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Anomaly Archives eNews – New Location in 2018!

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Landing in Downtown Austin Mid-January 2018

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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

Contact: Miles@AnomalyArchives.org

 

 

 


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

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Rob Riggs Informal Class on Big Thicket Mysteries – October 2014

 

The Big Thicket of Southeast Texas: Lair of the Mysterious

An Investigation of Cryptid Beasts, Spook Lights, and Other Unexplained Wonders

Instructor: Rob Riggs

Explore the weird phenomena that surround the Big Thicket area of Texas. With bizarre sightings and experiences that have spanned cultures and centuries, the region has been of special interest to instructor and researcher Rob Riggs. Investigate the various sightings reported in Southeast Texas and learn how such phenomena constitute genuine scientific unknowns, rather than exaggerated tall-tales.

• Discuss Big Foot sightings, including the history of the wild hairy primate and current activity
• Learn about the standing Ghost Light Phenomenon
• Contextualize these phenomena within ancient mythologies
• Apply modern scientific theory to show the potential for knowledge behind the phenomena
• Compare American skepticism with the different philosophic, scientific and theological views in other countries

Read more about the course on the course outline.

Rob Riggs is a veteran Texas journalist whose thirty plus years of investigating the mysteries of the Big Thicket’s weird phenomena have led to his authoring or co-authoring three published books on the subject.

Requirements:  Purchase of the instructor’s two books, “In the Big Thicket” and “Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth” directly from him during class for $25 is recommended, but not required. They may also be purchased from Nook or Kindle as e-books for about $20 total.

Class #: IC15192
Date: Oct. 13-Oct. 27
Day: Mondays (3 meetings)
Time: 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Find out more about the class at the link below…

Continuing and Innovative Education: Continuing & Innovative Education presents Informal Classes.

 

The Anomaly Archives is not affiliated with this course.

Cryptomundo Night at Museum of the Weird

Greetings and Happy New Year fellow Anomalists!

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Welcome to 2013. The Anomaly Archives won’t be holding a regular meeting this month but we wanted to let you know about an interesting event happening downtown, Saturday, January 26th. Here’s your chance to tour Austin’s Museum of the Weird, listen to cryptozoologists Lyle Blackburn,  Nick Redfern, Ken Gerhard, & Dave Coleman, dine at the Chupacabra Cantina, watch the Creature From Black Lake, and have drinks at the Jackalope Bar. All in one afternoon / evening! But reserve your spot early, seating is limited!

 

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Come join Cryptomundo and The Museum of the Weird, www.MuseumOfTheWeird.com, for an afternoon and evening of fun and frivolity.

Reserve your tickets early as space is limited! Click here:
www.luckylizard.net/catalog.php?item=624&catid=Tickets

   Schedule of Events

  • 3-6: Tour of Museum

 

    Speaker presentations and author book signings

  • Lyle Blackburn: The Beast of Boggy Creek
  • Nick Redfern: Wildman! The Monstrous and Mysterious Saga of the British Bigfoot, Monster Diary: On the Road in Search of Strange and Sinister Creatures, The World’s Weirdest Places, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, Monsters of Texas
  • Ken Gerhard: Big Bird! Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters, Monsters of Texas
  • Dave Coleman: The Bigfoot Filmographychupacabra-cantina

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Museum of the Weird
412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

 

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William Gibson: Fortean!

Cyberpunk Fortean William Gibson

 “I’m Totally a Fortean!”

“It’s always a pleasure to return to Austin, which in some weird way was definitely the epicenter of my literary career, such as it’s been.”

On Thursday, September 6th, I had the pleasure of finally seeing William Gibson in-the-flesh. Despite his being sick with a cold (he offered to infect any attendees with it who might’ve had such a Cronenbergian desire) Gibson read an interesting piece from his new book, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and regaled the audience with his observations on a few subjects including fashion.

It’s weird, really weird reading any of this stuff because I never read any of it before. I never read it to an audience. These were written for magazine publication. The weirdest of these, I think, the one that is most mysterious to me is an essay called Dead Man Sings that I wrote in 1998 for ASAP, which is a Forbes magazine giveaway or something. … they got in touch with me and said ‘we’d like you to write something’ and I said ‘what’ and they said ‘it doesn’t matter … [write] what you feel like.’ I’d never really gotten that before … so I really took it to heart and I sat down and sort of channeled this thing I’m about to read you and with no idea where it was coming from or really what it was about. I realized, when I was going through all these pieces, this is the one I’ve gone back to more in my writing and as sometimes happens, I think that this thing which I wrote without understanding – I wrote it in a weird kind of trance – because it didn’t matter and it had given me permission to say whatever I wanted to say, which I had never had before in non-fiction. … So this thing just came out, what I’m about to read to you, and its probably the one thing in this book that I discovered more in, over the years, since I wrote it, I suspect in some way its been the program for a lot of the fiction I’ve written since.

The essay Dead Man Sings (published as “Dead Man Speaks apparently) that Gibson read for us that evening is certainly evocative of much of what makes Gibson’s writings so telling and important. Distrust That Particular Flavor coverThey grapple with the effects of technology on our culture and our experiencing of memory and history. It reminded me of a video I’d recently seen of him (filmed many years ago inside a moving car) in which he reflects on one of the details he mentioned in the essay, that is the invention of the sound recording and that period of time when there were still humans (backwoods Appalachian Americans in his example) who were being recorded for the first time and the fundamental difference (to his hears) of those recordings to everything since.

We live in, have lived through, a strange time. I know this because when I was a child the flow of forgetting was relatively unimpeded. I know this because the dead were less of a constant presence, then. Because there was once no rewind button. Because the soldiers dying in the Somme were black and white, and did not run as the living run. Because the world’s attic was still untidy. Because there were old men in the mountain valleys of my Virginia childhood who remembered a time before recorded music.

Dead Man Speaks

After the reading (and towards the end of his face-time with us and before beginning the autographing line) there was an opening for me to ask him a question that had been on my mind for a while… But before I asked the question I wanted to show my sincere feelings for the words he’d written a couple of years ago when he posted the following to his twitter feed:

“Very sad to learn of the death of @mactonnies. Whip-smart young Fortean surrealist dudes are too thin on the ground to begin with.”
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As I began expressing my thanks the look on his face gave me the impression that he hadn’t understood what I was saying – perhaps it was just the idea of someone thanking him for a “tweet” (let alone one from three years ago) that struck him as odd. Once I’d shifted my comment to a question he gave a not surprising to me reply which I’m happy to add to the public record:

SMiles Lewis: I’d like to thank you for your 2009 tweet which consisted of kind words on the passing of Mac Tonnies. There’s things in your book Pattern Recognition and other books that make me ask this question: Are you now or have you ever been a Fortean?

William Gibson: Oh, I’m totally a Fortean! I’ve been a Fortean since I was… actually I’d have to find out. I’ve been a Fortean ever since Ace Books republished Charles Fort’s three great weird philosophical books about strange shit that he’d found in old old newspapers. And I continue to be … That’s Charles Fort for those of you who don’t know him. If you wanna have a really strange experience go find The Book of the Damned by Charles Fort which was published in the 1920s and has two sequels. It’s kind of the mother of all X-Files stuff.

 

Nick Redfern lecture on MIBs, UFOs, Government Secrecy and More!

NICK REDFERN to speak in Austin about THE REAL MEN-IN-BLACK and GOVERNMENT SECRETS.

Austin, Texas – Saturday, September 24th, 7-9pm CST

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ACSL – Austin Center for Spiritual Living at

5555 North Lamar, Suite D-117

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From Wikipedia:

Nicholas “Nick” Redfern was born in 1964 in Pelsall, Walsall, West Midlands, England. He is an author, Ufologist and Cryptozoologist now living in Arlington, Texas, United States.

Redfern is an active advocate of official disclosure, and has worked to uncover thousands of pages of previously-classified Royal Air Force, Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence files on UFOs dating from the Second World War from the National Archives.

Nick is the author of numerous books on UFOs, Forteana, Cryptozoology and the Paranormal including:

Please join us in welcoming Nick back to Austin and the Anomaly Archives for an exciting discussion about his latest book on the infamous MEN-IN-BLACK as well as the latest revelations concerning the mystery of Roswell, UFOs, Area-51 and what the United States Government is covering up.

Perhaps he will give us a sneak peak at what’s coming up in his next book:

 

More information about the Scientific Anomaly Institute is available here:

 

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Free Lecture with CryptoZoologist Ken Gerhard in Austin February 18th at 7pm

MONSTERS IN TEXAS?!?

Friday night, February 18th, join the Anomaly Archives in welcoming cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard to Austin, Texas.

Ken Gerhard is an accomplished cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization , as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute . He has investigated reports of monsters and mysterious beasts all over the world including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, winged creatures and even werewolves.

In addition to appearing in three episodes of the History Channel television series Monster Quest , Ken is featured on the special The Real Wolfman (History Channel) and in the series Legend Hunters (Travel Channel/A&E) and also Paranatural (National Geographic), plus numerous, radio and Internet broadcasts. His credits include appearances on Eyewitness News , Coast to Coast Radio and Ireland’s Newstalk Radio , as well as being featured in major books, DVDs and in articles by the Associated Press , Tampa Tribune and Amarillo Edge.

Ken is author of the books Big Bird: Modern Sightings of Flying Monsters and Monsters of Texas and has contributed to trade publications including Animals and Men, The Journal of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and Bigfoot Times . He has lectured and exhibited at numerous paranormal conferences across the United States. Born on Friday the 13 th of October, Ken has traveled to twenty-six different countries and has visited forty-three of the states. An avid adventurer, he has camped along the Amazon, explored the Galapagos, hiked the Australian Outback and has visited many ancient and mysterious sites, from Machu Pichu to Stonehenge.

Friday February 18th at 7pm

Austin Center for Spiritual Living

4804 Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756

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