Do ghosts really exist?

The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted. 658 more words


James Randi - A Million Reasons To Love Him

I am sure millions worldwide have seen the ‘amazing’ Randi on TV. The great magician, debunker & destroyer of many a famed psychic & healer. Randi has a million dollar challenge that is impossible to win, not because psychic ability, the sixth sense, intuition & healing isn’t a fact & proven as it is, I prove it & have proven it, but because Randi won’t be challenged by anyone who not only could but would win the fabulous prize, if it existed, which it doesn’t. 102 more words

Discord or dat chord

Amazingly, I still get page hits from folks looking for Robert Anton Wilson, sometimes by the name but a lot of times for Quantum Psychology… 210 more words

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Michael Crichton's Defense of New Age Mysticism

(Excerpted from Spiritual Snake Oil: Fads & Fallacies in Pop Culture, by Chris Edwards)

Fans of the late Michael Crichton’s science fiction (and I would count myself among them) might be surprised to learn that Crichton had a strong interest in the paranormal. 2,642 more words


The Roswellian Syndrome: How Some UFO Myths Develop

By Joe Nickell and James McGaha via CSI | csicop.org

An analysis of four classic flying-saucer incidents reveals how debunking can send a mundane case underground, where it is transformed by mythologizing processes, then reemerges—like a virulent strain of a virus—as a vast conspiracy tale. 592 more words


Ghosts, God and the Trouble With Ghosthunters.

Right, a quick post today, which will cheekily incorporate in the second half a re-post of some material I posted years ago on this very topic, because let’s face it, no one is going to click on a link to read another entry. 2,326 more words


New Sounds Sciencey post: Apocalyptic January and the Portents of Doom

I posted a new piece that was inspired by two Januarys in a row where weird things were in the news. Then, I found some common themes between the two. 165 more words

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