Ground of Faith
*Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind."
12th year of publication
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Institute of Noetic Sciences
The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies
Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments against Paranormal and Psychic Pheno- mena; Winston Wu
Electronic Voice PhenomenaSam Parnia on NDEs, broadcast over Radio New Zealand
David H. Howard: Spirit CommunionA Journal of Interest:
The religion, philosophy and science of Spiritualism
Caduceus Journal U.K.
Caduceus is a healing, spiritual magazine focusing on psycho- logical, emotional, spiritual, ecological and environmental health, therapy and growth, including natural, holistic, energy and complementary medicine.
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Contents of this issue
Stolen Harp Recovered Using #Dowsing
Dowsing: The Skeptics “Fix Wikipedia”
Science in the Witness Box
B Craig Weiler: PSI WARS: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet
C Wikipedia, WISEwiki and more.
D George P. Hansen: Author: The Trickster and the Paranormal
E HENRY H. BAUER: What Do We Mean by "Scientific?"*
F Christopher Laursen Extraordinarium Digital Press
G The Spiritual Writings of Howard Jones
H letter from Loes Modderman
I Michael Cocks In the Beginning was the Word…
J Michael Tymn:
*Stafford Betty: No Pretender, No Player, No Wimp
*The Death Process as Described by Andrew Jackson Davis
*Why “Higher Truths” Have Been Rejected By Humans
Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks Advisory Editor: Michael Tymn
Challenging people of all faiths to recognise every gift of the Spirit
Unless the eye catch fire
The God will not be seen.The God will not be heard
Unless the ear catch fire
Unless the tongue catch fire
The God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire,
The God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire,
The God will not be known. William Blake (1757-1827)
Stolen Harp Recovered Using #Dowsing
In 1991, when her daughter’s rare, hand-carved harp was stolen, Lisby Mayer’s familiar world of science and rational thinking turned upside down. After the police failed to turn up any leads, a friend suggested she call a dowser—a man who specialized in finding lost objects. With nothing to lose—and… Read more
Dowsing: The Skeptics “Fix Wikipedia”
“You can personally correct any Wikipedia article. As long as you can cite references, you can add the best available skeptical information to any article that needs it. When you add footnote references, you can even link directly to skeptical websites. You don’t need anyone’s permission. For simple text edits, you don’t even need web coding skills. Best of all, it’s rewarding and fun to use your skeptical knowledge to enhance an essential public resource.” [From a website entitled, “Fix Wikipedia”] The message is directed to “Skeptic Activists”. Read the blog
[RationalWiki makes no pretence to be objective.
WiseWiki presents Dowsing like this]
I have been experiencing a steep learning curve in the past fortnight. Oh, have I been wet behind the ears! I had been shocked to find how organised Skeptics were in “fixing” Wikipedia. With the entry on Dowsing, for example, I noted that there was no reference to Arthur C. Clarke’s Discovery… Read MoreScience in the Witness Box
I am thinking of giving my forthcoming book Into the Wider Dream the subtitle, “Synchronicity in the Witness Box.” Why? Well, if you put people with stories of synchronicity into the witness box, the jury will want to work out how much to trust their evidence. Who will testify for or against such people? Scientists? Yes, but they will disagree with each other. Other people with similar experiences? Probably. Theologians? Yes, but they will disagree. The jury will probably be most guided by good character witnesses. Read More
Worth looking into!
PSI WARS: TED, Wikipedia and the Battle for the Internet
Craig Weiler , Read details in his blog
[With regard to Skeptical "fixing of Wikipedia" see Guerilla Skepticism on Wiki]
Norman Kjome writes this email showing how Wikipedia dealt with conspiracy theories about 9/11.
Wikipedia, WISEwiki and more.
Belatedly, I learned of the existence of WiseWiki. When I explored the site I was amazed and heartend to find that I had full access to a "Digital Library of 217 digitized
and/or online periodical titles dealing with alternative and traditional medicine, consciousness, scientific anomalies, and unexplained phenomena of all kinds."
WiseWiki: The WISE online Worldwide Resource Center (WWRC) is an independent project initiated by the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE), and is one of the many programs and projects of WISE. The WWRC is a gigantic "wiki" database, directory, encyclopedia (similar to Wikipedia), library, and archive designed to be a comprehensive resource for all topics and subjects, worldwide, related to scientific anomlies, alternative and traditional medicine, anti-aging medicine, consciousness and parapsychology, alternative energy, and unsolved mysteries in science, technology, history, and other fields of knowledge.
Explore this important site.
The planned Wiki of the Society for Psychical Research:
I had heard the the UK SPR were planning a Wiki of their own, and I contacted Robert McLuhan who heads the project. [ I heartily recommend his blog Paranormalia. ]
He kindly responded, "Yes, it's true the SPR is creating an online encyclopedia, one of several publications projects funded by a recent bequest. I wrote about it here. We're aware of the WISE project, and of course the idea of a joint enterprise has been discussed. I have met with one of the people behind WISE and we both feel that collaboration would be quite problematic, however, as each project has rather different scope and aims. WISE is essentially a giant archive, read on...
An super-Skeptic wiki is Rationalwiki. As an exercise, compare Rationalwiki's treatment of "Xenoglossy", with that of Skeptic-fixed Wikipedia and Answers.com (sourced through WISEwiki)
Here is an index to other Wikis
George P. Hansen:
Author: The Trickster and the Paranormal
What Do We Mean by "Scientific?"*
HENRY H. BAUER
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univerisity, Blackshurg, VA 24061
Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 119-127, 1987
Pergamon Press plc Printed in the USA.0892-33 10187 $3.00+.00
cpywrt 1988 Society for Scientific Exploration
Abstract-There exists no simple and satisfactory definition of "science." Such terms as "scientific" are used for rhetorical effect rather than with descriptive accuracy. The virtues associated with science-reliability, for instance- stem from the functioning of the scientific community.
"I have known some first-rate scientists, and they were usually ready to ignore many results in favor of others about which they had hunches, ready to defend their theories vigorously despite the lack of sufficient proof, ready to jump intuitively to conclusions . . . and I have known a few Arrowsmiths, marvelously educated and conversant with the specialist literature, consulted by all, on account of their judiciousnesswho published hardly at all, and never anything of note. The Nobel prize went to Watson and Crick, not to the systematic, judicious, erudite Erwin Chargaff-which seemed unfair to a number of people, including Chargaff himself, who has written in very bitter tones about the manner in which Science nowadays is not as it ought to be." [p.120] Read this article
Extraordinarium Digital Press publishes non-fiction on studies & experiences of the extraordinary; speculative fiction; and imaginative works
"Moving Objects Research" project: Have you had an extraordinary or paranormal experience in your life that you'd like to share? Extraordinarium shares such accounts as part of its series "In My Own Words" to illuminate how people experience the extraordinary. It's editor Christopher Laursen like to hear from you if you'd like to share what happened to you. Here are two examples of articles published so far in this series:http://www.spiritofoneness.co.uk/
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The Spiritual Writings of Howard Jones
Those who claim knowledge of the mystical will always be confronted by the sceptical attitude of those who deny the very existence of the spiritual realm. Claiming to know universal truths by mystical insight alone will not suffice to convince the rationalists. If such a spiritual world-view is to be more widely accepted it must be substantiated by sensory data supported by coherent argument that is compatible with scientific knowledge. To insist on the truth of events that defy not only science but even common sense is not logical in a rational world.
This book seeks to provide a realistic reassessment of the role of religion. It describes a mass of empirical evidence for the existence of another dimension of life – and death. It provides a scientific interpretation in simple terms for continuing discarnate survival of the soul and the phenomena of psi. It shows how human consciousness as part of a holistic cosmic spirituality has evolved through human history. From this emerges a tenable hypothesis of consciousness in incarnate and discarnate existence, for such an approach provides credible evidence for belief in an afterlife. To purchase a copy of Evolution of Consciousness click here
Letters to the Editor
And a very useful letter from Loes Modderman in which she introduces us to many other valuable links. One of her passions is the beauty that can be discovered in microphotography. Here is one of her images:
Articles by Michael Cocks
Editor of The Ground of Faith. Author of Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr
In the Beginning was the Word…
Editor-in-chief of The Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies
**How to join the Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies Inc.
Stafford Betty: No Pretender, No Player, No Wimp
A roving reporter for a TV talk show program recently stopped people on the street and asked them to name the person they admired most. The first person named Johnny Depp, a movie actor best known for portraying a pirate. I was puzzled that a person whose main contribution to humanity…The Death Process as Described by Andrew Jackson Davis
Andrew Jackson Davis (August 11, 1826 – January 13, 1910) is remembered as a “seer” – in effect, a clairvoyant able to enter into a higher state of consciousness and access information otherwise unavailable to humans. In a trance state, he could diagnose illnesses and recommend cures and give lengthy…Read moreWhy “Higher Truths” Have Been Rejected By Humans
Why don’t they say something meaningful? Why not tell us about how they live in the spirit world? Why not give us a cure for cancer? Why so much trivial stuff, like what happened to Uncle Jerry’s gold watch? Such were the questions often asked by skeptics about messages purportedly… Read more