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Robert Morningstar

Robert D. Morningstar is a civilian intelligence analyst and psychotherapist in New York City. He received a degree in psychology from Fordham University. An expert in Chinese language, history, martial arts and is a FAA-licensed pilot and Instrument Ground Instructor with 23 years of flying experience. Robert has studied the paranormal and UFOs for over […]

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A Stolen Boy, an Angry Loner, an Underground Bunker

By: There was nobody in Jimmy Lee Dykes’s life to take the edge off his anger. He had long ago lost touch with an ex-wife and two daughters. His older girl recalled his fondness of firearms and a hatred of authorities; how he smelled of spearmint, coffee and cigarettes; how he beat her mother. […]

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The Benefits of Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty

By: Gary Noesner is a former FBI hostage negotiator. For part of the 51-day standoff outside the Branch Davidian religious compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993, he was the strategic coordinator for negotiations with the compound’s leader, David Koresh. This siege ended in infamous tragedy: The FBI launched a tear-gas attack on the compound, […]

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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain as a Weapon.

By: On an otherwise routine July day, inside a laboratory at Duke University, two rhesus monkeys sat in separate rooms, each watching a computer screen that featured an image of a virtual arm in two-dimensional space. The monkeys’ task was to guide the arm from the center of the screen to a target, and […]

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A User’s Manual

By: IN 2003 Peter Morley-Souter, a British teenager whose hobby was drawing comic strips with his sister Rose, was sent a parody of “Calvin and Hobbes”, a strip about a six-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger, by a friend. It showed the titular pair having sex with Calvin’s mother. Mr Morley-Souter posted his response […]

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Psychic Mediums Tested Under Tightest Laboratory Conditions. Proven Accurate. What Will Debunkers Say Now?

By: Dr. Julie Beischel’s newly published research on assisted after-death communication sets a new standard of proof, but don’t expect science to change its stance on psychic mediums. Before becoming the preeminent researcher of medium communication, or as she likes to call it, “assisted after-death communication”, Dr. Julie Beischel was a newly-minted PhD in […]

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Altered States of Reading (Part 2): Pynchon and the Psi Reflex

By: Thomas Pynchon’s sprawling unfinished 1972 novel Gravity’s Rainbow centers on an American army lieutenant, Tyrone Slothrop, whose amorous conquests around WWII London infallibly predict German V2 rocket strikes in an otherwise random distribution throughout the city. Slothrop’s weird ability puts him under the scrutiny of “Psi Section”—a division of military intelligence—who link his […]

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Putting Godwin’s Law to the Test

By: In 1990, long before there were trolls to haunt your mentions or poison Facebook comment threads, there was Usenet, a sort of proto-Reddit that predicted much of the promise of the social web — and, as regular user Mike Godwin observed, many of the pitfalls of networked interaction. “The Nazi-comparison meme,” he recalled […]

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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child

By: With the help of A.I., America’s most famous doll tries to fulfill a timeless dream — convincing little girls that she’s a real friend. What will happen if they believe her? It looked like a child’s playroom: toys in cubbies, a little desk for doing homework, a whimsical painting of a tree on […]

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Deepdreaming Without the Slugdogs

By: In our deepnightmares, we’ve seen monstrous slugdogs, shoggoths of endless eyes, creatures beyond all reckoning. Wherever we look, a dog’s face stares back at us, with their cohort of unflinching finches, all beaks and eyes. We try to escape into different layers, but we are still confronted with monsters of lizards, trypophobia-inducing insects, […]

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Our Dreams Are Such Stuff As We Are Made On

By: The other night—actually, early in the morning—I had a strange and disturbing dream. Normally I do not attach much importance to the symbolism of my own dreams, which are often banal and indicative of a most elementary or basic need, such as that to relieve myself. But this dream was very odd; as […]

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The 15 Worst Mistakes People Make in Their 20s

By: The best part about your 20s is that you can recover quickly from the inevitable mistakes you’ll make as you figure out how to make it in the real world. That said, there are some poor choices that have lasting effects, like not starting to save money, that are easily avoidable. We’ve sorted […]

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Why Do We Take Our Anger Out on Machines?

By: You have to print 100 pages for an important meeting in 5 minutes and the printer just jammed. Your computer just froze and you didn’t save your Photoshop creation within the last hour. We’ve all been there and we’ve all had a similar reaction; to release a string of expletives and then to […]

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The Most American Thing There Is: Eating Alone

By: In 1985, The New York Times published a snippet of comforting news for self-conscious solo eaters. “Dining alone,” the newspaper reassured readers, “is no longer viewed as odd.” At the time, eating spaghetti and meatballs by yourself wasn’t exactly the norm. A second article, which ran only seven months later in the Times, […]

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Nightmares Are Good For You, So You Can Stop Freaking Out

By: [youtube] t sucks when your sleep is ruined by a bad dream so terrifying that it jolts you awake. But the next time that happens to you, take heart in knowing that nightmares are good for you. At least that’s what some people believe. New York Magazine’s human behavior-focused site Science of […]

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Did My Brain Make Me Do It? Neuroscience and Free Will

By: Discoveries in neuroscience, and the science of behaviour more generally, pose a challenge to the existence of free will. But this all depends on what is meant by ‘free will’. The term means different things to different people. Philosophers focus on two conditions that seem to be necessary for free will: (i) the […]

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The Point Everyone Misses About Working Smarter Instead of Harder

By: Smarter-not-harder is nothing new. For most entrepreneurs, it’s about delegation: Find other people to do the grinding hamster wheel work while you “focus on strategy” or something. It’s a good idea, but we can do better. Ironically, I think most people haven’t really thought through what it means to work smarter. This article […]

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Kids Point Out Dark Side of Fashion Ads That We’ve All Been Ignoring

By: [youtube] “She seems to have an illness.” “Maybe she’s drunk.” “Maybe she took some pills with drugs or stuff like that.” Those are not the feelings typically expressed by adults when they see a fashion campaign. But get a group of kids together, and the not-so-pleasant truth comes out. Yolanda Domínguez , […]

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