Un-phenomenal Phenomena (Book Review)

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis by Annie Jacobsen Phenomena is about the decades-long dance of the US military with the idea of anomalous mental phenomena and the psychics who say they have these skills. Much is made of the author, Jacobsen, being a Pulitzer prize nominee.…

A foray into psychical research and faith

Continuing on my quest to find clues to the Stone Tape idea, I was pointed to Shane Leslie’s Ghost Book of 1956. This prior to Lethbridge’s Ghost and Divining Rod (1961) which much more flamboyantly (and conceitedly) trots out the idea about emotional recording in mysterious “fields” to be played back later to a receptive…

Astrophysical comedy and education

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson paid a visit to Hershey, PA this week. It was a packed house, which was encouraging to see. All ages, from kids as young as 6 to elderly folks, were in attendance. That’s pretty remarkable. Hershey is an upper middle-class area with many professionals employed at the large teaching hospital, Penn…

Sidgwick’s 1885 seed of an idea

I’m currently working on a piece for Spooky Geology. Such topics typically involve diversions, tangents, sidebars and rabbit holes. What I think is going to be a direct list of references and ideas to answer a question about where some concept came from never turns out to be that. Instead, I find incomplete leads from…

Aim for 4 of 5 stars

We all have our personality quirks. Thanks to my Mom who is very outspoken and my Dad who is the nicest guy on the planet, my brain is wired to readily express my opinion with trepidation that I am being mean or insulting. Add to the mix my own practice of trying to carefully present…

Water Witching (Snippet book review)

Water Witching USA (1st edition, 1959) by Evon Z. Vogt and Ray Hyman I just finished this book as part of research for a post on Spooky Geology. It is readable, thorough and convincing. Get it if you have any interest in the art of dowsing. No, dowsing doesn’t actually find water any better than…

Monster tales of the southern swamps (Book Review)

Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, by Lyle Blackburn (2017) This is Blackburn’s third book in a semi-series of volumes on southern bipedal creatures. I reviewed the other two books as well: Chronicle of the Lizard Man (Book Review) Definitive guide to the Fouke monster – Beast of Boggy Creek (Book review)…

Worth a read: Why we got Trump

I recently came across some thoughtful essays that attempt to explain what I and many acquaintances have been puzzling over – How can we be going backward as a country? Why is there a surge in justification for hatred of outgroups (women, disabled, immigrants, blacks, non-natives)? Why are we so divided on what makes America…

Trump’s Twehtoric

I found two interesting takes on Trump’s Terrible Tweeting today. First, from the bestest media podcast, On the Media, a discussion with George Lakoff on how the tweets tend to fit certain categories. Preemptive framing – Posing the issue immediately in a way that suits him, makes him look good or reinforces his own position. Then…