By Tim Binnall
The dangers of artificial intelligence, life inside a haunted house, and UFO sightings by police officers were among the topics explored on Coast to Coast AM this past week. And, here at the C2C website, we told you about some creepy 'mystery creatures' found in New Zealand, a Canadian politician weighing in on the Flat Earth theory, and a man in India who hopes to sue his parents for giving birth to him. Check out our round-up of highlights from the past week ... In Coast You Missed It.
Due to the observational nature of their profession, police officers often make for some of the best witnesses when it comes to UFO sightings. On Saturday night's program, researcher Gary Heseltine detailed his exhaustive work cataloging over 500 UFO reports from law enforcement officers dating back as far back as 1901. Along with interesting trends that he's noticed among this vast collection, he also shared a few stories of these encounters, including a fascinating case in which three police officers saw a football field-sized object hovering in the sky and surrounded by six smaller UFOs.
The infamous Flat Earth theory found its way into the headlines this week in a most unexpected manner as it was revealed that a politician in Canada had seemingly suggested that the controversial concept had some merit. Gatineau, Quebec city councilor Nathalie Lemieux drew snickers from the media and her constituents when she posted a story about the conspiracy on her Facebook page and asked: "who decided that the Earth is round and why should we believe it?" While she stopped short of outright endorsing the odd idea that the planet is flat, her suggestion that evidence for the theory is being hidden from the public certainly seemed to indicate that she's on board with the concept.
For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to live in a haunted house, author G.L. Davies provided a chilling first-hand account of just such an experience on Wednesday night's program when he recalled spending three months in a Welsh home that was plagued by a sinister entity. He revealed how his brief stay at the location led to his life being torn asunder to the point that he actually attempted to commit suicide. Davies blamed this unnerving turn of events on whatever force was present at the site and how it seemingly fed off of negative energy.
This past week saw a particularly creepy case of 'mystery creatures' in the news by way of a rather unsettling video out of New Zealand. In the footage, four small bug-like critters can be seen wriggling around in the palm of a man's hand. The strange-looking beasties not only had aghast viewers scratching their heads, but they also stumped experts who couldn't quite agree on what the weird specimens might have been. Some theorized that they were the legs of an unfortunate moth that had encountered a predator and others argued that the video was merely a clever hoax.
While the prospect of a robot uprising at some point in the future is often presented as a punchline by the mainstream media, researcher Steve Quayle discussed why such a scenario may really be no laughing matter on Monday night's program. He cautioned that advances in artificial intelligence are poised to create a world in which the difference between what is real and what isn't will be increasingly difficult to discern. Quayle also warned of the worrisome possibility that disembodied spirits or even demons could inhabit machines in a situation akin to "The Terminator on steroids."
By far the most bizarre story of the week centered around an Indian man who revealed that he wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. A self-described 'anti-natalist,' Raphael Samuel reasoned that he was brought into this world at the behest of his mother and father for their own pleasure and that there was no consideration given as to whether or not he should have to face the challenges of life such as going to school or working. While the proposed lawsuit is unlikely to go anywhere, we're guessing that the young man won't exactly be warmly received at the next family gathering.
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