Once again (unsurprisingly as it’s still summer) Crop Circles are in the news again, with a profile on a longstanding group in the subject, and a link to a podcast where you can learn more.
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Thanks for the link Nick. Interesting interview. I noticed Colin Andrews left the first two comments (and he lives in the US). Anyway, I noticed the Center for Fortean Zoology has uploaded the entire Weird Weekend 2008 conference to YouTube. Cool!
I wish the hoaxers were sooooo done. Even if they don’t consider themselves hoaxers but artists or whatever- that’s what I consider them to be, hoaxers. They make it difficult to sort the wheat from the chaf. I wish they’d go back to trainspotting.
By the way Nick, I just watched a presentation from the Weird Weekend on YouTube that dealt with a poltergeist case. And I also just read the second part of your interview with the Blogsquatcher where you were talking about tulpas. What you described sounds remarkably similar to what that poltergeist researcher Mike Halloway seems to think was going on. Not some spirit of the dead but more like, as you put it, “The idea of thought forms conjured up, whether deliberately or not, but that can.. you know, we can externalize them and maybe they can take on a semblance of reality, like a quasi-existence. As more people believe in them, they become stronger, they take sustenance, basically emotional sustenance, from the human mind.”
Is that what you think poltergeists might be? Something akin to tulpas? This all sounds a bit like the Philip Experiment which was carried out in Toronto back inthe 70s where a group created a fictitious character which went on to create phenomena.
I do indeed think that Tulpas are very relevant to the world of issues such as poltergeists – and cryptozoology too; and almost certainly ufology. See my “Fortean Interview” post/link that I’ve just now posted for more details.
I think that a hell of a lot of weird phenomena that we perceive as being external to us may, in reality, be something that either consciously or unconsciously has been created by us and externalized – and that maybe now has a form of quasi-existence.
Thanks for the response Nick. I don’t think this would relate to tulpas but I had a very strange experience when I was a kid. I was reading William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist and was thoroughly freaked out. So it was a early summer evening, still very much light outside, around 6 pm and I was in bed reading- just me and the dog at home. I put down the book saying something to the effect of, “If the lights go out now that will mean there is such a thing as possession.” I was in a heightened emotional state (scared). The moment I put the book down the power suddenly went out. The sky was clear, no storms. I can never remember the power going out on a clear day before- and I lived in this house for around 18 years. I put the sheet over my head and began pleading with my dog to come to my room and get up in the bed. LOL! I could hear neighbors outside talking, kids playing, but I was paralyzed with fear, afraid to get up and go outside. When my parents came home they said the power had also gone out in the restaurant they were at which was probably three or four miles away. I think it might have been the result of some sort of unconscious precognition- but who knows. It was certainly a strange feeling.
By the way, I think I had a mild bit of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) as a kid. I would often say things like that and when nothing would happen I would be reassured. Like, “If such and such happens at this moment then this will happen” and when it didn’t happen I would be relieved. I also had a thing with touching the door knob a certain way when exiting a room. Very strange. Anyway, I obviously expected nothing to happen when I put the book down. So when it did……LOL! Total freak out.