Forteana: August 2003 Archives

August 21, 2003

Something to read

The issue of the Journal of Consciousness Studies mentioned in the article Astrology is bunk is a special double issue on PSI WARS: Getting to Grips with the Paranormal. As well as the full text (PDF) of Geoffrey Dean and Ivan W. Kelly's article Is Astrology Relevant to Consciousness and Psi?, the abstracts make interesting reading with articles about false memories, the problems of investigating 'magic' phenomena scientifically and We Ask, Does Psi Exist? But Is This the Right Question and Do We Really Want an Answer Anyway?. (via The Ten Thousand Year Blog).

August 17, 2003

Astrology is bunk

After forty years of study, researchers have concluded that astrology is a load of rubbish.

Researchers looked at more than 100 different characteristics, including occupation, anxiety levels, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, sport, mathematics and reading - all of which astrologers claim can be gauged from birth charts.

The research was conducted on over 2000 people born within minutes of each other in 1958, in test conditions which could hardly have been more conducive to success... but the results are uniformly negative:

(Geoffrey Dean, a scientist and former astrologer ) said that the consistency of the findings weighed heavily against astrology.
It has no acceptable mechanism, its principles are invalid and it has failed hundreds of tests. But no hint of these problems will be found in astrology books which, in effect, are exercises in deception, he said.

Astrology is rubbish, says new research - The Times of India, 17th August 2003.

August 12, 2003

No mention of aliens...

Iraq: A man claiming to be Saddam Hussein's personal sorcerer has come out of the woodwork and announced that the former leader is still alive, but will be found dead in Dhuluaiyah, a village 55 miles north of Baghdad. He also has some other interesting revelations:

According to the magician and several others interviewed in Baghdad, Saddam was a firm believer in magic, and even applied himself, with modest success, to studying the sands and summoning genies.
He consulted frequently with two magicians from Iraq, one from Turkey, one from India, a French Arab and a beautiful Jewish witch from Morocco, the wizard says.
Saddam is still protected, he says, by a pair of golden statues imbued with magic. The deposed president speaks daily with the king and queen of genies - the same ones who provided the information on his whereabouts.

Saddam will be found dead, says 'personal wizard' - Ireland Online, 12th August 2003.

August 11, 2003

Watching too much anime.

Japan: Reports of alien abduction are increasing in Japan, with the same levels of faultless logic we've seen in the United States:

My bedroom was pitch black. Then, all of a sudden, I felt something pushing up through my nostrils. It was hard. And cold, like some sort of metal. It squirmed all the way through to the end of my nose. It didn't hurt at all. I told myself that I was only dreaming, but it didn't stop. It still fills like some foreign object is trapped up my nose. That's why I get these headaches that won't stop. My head hurts so much, it feels like it's going to split in two. That metallic object was bound to be some sort of magnetic signal device. Only aliens could do that sort of thing, he says.

That's not all.

When I open my eyes, my body is floating in a room so bright it almost stings when I look. Next thing I know, I've fallen back onto the bed in my apartment. I betcha that bright room is the inside of a UFO, the white-collar worker says.

The report also notes recent UFO sightings around Mount Fuji and Hokkaido.

Can't sleep? Blame it on the UFO Abduction SyndromeMainichi Daily News WaiWai, 11th August 2003.

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