CT012 - The Day Alien Abductions Took Us into the Unknown

October 10, 2018
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Episode 12 - Alien Abductions

The phenomenon, as documented by researchers, journalists, and skeptics alike, over the years, has become pretty well defined in terms of key aspects, and has led to an array of collected testimonies, assertions to either the validity or the incredulity of the phenomenon, and even the occasional conspiracy theory or two.

The terms alien abduction or abduction phenomenon describe "subjectively real memories of being taken secretly against one's will by apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical and psychological procedures".

Most discussion of the phenomenon focuses on trying to explain the experiences either through proof of the extraterrestial or through mundane terrestial influences and psychological basis. But what about the rest of us? What explains our fascination with alien abduction stories? Why do we want it to be the subject of our movies, tv shows and books? Perhaps it is because it speaks to a root fear. A fear of the unknown.

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

https://www.mufon.com/travis-walton-abduction---1975.html

https://www.mufon.com/betty--barney-hill-abduction---1961.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant%C3%B4nio_Vilas_Boas

http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-abduction-and-kidnapping

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887618516300469

https://www.somewhereintheskies.com/

https://audioboom.com/channels/4938828

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Alien_abduction

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201611/study-fear-the-unknown-compounds-many-anxiety-disorders

http://www.look4ward.co.uk/weird/tales-of-fairies-modern-concept-of-alien-abduction-experience/

CT011 - The Day Bodies Were Buried in the Hoover Dam

September 25, 2018
00:0000:00

Episode 11 - Workers Buried in Hoover Dam

A worker falls into a pool of wet concrete that’s being poured as part of a major construction project. Before he can be saved, his body slips beneath the surface and he drowns in the thick soup of the concrete.
Pouring concrete is a slow and tedious job, and once “the pour” is started, it can’t be stopped without ruining the whole block, and that section of the project has to completely re-done. So, rather than dig the dead workman out of the concrete pool, construction supervisors and bosses let the body sink further into the concrete, and the poor workman gets entombed forever in the structure he was helping to build.

That's the legend anyway, and it gets told generation after generation when people discover this mega-structure. Is it really just that good of a legend that it keeps going on it's own merits, or is there something else about the Hoover Dam itself that resonates within the public mind?

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortality_salience

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam

https://www.history.com/topics/great-depression/hoover-dam

https://www.sarahwolfe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/RossWolfe_2015.pdf

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tomb-of-the-dammed/

http://professorbuzzkill.com/construction-workers-entombed-concrete-myth/

CT010 - The Day Q Clearance Went Top Secret

August 28, 2018
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Episode 10 - Q Clearance

The term "Q Clearance" has been in the news because of the QAnon claims that originated out of 4chan and have since gone mainstream. The claim of a Q level clearance, gave "Q" the nickname and is the basis for supposed insider above-top-secret access within the current US Administration. In this episode, we delve into the claim of Q Clearance, and explore the history of security clearance, some of the misunderstanding about holding a security clearance, and the mystery and public concern of those holding high security access. Join me as we explore this highly touted and misunderstood security clearance, known as Q Clearance.

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Links:

https://fas.org/sgp/othergov/gss98.html

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/taming_swamp_critters_with_security_clearances.html

https://www.ndtv.com/topic/nuclear-secrets

https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/02/03/19243/workers-threw-out-us-nuclear-secrets-common-rubbish-20-years

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3077346/Ex-CIA-officer-NY-Times-leak-case-gets-42-months-prison.html

https://www.sandia.gov/fso/fso_conferences/2011_FSO_Conference/2011_FSO_OriginQandL.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_White

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/06/09/government-security-clearance/2406243/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/06/who-has-security-clearance/102549298/

https://fas.org/sgp/classdoe.htm

https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/FY16-Report-Security-Clearance-Determinations-PubRelease-20171017.pdf

CT009 - The Day Carl Jung Analyzed a Crop Circle

August 14, 2018
00:0000:00

Episode 9 - Crop Circles

The name conjures the image in the mind. A crop circle means a golden geometric pattern has been shaped into a field somewhere, and eventually turned into a poster on someone's cubicle wall. Some believe that they are made by extra-terrestrial visitors, or perhaps by magnetic fields flowing from deep within the earth along leylines. Others simply chalk them up to the result of weather phenomena or the artful endeavor of hoaxers known as "cereal artists". Crop circles, whatever the cause, capture our imagination, but why? The answer may lie with an ancient symbol known as the mandala. Thanks to analytical psychologist Carl Jung, we can explore the deep psychological value of both mandala and crop circles as reflections and representation of self and our understanding of our identities, and maybe discover why we find these fanciful field formations so fascinating!

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Links:

https://m.theepochtimes.com/historical-crop-circles-before-people-knew-what-crop-circles-were_1752290.html

https://artifactsjournal.missouri.edu/2015/08/crop-circles-explained/

https://www.livescience.com/26540-crop-circles.html

https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Crop-Circle

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10217151/Crop-circles-demystified-how-the-patterns-are-created.html

http://www.world-mysteries.com/science-mysteries/strange-phenomena/crop-circles/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_circle

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/crop-circles-the-art-of-the-hoax-2524283/

https://temporarytemples.co.uk/visiting-the-circles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala

https://nexusnewsfeed.com/article/spiritual-psychic/psychology-of-the-mandala/

https://fractalenlightenment.com/14683/life/carl-jungs-psychological-diagnosis-using-mandalas

https://www.carl-jung.net/mandala.html

http://www.cropcirclesecrets.org/crop_circles_sacredgeo2.html

CT008 - The Day Ghosts Started Photobombing Our Selfies

July 31, 2018
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Episode 8 - Ghost Photography

You've seen them on the internet. You may even have some within your own collection. Ghost photos. Also known as paranormal or spirit photography, the practice of capturing ghostly apparitions on camera is as old as the field of photography itself. Thought to be caused by the environmental affect by the apparition, either through radiation, ionization, or some impact to non-visible light spectrums, the camera captures images that are not seen by the naked eye. Well, it may be a ghost, or it might just be that you are hard wired to make sense of randomness of all that background noise in the photograph. In this episode we explore the history of spirit photography, and discuss the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia that might help explain at least some of those spooky ghost photos that we all love to stare at, looking for something otherworldly.

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Links:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140730-why-do-we-see-faces-in-objects

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3280816/What-photos-s-faces-suffer-facial-pareidolia.html

http://mentalfloss.com/article/87784/13-historys-most-famous-ghost-photos

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150629-the-intriguing-history-of-ghost-photography

https://psmag.com/social-justice/believe-ghosts-youll-see-ghost-69599

https://futurism.com/pareidolia-why-we-see-what-isnt-there/

https://www.popphoto.com/parapsychologist-steve-parsons-discusses-fallacy-ghost-photography#page-14

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shadow-boxing/201310/how-fake-ghost-photo

https://psmag.com/environment/bloody-mary-bloody-mary

https://neurosciencenews.com/face-pareidolia-frontal-cortex-1019/

https://www.prairieghosts.com/ph_history.html

http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/echoes-from-beyond-the-strange-history-of-spirit-photography/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-sensed-presence-effect/

CT007 - The Day Bacon Wrote Shakespeare

July 17, 2018
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Episode 7 - The Question of Shakespeare Authorship

We've all studied Shakespeare. You read him in school. You performed a soliloquy in drama class. You've watched all the bad coming of age teen remakes. Did you know, though, that Shakespeare didn't actually write any of his works? At least, that's the theory, and we discuss the historical thought of the day that inspired this hotly debated and contemptuous accusation. We also explore an area of pursuasive argument known as the Argument of Authority, that just might explain why people today continue to jump on the band wagon of Shakespeare "doubters" whether they have a literary background or not.

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Links:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_authorship_question

http://realunexplainedmysteries.com/the-william-shakespeare-conspiracy-theory

https://www.doubtaboutwill.org/declaration

http://ourfakehistory.com/index.php/season-1/episode-5-did-shakespeare-write-the-plays/#more-131

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/playwrights/shakespeare-the-conspiracy-theories/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority#Fallacious_appeal_to_authority

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Reasonable_Doubt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_criticism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delia_Bacon

CT006 - The Day New Coke Fizzled

July 3, 2018
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Episode 6 - The New Coke Conspiracy

Are you old enough to remember the introduction of New Coke? Afterward, when Coca-Cola Classic was re-introduced, did you hear all the stories about how the whole thing was a big marketing conspiracy, and New Coke was always meant to fail? Well, join me as we discuss the story behind the well intentioned but ill conceived business decision that lead to one of the biggest consumer backlash events in soda history. Also, find out how a better understanding of how and why rumors spread can help improve discussions of actual conspiracy theory.

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Links:

http://socialpsychonline.com/2015/09/psychology-why-rumors-spread/

https://www.conspiracies.net/coke-conspiracies-capitalism-finest/

http://www.obscure.org/~bob/stuff/coke.html

https://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/coke-lore-new-coke

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke

 

CT005 - The Day Area 51 Joined the Narrative (PART 2)

June 19, 2018
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Episode 5 - Area 51 - Part 2

The conclusion of our discussion about of one of the most secure, highly restricted military installations in the United States, Area 51. This time we dive into an understanding of narrative psychology and how the concept of narrative identity can be used to explain the public appeal of Area 51.

Doesn't the whole thing sometimes feel like a great story? Almost a movie plot, that starts with a crashed UFO, leads into a secret base the is so secure it's own existence isn't acknowledged, and onto the accelerated advancement of our military technology through the reverse engineering of the crash debris. Well, if you think it reads too well to be coincidence, or, you think it's too good to be true because it isn't, this episode is for you.

No matter what you think of Area 51, you think of it. And...you like it. It captures the imagination and sparks a fascination like few other places.

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CT004 - The Day Area 51 Joined the Narrative (PART 1)

June 12, 2018
00:0000:00

Episode 4 - Area 51 - Part 1

The first part in the discussion of one of the most secure, highly restricted military installations in the United States, Area 51. Ask yourself, what is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear "Area 51?" Did you say flying saucers, alien bodies and Roswell? Well, if you did, you share that opinion with a majority of the population. It may surprise you to know that those associations were not made of Area 51 until the 1990's, and that memory you have of Area 51 being in all the UFO stories since the early days of alien conspiracy is false.

On this first part, we talk about the history and origin of the conspiracy and Area 51, and discuss the standard argument given for why it holds such popular interest in the public consciousness. An argument that doesn't actually explain the fascination and longevity of Area 51 appeal in pop culture and public imagination.

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CT003 - The Day Paul McCartney Died

May 28, 2018
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Episode 3 - Paul McCartney is dead, and the world hears about it after some astute college journalists follow the trail of clues left within song lyrics and album art. The world of Beatlemania is turned upside down and a new conspiracy is born that has endured for over half a century as a text book example of "confirmation bias." 

On this episode we discuss the possible motivations that lead to the unplausible acceptance of this theory, and the real power of secrets and super-fandom.

For further information regarding areas of discussion, please visit the links below:

    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles
    2. http://turnmeondeadman.com/the-paul-is-dead-rumor/
    3. https://www.dawn.com/news/1307942
    4. https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-made-the-beatles-so-big-diagnosing-beatlemania
    5. https://psmag.com/social-justice/rihanna-doesnt-give-a-crap-about-you
    6. http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-0923-keeping-secrets-20140923-story.html
    7. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/the-science-behind-secrets
    8. http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/ptn/2016/05/teaching-the-beatles.aspx

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