Unexplained Anomalies

What Do Animals Know?

By Michael E. Tymn

A few weeks before the Kentucky Derby some 25 years ago, the trainer for one of the leading contenders was inter­viewed on television and said that his horse was ready for the big race, not only because he was fast and fit but be­cause he was smart and competitive. I mused over that comment, wondering if some horses are truly smarter than others and if they really care about winning. If they are competitive and not just running hard because of their natural speed or…

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Martial Arts & the Laws of Physics

By William B. Stoecker

Are the incredible feats of some martial artists a challenge to the standard model of physics? Is their brick-breaking, for example, evidence that some of them can control a mysterious primal energy? And martial artists are not alone; throughout history people have done things that would seem impossible for mere flesh and blood. Modern physics is having problems to begin with, resting uneasily on the twin pillars of relativity theory and quantum mechanics. There has been a problem all along with reconciling quantum gravity with…

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The Project Serpo Saga

BY LEN KASTEN

“I really found my faith when I learned that the government was opposed to the film. If NASA took the time to write me a twenty-page letter, then I knew there must be something happening.”—Steven Spielberg In the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1977, an alien spaceship lands, by pre-arrangement with the U.S. government, on a high mesa called The Devil’s Tower in a re­mote corner of Wyoming and an ambassadorial exchange takes place….

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The Legend of Markawasi

BY ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D.

“ . . . natural adapted features in a sanctified landscape.” These words (from John Michell, Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist, 2005, p. 127) resonated in my mind as I ex­plored the Markawasi Plateau. I had come to this small plateau (about 2 miles long by a little over half a mile wide) in the Andes, towering above the town of San Pedro de Casta (50 miles northeast of Lima), at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level, to view for myself the reputed…

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Mystery of the Montauk Monster

BY STEVEN SORA

In January of 2010 the last of several very unusual creatures was discovered on the beaches near Montauk Point on New York’s Long Island. To date, the creatures have not been identified as any known species. They had turned up in July of 2008 and again in 2009. The mostly-local media had a field day with what was dubbed the “Montauk Monster.” Opinions varied sharply on just what the creatures were. It was claimed that they could be some kind of bio-terror weapon, possibly carrying…

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The Reality of High Strangeness

By William B. Stoecker

The late British biologist, mathematician, and all around polymath, J.B.S. Haldane (1892–1964) once famously remarked: “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” As it turns out, this may be an understatement. The very basic nature of reality is almost certainly very different from what most people are programmed (yes, programmed) to believe. In fact, reality is so strange, so confusing, that human beings, in what passes for our normal state of consciousness, may never be capable of…

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Firewalking

By John White

The flyer I’d received in the mail invited me to a four-hour seminar on firewalking. “Everyone participating will be taught how to walk barefoot on hot coals without burning their feet,” it proclaimed. To a long-time investigator of the paranormal like me, it was an irresistible challenge. So I made a deposit toward the $75 registration fee to reserve my place, and eagerly looked forward to the event. I didn’t doubt the reality of firewalking. It has been a well-documented fact for centuries. It is…

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The Possession Factor

BY STEPHEN HAWLEY MARTIN

Is demonic possession possible? The question crossed my mind as I was researching and writing my latest book, A Witch in the Family, about the Salem witch hysteria and my seven-times-great grandmother, who was hanged as one. How else, I wondered, could the extraordinary symptoms of those who were supposedly witchcraft victims be ex­plained? One had vomited blood in the courtroom in front of the judges and other witnesses. Several had nasty skin lesions and deep impressions that appeared to have been made by human…

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Technologies of the Animals

By William B. Stoecker

One of the greatest mysteries in the natural world is the amazing ability of certain animals to develop what can only be called technology, ranging from simple burrows and crude nests to the dams and canals built by beavers and the complex structures and the farming and ranching activities of some social insects. No conventional explanation for this is adequate—there is something going on here that modern materialist/reductionist science cannot understand. As far back as the late pre-Cambrian, in the Ediacaran period (635–543 million years…

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Science vs. Levitation

BY MICHAEL E. TYMN

The most celebrated levitation in recorded history took place on the Sea of Galilee some two thousand years ago and was witnessed by only a few humble fishermen.  Science discreetly smiles at such fables. Legend has it that on October 4, 1630, Joseph of Cupertino, an Italian monk, was assisting in a procession honor­ing St. Francis of Assisi when he suddenly was lifted into the sky and hovered there for some time before a crowd. Upon descending, he was so embarrassed that he ran to his…

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