Although Spiritualism is still around, it had its heyday from the mid-1800s to the early-1900s. The religion, which had nearly eight million members across the United States and Europe during that time, attracted members of the upper and middle classes, and with the use of séances and psychic mediums they talked with the spirits of the dead. Mediums Kate and Maggie Fox, Florence Cook, and Pearl Curran made worldwide headlines with their communications with the spirit world.
The Ouija board became a popular Spiritualist tool in the early 1900s, and mediums began to conjure up what they claimed were the thoughts of famous people long since departed. People like Mark Twain.
Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, died in 1910. During the mid-to late-1800s, Twain’s novels, essays and short stories made him a worldwide celebrity. Through financial failures and personal tragedy, Twain, who in 1875 pecked out the first novel ever written on a typewriter, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” never stopped writing. Maybe even after death. Read more
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Jason Offutt examines the possibility that Mark Twain dictated a novel from the Great Beyond.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Houston anthropologist Dr. Semir Osmanagich reveals irrefutable proof that recorded history is wrong.
Houston anthropologist, Dr. Semir Osmanagich, founder of the Bosnian Archaeology Park, the most active archaeology site in the world, declares that irrefutable scientific evidence exists of ancient civilizations with advanced technology that leaves us no choice but to change our recorded history. An examination of the age of structures across the earth reveals conclusively that they were built by advanced civilizations from over 29,000 years ago. Read more
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A meteorologist offers an explanation for a ghostly figure caught on video damaging a police officer's car, but it seems that more than one car would have been damaged if his explanation is correct.
Connecticut police officers are convinced that their parking lot is haunted. Last month in Hartford, a ghostly figure was captured on video vandalizing an officer's personal car, NBC's Connecticut affiliate reported on November 6. Read more
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A collection of powerful photographs by Anthony Karen capture Vodou priestesses as they invoke spirits and perform sacrifices.
An enchanting collection of photographs has given a glimpse inside Haiti's Vodou faith - but it's not all animal sacrifice and evil spirits.
Anthony Karen said he felt compelled to travel to the Caribbean country after a documentary piqued his interest in its dark and mysterious rituals.
But once there, he discovered there are many misconceptions about the religion he now considers one of the most organic and natural forms of spirituality. Read more
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Jesuit scholars discuss the 1949 exorcism that inspired the novel and film The Exorcist.
Saint Louis University junior Zach Grummer-Strawn has never seen "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film considered one of the finest examples of unadulterated cinematic terror. He's only vaguely familiar with the monthlong 1949 demon-purging ritual at his school on which the film and William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel were based.
But just in time for Halloween, Jesuit scholars have joined a whole new generation of horror buffs in St. Louis to recount the supernatural incident. The university hosted a panel discussion Tuesday on the exorcism, which involved the treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy. About 500 people crammed into Pius XII Library, with some spilling into the library aisles, leaning against pillars or sitting on desks. Read more
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Are hardcore "skeptics" actually brain deficient? Their own beloved "hard science" might suggest that many are, says Thomas Sheridan.
We have all encountered them. The men and women of 'reason'. The self-appointed guardians and vanguards of materialist dogma along with their absolute faith and belief in official government and corporate press releases. The debunker, the hardcore skeptic—how they love to compulsively ridicule and mock all they deem 'pseudoscience' and 'conspiracy theory'—while also declaring anyone who thinks outside the box or questions the prevailing orthodoxy, a "moron" and a "tard". Matters not how solid the evidence you present them with is, nor how flimsy their own state-sanctioned 'hard science' which they smugly offer up as their rebuttal; they are driven by a messianic compulsion to root out unscientific 'idiots' with all the zeal and fanaticism similar to that of a Dominican or Jesuit charging through southern France in the twelfth century seeking out 'heretics' for the burning. Irony does not even come into their myopic worldview—unless of course a government, corporate or university press office states this. Then it becomes an undisputed fact. Thanks to the likes of Richard Dawkins and Christoper Hitchens, these Internet-bound warriors of rationality see 'Creationists' and 'hidden Christians' around every corner and seek to root them out and expose them as part and parcel of their own peculiar secular witch hunt mentality. Read more