James Mullaney is an astronomy writer, lecturer and consultant. He is the author of several books on observing the wonders of the heavens, and has logged over 20,000 hours of stargazing time with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes. Formerly Curator of the Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, and more recently Director of the DuPont Planetarium, he served as staff astronomer at the University of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory and as an editor for Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and Star & Sky magazines. His 50 year mission as a celestial evangelist has been to celebrate the Universe, to get others to look up at the majesty of the night sky and personally experience the joys of stargazing.
Astronomy writer James Mullaney discussed his book Edgar Cayce and the Cosmos, which examines the "Sleeping Prophet's" readings about the universe.As a scientist, he was initially skeptical about the Cayce material (which was delivered in a trance state), but upon study, he was won over by its accuracy and insights. Some highlights he presented from Cayce's readings: Someone in antiquity had a telescope, but it was found rather than built by that person's civilization. There is no life like ours in the solar system, but there are other beings/civilizations elsewhere in the universe.The stars and planets do not govern our future. In a sense, sunspots are caused by the turmoil of the human race. Cayce, who died in 1945 and often spoke of past lives in his readings, may have reincarnated on another world, Mullaney suggested. Cayce's entire 14,306 readings are available on a searchable CD-ROM, which Mullaney said he used in his research. ... More »Host: George Noory