Paranormal Study Reference Articles
March brought us a lot of paranormal articles. The content was quite varied, and we hope that some of the articles below on topics like Time Travelers, the Nazi Bell, Subjective Reality, Flying Witches, Military UFO Research, Communication with the Dead and many other Fortean forays will be of keen interest to you in your studies. You can see prior monthly news roundups by clicking here.
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Each soul will feel and know itself to be immortal, will feel and know that the entire universe with all its good and with all its beauty is for it and belongs to it forever.– Richard Bucke, M.D.; Cosmic Consciousness
What It Felt Like to Almost Die (Medium): The author recounts her experience of near death. According to the author, the doctor who treated her said she should not be alive after the pulmonary embolism she had. During her experience and afterwards, she realized something: life is too precious not to live it and when death comes, there is nothing to fear.
New Quantum Physics Experiment Suggests That Reality Isn’t Objective (Science Alert): In an interesting experiment conducted recently by physicists, it has been demonstrated through the use of lasers, a beam splitter and six photons that two independent analyses of a photon can be perceived as either a particle or a wave. So, in short, a scientist can observe a photon differently than another scientist looking at the same photon. The same reality is subjective to the observer’s gaze; two people can see different “reality” different. Since this is now demonstrated scientifically, is there such a thing as reality?
Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field, Fascinating Experiment Suggests (Gizmodo): In an interesting experiment, 34 volunteers were subjected to an hour-long experiment multiple times. The volunteers were in a darkened and isolated Faraday Cage. The cage also included three devices that changed the direction of the magnetic field. The volunteers’ brain waves were measured via an EEG. Interestingly, not a single volunteer felt a shift of the magnetic field, but the EEG showed a corollary response in alpha wave activity when the field was shifted. We know that animals have a response to the magnetic field (dogs align themselves on a north/south access when defecating; birds use magnetite-receptors in birds beaks allow for accurate migration patterns), but this has never been demonstrated in humans before.
Science history: The Man Attempting to Merge Physics and the Paranormal (Cosmos): Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson has dedicated decades of his life trying to understand psi abilities in relation to quantum physics. He believes that his work on this topic is more culturally significant than his Nobel Prize winning work, and unfortunately, it has caused him to be shunned by several of his colleagues.
Scientists Reveal a Multidimensional Universe Inside the Brain (Curiosmos): Recent experimentation revealed that the human brain can build objects in up to eleven different dimensions through neuron layering. This was first modeled through a computer and then reified through physical experimentation. Past the third dimension, we can only view these multi-dimensional structures as a black hole because we are not capable of physically seeing past the third dimension. There are currently paths of research questioning whether thoughts originate and/or are stored in these black holes – there are billions of these structures present in the brain.
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‘Flying Witch’ Reported over Turtle Creek near Darien, Wisconsin (Singular Fortean): In yet another cryptid encounter close to Lake Michigan, a witness saw a Flying Witch at treetop level that glided down towards her car almost causing a collision. This “witch” had large bat-like wings that did not flap and a body that was a brownish color. Mexico is typically known for flying witch sightings and reports of these cryptids are very rare in the upper Midwest.
The American Bestiary: The Most Famous Mythical Creature of Every US State, Illustrated (CNU Holdings): A wonderful breakdown of cryptids by state. Rather than lean on crytpids that have sightings in multiple states, like Bigfoot, this article leans more upon cryptids that are unique to each state.
Boat’s Collision with ‘Marine Creature’ Leaves 87 Injured (CNN): A brief article describing how a high-speed boat in the waters outside northwest Japan left dozens of people injured. The creature is unidentified, and no injured sea life has been located as a result. Godzilla references aside, no one saw the creature and if it were a whale, there would’ve been evidence of a whale present.
Winged Humanoid Abducts Eyewitness in Rolling Prairie, Indiana (Phantoms and Monsters): A recounting of a first-hand abduction case in 1969 where a large bipedal winged cryptid abducted a boy. This was witnessed by the grandmother as well. The boy was brought back and left on the roof of their trailer.
“According to Chapman University’s Survey of American Fears, more than 20 percent of Americans believe Bigfoot is real, the same number who believe the Big Bang actually happened. More startling is that the belief is spreading: “Americans have become seven percent more likely to believe in Bigfoot in only two years,” the survey reports.”– William Giraldi, American Monster
American Monster (Medium): This article penned by a skeptic casts a dim light on cryptozoology through using Bigfoot as the seminal example. The author goes over the vast history of Bigfoot and the article serves as a great primer for those who may not know all the lore surrounding America’s favorite cryptid.
Why Many of Our Appalachian Ancestors Believed in Fairies (Appalachian Magazine): This article examines the belief in little people in the Appalachian Mountains and mirrors it to the belief in Fae Folk as espoused by the Scots-Irish, the predominant group to settle the Appalachians. Looking through Appalachian history, there are numerous examples of native lore and local legends of encounters with these fairies.
The Possession of Anneliese Michel: Real Audio from the Rease Case (Paranormal Hauntings): The possession of Anneliese Michel is one of the more well-known cases of demonic possession. Anneliese was a devout Catholic born in Germany in 1952. She had deteriorating health issues starting at the age of 16. At 21, she began to hear knocking, voices and demonic faces. So, in 1974, the evaluation for an exorcism began which took place in August 1975. There were six demons present that would not leave, she demonstrated stigmata on both hands, spoke in foreign languages. She lost weight no matter how much food she consumed and cried out that she was in constant pain. On July 1, 1976, less than a year before the first exorcism, Anneliese died at 23 years of age. She had endured 67 exorcisms over the 11 months, some were up to four hours in length. This case garnered international attention because her priests would not allow her medical attention and as a result may have been responsible for her death. Her story was fictionalized and retold in the movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
The videos below contain some exorcism audio from her case.
From Shadow People to the Philadelphia Experiment Part 1 (Mysterious Universe): Author of all things Fortean, Nick Redfern, recounts an insider story told to him about the Philadelphia Experiment. The insider lays claim to see Navy documents while in the service regarding the Philadelphia Experiment. During the experiment, the exact nature of which was not revealed by the insider, but the result of the experiment was astounding. The veil was lifted, and the sailors saw into another dimension that included Men in Black, Women in Black, Shadow Figures and more. This was apparently the moment that the existence of the Men in Black was discovered.
From Shadow People to the Philadelphia Experiment Part 2 (Mysterious Universe): In a follow-up to part 1, Redfern relates how he received an original military document on his welcome mat a couple days later regarding Microwave Techniques at Norfolk Harbor in 1943, the year of the Philadelphia Experiment in Norfolk Harbor. The document had no stamps on it and was hand delivered.
Monsters Outside: Encounters with Shadow People (Michigan’s Otherside): This article consists of a story of two shadow people and contains a photo. The photo is convincing when the contrast is adjusted.
Is Death Just a Different Form of Consciousness? (Psychology Today): While this article certainly does not answer the question posed in the headline, it does shine a light on the work of Dr. Edgar Mitchell and how he became interested in the fields of Psi and consciousness.
6 Reasons To Stop Using the Word “Shaman” (Patheos): In a linguistically charged article, the author outlines how the term ‘shaman’ is only indigenous to one tribe in Siberia. The author includes several other arguments to make the point that ‘shaman’ is not a catch-all term nor should it be.
The Inscrutable Madame Blavatsky: An Interview with Gary Lachman (New Dawn Magazine): Gary Lachman has been a tour de force authority on esoteric topics through publishing several scholarly books over the last few decades. In this interview, Lachman speaks to his knowledge of HP Blavatsky, a figure whose work is featured in our free library.
Meet the Young People who Believe they’re Communicating with the Dead (BBC): A well-thought out profile piece of a medium and a few select individuals who attend readings. The article goes deeper into the burgeoning spiritualist industry and how more persons, especially millennials, are embracing spirituality as way to communicate with the dead.
How the Increasing Belief in Extraterrestrials Inspires Our Real World (VICE): Technopreneurs who have been quite influential are mentioned in this article. If you are readily familiar with ufology, the names of John E. Mack and Jacques Vallee should be tangentially known. They are mentioned in this article. So is MIT Professor Rizwan Vick, who posits that we live in a game controlled by AI. There are major technology influencers who are mentioned as well. What do they have in common? The inspiration for their work is due in part to belief in extraterrestrials.
McDermott: The Apparent Decline of UFO Culture is for the Best. Still, We’ll Miss E.T. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch): In a hard turn towards skepticism, this column suggests that because Ufology has yet to have a White House Lawn moment, then belief in UFO’s is misplaced. The column attempts to relate the downturn in sightings to a decline in UFO culture.
Are We In A ‘Galactic Zoo’ Protected by Aliens? Scientists Meet to Investigate The ‘Great Silence’ (Forbes): Recently, scientists from the fields of astrophysics, biology, sociology, psychology and history met for their bi-annual meeting in Paris, France. These are members of METI, Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and they gather to assess efforts to contact intelligent life in the universe. It is estimated that there are 50 billion exoplanets in the Milky Way Galaxy. This article is a great read due to explanations about both the Zoo Hypothesis and the Quarantine Hypothesis regarding alien communication with humanity.
‘Alien in my backyard:’ The UFO Community Still Believes — and Science is Starting to Listen (Orlando Sentinel): In a broad spectrum article, this piece covers everything from an individual close encounter account, the Hill abduction case, AATIP and MUFON in an attempt to figure out why people still believe in the UFO phenomenon.
Disclosure Deja Vu: Befroe Tom DeLonge’s TTSA there was Joe Firmage’s INTERNASA (Daily Grail): In a fascinating historical parallel, several comparisons are drawn between Tom DeLonge and Joe Firmage. Firmage was another wealthy person of influence who believed in UFO’s and wanted to spread the truth.
Dr. Hal Puthoff Address to the SSE/IRVA Conference, Las Vegas, 8 June 2018 (Paradigm Research Group): This article contains the text of famed physicist and ufologist Dr. Hal Puthoff’s address at a conference last year. He goes into detail on several aspects of his work at TTSA including insight into the collected metamaterials.
Rotating & Tilting Craft, Lazar & The Gimbal (Silva Record): Ufologist Danny Silva correlates the words of Bob Lazar in 1989 about how the produced gravitational field from UFO’s distort space and time with the Gimbal UFO footage made famous due to its release by AATIP. In the Gimbal footage, the craft appears to be able to conduct 90 degree turns at high speed, something that could only be possible a gravitational field to counterbalance inertia.
Is The Kecksburg UFO Crash And The Nazi Bell Connected? (UFO Insight): A fascinating look at the Kecksburg Crash and a corollary man-made device in Nazi Germany known as the Nazi Bell. The Bell had the same acorn shape as the Kecksburg crash and could apparently function as a screen to view both the future and the past with the possibility of travelling between the two. An interesting read if you want to get up to speed with either of these topics.
A fascinating video from Turkey in which a stranger taps a gentleman on the shoulder and saves his life in the process. The gentleman looks over the opposite shoulder he was tapped upon which is contrary to instinct. This has cause many to speculate wildly that the unknown stranger may have been a guardian angel or a time traveler.
The Lost Children of Hamelin (Daily Grail): The legend of the Pied Piper is put to the test in this well written piece. References throughout history since the events in Hamelin are mentioned, including stained glass windows in a church and books that are no longer available. The theories of origin are also put to the test, including the Black Plague, a military recruitment, and even the Pied Piper acting as a trickster.
The Ancient Mountain Practice of “Water Witching” (Appalachian Magazine): The use of dowsing, or water witching is an ancient traditions that has been used to find underground sources of water in all parts of the country. A water witch walks over land with a Y-cut branch and where the branch dips down, water is supposed to be found. It is still used by construction companies today to find clean water to drill wells.
Mystery Vibrations Shake Canton Homes, Windows (Fox 2 Detroit): A metro-Detroit neighborhood that is very well developed has been experiencing prolonged house shaking. With the confluence of mysterious booms and trumpets around the world, there are still no explanations for these anomalies.
Beyond Time and Space: Are Synchronicities Evidence that our Universe is Made of Information? (Daily Grail): Instead of examining the Jungian theory of synchronicity, this article leans more towards the tech postulations of synchronicity where the universe is information and sometimes the programming lines up. The article drives this theory home by featuring a TEDx lectures by the emminent Jacque Vallee and
Futurist Mark Pesce.
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