Edinburgh Fortean Society 2020

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The first meeting of 2020
Tues 14th January


Ghost Stories: Confessions of an Ex-Guide
A Talk to the Edinburgh Fortean Society by Lizzie Cory-Lopez


Whether or not people believe in ghosts, the supernatural or even an after-life, ghost stories are supremely popular. Over the last 30 years they have become big business in Edinburgh, fuelled by many a ghost-hunting television show. Edinburgh is a relatively ancient city by modern standards, wearing the several versions of multi-faceted history broadly painted on its capacious sleeves. Certainly, in the early days of the ghost-story trade, before the commercialism and hype, the tall, narrow shapes in the Old Town provided a suitable background and atmosphere.

The real question is: why?

In the modern era of science and rationality, why do humans still need to have the experience? Is it to do with our complex chemistry initiating the thrill of being frightened? Is it about feeling brave? Do we need to have a mystery to top-up our belief muscles? Or do we need the supernatural to exist?

Let us explore the fear…..let me tell you a story…………………
7.30pm, Tuesday 14th of January 2020
The Comedy Room
The Beehive, Grassmarket
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Tuesday the 11th of February
Scott Lyall will be talking on:

Bigfoot Realism: Hoax, delusion or unknown primate?
Since pre-colonial times, people across North America have reported encounters with large, hairy human-like creatures. More than 60 years after Bigfoot went from local legend to cultural phenomena, we're no closer to an answer. Are these reports all hoaxes or mistakes, or could there really be a population of an unknown primate in the forests of North America? Or could there be something even stranger going on?

Tuesday 11th February
The Beehive Inn
Grassmarket
Edinburgh
7.30pm, £1
 

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I’m sure everyone has guessed but earlier on this week we suspended our programme for the foreseeable future, this includes the conference that was planned for June. We are looking at alternative ways of getting an EdFort fix, watch this space.
 

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I'd definitely watch if you could get speakers to record and broadcast lectures online.

I suspect that many here would.
That is indeed one of the options, there’s also a back catalogue of recorded talks plus a few other things possibilities.
 

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So, in these times of social distancing the Edinburgh Fortean Society is meeting online courtesy of YouTube.
Gordon Rutter will be talking on The Weird World of Charles Fort
In these strange times we can still do our monthly meeting. But online courtesy of YouTube.
The Edinburgh Fortean Society is named after Charles Fort, this is a chance to find out who he was.
We’ll be starting at 7.30 on YouTube, the exact link to the stream will be put online on the morning of Tuesday the 14th
Hope you’re all well and I hope you can make it.
We’ll try to do something every month online until we can meet again in person.
 

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He asked me honest! A like from Katy Manning? I think that means we can put this in the Dr Who thread as well!
Far as I can tell, Liam and Katy have been good friends for over 10 years. Hope they both tune in!

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Edinburgh is one of my top four cities (excluding the city of my birth-London), with Dubrovnik, Venice and Tallinn, all jostling for the top spot.
It would be great, on my next visit, if we could attend, purely as observers, a meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society. Time and opportunity permitting.
 

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Edinburgh is one of my top four cities (excluding the city of my birth-London), with Dubrovnik, Venice and Tallinn, all jostling for the top spot.
It would be great, on my next visit, if we could attend, purely as observers, a meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society. Time and opportunity permitting.
Anyone is welcome its open to all. I'll keep putting the details up here. As well as the monthly meetings we sometimes have day events as well.
 

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Details of the next EdFort meeting

The next meeting of the Edinburgh Fortean Society will take place online via Youtube, the homepage is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8Ez-brarHABUMKRQsT-lA/

This will be Tuesday the 12th of May at 7.30 and its a Fortean quiz! There will be hard and difficult questions and some explanations of the answers.

Come along and have some fun. If you're in lockdown with a fellow Fortean compete against them, otherwise put your score in the comments and see how well you do against everyone else!
 
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