Monday, July 6, 2015
Before the 22 Nazi officers were put on trial in Nuremberg, prosecutors needed to know that they were legally able to stand trial for the atrocities committed throughout the war years. Psychiatrists were brought in to assess their mental states, and chief among these was Dr. Douglas Kelley. Along with his colleagues, Kelley administered a barrage of tests and uncovered some pretty amazing stuff when it came to determining whether or not the war criminals were legally sane. He was also looking for a sort of Nazi personality in the hopes that whatever had driven them to torture and kill so many people could somehow be isolated, and people with Nazi-like tendencies could be identified and, in the future, stopped.
10. Rudolf Hess’s Brain Poison
Douglas Kelley wrote that one of the things that surprised him most about former Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess was his absolute naivete.
By the time the psychiatrist examined him, he had been in custody for about four years following his attempt to get the British to join the Germans in fighting the Soviet Union. He seemed earnestly shocked that he was taken prisoner and revealed that he was absolutely convinced that he was slowly being poisoned. So Hess began saving food, medicine . . . anything that he was offered, wrapping samples in little brown packages, sealing them with wax, and stockpiling them for later analysis.
When first taken captive, he refused all food. After holding out for a whole day, though, he gave in and accepted some milk. Already suspicious, he would only eat with those who were holding him, but when he got a massive headache afterward, he wrote that it was then that he knew he was being poisoned.
He also wrote that his captors were apparently disappointed when he answered their questions, so he started pretending simply not to remember. He did it so much that eventually, he says, the amnesia was real, and most likely helped along by what he called the “brain poison.”
His certainty that he was being poisoned increased as his captivity dragged on. He thought that there were bones and splinters in his food and powders in his laundry to cause rashes. He claimed that the skin on the inside of his mouth was being worn away and claimed that his stomach pains were so bad that he needed to scrape and eat lime from the walls of his cell relieve the pain. Brain poison was destroying his memory more and more, and kept on believing it even though a Swiss messenger tested his food and told him that there was nothing wrong with it.
9. The Farmer And The Women
Part of the evaluation program included showing the subjects pictures and asking them to tell a story about them. Officially, this is called the Thematic Apperception Test, or TAT, but it’s also known as the picture interpretation technique. The subject is asked to look at the picture and explain what happened just before the events in the picture, what’s happening in the picture, the thoughts and feelings of the people, and what happens afterward. Developed in the 1930s, the idea is that underlying personality issues will come through in the telling.
When shown a picture of a man working in a field with one woman watching and another walking away, Hermann Goering told a story of a farmer “deeply devoted to his work and a lover of nature” who was trapped between two women. The one watching was a simple country girl, his wife, while the other was a younger, more intelligent woman who was everything he wanted but wouldn’t have. She was leaving him, bound for the city and a life of her own.
Other Nazis told some pretty revealing stories, too. Alfred Rosenberg, whose writings were often lofty and pontificated on philosophy and racism, was determined to be pretty lazy when it came to imagination. Given a picture of man climbing a rope, he made the figure an acrobat who couldn’t do the difficult acrobatics he’d planned, so he simply climbed down.
Rudolf Hess, in the meantime, refused to play. No matter how much Kelley tried to get him to tell a story, he insisted that he was much, much too tired and couldn’t come up with anything.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Biochemist John Norman Hansen, Ph.D., at the University of Maryland has found evidence of what he believes is a bioenergy field around humans. Such a field has been speculated about and alluded to in spiritual traditions for thousands of years, but now scientific investigation has indicated such a field does exist.
Dr. Hansen conducted hundreds of experiments with dozens of subjects, and his results are consistently replicable. Other scientists have also replicated his results, including Willem H. van den Berg of the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the Johnson Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and physicist William van der Sluys at Gettysburg College, who published their study in the Journal of Scientific Exploration on March 15.
Previous investigation of human bioenergy fields has used photon sensors. Dr. Hansen took a different approach. He wondered whether a bioenergy field, if it exists, would have enough force to push a torsion pendulum—a device sensitive enough to be moved by a subtle force. He hung the pendulum above the subject’s head and saw a clear change in the pendulum’s momentum.
“After conducting control experiments to rule out effects of air currents and other artifacts, it is concluded that the effects are exerted by some kind of force field that is generated by the subject seated under the pendulum,” he explained in his 2013 study, titled “Use of a Torsion Pendulum Balance to Detect and Characterize What May Be a Human Bioenergy Field,” also published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration. “We know of no force, such as one within the electromagnetic spectrum that can account for these results. It may be that a conventional explanation for these surprising results will be discovered, but it is possible that we have observed a phenomenon that will require the development of new theoretical concepts.”
We will one day find aliens, but they’re not in Area 51, the head of NASA has said.
There are so many other planets that “we're going to find...evidence that there is life elsewhere in the universe”, Nasa administrator Major Charles Frank Bolden Jr told school children on Sky News.
Asked by 10-year-old Carmen Dearing on the channel’s Hot Seat programme, he said: "I do believe that we will someday find other forms of life or a form of life, if not in our solar system then in some of the other solar systems - the billions of solar systems in the universe.
“Today we know that there are literally thousands, if not millions of other planets, many of which may be very similar to our own earth. So some of us, many of us believe that we're going to find… evidence that there is life elsewhere in the universe."
The ancient Greeks believed in ghostly versions of the dead who would rise from their graves and stalk the living, according to deviant burials unearthed in the necropolis of a Greek colony in Sicily.
Known as Passo Marinaro, the cemetery near the coastal town of Kamarina in southeastern Sicily, was in use from the 5th through 3rd centuries B.C. The necropolis has yielded approximately 2,905 burials; more than half contained grave goods, mostly terracotta vases, but also figurines and metal coins.
Two of the tombs were unique.
One body, found in a tomb labeled 653, contained an individual of unknown sex, who apparently experienced a period of serious malnutrition or illness in life.
“What is unusual about Tomb 653 is that the head and feet of the individual are completely covered by large amphora fragments,” Carrie Sulosky Weaver, an archaeologist at the University of Pittsburgh, wrote in Popular Archaeology.
An amphora is a large, two handled ceramic vessel that was generally used for storing wine and olive oil.
“The heavy amphora fragments found in Tomb 653 were presumably intended to pin the individual to the grave and prevent it from seeing or rising,” Sulosky Weaver said.
The other burial, labelled 693, contained the remains of a child of indeterminate sex about 8 to 13 years old. No signs of diseases were found on the remains, nevertheless the child was buried with five large stones placed on top of the body.
“It appears that these stones were used to trap the body in its grave,” Sulosky Weaver said.
Some believe there are many gods, others believe there is only one, and still others believe there isn’t a God at all. Some believe that we can never really have any definitive proof one way or another in this world. Nevertheless, throughout history, people have tried to wrap their heads around the knotty question of who or what God is, and some of the answers are both surprising and mind-bending.
In the late 19th century, philosopher Thomas Davidson developed apeirotheism, or “the theory of Gods infinite in number.” His ideas were inspired by the individualist thought of Aristotle and Leibniz, the idea of vita nuova, or spiritual regeneration, from Rosmini and Dante, as well as the social activism of the proto-Fabians. Davidson believed there was a primary or archetypal individual or God, which he referred to as thinking or Nous. God thinks only of Himself, but with His being, there must be some content, so His identity is not completely abstract. Therefore, He must include the world as part of Himself.
This world contains secondary individual selves or Gods, who emerge from the primary individual. They’re more of an essence than a unique individual, like droplets on a glass of water. Through cooperation, love, and the drive for possibilities, these secondary Gods can approach the perfection of the primary. Therefore, the potential exists for an infinite number of God-selves in the universe.
There were social and religious implications to Davidson’s theology. It is both democratic and perfectionist: We each contain the potential to be God within us, but social restrictions make it almost impossible to realize. However, we carry the instincts of God inside ourselves, and by becoming closer to the God potential within us through self-cultivation and nurturing others, we become more perfect moral beings. Davidson believed that cultivating this internal divinity was the only true way of achieving meaningful social reform.
A Suitheist is a person who “believes themselves to be a god, but does not deny the existence of other gods,” or rather someone who worships themselves as a god, but does not narcisstically demand worship from other people. (After all, they’re gods, too.) This belief is held by some Satanists and Left Hand Path Pagans.
The term was invented in 2001 from the Latin sui, “of oneself,” and the Greek theism, the “belief in God or gods.” This term differs from an earlier English word for a similar concept—autotheism, which can mean “belief that one is God incarnate or that one is Christ,” “the soul becomes identical with God,” “becoming wholly one with God,” “belief in self-subsistence of God the Son,” or “heresy that Jesus is God in Himself independent of the Godhead,” depending on context. As these meanings were all somewhat inappropriately tied with Christian theology, a new term was developed in lieu of autotheism.
Suitheism places divinity and the source of life’s value within each individual, rather than the larger whole. The purpose is to develop an inner sense of meaning and value that seems reasonable to you as an individual. There are different kinds of suitheists. Elitist suitheists believe some are more divine than others, while egalitarian suitheists believe godhood is a natural right and the original state of all individuals. There are also aesthetic differences to the theology: Some suitheists appropriate dark imagery from religion and folklore to represent their personal ideals and Selfhood, while others prefer light, new-age imagery.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
You’re standing on the middle of the dance floor of a crowded nightclub, a rather large crowded nightclub. Your friends have deserted you, more or less – they’ve found more interesting people, likely of the opposite sex, with whom to gyrate in time with the pounding, throbbing, and unnecessarily loud music. It’s dark, but the strobe lights are blinding. You scan the throngs of people mingling around you for a familiar face, but each one is twisted by the irregular flashes of light, and even by the boom of the bass thumping through your chest. Are these people real? Have I had too much to drink? Why do they all look so unrecognisable? Am I going crazy?
Would that experience cause you any level of anxiety? Being stuck among a field of faces you don’t recognise? Alone in a crowd, so to speak? Some of you are thinking this is a silly thing to be anxious about, and while others are nodding their heads wildly, some are perhaps even feeling a little sympathetic tension on top.
That scenario isn’t altogether uncommon among people who undertake such activities. But it’s usually the kind of thing that’s easily reconciled either by finding one of those aforementioned friends among the crowd, or by leaving. But what if that experience – of always being alone in a crowd of not just unfamiliar faces, but unrecognisable faces – was something you could never escape? Even if you were in a roomful of friends or family?
You might think I’m talking about some exaggerated social anxiety disorder, and while that would be a fitting diagnosis, I’m actually referring to something far worse: Prosopagnosia.
Also known as face-blindness, prosopagnosia is a serious neurological condition that causes faces, all faces, to become unrecognisable. Your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, coworkers, anyone who might be part of your life suddenly looks, to your eyes, like a complete stranger. Not only that, but each time you encounter them, they have a different face yet! Even your own reflection betrays you every time you look in the mirror. I bet that crowded dancefloor is taking on a whole new meaning to you, isn’t it?
"First, I thought [the cow] had died naturally, and then I got closer to it and I could see it wasn’t natural," the farmer Tom Miller said in an episode of the "The Unexplained Files," the Science Channel was airing. "The eyes were gone, the tongue was gone. The ears were gone. The sex organs were cut out. It was just kind of weird."
In FBI records from 1975, animal mutilations of the of the genitals occurred in 74 percent of cases, mutilation of the rectum in 48 percent of cases, mutilation of the tongue in 33 percent of cases, mutilation of the eye in 14 percent of cases, etc. In most cases, there was no blood at the scene, which led to the conclusion that is was sucked or taken by someone. Mutilation wounds appear to be clean, and carried out surgically.
Reports of scattered animal mutilations concerned many people and in the mid-1970s, the US Federal authorities launched a comprehensive investigation of the phenomenon dubbed "Operation Animal Mutilation." The case was passed on to the FBI. The final report concluded that mutilations were predominantly the result of natural predation, but some cases contained anomalies that could not be accounted for by conventional wisdom. FBI was unable to identify any individuals responsible for the mutilations.
The ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) launched their own investigation of the phenomenon. It concluded further investigation was necessary, but was unable to determine what was behind the phenomenon.
The causes of animal mutilations have been attributed to natural decomposition, predators, secretive governmental, military agencies, or cults. The most popular causes suggest that the animals were mutilated by extraterrestrials or cryptid predators like the Chupacabra.
Over the last couple of centuries, many individuals have claimed to visit other planets through astral projection or through secret, possibly alien, technology. Since the 1970s, most alien stories have been about small gray men abducting humans but usually staying on Earth, which seems a pity. Here are 10 examples of people who claimed to explore other worlds.
10. The Denton Family
Nineteenth-century Englishman William Denton claimed that the power of psychometry (divining facts about an object or its owner through physical contact) allowed members of his family to visit the various planets of the solar system. His first psychometric experiments involved the use of geological samples to view images of the Earth’s distant past. His wife, Elizabeth, reportedly saw a vision of a giant prehistoric insect after touching a piece of quartz. His sister, Anne Cridge, envisioned an eruption into the sea after touching a fragment of volcanic lava. The family would later turn their psychometric powers to the heavens. Denton’s son, Sherman, reportedly visited Venus and described giant trees shaped like mushrooms filled with sweet jelly and a creature resembling a cross between a fish and a muskrat.
He visited Mars, peopled by a race with four fingers, yellow hair, and wide, blue eyes who flitted around in aluminum flying machines. Mrs. Cridge and Mrs. Denton also visited Mars and described their art, culture, and religion in detail. Jupiter, meanwhile, was also peopled by blue-eyed blondes, but these people could float in the air, and their women wore braids down to their waists.
9. Emanuel Swedenborg
The Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg believed the universe was filled with other planets inhabited by humans (though spiritual beings). He claimed to have been guided by God and an angel through spiritual tours of Heaven, Hell, and the cosmos. Through the Lord, he was able to commune with spirits, not just of this world but also of others. Swedenborg’s voyage through the solar system was a spiritual journey, but he came back armed with knowledge of our neighbors. Men of the Moon were described as dwarfs about the size of a seven-year-old boy, though stouter in stature and with thunderous voices. Mercurians resembled Earthlings and wore tight clothing. They were also hungry for knowledge, able to read memories from approaching individuals, and counted Aristotle as one of their population. The inhabitants of Venus were divided into two groups, one peaceful and gentle, the other fierce thieves.
Martians resembled humans of various hues without facial hair, lived in perfect communes (wrong thinkers being exiled), wore clothes made from tree bark, and were apparently the best people in the universe. The inhabitants of Jupiter were upright, soft-spoken, happy, and family-oriented people with an obsession with washing their faces and a tendency to walk on their hands. Finally, Saturnians were restrained, humble people with low self-esteem. They had little interest in food and clothing. Rather than burying their dead, they would cover them with leaves. Swedenborg never got around to visiting the other planets of the solar system through the angels, perhaps because they hadn’t been discovered yet by other Earthlings.
Question: Is the Ouija board dangerous?
Answer: Most paranormal researchers advise against the casual use of the Ouija board, suggesting that it can be a doorway to unknown dimensions. The board itself is not dangerous, but the form of communication that you are attempting often is," says Ghost researcher Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society. "Most often the spirits whom are contacted through the Ouija are those whom reside on 'the lower astral plane.' These spirits are often very confused and may have died a violent or sudden death; murder, suicide, etc. Therefore, many violent, negative and potentially dangerous conditions are present to those using the board. Often times several spirits will attempt to come through at the same time but the real danger lies when you ask for physical proof of their existence!
You might say, 'Well, if you're really a spirit, then put out this light or move that object!' What you have just done is simple, you have 'opened a doorway' and allowed them to enter into the physical world and future problems can and often do arise."
Friday, July 3, 2015
Animal communicators -- specialized type of psychics -- believe that meaningful telepathic communication is possible with your pet. They say even you can do it.
"I broke my ankle in five places," writes the unnamed author at Interspecies Telepathic Communication. "I was lying in bed in a great amount of pain when I heard, 'I know we come from different cultures, and maybe you don't think I can help you, but if you just pet me, I will take away your pain.' I heard these words in my head as clearly as someone speaking to me.
I opened my eyes to find my angel cat Kisa on my pillow and looking right at me. I knew it was her. I did pet her and my pain did go away! I slept comfortably for the first time since the accident."
The author is a self-professed "animal communicator," one of a growing number of people who say they have the psychic ability to communicate telepathically with various animals. "Anybody can communicate with animals," the author claims, and says it's done through imaging. "Animals communicate in pictures, feelings, emotions, and concepts. Sometimes you get a picture of what the animal is trying to communicate, but many times it is an emotion or concept that you pick up."
Exorcisms are in vogue again. Evangelists like Bob Larson roam the country performing "deliverances" on (and profiting from) gullible members of his audience that he convinces have demons in them. Similar deliverances are conducted in churches and by ministries around the world - including Russia, on which I reported in the article "Exorcism in Russia." Even the Catholic Church, which for decades kept exorcism in the closet, is once again bringing it out into the open. In early 2005, about 100 Catholic priests signed up for a Vatican-sanctioned course on exorcism, and today the Church's ranks of official exorcists has swollen to more than 400.
No doubt about it. The interest in expelling demonic forces is high and growing.
And when a film like The Exorcism of Emily Rose becomes popular, fascination increases -- especially when it is promoted as being based on a true story. The same thing happened when The Exorcist shocked viewers back in 1973, a story also said to be inspired by true events.
What's going on? Is there really an increase in demonic activity and possession of humans? Or are we becoming increasingly superstitious, blaming extraordinary psychiatric and physical ailments on the Devil, much as people did in the unenlightened Middle Ages?
Brains … it’s what’s for dinner. Or at least it used to be at funerals in Papua New Guinea where members of the remote Fore tribe consumed the brains of the deceased. While this grisly cannibalistic practice has largely disappeared (although not completely), the study of it hasn’t. Researchers have recently discovered that, while some tribe members contracted fatal brain diseases from eating the brains of the dead (ironically), others developed a resistance to the mad cow-like disease that killed them and to dementia and other brain conditions.
According to a report on the research in the journal Nature, before giving up funeral brain feasting in the 1950s, up to 2 percent of the Fore tribe members died annually from kuru prion disease. Prions are infectious proteins that can cause mad cow disease in cattle and the similar Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. These prions can also cause dementia.