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  • Your state's weirdest unexplained phenomenon
  • Finding Bigfoot team sails in hot air balloon search
  • When prophecy fails
  • UFOs many times appeared in Vietnam?
  • Strange triangles in the southern skies?
  • Expert explores reality and near-death experience
  • What happens after death?
  • Paranormal corner: A Christmas Carol
  • Psi and psychosis: Be afraid, be very afraid
  • The inaugural issue of The Journal of Cryptozoology
  • Podcasts: Stanton Friedman, Bigfoot DNA, angels, and skeptics

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December 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(1) Scott says:

Expert explores theory of reality and near death experience

I took a look at David Wiebers pic and it looked so hollywood to me I couldn’t take the article seriously.

Stanton Friedman interview
I’ve been losing respect for hiim recently. He makes some sense but he is accepting the UFO strange abduction people more and more. Anyone who tries to make their living by doing this risks becoming too much into it to make sound judgements

Psi and psychosis: Be afraid, be very afraid

“after spending the last forty-four years of my life conducting parapsychological research; that the paranormal attracts more emotionally disturbed people than any other area of human interest or endeavor…The ever increasing problem of mental illness associated with the paranormal must be addressed and soon, or we will all pay the price for it in years to come.”

This is probably true but through his examples I ask myself how could a person be cold like that. I think some of these people are asking for help in their strange way and he’s making fun of them. His background looks prestigious enough but I couldn’t help but wonder. I googled his name and it looks like he has some hollywood pics out there and he has written some supernatural books as well.

December 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm
(2) Scott says:

looks like Taff wrote one book Aliens Above, Ghosts Below: Explorations of the Unkown. “Dr. Barry E. Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, is a world-renowned parapsychologist who worked out of UCLA’s former Parapsychology Laboratory from 1969 through 1978 as a research associate. ”

From another website
“Unfunded by UCLA, the lab was allowed to operate in the NPI, now the Semel Institute, on its fifth floor. It depended on the work of a group of young volunteers under Moss’ tutelage, said Barry Taff, another of the lab’s former research assistants.

“We were a non-sanctioned entity,” Taff said.

This relationship often put the lab at odds with the university, which would eventually lead to its closure, Taff said.

Taff, who says he has psychic abilities of his own, began at the lab as a research participant. Later, he would run experiments with a “psi development group,” in which researchers would try to develop psychic abilities in otherwise normal people.+

“While Moss was a mentor to her research assistants, others are more skeptical of her science’s validity.

One such skeptic is James Randi, a magician of 66 years, who investigates psychic claims to debunk them.

“I know a few things about how people are fooled and how people fool themselves,” Randi said. “The second being more important than the first.”

He had encountered Moss several times in the past and said her methods were susceptible to a magician’s tricks.

“She was very casual and pleasant and easy to get along with,” Randi said. “The problem is (parapsychologists) aren’t doing scientific research at all. They’re allowing the so-called psychics to run the game.”

The only person I’ve seen in the biz that I trust is James Randi

December 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(3) Patricia says:

And what biz exactly is James Randi in exactly? He is nothing but a big mouthed charlatan in my opinion. He lies to try and make his arguments seem legit.

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