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EDITORIAL

(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.

4 Letters
12 Mythology
43 Creation & Faith
5 Cayce Therapies
23 Happiness
46 Omniscient
7 Chakra
35 Sociopathic
47 Dimensions
9 Mind and Brain
39 Rapidly Approaching
52 Rainmakinhg




EDITORIAL

Investigator 150, 2013 May


Welcome to the 150th edition of Investigator Magazine, including an  Index which covers 25 years of investigation.

The magazine started in 1988 and has reported on hundreds of topics in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal. Most of the published material goes on the Investigator website which became functional on January 1, 2001 and now has 1500 articles and letters.

Investigator offers to present both sides of disagreements but often doesn’t. This is because advocates of the paranormal, i.e. advocates of contrary-to-science ideas, apparently fear a "set up" and are reluctant to present their beliefs when critics might respond. Supporters of the Bible, however, have been tenacious and several have "fought the fine fight" for most of the 25 years.

For the first eight years Investigator's budget was $5 per week which covered advertising, photographs, paste-up, giveaway sample copies, and typewriter ribbons. Much of the magazine was typed on an ancient typewriter purchased for $25. Great success or splendid appearance could not under such circumstances be achieved.

Nevertheless writers appeared and contributed articles for free and this kept Investigator going. A list of some past and current writers appears on page 5, and the article Investigator History — Voices from the Early Years recalls two writers in more detail.

Will Investigator go on to reach the 200th edition? If that happens it may be the limit since editors like other people get older.

For the present the motto still is, "Keep on investigating."

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




EDITORIAL

Investigator 133, 2010 July


Welcome to Investigator Magazine #133.

Harry Edwards presents Channeling and says: "It is a fact that questions designed to solicit pertinent information from spirits are always ignored or parried by evasive answers..."

Laurie Eddie examines Naturopathy a popular form of alternative therapy and reveals "the truth" that it is "a form of religious belief, and...its treatments are based upon pseudoscientific faith."

Anonymous informs us that the Bible is " Against Debt"  and he reveals its principles for debt-reduction.

John H Williams explains that Young Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design are not science because real science doesn't have supernatural beings rearranging nature.

Brian De Kretser in The Tabernacle Tale recapitulates part of the "fairy story" in the Bible book of Exodus.

Kevin Rogers disagrees with philosopher David Hume on miracles and argues that "multiple attestations can in principle provide sufficient evidence to warrant belief in a miracle."

An article by a new contributor could not be fitted in but is scheduled for the next edition.

Hopefully all you readers will find the information and disputes in #133 helpful and edifying.


4 Letters
26 Debt
54 Godless City
8 Channeling
34 Miracle
58 Wickedness
16 Golden Rule 38 Williams to Bruton
62 Tabernacle
18 Naturopathy 45 Miracles
65 JW Community






EDITORIAL

(Investigator 120, 2008 May)

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.

Therefore, to enthusiastic investigators among the readers I say, "Keep on investigating!"

 

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


 


EDITORIAL

(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.

The nerve centre of Investigator is a cramped back-yard shed where sometimes papers disappear and get forgotten. Therefore if any articles you’ve sent in some time ago have not been published please inquire about it.

 

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

 
 


EDITORIAL

(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".

Greg Neyman in Petrified Deception explains petrification and how some creationists have gotten it wrong.

 

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






EDITORIAL

(Investigator 108, 2006 May)

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)

We also examine the Internet search engine Copernic for its ability to turn up Investigator articles. There's been criticism that we're examining too many obscure search engines, therefore in July we'll do Google.

 

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





EDITORIAL


(Investigator 107, 2006 March)


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.

The 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 return of Christ – which Mormons, Muslims and Christians disagree with. And the 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.

The above articles plus several shorter ones will give you much to think about until the next edition.

 

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


 


EDITORIAL


(Investigator 105, 2005 November


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.

Starting with the next edition Investigator subscriptions will be $20 within Australia; for overseas it will be $25 or US$20. If anyone wants to renew at the previous price, it will be accepted.
 

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




 
  EDITORIAL

(Investigator 100, 2005 January)


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




 

EDITORIAL

(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!

There have been further literary contributions to the 1 1/2-year long creation/evolution debate. However, that debate finished in #95. I remind writers of the requirement expressed in the Editorial of #94:

When disagreeing on a topic – which should be in religion, the supernatural or the paranormal – debaters need to ask themselves, "Am I supplying evidence on the topic under discussion?"

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
 




EDITORIAL

(Investigator 91, 2003 July)


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
 




EDITORIAL


(Investigator 90, 2002 May)


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.

Josef Holman responds on evolution to "Atheist" and John H Williams.

 

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

 



EDITORIAL


(Investigator 88, 2003 January)


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."

If, occasionally, an Investigator article makes you angry because you disagree with it read The Asininity 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
 




EDITORIAL


(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."

Investigator Magazine therefore invites skeptics, true believers and impartial observers to present their evidence in topics in religion, the supernatural and the paranormal. The hope is that:

* Some controversial questions will be settled;
* Beliefs that hurt people will be exposed as harmful.

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 Watchtower as a fine example, to maintaining an anti-JW website.  Read Rado Vleugel's Story.
 

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
 

 


EDITORIAL


(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 message that the Bible is right and people who disregard it are wrong. This time he tackles Child Sexual Abuse and Religion. The currency of this topic is seen by the following news report:

WASHINGTON: The US Roman Catholic Church has removed 218 priests from their positions this year because of allegations of child sexual abuse. (The Advertiser, June 10)


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 Gambling 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
   
 


EDITORIAL

(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 Perception of Auras.
 

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
 



 
EDITORIAL 75

(Investigator 75, 2000 November)


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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