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A remarkable discovery has emerged in astrophysics: key properties of the universe have just the right values to make life possible. Most scientists prefer to explain away this uniqueness, insisting that a number of unseen universes must therefore exist, each randomly different. Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch joined George Knapp in the first half of the show to propose the alternative—that the special properties of our universe reflect an underlying intelligent consciousness.

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A Skeptic's Investigations

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Date: Tuesday - January 8, 2008
Host: George Noory
Guests: Joe Nickell, Isaac Bonewits

Paranormal investigator and columnist Joe Nickell shared his skeptical take on a variety of cases. Differentiating his approach, he said that "mystery mongers" often have their minds made up that something inexplicable is taking place in so-called paranormal incidents, whereas he "follows the evidence." So far, he has yet to uncover "anything that defies the laws of physics."

Among the cases he debunked:

  • A long-necked multi-humped "lake monster" is probably a group of Northern River Otters swimming together.
  • Ghostly phenomena at Mackenzie House in Toronto was due to bleed-through sounds from a parallel iron staircase in an adjacent building.
  • A 100–ft. UFO in Salt Lake City turned out to be a misidentified remote controlled 30-ft. blimp.
  • Ghost sightings and alien abductions are often associated with "waking dreams" and sleep paralysis.
  • Mothman was a Barred Owl, a creature known for their glowing red eyes.
  • Spontaneous Human Combustion cases often involve people's carelessness with flammables and sometimes their bodies act as a kind of wick.
  • The images on the Shroud of Turin don't match the burial cloth descriptions written in the Gospel of John.

The Roswell incident didn't involve a UFO, but a crashed 'Project Mogul' spy balloon.

Rituals & Witchcraft

First hour guest, neopagan priest Isaac Bonewits spoke about witchcraft and rituals. He outlined the history of Black Masses, which he said originated with Roman Catholics as a ceremony for the dead. Rituals often serve as psychodrama to promote altered states of consciousness, and the imprinting of ideas, he noted.

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