The Will to Disbelieve

By Michael Tymn

In his 1989 presidential address to the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), the late Professor Ian Stevenson pointed out that between 1910 and 1980 at least six presidents of the SPR asserted that telepathy had been proved, or nearly so. He wondered why, if telepathy had been proved by 1910, later presidents found it necessary to reiterate the claim. Dr. Stevenson speculated that each generation of researchers tends to believe its methods superior to those of its predecessors and therefore they may have seen the…

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Distinguishing Reality from Illusion


As David Childress points out in his piece on crystal skulls elsewhere in this issue, there is some truth to the story in the latest Indiana Jones epic, even if the producers did get somewhat carried away. The same can be said for many Hollywood productions, including some that are even more outrageous. The producers of Tinseltown like to grab a fact or two as their starting point and then to venture into the imaginary. Mutant powers, as in X-Men, are based on actual medical…

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The John Dee/007 Connection

By Steven Sora

What do the mystical Dr. John Dee and the spy James Bond have in common? A lot more than meets the eye. Dr. John Dee was a sixteenth century alchemist, magician, and Christian cabalist who so entranced Queen Eliza­beth that she even had Dee run her astrological chart to pick the most propitious day and time for her coronation. His home at Mortlake contained more books than any private library in England as well as a magic mirror that, it was said, would astound all…

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Shasta: Mountain of Mystery

By Poke Runyon

In our recent film “Beyond Lemuria” one of the characters, atomic physicist Xavier Jones relates: “Robert Oppen­heimer, the father of the atomic bomb, who was also a scholar of Sanskrit, believed that the world had once been dev­astated by an earlier atomic war.” He goes on to say: “When I was in India I asked a Hindu yogi where I could go to learn more about this prehistoric civilization. He smiled, somewhat sadly, and replied: ‘Go home and climb Mt. Shasta.’” This question, and the answer,…

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“Don’t curse the darkness—light a candle.” Chinese Proverb Our concept of the solar system is in a state of flux, and it’s a challenge for astrologers to keep pace with the discover­ies and their significance. We lost Pluto as a planet, and Dwarf Planet Eris, who upset the apple cart, has an even larg­er mass, adding insult to injury. In 2001 an asteroid was identified which may be larger than Ceres, the first discov­ered. Ceres itself is now believed to be a “mini-planet,” boasting pure…

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