Alien Worlds Magazine

Over the past few years, magazines on UFOs and the paranormal have slowly been disappearing...most likely due to the rise of the Internet as an information source. However, there's nothing like holding a good old magazine in your hands and having a fun read (or a book, in the case of Darklore...yes, I'll get a plug in any way I can). However, there is a new magazine about to be released which might be worth a look - Alien Worlds:

Alien Worlds is a brand new magazine coming to newsstands very soon. Issue 1 will appear on UK retail sale on February 8th. 2008. It will also be on sale internationally and can be purchased by subscription as well.

Alien Worlds is different to previous magazines of the genre. We are not solely focussed on UFOs or on SETI or astrobiology. We are interested in the entire concept of extraterrestrial life and the origins of life here on Earth. That gives us a very broad remit to look a lot of very interesting areas.

Alien Worlds is the brainchild of Stuart Miller, who has been publishing the online 'zine UFO Review for the past few years. The website has a number of free articles on it already - likely to be a decent read, so make sure you take a look.

Radio 15-01-2008

Here's the alternative radio schedule for the first half of the week.

Fate Radio: This week Hilly talks to Dr. Miceal Ledwith about "ghost orbs" (Real Audio or mp3).

Coast to Coast AM: Monday is TBA at time of posting (check the link for updates). On Tuesday Amelia Kinkade will discuss her work helping humans to understand the thoughts and emotions of animals by using telepathy. Wednesday's guest is astronomy writer James Mullaneym who will discuss his book Edgar Cayce and the Cosmos, which examines the American prophet's readings about the universe. On Thursday Brad Steiger will discuss his landmark work, Atlantis Rising, which was one of the first books to cover the study of lost civilizations and alien contact.

More details including relevant guest links are available at the C2C website. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com.

News Briefs 14-01-2008

Be here now.

Quote of the Day:

All right, you win. You win. I give. I'll say it. I'll say it. I'll say it. DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME! DESTINY! DESTINY! NO ESCAPING THAT FOR ME!

Dr Frederick Frankenstein, in Young Frankenstein.

Richard Dawkins Comes to Call

Dr Rupert Sheldrake has given me permission to post his commentary on his 'involvement' with Richard Dawkins's recent documentary Enemies of Reason (Part 1 and Part 2 on Google Video). Given the one-sided judgements of the documentary, I think it is important to put forth Dr Sheldrake's account. It certainly shows that it's worth understanding *all* points of view before coming to a decision, considering the ability of television programs to shoot and edit things to their liking. My thanks to Rupert for allowing us to reproduce the article here on TDG:

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Richard Dawkins Comes to Call

By Dr Rupert Sheldrake

Richard Dawkins is a man with a mission – the eradication of religion and superstition, and their total replacement with science and reason. Channel 4 TV has repeatedly provided him with a pulpit. His two-part polemic in August 2007, called Enemies of Reason, was a sequel to his 2006 diatribe against religion, The Root of All Evil?

Soon before Enemies of Reason was filmed, the production company, IWC Media, told me that Richard Dawkins wanted to visit me to discuss my research on unexplained abilities of people and animals. I was reluctant to take part, but the company’s representative assured me that "this documentary, at Channel 4’s insistence, will be an entirely more balanced affair than The Root of All Evil was." She added, "We are very keen for it to be a discussion between two scientists, about scientific modes of enquiry". So I agreed and we fixed a date.

I was still not sure what to expect. Was Richard Dawkins going to be dogmatic, with a mental firewall that blocked out any evidence that went against his beliefs? Or would he be open-minded, and fun to talk to?

The Director asked us to stand facing each other; we were filmed with a hand-held camera. Richard began by saying that he thought we probably agreed about many things, "But what worries me about you is that you are prepared to believe almost anything. Science should be based on the minimum number of beliefs."

I agreed that we had a lot in common, "But what worries me about you is that you come across as dogmatic, giving people a bad impression of science."

Weekend Roundup 12-01-2008

A few things to keep you busy over the weekend...

Enjoy!

Paranormal Investigator Profiled

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a refreshingly objective profile of paranormal investigator (and Professor of Philosophy) Stephen E. Braude, which is definitely worth checking out. Excerpted from the article:

Braude, 62, is one of the few mainstream academics applying his intellectual training to questions that many would regard at best as impossible to answer, and at worst absolutely ridiculous: Do psychic phenomena exist? Are mediums and ghosts real? Can people move objects with their minds or predict the future? A professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Braude is a past president of the Parapsychological Association, an organization that gathers academics and others interested in phenomena like ESP and psychokinesis, and he has published a series of books with well-known academic presses on such topics.

His latest, The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (University of Chicago Press), is sort of a summing up of his career, filled with stories of people who claimed to have otherworldly abilities. The writing is so fluid that the book at times seems made for a screen adaptation. (In fact, Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, contributes a blurb to the back of the book. Braude advised Carter on a screenplay he is writing.) But Braude also includes some dense philosophical arguments — especially in a chapter about synchronicity, in which he ponders whether humans can orchestrate unlikely coincidences through psychokinesis, the ability to move or influence objects with the mind.

As mentioned in the article, Braude has a new book out: The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (Amazon US and UK), which he describes as his "kiss-and-tell book" about his paranormal research (with plenty of dumping on the 'skeptics' by the looks of it too). Looks interesting.

News Briefs 11-01-2008

Time, time, time...

Thanks Kat.

Quote of the Day:

I maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by scientific reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neuronal activity. This belief must be classed as a superstition ... we have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world.

Sir John Eccles

, Evolution of the Brain, Creation of the Self (Amazon US & UK).

Michael Shermer Dot Com

News this week seems to have been dominated by skeptical groups, so why not throw one more story into the mix and officially declare it "Skeptic Week" here on TDG?! Michael Shermer, media darling of the skeptical movement, now has his own website: MichaelShermer.com. On it you'll find plenty of Michael's articles, 'Skeptic' columns from Scientific American, videos and so on. I certainly have some differences of opinion with the ever-present face of the modern skeptical movement - and some of his methods - but I do believe in reading as much of the skeptical literature as I can. As such, this new website is a great resource for anyone interested in weird topics, and modern skepticism in general.

Radio 11-01-2008

Here's the rundown on the radio schedules for the second half of the week:

Whitley Strieber's Dreamland: This week Jim Marrs talks to Nick Redfern about his years of searching for cryptozoological beasties.

Coast to Coast AM: Friday is open lines. Early show Saturday "Art Bell- Somewhere in Time" returns to 3/23/00 for a discussion with John Milor on his book Aliens in the Bible, followed by Miriam Delicado discussing here contact with tall blond ET beings. On Sunday Oberon Zell will discuss his arcane knowledge and a compendium of cryptozoological and mythical creatures.

More details including relevant websites are available at the linked pages above. You can listen to C2C live, or to recent archived shows, at CJOB.com. Dreamland is freely available at their website, and also now offers a podcast of the most recent show.

News Briefs 10-01-2008

I was 8 under after 7 holes of Wii Golf today...then I finished triple bogey, double bogey. That's one way of shooting 3 under I guess...

  • Is Earth at risk from a supernova?
  • As if the Elgin Marbles weren't controversial enough - now you can add some sex, lies and videotape.
  • Church motion #666 in the UK parliament consigned to the fiery lakes.
  • Arthritis drug aids Alzheimer's patient in minutes, enabling him to remember the date, his doctor's name and say where he was.
  • Hypnosis study reveals brain's amnesia centers.
  • Hope for victims of spinal cord injury, with scientists showing that "the central nervous system can reorganize itself and follow new pathways to restore the cellular communication required for movement."
  • Meanwhile, Scottish scientists have been watching too much Steve Austin it seems. I'd make the bionic sound, but it just doesn't translate into text very well...
  • What's the next hot invention?
  • A matter of mind power...or miracles?
  • 60 years after Roswell, the saucers are still flying. With comments from Stan Friedman, Michael Shermer and Michio Kaku. I await with glee Michael Shermer's hit piece on the 'unscientific' Michio Kaku...
  • Upgraded Hubble to be 90 times as possible. So powerful they'll be able to see the aliens changing their minds.
  • Planting super-hairy crops could battle global warming. Really?
  • How do Monarch butterflies find their way to Mexico? I suspect that Red Pill Junkie has a van, with really tiny seatbelts in it...
  • Are the humpback whales grateful?
  • Witchcraft blamed in murder of Sioux City girls.
  • Iraq war death toll figure slashed by three quarters. Now only a couple of hundred thousand people have died in the last 4 years - sweet! Every...life...sacred.
  • 2008: The Chinese Year of the Astronaut.
  • Tech coolness: hacking your wiimote to create a 3D virtual reality display. More of Johnny Lee's great wiimote hacking at his website.

Thanks Kat and Filip.

Quote of the Day:

Arrogance is one of the worst diseases of scientists and it gives rise to statements of authority and finality which are expressed usually in fields that are completely beyond the scientific competence of the dogmatist. It is important to realise that dogmatism has now become a disease of scientists rather than of theologians.

Sir John Eccles