EdgeScience 26


Ancient Origins

NOTICE: News stories appear in new browser windows. Stories are not archived; links may expire without notice.

CONTACT: Please email your news tips to the News Editor.

Archives for the Unexplained
Connecting with Coincidence
Open Sciences
Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
The Fairyist
CryptoZoo News
Ancient Origins
Atlas Obscura
UFO Digest
Science Frontiers
Public Parapsychology
Project 1947
The Books of Charles Fort
The Cryptozoologist
The Condon Report
The Roots of Consciousness
Fortean Times
Reality Carnival
Society for Scientific Exploration
Blue Book Archive
The Parapsychological Association
Mind Hacks
Daily Grail
UFO Conjecture(s)
National UFO Reporting Center
Centre for Fundamental Anomalies Research
Anomaly Archives
Library of Exploratory Science
Science Writing and Beyond
National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena
Anomalist Books
Best UFO Resources
Zetetic Scholar
Larry W. Bryant’s UFOview
OMNI Magazine
Martin J. Clemens

Anomalist Books

European Health Card

Free European Health Card

The Anomalist

July 26

Seems to us the job of an airline pilot is not all it's cracked up to be. If it's not high jackers, or zombie apocalypses, or super storms, it's metallic objects buzzing about with apparently no concern for anyone else sharing the airspace. Of course, pilots know that no one is going to believe them, thanks to Ufologists and the Thread of Madness. As Michel Foucault points out in his book Madness: The Invention of an Idea, societies seem to encourage a certain craziness wherever strangeness occurs, which does not help the cause of UAP witnesses. In Special Cases: The Long Island File (1) we leave you to decide if the information imparted to John Keel in 1967 was real, or simply the ramblings of a madman. (CM)

A review of The Geography of Madness by Frank Bures, which focuses, among other things, on the theft of men's genitals across cultures, or more specifically the syndrome that makes the men believe they've been robbed of said genitals. Read this book before attending a party and you'll never run out of things to talk about. But in case you do, the Mysterious Vanishings at the Nevada Triangle should allow for some lively debate. Is it aliens, the government, magnetic anomalies, or just crazy weather? Mix up the conversation then with Bizarre Cases of Real-Life Time Travelers. And when you're done debating whether time travel is even possible, pass around the image from Volcano or Leopard Skin? Regale the party goers with your knowledge of the mid-6000 BC period. You will be the most interesting person at the party. (CM)

This story is perplexing by any standards. A haunting that started out as playful communication turns into something horribly violent. Stranger still is the phantom monk that terrorizes the occupants of the house. In order to find out more answers, Paranormal Lockdown to air Longest Investigation in TV History at Europe’s Most Haunted Location. We'll see how Nick and Katrina fare in the season premier October 28. But if you prefer your haunting to be closer to your heart, Watch the First Clip from Amy Bruni & Adam Berry’s New Series “Kindred Spirits”. Sometimes family members just can't say goodbye. (CM)

July 25

Henry Bauer's eloquent post asks: "what does it take to be justifiably and reliably certain about something?"Not easy, as even contemporary scientific knowledge and understanding really isn’t always reliably true. So instead of arguing about whether something is scientific or whether it is true, let's have more data less dogmatism. And speaking of wild goose chases, the Ted Serios and the Lehrburger Sequence is a good example. This research into images projected mentally onto photographic film is more intriguing than evidential of anything, but it is certainly supremely puzzling. While we ponder how a camera takes pictures of something that is not there, allow us to introduce the concept Of Pokemon, Mirage Men and Manchurian Candidates. Are we being covertly conditioned and brainwashed? (CM)

A quarter of a century is a long time to do anything. Steve Feltham quit his job and sold his home in order to monster hunt full time on the shores of Loch Ness 25 years ago and says he is ready to go 25 more if that is what it takes to solve the mystery. Such dedication is to be admired. Chupacabras hunters may have an easier time figuring out the identity of their favorite cryptid as it seems the feared goat sucker has taken a shine to golf courses: Did A Chupacabra Hit The Links In Sun City? If so, then cryptozoologists might want to stake out Augusta National, Pebble Beach or Oakmont in the hopes of catching up to the mythical beast. Though small, Rhode Island has its share of blood-suckers, too…in the form of vampires. It also has Bigfoot, the Block Ness Monster, and the sea monster of Teddy’s Beach. With only 1,545 square miles to search, one could join other cryptid-minded folks in Exploring American Monsters: Rhode Island and possibly canvass the state in a short amount of time. What are you waiting for? (MM)

July 24

British big cat sightings have been going on since the late 18th century, but Mary Chipperfield says she released her moggies in 1978. Is Cristina Criddle tacitly suggesting these are time-travelling cats? Perhaps Dartmoor is fraught with interdimensional portals redolent of catnip? Let's just say this is merely a twig on the branch of the tree of high strangeness with deep English roots. For a greater appreciation, hie thee to Nick Redfern's reflection upon "Mystery Big Cats" - 10 Years Later. Merrily Harpur's book remains the definitive reference addressing the social, spiritual, and strangeness surrounding these sightings. The cherry on top of our fortean Sunday sundae? Brent Swancer's Mysterious Living Dinosaurs Of The Wild West is an irresistable accumulation of ripsnorting tales of T-Rexes and other fanged monsters this side of the Pecos. (CS)

The ancient Greek admonition of "know thyself" is tougher than mainstream science believes, finds Alex Rosenberg. Outlining the counterintuitive and contradictory theories, like mind-reading, the hard question of consciousness remains intractable to the dismay of reductionist materialists. So why not drop acid, take ayahuasca, or go shrooming to think outside of the box? Rob Waugh caught wind of a Professor Injected With Magic Mushrooms To Have A Near-Death Experience. Of course they injected psilocybin, not the mushrooms, with interesting, if superficial, results. (CS)

Cybernauts Vs. The Avengers Mysterious Universe
Oh yeah, baby! It's time to Netflix and chill with Nick Redfern as he shares his fave episode of The Avengers. Men in black, robots, and Diana Rigg are just a handful of reasons why he's marathoning this vintage series. Just don't order delivery as the next knock on your door could be a black-eyed kid, evinced by David Weatherly's July BEK Update from around the web. Even if some are a bit dodgy, remember you're watching the weaving of tomorrow's folklore before your very eyes. (CS

July 23

When science popularizers redpill the populace, eyes glaze over and fortify ignorance. Data dumps mean well, but contextualizing information convinces others how rational inquiry's an asset rather than a chore. Making more than a few good points, Amanda Freise illustrates the challenges faced by the loyal opposition when pushing their agenda. Now if only someone would show them how to crank down the dismissive snarkiness by a few orders of magnitude... (CS)

The Coming Destruction Of Minneapolis Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
An extensive system of caverns lay 'neath the Twin Cities, perhaps leading to the Hollow Earth with its fountains of vril. Upon their discovery there was much hubbub over the surface giving way with suggestions this midwestern metropolis being swallowed up. Dr. Beachcombing ponders the origins of this hysteria without any acknowledgement of Swedish-American C.H.U.D.s. Over on the left coast, a California Town Blames Area 51, Grenades, And Mines For Unexplainable Daily Booming. We're with Jeva Lange, crossing our fingers these shenanigans don't awaken the desert's ancient. Had pioneers the talent for detecting magnetic fields, Tara MacIsaac believes these dodgy plots of real estate might've been avoided altogether. Turns out humans have a Sixth Sense To Help Us With Direction based on Joe Kirschvink's research. Here's hoping the next step is investigating Australia's Guugu Yimithirr and their uncanny knack for absolute direction. (CS)

UFO Sightings And Job Security A Different Perspective
People get fired for plenty of reasons. Sexual harassment, insubordination, but for reporting a UFO? Speaking from experience, Kevin Randle sets the record straight on the Great Taboo and job security. We're fairly certain Ronnie Johnson's gainfully employed after the Alleged UFO Landing In Delphos, Kansas. Missing time, flying mushrooms, and a glowing, irradiated, "landing area" are the key points behind the 20th century's best close encounter of the second kind. But was this the 20th century's best hoax, or is Alejandro Rojas onto something here? Read more about the Delphos case in Jacques Vallée's Dimensions (UK). Earlier this week some Mysterious Footage Showing A Black UFO Hovering Over A Scottish Harbor made headlines. Shaky footage sucks, but one or two snaps are clear enough that drone enthusiasts could identify, or rule out, if this was of earthly origin. (CS)

There's a special place in hell for Bhupendra Singh, claiming farmers are being driven to suicide by spooks rather than the ongoing the epidemic of crop failures. Blame ghosts and the government doesn't have to spend a single rupee as compensation, nor for paranormal investigators. Speaking of which, Colin Dickey's keen on sharing The Spiritualist Origins Of Ghostbusters and how supernatural inquiry hasn't always been a sausage party. Case in point: The Fox sisters. Also challenging the Old Boy's club is Dana Matthews with her creepiest find ever! A Man Shares Eerie Photos Of Ghostly Black Footprints That Regularly Appear During The Night, but might someone be playing a prank? That's one of the few theories Dana's considering. (CS)

July 22

Less than a month ago a disclosure hearing was held in Brantford, Canada. With numerous former high ranking officials in attendance, the discussion focused on the government's real or perceived necessity of keeping ET contact secret from the public. Seems we're not at the point of transparency, in spite of what is inadvertently revealed to the public. For example, Blue Book Unknown: Multiple-Witness UFO Sightings in Oregon and Washington on July 4, 1947. Surely there are only so many times the government can declare that we haven't seen what we've seen...(CM)

It seems there is a bit of a competition amongst ghost hunters to find the most haunted house out there i.e. the next Amityville Horror. Looks like this house in Hinsdale wins, although we're not so sure its previous owners would have agreed. Of course not everyone is put off by the idea of ghosts.Scary CCTV footage captures 'ghost child' wandering up and down street. The witness maintains he has caught on film the image of a child playing in the street. We're not so keen to agree. Elsewhere, The Mysterious Ghosts of the Himalayas may not be captured on film or video, but their legacy remains frightening to the local sherpas. We would be hard pressed to blame them considering how unforgiving the mountains can be. On an intriguing note, it's not just humans that fear the ominous presence of death. Horses That Scent Death have been known to adamantly avoid areas later found to be the locations of unmarked graves, or worse. (CM)

Our favorite (new) Ghostbuster offers us some insight into her own haunted past. Luckily it wasn't so frightening as to scare the funny out of her. Later, we ponder Ghostbusters and the Existence of Ley Lines. If you believe ley lines are just something invented for works of paranormal fiction, you might change your mind after reading this article. There are too many convergences of lines and reality to be easily dismissed. (CM)

July 21

If you ask us, old dolls are just plain creepy from the get go, so the thought of them carrying curses, or demons, or tortured souls really doesn't seem like much of a stretch. When you come across a blighted figurine kept locked up in a cabinet or put on display in a macabre museum complete with warning sign, Just Walk Away. And just walking away is what the people of Jewett City feared would happen to the folks laid out in the local cemetery. The Vampire Graves of Jewett City: The Legend of Connecticut’s Undead, Blood-Sucking Vampire Family is actually a story about undiagnosed consumption. But considering the symptoms, and the general hysteria caused by people dying off without explanation, the confusion was understandable. If you would like to watch some true hysteria-generated media, Watch the Real Video Used to Train Police in Dealing with Satanic Sacrifice and Occult Crimes. Back in the 80's the best way for a news program to increase its viewership was to report on occult crimes--stolen babies, satanic rituals, sexual abuse. As a result, the police force was trained in the US to protect citizens from the crimes of the devil worshippers. Watch the training video and know that you are ready to take on the evil world and protect its citizens from vandals spray painting pentagrams on the side of buildings. (CM)

As UFO sightings increase, so too does the activity of volcanoes in Mexico, if we are to believe the statistics. Assuming this is correct, what is the purpose of these visitations, and should we be concerned lest these visitors decide they require payment from us? As the sightings in Mexico increase, More 'Unidentified Flying Objects' Caught on Camera Above Concord, East Coast. They seem to defy weather conditions and the constraints commonly assigned to aircraft, so what are they? In other news we revisit The Ariel School, Ruwa, Zimbabwe 1994 "UFO event" [Redux]. We are asked to consider whether or not the evidence from that event became "contaminated" or remained intact, a vital part of any investigation. (CM)

We examine the possibilities of using technology to augment our experiences beyond the veil, enhance our shamanic journeys, and allow us to enter altered states of consciousness more readily.  But will those experiences be made more--or less--real by the technological aid? A specific example of these advances is Pokemon Go: Considering the Possibilities. While seemingly a clever reincarnation of the video game we played as kids, a surreal world is created via cellphone, a world from which it is proving difficult to call back its players. Surreal or not, the data gathering potential is very real, and leaves us wondering about the future applications of such "games". And of course the data gathering can go both ways: 'Pokémon Go' In Area 51: Empty Gyms, Pokéstops, Pokémon, And More! (CM)

July 20

Who among our readers would agree that voicemail is a great invention? Now imagine if you will that you are listening to your VM messages when a disembodied voice leaves an impossible to understand message that comes from your mother's telephone number. Still think voicemail is a great invention? What button do we press for a spritz of holy water? In My Transfiguration the author recounts his experiences with a spirit attachment. While he describes his experiences with said entity to be as "finding God." we're inclined to grab more holy water if only because of that spirit's dogged determination to infect every part of the author's life. (CM)

A clay table discovered in Babylon has recently been deciphered. Findings indicate that ancient Babylonians utilized a form of geometric calculus that was previously believed to originate in Europe 1500 years later. How much of mankind's story are we wrong about? Fort Mountain Mystery Petroglyphs may indicate we have only begun to scratch the surface of mankind's history, and there are still many puzzles to be solved, as Brad Steiger so rightly pointed out years ago in Worlds Before Our Own. (CM)

This post takes on multiple reports regarding the phenomena of NDEs and soundly wipes the floor with them. Whatever your view of the afterlife and the experiences surrounding our passage over, spunky author Jennifer offers some compelling arguments to make you wonder what really lies beyond all this. Along the same vein, we bring you a New Study [that] Questions Spiritual Aspect of Near-Death Experiences. Aaron James reports on the findings of a study that demonstrate similarities of the NDE--in spite of differences in culture and religion. Continuing the battle between science and religion, This Is What Actually Happens In Your Brain During A Near-Death Experience, wherein the process of NDEs is described as nothing but a biological event in the brain. The same argument is made by the authors of the new book Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife, which Peter Rogerson reviews in Waking the Dead. Maybe they are just dead wrong. (CM)

Copyright 1996-2016. The Anomalist, Box 6807, Charlottesville, Virginia  22906 USA. 
Book: Science for Heretics

Book: Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman