beginning of the 21st century, the present meager years of theoretical physics will come to an end in a burst of entirely new revolutionary ideas similar to those which heralded the beginning of the 20th century." LENR may very well be such an opportunity to explore new science.
The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
Source: Scientific American Blogs
- MEDIUMSHIP AND THE PARANORMAL DEPARTMENT -
At one point in the history of America the belief in spiritualism was as strong – and as controversial – as the belief in UFOs is today. And a demonstrable parallel can be drawn between the two topics, which even seem to attract some of the same people across the various paranormal research fields – more so in recent years as increasing numbers come to accept the reality of UFOs as being at least partially of a paranormal or supernatural nature.
Spiritualism flourished beginning in the mid-19th century and for many decades held a fascinated general public in its thrall. Whether one was a believer or a determined skeptic, everyone had an opinion as to the reality of contacting the dead, with many others devoting their energies to the tireless debunking of fraudulent mediums who the skeptics thought were scamming the public and taking their hard earned money deceitfully.
What is Spiritualism? The most fundamental belief of the Spiritualists is that the soul survives physical death and that certain departed souls can communicate with the living. This communication is achieved through the agency of a medium, a man or woman who claims the distinct ability to speak with those who have passed away.
Mediumship traces its roots back to the ancient shamanistic traditions and is an extension of many priestly traditions as well. Most Native American tribes had at least one shaman or “medicine man” among them who would go into a specially prepared teepee and enter into a trance state (sometimes in a drug-induced state) in order to contact the ancestors of the tribe. Those standing outside the teepee could see mysterious shadows and figures moving about inside the lodge which could not have been the shaman. His hands were often bound and his posture secure – much like in a séance off the reservation.
A true medium can be a conduit for numerous Spiritualist phenomena, including prophecy (i.e., the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece). He or she may also be capable of clairvoyance and clairaudience, possess the gift of speaking in tongues and of healing by the laying on of hands. They may see visions and enter easily into a trance. A medium can also summon spirits and guides from the world of the dead and even cause the voices of the departed to speak aloud to a gathering of the living at a séance.
A distinguished British physicist and chemist, Sir William Crookes, around the turn of the 20th century categorized certain physical manifestations of spiritualistic activities. These include:
*** The movement of heavy bodies with contact but without mechanical exertion.
*** The phenomena of percussive and other similar sounds.
*** Movements of heavy substances when at a distance from the medium.
*** The rising of tables and chairs off the ground, without contact with any person.
*** The levitation of human beings.
*** The movement of various small articles without contact with any person.
*** Luminous appearances.
*** The appearance of hands, either self-luminous or visible by ordinary light.
*** Direct (automatic) writing.
*** Phantom forms and faces.
*** There is also the possibility of special
instances that seem to point to the agency of a superior intelligence
as well as miscellaneous occurrences of a complex character.
All of which sounds like a motherlode of the strange and bizarre and calls to mind many of the claims made by UFO abductees. This relationship between Spiritualism and UFOlogy has often been noted by Timothy Green Beckley, the CEO of the publishing houses Global Communications and Inner Light Publications. While Beckley is widely known as Mr. UFO, he has also long been interested in spiritualistic and occult matters and has republished classic works in the field.
The latest such offering from Beckley is “We Can Awaken the Dead: Evidence of an Afterlife Now!” It consists mainly of the personal journey to Spiritualist truth made by Vice Admiral W. Usborne Moore, a British naval officer who publicly advocated the notion that we can communicate with our departed loved ones.
Moore began as a skeptic. He talks of reading a book, at the recommendation of an acquaintance, by the aforementioned William Crookes called “Researches into the Phenomena of Modern Spiritualism,” which Moore said had led many people to the subject. Readers marveled that Crookes’ credentials as a scientist did not deter him from expounding at length on the existence of “forces exercised by invisible intelligences.”
Moore decided to test the waters himself and went to visit a clairvoyant named Mrs. Crompton, in Portsmouth, England, in 1904.
“She clairvoyantly saw a spirit form near me,” Moore writes, “that answered very nearly to ‘Iola’ as I remember her.”
Another medium, a Mr. Vango, described Iola to Moore two or three times, giving her name.
“These were the first intimations I received,” Moore explains, “of the desire of my relative to get in touch with me.”
As time passed and Moore visited other mediums, Iola continued to reach out to Moore.
“To be brief,” Moore writes, “I found that the deeper I went into the study of Spiritism, the more apparent it became that, whether he wished it or not, man’s individuality was not extinguished at death. I read books, visited clairvoyants, and attended séances for materialization. Through all of this I was constantly reminded of the existence of a near and dear relative, older than myself, who passed away thirty-seven years ago in the prime of her life. Her continued reappearances could only lead me to one conclusion: I was being guided to a reconsideration of the problem of immortality.
“At last, I have come to the absolute conviction,” he continues, “that what we call ‘death’ is a mere incident, a door to a higher life that is, in reality, more substantial to the senses we shall hereafter possess than the one we set so much store upon here. The near relative who had proved to me this valuable truth is called in this volume ‘Iola,’ a spirit name which she herself adopted to avoid the unpleasant complications that may arise as to her identity among those of her friends and relatives who are not educated in Spiritism.”
Thus Moore was drawn to the subject by his lost relative reaching out to him and not the other way around. Iola seemed to reenter his life from the world of the dead completely unbidden and without prompting on Moore’s part.
Along with his heartfelt belief in the genuineness of Spiritualism, Moore also took aim at the debunkers.
“Nothing they write has tallied with what
I’ve seen,” he declares. “For a concrete instance of the foolish
suggestions put forward by these ignorant ‘know-it-alls,’ I would point
to a recent work in which there is a description of how slate-writing is
Slate-writing falls into the category of “physical” spiritualist phenomena in which a spirit takes chalk in hand and write messages from beyond on a small slate.
“The writer says the sitter brings his own double slate,” Moore writes, “and the psychic deftly inserts a small piece of chalk previously prepared by being mixed with steel filings. While the slate is being held under the table or elsewhere, the psychic moves the chalk by means of a magnet concealed up his sleeve and does it as in mirror writing.”
The debunking writer unequivocally says the deceiving medium’s use of this method is unassailable fact, but Moore quite pointedly differs.
“This statement of ‘fact’ is untrue,” Moore argues. “Such a thing cannot be done. Even with an electromagnet in open sight it would be impossible to write twenty legible words. With a man sitting near you and watching you it is not possible to write five legible words without detection.”
Nevertheless, Moore admits, books by debunking authors sold well and perhaps helped the naysayers to climb the social ladder of the time.
“For the majority of educated people are anxious not to be disturbed in their amiable doctrines of a Day of Judgment,” Moore reasons, “and a fiery material hell in store for those who do not agree with them.”
Readers at this juncture will observe that the way the skeptics behaved during the heyday of spiritualism is similar to the debunkers today who go out of their way to discredit many UFO experiencers, be they abductees or the much more tainted contactees of the late 40s and 1950s.
Early on in his book, Moore describes other physical phenomena he had personally witnessed, which included the materialization of heads and busts of discarnate entities, spirit singing, whispers and the flight of a musical instrument around the room and over the heads of the sitters, all the while playing a definite tune.
“I saw and heard a number of things,” Moore writes, “that could not be explained by any system of juggling or deception of any sort.”
THE DAVENPORT BROTHERS – THE GREATEST PHYSICAL MEDIUMS OF ALL TIME?
Such physical manifestations as Moore described were an everyday occurrence for the Davenport Brothers, a duo of American spiritualists whose talents were celebrated by none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the immortal detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle had manufactured a character whose skills as a logician solved many crimes, but Doyle himself was given to more mystical beliefs. His struggle against the magician and escape artist Harry Houdini over the veracity of Spiritualist claims – including that of the Davenports – is well-known. Beckley has published a book [see the Suggested Reading list at the end of this article] dealing with their very public conflict as well as other strange theories about Houdini’s “hidden powers.”
Beckley has also published “Dark Séance: The Fabulous Davenport Brothers,” which is in part a reprint of a detailed account of their careers written in the early part of the 20th century. Their story began in 1846, when the Davenport family was disturbed by what they described as “raps, thumps, loud noises, snaps, cracking noises, in the dead of night.” Not knowing how to respond, they simply did nothing.
A few years later, when the famous Fox Sisters began making headlines for experiencing similar things, ten-year-old Elizabeth Davenport declared that if such things happened to anybody, they might as well happen to them. The Davenports gathered around their table, placed their hands upon it, as they had read the Fox Sisters had done, and waited to see what would happen. After a few moments a movement as of swelling or bulging was felt in the table, then crackling noises, tippings, raps, and, finally, very loud and violent noises.
Ira Davenport, five years older than his sister, Elizabeth, was “taken with a violent propensity to write, his hand becoming subject to extraordinary gyrations. These messages were believed to be quite beyond both his mental or physical powers, and contained matters known only to the persons to whom they were addressed, and quite beyond his personal knowledge.”
Another incident in this early stage of the Davenports’ development involved the knives, forks and dishes on the breakfast table beginning “to dance around as if suddenly imbued with vitality. In a few moments the table began to move, tipping up sideways, balancing itself on one leg and finally rising clear from the floor, floating in the air without the least support and moving in such a way that it was wonderful that the dishes upon it did not slide off and come crashing upon the floor.”
Meanwhile, Ira’s younger brother, William, had begun to communicate with an entity who said he was not of this Earth. The entity warned them to procure a large table for the better accommodation of those who would be coming from far and near to see these wonders for themselves. The family began to hold regular séances during which the physical manifestations were repeated in front of witnesses. Loud raps were heard; the table answered questions; spectral forms were seen in the flash of a pistol; lights appeared in the upper parts of the room; and musical instruments floated in the air while being played upon above the heads of the company.
The spirits somehow communicated to the Davenports that Ira and William should take their show on the road. They began by touring in Maine and obligingly permitted debunkers to thoroughly examine their equipment and to bind the brothers hand and foot so that no sleight of hand could be perpetrated. In spite of these conditions, the brothers were nevertheless able to conjure mysterious arms and hands that would play musical instruments.
While appearing in Philadelphia, the brothers were met with “violent opposition” from “philosophers,” religious bigots, other spiritualists and people spoiling for a fight in general. It required fifty policeman to keep order. In spite of this, the brothers still produced the most extraordinary manifestations even before hostile crowds.
They continued to amaze observers and moved on to tour England and Scotland, appearing not only in theaters but also in private homes. In exclusive drawing rooms in London, they performed before not the “ignorant or the credulous,” but a select company that included some of the sharpest minds in England, none of whom could see any method of deception on the part of the Davenport Brothers.
A writer for a London newspaper, The Morning Post, who was present for one such private séance, reported – somewhat bewilderedly – that, “Possibly they may be [clever conjurers] or it is possible that some new physical force can be engendered at will to account for what appears on the face of it absolutely unaccountable. All that can be asserted is that the displays to which we have referred took place on the present occasion under conditions and circumstances that preclude the presumption of fraud. Here is a field for the investigation of the scientific world.”
Beckley’s “Dark Séance: The Fabulous Davenport Brothers” also includes his own musings on the brothers and Spiritualism in general, with particular attention given to the similarities between Spiritualism and UFOs. It is certainly true that both fields cry out for serious study by the scientific community, as The Morning Post writer urged in his account of the London séance.
This has been but a brief overview of “Dark Séance,” but the book itself is rich in fascinating detail. Ira died in 1911 and his brother William died tragically young at age 36 in 1877. Whatever the secret to their apparent miraculous powers was, it has never been disclosed or discovered.
THIRTY YEARS AMONG THE DEAD
While one reads Vice Admiral W. Usborne Moore and the Davenport Brothers in large part because they deal with physical manifestations of Spiritualistic workings, there is also another avenue explored in a book from Inner Light/Global Communications called “Thirty Years Among the Dead,” first published in 1924. The book is still available in older, more expensive editions, but Beckley’s version is the only one that can truly be called “complete and unabridged.”
“Thirty Years” is not, as the title may suggest to some, a dull account of hanging around a morgue somewhere. It offers instead a still vitally relevant approach to abnormal psychology that is based on the idea that extreme mental illness is caused – not by a harsh environment or muddled brain chemistry – but by the encroachment upon the innocent by the discarnate spirits of the evil dead.
You may already be thinking that therein lies the stuff of a great horror movie, but you will be intrigued to learn that “Thirty Years Among the Dead” is a factual, well-documented account of treating and actually curing the mentally ill by contacting the oppressing spirits within the sufferer and convincing those spirits to leave.
To carry out this form of therapeutic spiritualism, a physician named Dr. Carl A. Wickland worked alongside his wife, Anna, an accredited medium who voluntarily allowed herself to be temporarily possessed by these wicked spirits in order to better understand their tormented motivations. The Wicklands would then use this information to treat the victims who so grievously suffered under these destructive otherworldly influences. Along with the mediumistic coercion of spirits conducted by his wife, Dr. Wickland would administer low voltage electric shocks to the patient’s neck and spine with a device called a “Wimhurst generator,” a wand-like instrument that worked to “dislodge” the wicked spirit of the dead.
In his introduction to the new edition, Beckley explains that the Wicklands felt they had absolute evidence that these demented spirits of the dead liked to hang around the living in order to continue their evil ways even from the afterlife. In essence, they would leech onto those who were prone to similar fits of debauchery or were well on their way to a life of unabated revelry and eventual damnation.
“The influence of these discarnate entities,” Dr. Wickland writes, “is the cause of many of the inexplicable and obscure events of earth life and of a large part of the world’s misery. A recognition of this fact accounts for a great portion of unbidden thoughts, emotions, strange forebodings, gloomy moods, irritabilities, unreasonable impulses, irrational outbursts of temper, uncontrollable infatuations, and countless other mental vagaries.”
Dr. Wickland points out that “records of spirit obsession and possession extend from the remotest antiquity to modern times,” including the Old and New Testaments and the Homeric legends. The Wicklands’ work stands as an example of the power of certain Spiritualist practices to heal deep psychological and emotional wounds, something science is still groping in the dark to accomplish through medication and simple talk therapy.
And while it is true that Spiritualism cannot today claim the many millions of followers and believers it had in the years between 1850 and the early decades of the 20th century, Timothy Green Beckley is part of the process of keeping the movement in front of the reading public and demonstrating its continued relevance to many fields of the occult sciences and to the pursuit of the truth underlying UFOs and alien abduction. Beckley’s publishing efforts may one day help the world to arrive at a kind of paranormal “Theory of Everything” where all the mysteries fit in their proper places – to the enlightenment of us all.
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- THEY WALK AT NIGHT DEPARTMENT -
'Vampire' Burials Have Been Uncovered in Poland
By Rosella Lorenzi
Polish archaeologists have uncovered the medieval remains of three "vampires" — individuals whose bodies were mutilated before interment to physically prevent any attempts to rise from the grave.
Dating to the 13th and 14th centuries, the deviant burials were unearthed in the village Górzyca in western Poland.
"They were found near a former bishop's residence. A Gothic cathedral once stood somewhere near the graves," Krzysztof Socha of the Museum of Fortress Kostrzyn in Poland, told Seeker.
Two skeletons, belonging to a woman and a man, bear the signs of various mutilations, carried out with sharp objects.
Both skeletons had holes in the spine, most likely from someone nailing the bodies into the ground.
Buried face down — a treatment aimed to impede the individual from rising from the grave — with her knees deliberately broken, the woman is believed to have suffered from kyphosis, an exaggerated rounding of the back.
The condition probably gave her a humped posture which may have scared the community. She was seen as a threat even after death.
The main, dismembered and decapitated, was also suspected to have had kyphosis.
The third skeleton, a male about 30-35 years of age, was buried with the head trapped between two stones. A hole into the spine showed an attempt to stake him to the ground.
"His bones look quite 'normal', without signs of diseases," Socha said.
The practice of placing stones in the grave is indicative of deviant burials. Individuals believed to be vampires were often buried with a brick in the mouth, nailed or staked to the ground, and sometimes decapitated and dismembered.
The skeletons are now being studied by anthropologists. Results will be published as soon as the investigation is over, Socha said.
- LET THERE BE LIGHT DEPARTMENT -
A Paranormal Season of Light
By Joshua Cutchin
If one pays close attention, certain data points strongly suggest paranormal activity is—if not one monolithic phenomenon—at least closely related phenomena. Ignoring these connections is the height of intellectual dishonesty, and while Forteana is no stranger to that pernicious character flaw, we should never hesitate to admit the shortcomings of the field’s most widely held theories. Ghosts may not be the spirits of the dead. UFOs may not be extraterrestrials. Bigfoot may not be an undiscovered primate.
There is plenty of evidence illustrating the interconnectedness of phenomena that, at first blush, seem wholly unrelated. The deeper down the rabbit hole one dives, however, the more the similarities draw attention to themselves. Changelings, short entities supervised by taller figures, crop circles, missing time—these all sit firmly at the center of a Venn diagram comparing attributes of today’s “alien” abduction phenomenon and the fae folk of folklore. Bringing in Bigfoot to round out the trifecta, we note other similarities: the food taboo, sulfurous smells, elaborate taxonomies, purported underground habitats, an obsession with human reproduction, livestock mutilation, and eyewitness paralysis. All attributes have been ascribed to these disparate entities.
… as well as orbs of light. While obviously evident in UFO activity—half the damn things are lights in the sky, after all—they are also a staple of ghost activity, well-known to anyone who has paid a modicum of attention to paranormal research. Dig into the literature, and you find similar illumination in faerie encounters, often referred to as faerie lights. You can lump in modern “ghost lights” as well—the Brown Mountain/Lubbock/Hessdalen/etc. etc. lights seem part and parcel with the phenomena as a whole.
As my good, wise friend and Where Did the Road Go? host Seriah Azkath is fond of saying, “You see an orb of light in the sky, it’s a UFO. You see an orb light in your house, it’s a ghost.”
Let’s throw a monkey wrench (Gigantopithecus wrenchus?) into the mix. After years of endeavoring to validate the material existence of Sasquatch and, to a large extent, failing, the Bigfoot community is finally opening up about the presence of anomalous lights in areas traditionally known to yield heavy Sasquatch sightings. It’s a thing. If you want your paradigm shattered, listen to Adam Davies’ Binnall of America interview. It’s harrowing.
(SIDE NOTE: the cryptozoology crew, love them though I do, will be the last folks to acquiesce that consciousness plays a role in Bigfoot/Nessie/Dogman/etc. etc. encounters. Mark my word on that.)
The persistence of these tales of light orbs makes me wonder... Is there some larger lesson we can take from such shared associations? I pondered this question in a recent (as of this writing, unreleased) Where Did the Road Go? interview.
Bear with me here. To distill this line of thought to a simple concept, I wonder: Do all paranormal phenomena, deprived of context, present themselves as orbs of light? Is there some sort of contextual dependency (akin to Greg Bishop’s notion of co-creation) that allows The Phenomenon to be seen as aliens, faeries, Bigfoot, ghosts, etc. but—deprived of context—is seen in its “purest form” as an orb of light?
In her recent interview with Seriah Azkath, Ardy Sixkiller Clark—whose research is top-notch, but whose rigid extraterrestrial hypothesis view I criticize heavily—discussed the nature of orbs as related to her by North American indigenous peoples:
“One of my interviewees told me about… these balls of light that could transform themselves into anything they wanted to be, whether it was human, or whether they revealed themselves… in their true characteristics, or they could be an inanimate object, and nobody would even know about it....”
Welp. If we strip the narrow-minded ETH narrative from that statement and replace it with an unknowable, nigh-Lovecraftian Unknown Phenomena, it answers (albeit in a dissatisfying way) why so much paranormal phenomenon share common attributes.
Consider also—non-coincidentally, I would comment—that the pineal gland, traditionally held as the “seat of the soul” and recently proven to be a source of endogenous DMT—is affected by light. The pineal gland, after all, looks quite a bit like a vestigial eye, and bears a startling resemblance, viewed in cross section, to that most important symbol in Egyptian iconography: the Eye of Ra/Horus.
To further illustrate my concept, and provide a modern-day analogue, consider “texture glitches” in modern video gaming. A simple online search reveals scores of dissatisfied gamers who have taken note of missing textures in games. Put plainly, games require texture files (often repeating patterns—imagine the way you would graphically represent a 5’x5’ swath of brick wall or cobblestone street) to accurately build the game's world. When these texture files are missing or corrupted, the affected surface—be it a wall or a street—will appear completely blank. Depending on the developer, this usually renders that particular surface a single, uniform color, usually stark white or pink.
Extrapolating this to paranormal phenomena, perhaps we are responsible for providing the "texture." Whatever this Other is asks us to contribute, and is perhaps context based—in an abandoned house, we’ll see a ghost, the sky a UFO, a forest a Bigfoot or—for those of us with Celtic background—faeries. If we fail to provide this template, this “texture,” we simply see an empty placeholder, especially when deprived of context at a distance.
I may be right. I may be wrong. But at the end of the day, I hope to never hesitate when admitting the shortcomings of my theories.
Source: Joshua Cutchin
- SICK OF ART DEPARTMENT -
Did A Sculpture Really Make 17 FBI Agents Sick?
By Benjamin Sutton
A towering cedar sculpture by the world-renowned artist is being blamed for the hospitalization of over a dozen employees at the FBI’s Miami field office.
A large wooden sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard is being blamed for a series of illnesses suffered by agents working out of the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). However, the Politico article linking the installation of the sculpture in the lobby of the Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building to the sudden spike in illnesses there also notes that studies conducted by Federal Occupational Health (FOH) in the building provided no evidence implicating the sculpture in the workers’ health problems.
“No possible causes have been confirmed,” Saudia Muwwakkil, a spokesperson for the General Services Administration (GSA), which leases space in the building to the FBI and commissioned the sculpture, told Hyperallergic. “There was insufficient evidence implicating the artwork in the FBI facility and GSA believes the same would be true in any other facility.” This lack of evidence has not prevented Politico and other sites from presenting the link between the sculpture and the illnesses as fact.
The 17-foot-tall work, “Cedrus,” was commissioned from the Brooklyn-based artist for $750,000, and made from 15,000 pounds of Western red cedar that was imported from Vancouver. The sculpture, whose twisting and widening form evokes a tornado, was installed in the building’s lobby in early 2015. Shortly thereafter, 17 of the nearly 1,000 FBI employees working in the building became sick, “including at least a dozen who were hospitalized,” according to Politico, which goes on to attribute the illnesses to “allergic reactions to cedar dust coming off the sculpture.”
Following FBI employees’ complaints, the sculpture was initially covered in plastic and then, in October 2015, removed entirely. Installation and deinstallation costs brought its total price tag to $1.2 million. “Following FBI’s request to remove the artwork, GSA worked closely with the artist and the FBI to coordinate relocation of the von Rydingsvard sculpture,” a GSA statement provided to Hyperallergic said. “‘Cedrus’ is now temporarily stored in Maryland until a permanent home has been identified. Additional testing conducted in Maryland by FOH again found the sculpture posed no health risk.”
For her part, von Rydingsvard has yet to make a public statement about the relocation of “Cedrus.” But New York’s Galerie Lelong, which represents her, provided Hyperallergic with the following statement:
The gallery is currently waiting for a statement from the commissioning body, the GSA. We are not in a position to make any statement about this work until we receive theirs, but in the meantime, we can state that in over 20 years of representing Ursula von Rydingsvard’s work, this is the first time any member of the public has claimed a physical reaction or disturbance to a sculpture.
Though the circumstances that led to the removal of “Cedrus” are fairly unique, this isn’t the first time that the GSA has disappeared a large, site-specific sculpture it had commissioned. The agency famously dismantled Richard Serra’s “Titled Arc” (1981) after it had stood for nearly a decade in Lower Manhattan’s Federal Plaza. As art historian Harriet F. Senie captivatingly recounted in her book on the controversy, much of the public outcry against “Tilted Arc” was the result of misinformation.
- HIDDEN SUPERHEROS DEPARTMENT -
Declassified Document Suggests Many Have "Superhuman" Powers
By Christina Sarich
A recently declassified document that was unearthed through the Freedom of Information Act, suggests that the Chinese government has conducted massive-scale studies on superhuman powers like telepathy, psychokinesis, approbation, aerokinesis, clairsentience, clairaudience, and more. The US Central Intelligence Agency was appraised of these studies, and could have conducted similar investigations, all while keeping the results hidden from the general public.
The document titled, “Chronology of Recent Interest in Exceptional Functions of The Human Body in the People’s Republic of China” can be found on the CIA’s website, and details studies which the Chinese government and other agencies funded to test thousands of children to see if they had superhuman abilities.
The government was so interested in the possibility of these superhuman individuals, that hundreds of testing centers were set up across China. Though they do not reveal the results, except for the mention of one individual, a Qi Gong grandmaster, Zhang Baosheng, who was able to ‘smell’ the contents of messages written on folded slips of paper, and once relocated physical objects from inside sealed containers to another location. Baosheng was named by high-ranking communist leaders as a “healer with extraordinary powers” in the 1980s. Baosheng was later arrested for fraud in 1995. It is said that he and others of the Qi Gong movement took a ‘shortcut to scientific exploration’ and utilized weird science and superstition to promote their abilities.
This isn’t to say that Baosheng and others don’t have superhuman skills. There are numerous studies that are publicaly available, confirming this. Princeton scientists have found that telekinesis, or psychokinesis is very real.
In the famous children’s tale, Alice in Wonderland, the White Queen tells Alice that, “memory works both ways.” The superhuman power of clairaudience (along with many other ‘clairs’) have also been scientifically documented.
Dr. Bem, a social psychologist at Cornell University, has conducted a series of experiments that are published in one of the most prestigious psychology journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). Across nine experiments, Bem examined the idea that our brain has the ability to not only reflect on past experiences, but also anticipate future experiences. This ability for the brain to “see into the future” is often referred to as psi phenomena. He used well established, standard scientific methods to study this phenomenon and found that we are all equipped with the ability to see into the future. It seems some of us have just developed this ability, either with practice, or through the gift of birth, to a more advanced degree.
Nikola Tesla once said, “the day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
If this is indeed true, then hundreds of thousands of children (and adults) could easily manipulate matter with the frequency of their thoughts.
The US government has similarly conducted parapsychology studies. The Stargate Project was the code name for a secret U.S. Army unit established in 1978 at Fort Meade, Maryland, by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and SRI International (a California contractor) to investigate the potential for psychic phenomena in military and domestic intelligence applications. The project was loosely reference in the film The Men Who Stare at Goats.
The fact that China’s government was involved in the study of parapsychology and that the CIA deemed it too dangerous to reveal to the public (while the US government was conducting its own studies) is telling. Are these skills being used against us? And are we being dumbed-down by frequency so that we cannot realize our innate gifts to heal, read thoughts, move objects with our minds, and a myriad of other superhuman feats? Knowing what is possible is a good step in the right direction. Our evolution as conscious creatures has only just begun.
Source: Waking Times
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