Editorials from Investigator Magazine:
(Investigator 160, 2015 Janaury)
Investigator is starting 2015 with many interesting articles:
Harry Edwards introduces us to Cayce Therapies and finishes his article with a quote that sums up Cayce Therapies as "hogwash".
Kevin Rogers writes on Mind and Brain and finds that people do have free choice, moral accountability, the ability to think real thoughts, and are conscious of their personal identity.
Dr Potter on Manufacturing Mythology takes a sweeping look at "mythology" — our ancient ancestors, the Old Testament, worship of celestial bodies, Jesus, the New Testament and the Church.
Anonymous in Bhutan, Happiness and the Bible outlines Bhutan’s agenda of Gross National Happiness and compares it with the Bible and the psychology of happiness.
Laurie Eddie presents the identifying signs of The Sociopathic Personality and explains how to cope if you live with a sociopath.
B Stett writes on Armageddon Rapidly Approaching and suggests that Armageddon did not "rapidly approach" after all.
Kirk Straughen replies to Anon on whether God could be omniscient. And Dr Bergman writing on Creation says "Faith must be based on accurate knowledge."
Do you want to make it rain and fill the reservoirs with water or perhaps even create a tsunami? Frank Russo explains how. His Rainmaking Process Proposal has gone for evaluation to the CSIRO. The Investigator version is slightly condensed.
Several further articles not published are scheduled for #161.
Creation & Faith
Mind and Brain
|4 Letters||13 Monster's Photo||22 Index of Articles|
|5 List of writers||14 Contradictions||30 Investigator News|
|6 Early History||16 Sex with God||50 Brief Report Index|
|11 Aromatherapy||19 The Bible Consistent||
|16 Golden Rule||38
Williams to Bruton
Twenty years of investigation are behind us and 1500 articles on religion, the supernatural and the paranormal have been published. See for yourself by examining the Index starting page 43.
This is Investigator Number 120 – welcome to it.
Harry Edwards examines Spirits – particularly manifestations produced by Spiritualists – and concludes, "The evidence [is] tenuous indeed and a travesty of serious research."
From Laurie Eddie we have a tract produced by Australian skeptics explaining how clairvoyant readings come up with seemingly insightful information. Read it and be fooled no longer.
John H Williams criticises predictions based on millennial dates such as 1000, 2000 and 6000.
Anonymous answers Bible critics who claim that the Old Testament does not predict a resurrection on the third day and that the New Testament is wrong in stating it does.
Kirk Straughen shows that the "Golden Rule" occurs in many religions, not just in Christianity.
One well-wisher has expressed hope that Investigator will go on to reach 200 editions. While success can’t be promised, we can nevertheless go for it.
|4 Letters||31 Golden Rule|
|6 Spirits||34 Dinesh D’Souza|
|13 Clairvoyant Readings||36 Investigator News III|
|17 No Time to Lose||38 Music Therapy|
|20 Numerology||43 Investigator Index|
|24 Resurrection Predicted?||63 Brief Report Index|
(Investigator 118, 2008 January)
Welcome to another fact-filled edition of Investigator, investigating religion, the supernatural and the paranormal.
From Harry Edwards we have Seances. Edwards says, "rational and acceptable explanations have been given for the supernatural claims made."
Bob Potter writes on Zionism and the Holocaust and explains how, "the major objective of the world Zionist movement was not in conflict with Hitler’s racist policies."
Laurie Eddie in Changing Thinking Patterns explains how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can change distorted or unwanted thought patterns.
B Stett in Conservapedia examines a Christian-based Internet encyclopedia created to rival Wikipedia.
Anonymous, in Holy or Horrible?, discusses the current "avalanche of books" authored by prominent atheists criticising faith, religion and the Bible.
Kirk Straughen in The Abolition of Sati in India examines the factors responsible for the abandonment of the practice.
|4 Letters||25 Therapy||48 Brief Report|
|6 Seances||30 Cow Shed||50 Sati|
|8; 47 Brief Report||32 Website||56 Crucifixion|
|9 Bob Potter||34 Energy Solution||58 Brief Report|
|10 Zionism||36 Conservapedia||59 Unbelievable|
|18 Evolution & Design||39 Holy or Horrible?||60 Letter to JW|
(Investigator 110, 2006 September)
Investigator Magazine gives believers in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal fair opportunity to debate their critics and settle their disagreements.
In our 110 editions many topics have been debated and settled, sometimes with certainty and sometimes only probably.
This time we have the following:
Laurie Eddie is an Adelaide psychologist, recently retired, whose patients included gamblers. Mr Eddie contributed a pamphlet from his clinic about problem gambling.
Harry Edwards writes on Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The article is from his book published some time ago and therefore lacks information on recent developments. Nevertheless his conclusion on whether ET will show up – "I for one will not be holding my breath" – remains valid.
B Stett discusses Indoctrination in Jehovah's Witnesses and focuses on the importance of information-control and of repetition.
John H Williams, a highschool teacher in South Australia and a university graduate in geology, discusses "catastrophism" in geology. He rejects the notion that catastrophism implies geology is moving toward creationism.
Anonymous in Genesis and Human Origins replies to Kirk Straughen and claims Genesis has one creation story not two. In another article he assures us that "The Devil" is nasty and therefore "Justly Maligned".
|4 Letters||21 Gambling||38 Human Origins|
|6 ET||26 Website||47 Petrified|
|11 Dogpile||29 Devil Maligned||48 Hair Essential|
|12 Indoctrination||33 Catastrophism||
University zoology includes discussion of what some now called "irreducible complexity" and whether this implies bigger evolutionary jumps than mutation and natural selection could explain.
Such discussion is part of science. However, if what's unknown is attributed to a supernatural agency then we have not science but religious belief.
John H Williams (p. 48) provides a short piece about the current creation/evolution trial in Kansas. And Anonymous (p. 36) distinguishes creationism from intelligent-design and explains what's wrong with the former.
Harry Edwards discusses Near Death Experiences. He rejects the idea that the experience occurs when a mechanism that releases the soul at death is prematurely triggered.
John H Williams in Providentially argues that good outcomes during life do not prove that God gave a helping hand but are "providential". (p. 10)
B Stett in Bible Movies discusses the Hays Code that guided movie makers, and provides a list of movies about Bible characters and early Christianity.
Kirk Straughen continues the disagreement about "The Problem of Evil". (p. 34)
|4 Letters||16 Brief Report||26 Copernic|
|5 Biology a Mess||17 James Penton||34 Problem of Evil|
|6 NDE||21 Providentially II||36 Creationism & ID|
|10 Providentially...||23 Bible Movies||48 Kansas Corn|
Investigator 107 has lots of material that not everyone will fully agree with. However, that's normal and unavoidable – because Investigator seeks to find out who's correct and who's wrong when people disagree in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal.
In this edition:
Harry Edwards discusses Hypnosis. He says: "There appears to be little consensus in law for the validity of hypnosis."
Dr Bob Potter in Demonology In The Modern World explains why people working to assist others with mental problems need to be aware of the patients'/clients' beliefs including beliefs in demons and witchcraft.
central claim of Islam
is, "There is
no God but Allah, and Mohammad is his prophet." The Book of Mormon
in contrast foretells a "choice" prophet and translator named "Joseph".
The Bahais, however, believe that their founder, Baha'ullah, is the
of Christ – which Mormons, Muslims and Christians disagree with. And
Bible has Jesus saying, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the father except through me."
Can such rival claims be investigated scientifically? Anonymous explains how. (Page 26)
John H Williams and Kirk Straughen respond to Ken DeMyer's (#106) argument for a young Universe. They argue that science is correct, and the Earth and Universe really are billions of years old and not 6,000 years.
B Stett says that Gamblers Mostly Lose, and explains why this is so.
|4 Letters||19 Straughen to DeMyer||37 Age of the Earth|
|6 Hypnotism||25 Hiroshima||48 Anon to Straughen|
|12 Demonology||26 Scripture||50 JWs—1260 Days|
|15 Gamblers||28 Gigablast||
Once again Investigator has lots of interesting and controversial material from some of your favourite writers. There's much to enjoy, therefore settle down and begin.
In this edition:
Harry Edwards sums up the life of Madame Blavatsky founder of the Theosophical Society. We find out she's: "one of the most accomplished imposters of history."
Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Every tenth anniversary after World War II there's renewed debate in the media about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. An Investigator article on this topic appeared ten years ago and is now revised.
Demons. My TV Guide, describing Erotic Ghost Story (1990) which showed on April 23, says, "A demon, disguised as a poor scholar, seduces three beautiful wolves." I'm quoting correctly, but wondering whether the TV Guide got it wrong. Investigator's debate about demons is now fading – see p. 5 – but Edwards introduces a new variant by claiming "The Devil" has been misrepresented (p. 44).
Astrology. Kirk Straughen presents The Origin of Astrology and explains why: "The predictive powers of astrology are illusionary."
Goliath. Anonymous discusses various Bible giants particularly the Goliath versus David episode. He argues, not surprisingly, that the Bible again is accurate.
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|4 Letters||22 Goliath||36 Hiroshima|
|5 Madame Blavatsky||26 Website||44 Devil Maligned|
|11 Yankalilla||32 Petrol Prices||50 Brief Report|
|12 Astrology||33 JWs||
|21 Brief Report||34 Reply to Nicholls||
800 articles and letters from Investigator – about religion, the supernatural, the paranormal and the skeptics – are now on the Internet.
The 800 articles coincide with many of the beliefs people argue and even fight over and which motivate many of our decisions and much of our behaviour. Potentially, people can make better decisions by finding out who wins when skeptics and believers give their evidence and argue out their discrepant views. This is Investigator's Rational – see page 30.
We also, in Number 100, have an Index of everything since the first edition in July 1988.
This has left space for only a few short articles. Contributors include Harry Edwards on Fairies, Anonymous on Birth the Bible Way, and Jerry Bergman on JW Books in Academic Libraries. K Straughen and D Nicholls continue with the Transmission of Scripture debate, and L Eddie authorized reprinting of a skeptics tract about Scientific Method.
A history of Investigator published in #50 concluded, "Now that fifty editions have been published, dare we hope for 100?" The "hope" evidently was justified. The aim now is to keep going while it's possible.
The 800 articles can be accessed at: www.adam.com.au/bstett/
|4 Letters||14 Anon to Edwards||25 Search Engine|
|6 Writers||16 JW Books||28 Investigator News|
|8 Fairies||18 Transmission...||30 Rationale|
|11 Scientific Method||20 Transmission...||32 Articles Index|
|13 Alan Winters||22 Childbirth||48 Brief Report Index|
(Investigator 96, 2004 May)
The Investigator websites now have over 600 articles on religion, the supernatural and the paranormal.
Occasionally requests are received to publish Investigator articles on other websites or even in books. Such requests are not decided by the editor but are passed on to the authors of the articles concerned.
In the current edition:
Harry Edwards explains "Automatic Writing". This occurs when the hand producing the writing or painting "is not consciously directed by that person's mind." (p. 8)
Tomas Hu Douts seeks reasons for Islamic "Fanaticism & Violence". He adds that, "the vast majority of Muslims do not appear to be bloodthirsty fanatics hungering for the destruction of the West."
Laurie Eddie investigates the sources of the Atlantis legend. Another writer wrote about Atlantis last year, but Mr Eddie's effort supplies additional details.
B Stett shows that if you gamble you "Risk Being A Loser" and the odds of you being a loser are in your favor. (p. 33)
Jerry Bergman provides a summary of the life and beliefs of rocket scientist Wernher von Braun - who apparently believed the Bible!
have been further
to the 1 1/2-year long creation/evolution debate. However, that
finished in #95. I remind writers of the requirement expressed in the
|4 Letters||18 Atlantis||33 Gamble & Lose|
|7 Investigator||25 Brief Report||36 von Braun|
|8 Automatic Writing||26 Website||47 Rolfing|
|12 Search Engine||28 Reply to Anon||48 Readers|
|13 Islam & Violence||29 Brief Report||49 Fetus & Sound|
|17 Brief Report||30 Child Abuse||50 Brief Report|
Investigator's editor, although preferring a limit of two or three rounds, has never halted a debate. The writers themselves – whether supporting or criticising religion or the paranormal – have always made their own decision to stop. This practice, it's hoped, has given a fair balance of the evidence and counter evidence available.
In this edition:
We have two items from Harry Edwards – Graphology and Eyeless Vision. The latter, says Mr Edwards, is fraud and the former works, if at all, when the subject supplies a photo and "biographical content" in addition to the handwriting sample.
Jerry Bergman explains his conversion from Atheism to Theism. He emphasizes the inability of evolutionists to demonstrate vestigial organs.
Tomas Hu-Douts criticises Christian and Islamic fundamentalism and proposes that, "The Old Testament was a mine of harsh texts."
Anonymous analyses a text The Skeptic magazine called "the most horrifying of all". He argues it was benign compared to what ordinarily went on and that it actually afforded protection to women.
Laurie Eddie discusses Feng Shui and, after some consideration, calls it Feng Phooey.
B Stett presents the JW claim that their doctrines are influenced by dead JWs in heaven. He compares this to New Age "channeling".
We also have further disagreement on several other topics.
If all this disagreement
is stressful to
you, read J Holman's Hints to Make Your Life Less Stressful.
|4 Letters||21 Fundamentalism||44 Less Stress|
|6 Graphology||25 Anzwers||46 Evolution|
|10 Eve||29 Feng Shui||47 Investigator|
|11, 18, 45 Brief Report||32 Horrifying Morality||48 Atheist to Holman|
|12 Atheism to Theism||39 Eyeless Vision||50 Writers|
|19 Child Abuse||42 JW Channeling||
Investigator Magazine investigates. Therefore it's for people who don't have all the answers but are still learning. It's of less interest if you already know everything.
What we investigate are topics in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal (including medical claims that apparently flout science).
In this edition:
Stigmata is a chapter from Harry Edwards' book A Skeptics Guide to the New Age. Edwards explains most occurrences of stigmata as physical effects of "religious ecstatic states".
Dr Sydney Bockner of Adelaide discusses The Rise and Fall of Psychotherapy. Despite listing five main criticisms he says, "Freud's work cannot be dismissed as of no significance."
From Kirk Straughen we have Part 2 of Is Creationism The Answer? His conclusion, which I quote here at the risk of spoiling your suspense, is "Creationism is not the answer."
Anonymous replies to Kirk Straughen on Adam and Eve and gives six reasons which together, he says, constitute, "evidence for divine origins of humans." He also continues what began as a debate about prayer but which became a discussion of why there is evil if God is good.
B Stett (1) Summarises a TV report on Homeopathy [often spelt Homoeopathy]; (2) Discusses weeping statues; and (3) Explains why JWs decline public debates.
|4 Letters||24 Adam and Eve||34 Homeopathy|
|6 Stigmata||26 Website||37 JWs and Debates|
|9 JW Dictionary||28, 49 Brief Report||42 Holman to Atheist|
|10 Psychotherapy||29 MSN Search||46 Atheist to Holman|
|14 Creationism||30 Anon to Straughen||48 Poem|
|22 Jesus said…||33 Statue Weeps Oil||50 Writers|
Investigator is for people who are skeptical or believers or neutral in topics in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal AND who are gutsy enough to face contrary evidence.
In this edition:
Sai Baba is an Indian psychic whose followers make remarkable claims about him. Harry Edwards lists some of the alleged miracles of Sai Baba and says they are, "simple magic tricks performed by magicians world-wide."
Dr Sydney Bockner of Adelaide, in You can't change your sex, explains why "sex change is impossible."
Bob Potter says Laurie Eddie's article (#87), on The Real Story of Christmas, "magnificently covered much ground". Now in #88 Dr Potter covers additional ground.
"Anonymous" in Skymap and the Christmas Star uses computer technology to support his Christmas Star thesis described in Investigator 81. He also challenges Laurie Eddie's (#87) interpretation of similarities between the Gospels and other religions.
In December, 2002, Bigfoot was declared "Dead". To commemorate this, an article is reprinted from Investigator #8 wherein it was argued that Bigfoot is "nonsense". (pp. 37-39)
Kirk Straughen asks Is Creationism the Answer? He gives reasons for concluding it's not. In particular Creationism is based on faith whereas, "science is based on the testimony of nature which is accessible to all people and therefore its theories are capable of being tested."
occasionally, an Investigator
article makes you angry because you disagree with it read The
of Anger by Joseph Holman.
|4 Letters||18 Skymap & Xmas Star||38 Bigfoot|
|6 Neurolinguistic Progr.||21 Prayer Debate||40 Anon to Eddie|
|7 Sai Baba||22 Adam & Neanderthals||49 Polarity|
|12 Potter to Bockner||24 Potter to Eddie||50 Tidbits|
|13 Search Engines||28 Website||52 Anger|
|14 Sex Change||31 Bloopers||54 Writers|
|17, 20, 21, 23, 37 Reports||32 Creationism||
(Investigator 87, 2002 November)
The Investigator website says, "Beliefs that survive skeptical scrutiny are more likely to be worthwhile than those that don't. It's easy to 'blow your trumpet' if opposers are excluded and prevented from replying. But it's difficult if there is open access to informed others who disagree."
skeptics, true believers and impartial observers to present their
in topics in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal. The hope is
In the previous edition Harry Edwards gave a broad definition of what a psychic is. This time he contributes an article about Joan of Arc – who fits the definition – and explains the source of her voices and visions.
Kirk Straughen gives brief replies to Anonymous on Neanderthals and on God and Evil.
"Anonymous" uses the lull in debate to write about The Bible on Lions. He presents another apparent case of the Bible pre-empting modern scientists in a scientific discovery.
Dr Sydney Bockner contributes two items that previously appeared in pamphlets published by the SA Skeptics – Hypnosis and Alien Encounters. He shows that, "Experimental evidence obtained under scientific conditions does not support the extravagant claims made about the hypnotic state."
Past Investigator debate touched on whether the Bible writers borrowed ideas from other ancient religions. Laurie Eddie in The Real Story of Christmas now presents this topic in more detail.
Rado Vleugel explains why
he changed from
being a devout Jehovah's Witness "pioneer", commended in The
as a fine example, to maintaining an anti-JW website. Read Rado
|4 Letters||12 Hypnosis||46 Alien Encounters|
|6 Joan of Arc||15 Lions||48 Rado Vleugel|
|9 Vandals Destroy…||20 Brief Report||52 Bloopers|
|10 Adam & Eve||21 Christmas||54 Writers|
|11 God & Evil||28 Website||
(Investigator 85, 2002 July)
Investigator tries to get believers in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal to settle their differences with skeptics by debate. If most articles are skeptical it's because true believers are often backward in coming forward.
In this edition:
Harry Edwards writes on the New Age. He says that New Age lectures discourage "critical thinking and analyses fundamental to scientific and rational processes." He says that by misinformation the New Age makes the gullible public vulnerable to financial and emotional ripoffs, various other hazards, and sometimes even death.
"Anonymous" again promotes
the Bible is right and people who disregard it are wrong. This time he
tackles Child Sexual Abuse and Religion. The currency of this
is seen by the following news report:
John H Williams writes on the Misbeliefs of cults and castigates their "nonsensical and irrational beliefs." He and Kirk Straughen also reply to Anonymous' article (#84) on prayer.
B Stett examines a book that was popular in1918, The Finished Mystery. He investigates whether its content fulfils what its promoters implied for it – infallible accuracy.
Lance Storm of the
University of Adelaide
describes an investigation into The effects of Attitudes Toward
on ESP Performance.
|4 Letters||24 Myths, Misbeliefs...||40 Straughen to Anon|
|6 New age||26 Web Site||42 ESP Performance|
|11 Bloopers||31 The Finished Mystery||48 Williams to Anon|
|12 Charles Fort||37 Vic Lloyd||
|14 Child Abuse||38 Prayer--Holman||
(Investigator 83, 2002 March)
There's a saying which goes: "If you can't stand the heat, leave the kitchen." In a magazine that invites skeptics and true believers to "settle their differences" – that is by discussion and debate – there is risk of a little "heat".
However, don't leave. Try to enjoy it – perhaps your efforts will solve questions that people have debated for centuries.
In this edition:
Laurie Eddie discusses the origin and nature of Ayurvedic Medicine, reveals its differences with modern scientific medicine, and highlights its "fatal flaw" – that it was "based upon many superstitious beliefs."
Harry Edwards gives us two articles – Mentalism and Metaphysical Degrees. In Mentalism (= mental magic) Mr Edwards explains how some common tricks are done.
John H Williams replies again to Jerry Bergman. In #82 Dr Bergman gave A Brief History of the Modern American Creation Movement. This was originally written 9 years ago. Therefore Williams presents some of the more recent events involving creationism.
Anonymous takes the Astronomy, Geology, and Creation debate, which started in #79, a step further and fits the "six days of creation" into the evolutionary framework.
B Stett discusses the JW effort - now discontinued - to provide Comfort for the Jews and concludes: "JWs do not provide genuine Comfort for the Jews nor for anyone else."
Josef Holman replies to
his two opponents
on the efficacy of prayer and Kirk Straughen discusses The
|4 Letters||22 Comfort for the Jews||53 Brief Report|
|6 Mentalism||26 Creationism||54 Genesis & Evolution|
|9 Crossword||30 Website||58 Bloopers|
|12 Auras||32 Metaphysical Degrees||
|18 Prayer||36 Ayurvedic Medicine||
Welcome to Issue 75 of the magazine that examines religion, the supernatural and the paranormal – the magazine that invites skeptics and true believers to give their evidence and settle their differences.
In this edition:
We have the Index to Investigator 2 to 74. A separate index to the "Brief Report" sections is planned for January.
Harry Edwards, author and skeptic of NSW, writes on Spontaneous Human Combustion and concludes that: "unreliable circumstantial evidence abounds."
Lance Storm – Adelaide University Ph.D student in psychology – investigated ESP in vision-impaired and sighted subjects. He discusses why sighted subjects got the higher score.
We see Investigator's whimsical side in Movie Cliches, Oh deer I got it awl rong!, and in the reprint of one of the earliest investigations, done in 1988 – Zambian Spaceflight.
Burjin J Kotwall found his long-ago debate with "Anonymous" on the Bible "debilitating". (No. 73 p. 4) John H Williams perhaps felt the same way when he wrote, "I will not be responding to anything he writes in future." (No. 72)
Mr Williams has now recovered and will be joined in January by Keith Cornish, president of the Atheist Foundation. Epic Bible Battles lists Bible Debates so far since No. 60.
The previous special edition, No. 50, had the comment: "Now that fifty editions have been published dare we hope for one hundred?" Well, having reached No. 75 we're half way there.
4 Price Change 16 Index 34 Mark Newbrook 5 Investigator-How Started 25 Writers 35 Deaths List 6 Spon. Human Combustion 29 Free Offer 42 Oh deer... 10 Movie Cliches 30 Zambian Spaceflight 44 Origin of Deities 14 On the Internet 32 Epic Bible Battles 47 ESP Experiment
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