Landing in Downtown Austin Mid-January 2018
The Anomaly Archives Weekly Email Newsletter
December 14th, 2017 – Austin, Texas . . .
New Anomaly Archives Location!
Landing in mid-January 2018
55 North IH-35, Suite 256
Austin, Texas 78702
In the Meantime . . .
Come See Us At
The Awesmic City Expo!!!
Anomaly Archives at the KOOP Radio Booth: F-65 on ROW-F
SMiles Lewis’ Lecture, Sunday the 17th @1pm: Awesmic Talks ROW-A
Anomaly Archives at Awesmic City Expo
Visit us at the Anomaly Archives Booth this weekend in Booth F-65 at the …
4th Annual – ACE-2017
AWESMIC CITY EXPO
Palmer Events Center Exhibit Hall No. 2
December 16th & 17th, 2017
Entrance Fee is $5, or FREE when you bring can good donations or toy donations to our KOOP 91.7 food or toy drop located inside the ACE 2017 Palmer Event Exhibit Hall 2, Dec. 16-17, 2017.
Thanks to the Community Group Member Organizations of KOOP 91.7 Radio!
– SMiles Lewis
Anomaly Archives Founder & INACS Board Member
Book of the Week…
The Super Natural
A New Vision of the Unexplained
by Whitley Strieber & Jeffrey J. Kripal
From C. M. Mayo’s review…
“[i]f we, as scholars of religion, cannot take this text seriously, if we cannot interpret it in some satisfying fashion, if we cannot make some sense of this man’s honest descriptions of his traumatic, transcendent experiences, then we have no business trying to understand his spiritual ancestors in the historical record. We either put up here, or we shut up there. I decided to put up.”
Now to the Kantian cut. It is to distinguish between the appearances of things and what may actually lie behind them. In making that cut, we recognize that while our physical senses provide us with essential survival-oriented information, in no way do they even begin to convey to our consciousness awareness the totality of reality. As Kripal writes, this cut “is a very reasonable and appropriate response to our actual situation in the cosmos.” Furthermore, “Once one makes such a cut, one can, in principle, take any religious experience or mythical world seriously and sympathetically without adopting any particular interpretation of it, much as one suspends disbelief to enjoy a good novel or watch a science-fiction movie.”
In other words, we don’t need to accept nor reject Strieber’s reports of UFOs and “the visitors”— yes, we can keep the lids on our coconuts while adopting the stance of radical empiricism in considering large-scale quantum phenomena!
Put yet another way: if we can simply look at such experiences as Strieber’s, sit with them, consider them “seriously and sympathetically, without adopting any particular interpretation”—we can then, to quote Kripal again, “begin to study their patterns, histories, narrative structures, sexual dimensions, and philosophical implications.” The Kantian cut thus gives us the power to then spiral up to a broader, richer view. It is an astonishing power.
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Many people know Strieber as “that guy who wrote about being abducted by extraterrestrials.” In fact, Strieber reports his perceptions of his experiences, but as to what they actually are, he says, “I am a wanderer, lost in a forest of hypotheses.” Strieber also echoes Kripal in arguing that, “it is not necessary to believe in such things as flying saucers, aliens, ghosts, and other unexplained phenomena in order to study them.”
But to study such things without puckerlips, and all brain cells firing, one must make that Kantian cut—and one needs courage to persist, for that Kantian cut must be made again and again in the face of our inclination towards easy polarities, to either believe or, more commonly, reject, bristling with hostility or scornful laughter.
As Kripal puts it, one must “learn to live with paradox, to sit with the question.”
SOURCE: Literal Magazine – C. M. Mayo
“A thought-provoking, intelligent reconceptualization of supernatural events.”
SOURCE: Kirkus Review
Got To: Anomaly Archives Book Page…
Here are some headlines of note for this week:
SAI Anomaly Archives eNews
- More than myth? ISU professor speaks about Sasquatch at USU December 13, 2017
- Flight MH370 didn’t just “disappear”: Historian suggests mystery was first case of remote skyjacking and ‘was diverted to prevent delivery of secret cargo to China’ December 12, 2017
- Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology December 12, 2017
- George Adamski: Aliens, the FBI, and the Air Force December 11, 2017
- From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017 December 11, 2017
- What Happens If China Makes First Contact? December 10, 2017
- Massive online protest planned two days before FCC net neutrality vote December 10, 2017
- Sponsored: SparkCognition announces open registration for global “Time Machine” conference December 10, 2017
- Another significant setback for Worldwide Hum research December 10, 2017
- Let’s review: The four competing theories regarding the source of the World Hum December 10, 2017
- The Whistleblower Who Could Have Prevented 9/11 December 9, 2017
- The MJ12 Documents: The Government’s Position December 9, 2017
- Intelligence Community Influence Is a Ufology Staple December 8, 2017
- Synchromystic of the Year 2017: David Charles Plate December 8, 2017
- Dogmen in the U.K.? December 8, 2017
- Lost UFO Films: Socorro and Frank Stranges December 8, 2017
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