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The Multiverse Consideration

By Patrick Marsolek

The idea of parallel universes captures our imagination. Maybe it’s the appeal of imagining another world where we made different choices in our lives and we could be living with drastically different consequences. Have you ever had a feeling that you were making an important decision, where depending if you said “Yes” or “No” your life might continue in very different directions? Perhaps at that moment, your life split into two parallel universes, like in the movie “Sliding Doors.” Maybe another version of you is…

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Still an Outrage to the House of History?

By Cynthia Logan

Speaking to a gathering of London Alternatives in March 2014 at Saint James’s Church Picadilly, vanguard history researcher and author Graham Hancock doesn’t look terribly alternative. Known as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past, his hair is conservatively styled, and he’s wearing glasses and a business suit, albeit sans tie. His demeanor and delivery (there’s something uber-credible about a crisp British accent) suggest a professorial lecture at a respected university. This audience is raptly attentive to Hancock’s description of Göbekli Tepe…

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The Battle Over Light

BY JOHN CHAMBERS

In his Doctrine of Colors (1810), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) writes: “In the second part [of this book] we occupy ourselves with the exposé of the Newtonian theory which has so far obstructed with force and prestige a free view of color phenomena we fight against a hypothesis that, although it is no longer found useful, still retains a traditional respect among men…We encounter this eighth wonder of the world as an ancient relic that is already abandoned and threatens to collapse, and so…

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Quantum Teleportation

By Patrick Marsolek

Teleportation is an idea that captures our imagination with its fantastic possibilities. The concept of moving an object from one place to another without having to travel between them has been a common thread in science fiction as a way to bridge the depths of interstellar space, time, and other dimensions. Today, major scientific institutions are running trials on the teleportation of matter and energy. The almost unbelievable potentials of this research are exciting the minds of even practical physicists. The term teleportation was coined…

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Blood Brothers

By Steven Sora

For centuries Columbus was accepted as the first European to reach the Americas. Norse sagas that told a completely different story were dismissed as fairy tales. That is until in the 1960s the husband and wife team of Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine unearthed a desolate place on the north shore of Newfoundland called L’Anse aux Meadows. Somewhere between 989 and 1020 Norse seafarers established a village where they were able to repair and construct their open sailing vessels. Following that discovery, opinions are changing….

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Mystery of the Placebo Effect

By Patrick Marsolek

Placebo Effect: Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo—a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution—can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Expectation plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit. —MedicineNet.com   Skeptics of complementary therapies have often claimed…

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