Kathleen Marden on Scientific American article about Accidental Awareness and Alien Abduction

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Accidental Awareness or Alien Abduction?

by Kathleen Marden

A recent article in the November 11 issue of Scientific American claims that alien abductions might be nothing more than “accidental awareness” caused by psychological damage inflicted upon a patient who awakens too soon while undergoing surgery. This hypothesis is presented by Anne Skomorowsky, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Psychosomatic Medicine Specialist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

I received Dr. Skomorowsky’s article from a colleague who questioned if it was a joke of some kind. I did as well, until I discovered that it has been printed in a prestigious journal. The article was loosely based upon the largest collection of data on “accidental awareness” ever assembled. It had been released by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. No mention was made of alien abduction. However, Dr. Skomorowsky’s article was linked to one written in 2008 by David V. Forrest, M.D., a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia. Dr. Forrest noted that frequently reported narratives of alien abduction, altered state of consciousness, uniformly colored figures with large eyes, nakedness, a high tech room, etc. resemble medical-surgical procedures. He cautioned that if surgeons and anesthesiologists are creating false memories of alien abduction, the medical community should take note of it. Dr. Skomorowsky carried this conjecture to fruition in her article for Scientific American.

Read the entire article here: AP Magazine.

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Austin Zine Fest 2014 and UpComing 1990s Alt-Media Zine-Scene Exhibit at Anomaly Archives

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The Anomaly Archives Presents:

The 1990s Alt-Media Zine-Scene Exhibit

Preview below…

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In anticipation of the 2014 Austin Zine Festival, the Anomaly Archives offers the above preview of its upcoming exhibit displaying our collection of Alternative-Media Zines & Newsletters from the 1980s, 1990s, and Beyond. We’ll be memorializing and reflecting on the DIY publishing efforts of the pre-internet publishers such as Bob Girard, Wes Nations, and many more!

Stay tuned to the Anomaly Archives for details on this exhibit.

In the meantime, consider attending the Austin Zine Festival this coming weekend Sunday, December 14th from 12-4p at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Up to the date details are available on Facebook here

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Austin Zine Fest – 2014!

Austin Zine Fest brings together regional zinesters from the Austin, TX-area for a celebration of print culture. We are a small annual fest focused on highlighting the work of local independent publishers and artists. AZF is co-coordinated by Hillary-Anne Crosby and Caroline Knowles. 

You can contact us by filling out the Contact form below or by emailing us at atxzinefest@gmail.com

The 2014 Austin Zine Fest will take place on Sunday, December 14th from 12-4p at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Up to the date details are available on Facebook here

More details (including participants) on the way! Keep updated by following us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.  

You can pick up some of Austin Zine Fest’s local & international zine picks over at MASS Gallery’s retail shop, MA$$, in Austin, TX. It’s a great way to support AZF & your local zinesters.

Some of what we currently have in stock:

– The Austin Review
– Heroine Zine
– Museums Press
– Raw Paw
– Red Kitty
– Rough House
– Vagina
– Women Artists: Interviews

… plus many others!

MASS Gallery is located at  507 Calles Street, Suite 108, Austin, TX 78702. Hours & recent happenings are available online at http://www.massgallery.org/

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Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies Ever Recorded

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Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies Ever Recorded

October 18, 2013 by

Lucid dreaming is a documented phenomenon; researchers continue to explore it as it shows some very significant brain patterns and biological happenings within the body. A fairly recent example is a study conducted in 2009 at the Neurological Laboratory in Frankfurt. Research shows how Lucid dreamers produce the fastest brainwave frequencies ever recorded, gamma brainwaves that operate at 40Hz +(1).  This suggests that lucid dreamers are more self aware, and are more conscious in this state than compared to a normal state of wakefulness. We don’t operate anywhere near that frequency (with regards to brain waves) when in our normal wakeful state, and we operate at even lower frequencies during other sleep states. Research suggests that the existence of gamma brainwaves indicates a totally conscious experience (4), so the experience of being awake within a dream is a very real phenomenon. This begs the question, which state is actually real? Could what we perceive as being fully aware and awake be the real dream? Or are these just different aspects of reality that we are jumping to and from? Is our ability to create our own reality easier in a state of lucid dreaming because our brain is functioning at a higher frequency? What would we be capable of if we were able to attain that frequency without  lucid dreaming? Would we be able to have instant manifestations like we do in our lucid dreams? Gamma brainwaves are involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information. Operating from this frequency allows our brain to link and process information from multiple parts of the brain(2). We use more of our brain when we are experiencing lucid dreaming than we do when we are fully awake.

Not long ago, researchers led by Richard Davidson, a neuroscientist at The W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior teamed up with a number of monks and volunteers. The Dalai Lama even dispatched eight of his most accomplished practitioners to Davidson’s lab to have them hooked up for EEG testing and brain scanning. These monks come from traditions of meditation for an estimated 10,000 to 50,000 hours, over time periods of 15 to 40 years.

The monks were fitted with a net of 256 electrical sensors and asked to meditate for short periods, and Davidson was particularly interested in measuring gamma waves, the highest frequency and most important known electrical brain impulses. The results showed that the electrodes picked up much greater activation of fast moving and usually powerful gamma waves in the monks (3). The movement of the waves through the brain were far better organized and coordinated.

Researchers suggest that the very existence of this synchronized gamma indicates that a consciousness experience is occurring. The gamma wave state is the most sensitive than any other state of consciousness measurable. Gamma brainwaves are associated with intelligence, compassion, self control and feelings of natural joy.

Who is to say that when we are lucid dreaming we are not experiencing an alternate reality that operates at a higher frequency? Maybe higher frequency states allow us to access alternative timelines, other dimensions or aspects of reality. There are many questions that dreaming, and more specifically lucid dreaming, brings to the forefront of our time. Very little is understood about the phenomenon, but what we do understand is that our dreams allow us to create our reality at a specific frequency. As quantum physics continues to elaborate on how consciousness directly shapes our physical/material world, imagine what possibilities exist in a reality resonating in the gamma frequency or higher. The human race’s potential is limitless.






(4)O’Nuallain, Sean. “Zero Power and Selflessness: What Meditation and Conscious Perception Have in Common”. Retrieved 2009-05-30. Journal: Cognitive Sciences 4(2).


(6)J Gebser, The Ever Present Origin. Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio. (1985) pg 120-121





Lucid Dreamers Produce The Fastest Brainwave Frequencies Ever Recorded | Collective-Evolution.

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Charles Forts Entire Note Collection Becoming Available Soon

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Charles Forts Entire Note Collection Becoming Available Soon – Hat tip to user Kandinsky at the ATS forums!

The notes of Charles Fort will be made available to the world by the generosity of Dr John H Reed and the World Institute of Scientific Exploration.

Over 60,000 individually transcribed 3X5 index cards, all with Charles Fort’s original small notes on strange and unusual events that he made in the 1920s and 1930s, were recently rescued from a house in Bridgeport, CT. They were rescued on July 29, 2014, by John H. Reed, M.D., on behalf of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) only days before the new owners of that house had planned to dispose of them, not realizing their importance or significance.

WISE Journal; Vol 3 No2 (free PDF)
Charles Fort used to plough through all the newspaper archives in the New York Public Library before his later years took him to the British Museum Library. Like a gold panner, he shook away all the tiny printed words in search of the elusive grains of magic and wonder we now call Forteana. Reports of whimsy and weirdness were all that he was looking for and who can say from where that enchantment arose? Whatever greased his wheels, he made tiny notes of all the words that caught his imagination – over 60000 hand-written notes on square scraps of paper.

Fort was arguably one of the first conspiracy theorists as he condemned ‘dogmatic science’ and half-jokingly described humanity as the ‘property’ of Folk from Elsewhere.

‘The earth is a farm. We are someone else’s property.’

His notes are publicly accessible in the NY Library and yet are marginalised by the conditions that apply to viewers. You must arrive within certain hours and are only allowed to make notes in pencil. No pens and no photography! How better to keep at bay the ‘procession of the damned?’

A gentleman called Carl Pabst, like Fort, became fascinated with these small glow-worms of strangeness that seem to hang around the head of humanity like so many half-forgotten dreams. He spent 15 years and 100s of visits copying out Fort’s notes, with paper and pencils, and returning home to type them out onto small cards. These cards slowly began to fill up a wooden card catalogue until his mission was completed in 1987.

The card catalogue was subsequently lost in the twilight when Pabst died and his relatives left it to languish unappreciated.

Thankfully Dr John H Reed kept his eye on the prize and made offers to buy the collection; the relatives repeatedly refused to sell. It was only days before it was due to be disposed of that he was able to finally purchase it. On July 28th 2014, he took possession and so begins the next metamorphosis of what Fort called the ‘damned’ and the ‘excluded.’

Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You’ll read them—or they’ll march. Some of them livid and some of them fiery and some of them rotten.

The next stage for these ‘damned’ reports is a plan by W.I.S.E. to make them all available online. Fort’s books might have contained the best examples of peculiar human experiences, but they didn’t contain everything. As it happens, many thousands of the notes haven’t been seen by more than a dozen or so people since Fort was alive. We might just find that the unseen notes represent a fascinating array of otherwise lost-in-time moments. Placing them in an accessible collection will allow the Forteans, Anomalists and similarly-minded aficionados of surreality to look for patterns. What peculiar delights might lie behind those small drawers?

The inherently elusive nature of ‘paranormal’ phenomena means such experiences are frequently unique and short-lived. They exist in a moment and are gone. The percipients and witnesses enjoy a slightly longer existence, but they too are lost to death and take their memories to the grave. The fingerprints of the ‘Trickster,’ or whatever triggered the experiences, are given some sense of immortality as long as the written records continue to exist and be available. Whilst the stimulus and percipients are long dead, their experiences continue to have a pulse.

Thanks to the efforts of W.I.S.E. those fleeting moments will remain a part of the public record. Cool huh? Please read the entire article as it’s an interesting read and contains good links. JH Reed is a friend of Prof Mike Swords and a frequent visitor to the Big Study blog.

Fort’s books can read at this Sacred-Texts Fort Page or by searching ‘Charles Fort books pdf.’

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Rob Riggs Informal Class on Big Thicket Mysteries – October 2014

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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.

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Smithsonian’s Enigmatic Prof. Jordan, Linked to 1909 Arizona Newspaper Article, Identified

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Smithsonian’s Enigmatic Prof. Jordan, Linked to 1909 Arizona Newspaper Article, Identified

Press Release – Memphis, Tennessee – Sep 12, 2014

A 1909 Phoenix Gazette article related that a Prof. Jordan found a system of underground chambers in the Grand Canyon filled with Egyptian artifacts sent to the Smithsonian. Jordan has been said to never have existed, but oddly, he did.

The April 1991 meeting of the Society for American Archaeology included a presentation on the discovery of totally unique, complex of underground catacombs found at a ruins site in Arizona. The “Arizona Daily Sun” published a long article on the discovery on April 27, 1991.

Dr. Greg Little, Researcher

David Childress has been accused of creating the “Smithsonian Conspiracy,” the idea that the Smithsonian Institution has been hiding and witholding evidence that contradicts accepted archaeological history. In 1993 Childress published a widely-cited article that included a front page story from an April 1909 issue of the “Phoenix Gazette.” The article related that a Professor Jordan and G. E. Kinkaid had found a hidden complex of catacombs filled with oriental and Egyptian artifacts. The Smithsonian has denied repeatedly that a Professor Jordan had ever worked with them or been affiliated with them. The consistent official statement from the Institution has been: “The Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology, has searched its files without finding any mention of a Professor Jordan, Kincaid, or a lost Egyptian civilization in Arizona.” Virtually all archaeologists assert that the story was a hoax perpetrated by the newspaper. A mainstream archaeology textbook relates: “As to Professor Jordan, there is no record of any such person actually working for or with the Smithsonian Institution.” 

However, Professor David Starr Jordan was affiliated with the Smithsonian over a 30-year period, from the 1880’s until about 1910. Jordan also made an expedition down the Grand Canyon in 1898 and it is now known that he was even accompanied by T. Kincaid on an expedition to Alaska. In 1906 Jordan was offered the top job at the Smithsonian. He is also prominently found in many Smithsonian publications from the 1800s. Recently the Smithsonian quietly issued a page on him on their website.

While the 1909 article appears to have been a hoax, it possible that another Arizona site, Casa Malpais, was the source of the story. Casa Malpais has underground catacombs that are essentially identical to the description in the 1909 article.For more information, go to:  www.apmagazine.info

Smithsonian’s Enigmatic Prof. Jordan, Linked to 1909 Arizona Newspaper Article, Identified | ATA-ISR Independent Science Research.

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Woman found functioning without a cerebellum in her brain

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Doctors have discovered that somehow, a woman living in China has reached the age of 24 while missing a large part of her brain. They say this is evidence of how incredibly adaptable our brains can be.


Images: Left: Feng Yu et al. Right: decade3d/Shutterstock

When a woman checked herself into the PLA General Hospital in China’s Shandong Province, she reported symptoms of dizziness and nausea. She’d had a shaky walk for most of her life, and unlike most people, who learn to walk when they’re very young infants, she was only able to master this skill at seven years old. She was also only able to speak properly from the age of six.

According to Helen Thomson at New Scientist, once the doctors performed a CAT scan – which combines information from several X-rays to produce a comprehensive image of structures inside the brain – the source problem was immediately made clear. The woman’s entire cerebellum was missing, and in its place was nothing but cerebrospinal fluid, which is a special substance that protects the brain from damaging knocks and disease.


Woman found functioning without a cerebellum in her brain Science Alert.


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You shall know us by the weird trail of our past publications…

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Congrats to Russell Dowden on a year of publishing Rockstar Magazine!

Check out the 2-page spread on page 25. It’s a flashback retrospective on the long-strange trip from producing the conference program for the ill-fated 38th annual National UFO Conference slated for September 14-16th, 2001 and the launch of Austin Para Times, which became Weird Magazine, which got bought by Alex Jones, and morphed into InfoWars Magazine, and ultimately led Russell to briefly publish Paranoid Magazine and now for a year, Rockstar Magazine.


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Anomaly Archivist’s Report, August 2014

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The following topical file folders were processed (filed and indexed with some scanned)

[With Updates to the Anomaly Archives Master Documents / Files Index Page]


Collections: Periodicals


… and much more has been added!


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