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  1. UnknownUnknown

    Explain Your Avatar Here

    Mine is Sappho. I like the look on her face, like "hmm, a talking mongoose you say?"
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    Christmas Wreaths

    Wreaths were not a thing when I was a kid in northern England but I've seen more of them than I can shake a stick at this year in Glasgow. I think originally the symbolism is green life, foliage, in a circular formation, and so is about the cyclical nature of life and whatnot. Nowadays I think...
  3. UnknownUnknown

    What Were You Doing Five Minutes Ago?

    I wish! One limb at a time.
  4. UnknownUnknown

    Happy winter solstice folks! Raise a glass to the longest night tonight.

    Happy winter solstice folks! Raise a glass to the longest night tonight.
  5. UnknownUnknown

    What Were You Doing Five Minutes Ago?

    Taking paracetamol.
  6. UnknownUnknown

    Contributions To A Symposium?

    Hello all, as part of a wider project, I've been asked to think about trying to find someone who might be willing to speak at a small multidisciplinary symposium, on the subject of Stone Tape Theory / time / hauntings / things like that. Basically, how things that happen in the past might leave...
  7. UnknownUnknown

    Charles Manson

    I'd say that's a good illustration of 'reasonable doubt'.
  8. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    I see. My post was bridging from the RIP thread, which was in danger of going off topic. Some posters there has begun discussing whether atheists believed in afterlife-based punishment. I don't believe in that, but thought the discussion was interesting and worth relocating here. Has the link...
  9. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    That isn't my experience I'm afraid, so maybe this could be revised to 'some' atheists.
  10. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    Morning, I think you were responding to this post of mine. http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/atheism.29882/page-67#post-1719917
  11. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    But I don't believe in an afterlife. Sorry, I'm still confused about the proof. Do you want me to prove that I don't believe in anything after death? I can give you some anecdotes if you want, but f course that's not really proof.
  12. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    I'm sure some will disagree with you MrRING but what you say does chime with my own feelings on the matter. I suspect that even if someone popped up with 100% genuine acceptable proof of some deity's existence, I'd still have a hard time actually believing in said deity in the way that a theist...
  13. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    Could you expand? I'm not sure I follow - what is the 'thing' you think I'm assuming?' and what do you mean about proof?
  14. UnknownUnknown

    The R.I.P. Thread

    I've posted my reply to this in the Atheism thread http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/atheism.29882/page-67#post-1719917 as I didn't want to go too far off topic on this one. Hope that was a sensible thing to do. Anyway, the gist of it was that I am a proper 100% atheist (not...
  15. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    Just bumping this as a link from the conversation in The RIP Thread here: http://forum.forteantimes.com/index.php?threads/the-rip-thread.30162/page-197#post-1719891 The question raised is whether atheists feel a desire for truly evil people (Charles Manson, Ian Brady, etc.) to be punished after...
  16. UnknownUnknown

    Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

    You never know! They can be sneaky.
  17. UnknownUnknown

    Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

    I do like it! It is quite Grayson Perry. I sort of think it's classy. I'm just a bit worried that it's also a bit far-right-ish. You know? A hint of fascist?
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    Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

    Thanks! You guys are always a fount of knowledge. (Fount? Font?) And the skull? I mean, I do like skulls...
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    Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

    And a detail...
  20. UnknownUnknown

    Charity Shop & Poundshop Finds

    Right. Just bought this thoroughly strange scarf in a £1 shop. I cannot make head nor tail of the iconography. Dog skulls? Union jacks? Swords? Is this some kind of neo nazi thing? I only bought it because it was so odd that I wanted evidence of its existence! Anyone shed any light?
  21. UnknownUnknown

    The Bible Prophecies Explained At Last!

    Oh dear. Poor Eric. I hope he isn't going to do anything foolish. Well, I hope he isn't going to do anything more foolish than posting epic slabs of poorly reasoned gibberish on here. I am somewhat worried as to his state of mind. He seems so... Keen. Is that the word I'm looking for?
  22. UnknownUnknown

    Shaver Mystery

    There's an article in (the rather brilliant) Cabinet magazine about Shaver's rock books. They are beautiful! If... odd. Definitely worth a look. If you google 'Shaver rock books' you can find more images. Some are quite disturbing. http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/15/tucker.php
  23. UnknownUnknown

    New Ways To Die

    Ha ha, snap! :cheer:
  24. UnknownUnknown

    New Ways To Die

    :dunno:
  25. UnknownUnknown

    New Ways To Die

    Childbirth is still risky, unfortunately. I had a very hard time last year, and one thing that made recovery harder was how unprepared many people were for an outcome other than 'baby has arrived and both are doing fine'. In my case, baby was fine but I almost didn't make it. It was a close run...
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    The Bible Prophecies Explained At Last!

    To be honest I was worried at first that he was sme kind of kool-aider who was going to take his 'journey' into his own hands (I was wondering whether to gently ask whether he had talked to anyone professional about his erratic thinking). I hope he is just a common or garden con man, so long as...
  27. UnknownUnknown

    Cottingley Fairies

    Just read this surprisingly nuanced article by Eva Wiseman, which starts with the Cottingly Fairies but talks more generally about belief and wonder. In particular she says "The question is not “Are they [fairies] real?” but “Do people see them?", which feels like a useful distinction. ‘I...
  28. UnknownUnknown

    Lights In The Woods

    Regarding the Enchanted Forest stuff, not only do the dates not fit, but the Fortean nature of the sighting was due to the inaccessibility of the site. There was no route through the trees at all so it couldn't have been any kind of rig. I like the boats idea! Not sure how feasible but I am...
  29. UnknownUnknown

    The Moment An 'Advanced' Alien Race Makes Contact - It's Game Over

    In this context (non-standard ways of looking at whole earth 'agency' for want of a better term), what are your views on the Gaia hypothesis? Not a loaded question - just curious if any of you have any thoughts. Are there any links?
  30. UnknownUnknown

    Your IHTM Timeline

    This is amazing!!! It's fantastic to see how one family 'attracts' experiences over generations. @michael59 please do post if you can. The links were just to avoid duplicating by posting the same story twice, if there was somewhere else we could read it already. For me it's fantastic to...
  31. UnknownUnknown

    Your IHTM Timeline

    :cheer: No pressure! :evillaugh:
  32. UnknownUnknown

    Your IHTM Timeline

    Ah, maybe it's asking too much of people? But you are exactly the type of poster I'd love to do a timeline Scarg!
  33. UnknownUnknown

    Your IHTM Timeline

    Links now added. Awaiting more timelines...?
  34. UnknownUnknown

    Your IHTM Timeline

    I've noticed that some posters have experienced multiple IHTM Fortean events, sometimes stretching over a lifetime. Some people even have family trees of phenomena with stories of experiences that their parents or grandparents had. I thought it would be interesting to try and sketch these events...
  35. UnknownUnknown

    Nostalgia: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be

    Emotion and logic very rarely go together! :group:
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    Nostalgia: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be

    Yeah well there's all that hauntology stuff, which I'm not really up on, but as far as I know that's more about a disjunction between presence and context. I feel like it might be more of an alienating experience? I've not looked at that stuff for a while though! Might be worth a revisit.
  37. UnknownUnknown

    Things That Go Bump In The Kitchen

    I'm trying to remember a FOAF story from back when I was a student. It was told with apparent sincerity, and it was right up this Fortean street. As far as I can remember, a twenty-something female student and her flatmates were plagued by a crashing sound from the communal kitchen, which only...
  38. UnknownUnknown

    Nostalgia: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be

    These days I regularly experience something that you might call 'future nostalgia'. So, I am experiencing something in the present, but I am simultaneously aware that in the future I will be nostalgic for this time. I feel a sort of squeeze to the heart as we float paper boats in puddles in the...
  39. UnknownUnknown

    The Bible Prophecies Explained At Last!

    Stuart Certain? I reckon Special Branch has probably caught up with him by now. What was his specialist subject again? Wasn't it the Enfield Poltergeist? I think he and I joined at about the same time, and I made the mistake of taking him seriously for a bit.
  40. UnknownUnknown

    False Homecoming

    It's a vardoger! I am a wee bit jealous as I've always fancied experiencing one. They are fascinatingly common - well, not common exactly, but within the realms of totally inexplicable strange phenomena, there are many accounts of them. Hooray! They don't seem linked to any negative or...
  41. UnknownUnknown

    The Byron Street Poltergeist

    I'd not heard of this case. It's a little frustrating that there are no sources cited in the film. I'm a little uncomfortable about responses to poltergeist activity to be honest. I have posted here before about my own experiences of poltergeist activity as a young adult. As the film above...
  42. UnknownUnknown

    Timeslip At Waterloo Station?

    I guess whether a space is liminal or not is context dependent. So, a station might be liminal for a person who arrives there to catch a long distance train: they are no longer at home, but not yet travelling, for example. They are 'between states' while they are waiting for their train. But...
  43. UnknownUnknown

    Unless of course they date them and stick them on shaving shows

    Unless of course they date them and stick them on shaving shows
  44. UnknownUnknown

    Silchester Dog Burials Fox Experts

    Could they be wolves? Not a million miles away from this: Blunt face, pricked ears, visible teats? As Rome was associated with the she wolf, could the depiction on the knife even be some kind of coded political message? Total speculation!
  45. UnknownUnknown

    Which Fortean Mysteries Would You Like To See Solved?

    Hmmm. This may be a cheat, but I'd go for a fulsome understanding of the mystery of the human mind: how does it work and what is it capable of? I feel like this would unlock loads of amazing stuff, but particularly I'm thinking of how exciting it would be to figure out ESP, poltergeists...
  46. UnknownUnknown

    Strange, Lost Old Man

    Hello and welcome! Good clear account. You're a good writer! My own immediate suggestion would be a brain injury of some kind. I've seen the results of a very aggressive (and sadly fatal) brain tumour, and this reminded me of the early stages. The patient loses some information but other...
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    Atheism

    Eyebrows at the ready: Lots of interesting stuff raised here since I last logged on, but I have to be brief just now as there is off-line stuff to deal with. @EnolaGaia Thanks for coming back on that question of language. Can I ask where you're based? Are you US? My experience here (UK) is...
  48. UnknownUnknown

    Twisted firestarter

    Twisted firestarter
  49. UnknownUnknown

    Atheism

    Helloo Int21. I hope your day was better than mine today, which sucked! I have to say that I am no moral philosopher. My philosophy hero though, is Mary Midgely, and I find her writing on morality and ethics to be really compelling, sensitive, and - above all - sensible. She writes a lot of...
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    Atheism

    Thanks Int21, but I would like to come back on that question of the term 'atheism' as we're using it, being a bit unweildy. Your own experience is of someone raised in a particular faith and then rejecting that faith or, as you've phrased it 'looking past' it. Atheism in these terms is defined...
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