Paranormal

Pandemic prediction problems: meet the psychics who claim to have predicted COVID-19

Psychics and astrologers now claim to have successfully predicted the pandemic, here's what their 2020 predictions actually said

Kardecism: the fringe spiritualist doctrine which became the soul of pseudoscience in Brazil

Kardecism - an 19th century off-shoot of spiritualism - found fertile ground in Brazil, and grew to wholly undermine trust in science and medicine.

Have we seen the last of the vanishing phantom hitchhiker?

Familiarity and caution may have killed off the story of the phantom hitchhiker, but our draw towards creepy tales will always find an outlet.

Is the US government in contact with an alien “galactic federation”?

Haim Eshed, former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry, claims aliens are working with the US government. I'd like to see some evidence.

‘Fisherman and Djinn’: Illustration by A Stieren in ‘Tausend und eine Nacht’

The latest image from the Hilary Evans Paranormal Library is for all of us who are frustrated at being unable to go to a pantomime this year and shout 'BEHIND YOU' at the tops of our voices.

Captured by Aliens? A History and Analysis of American Abduction Claims, by Nigel Watson

'Captured by Aliens?' is an excellent introduction to alleged alien contact, but misses the opportunity to update on previous editions

Ghosts, curses and werewolves: archaeologists see human belief up close

Dealing with human remains teaches us we don't have to share somebody's belief to respect them - as long as those beliefs aren't causing harm

The witch’s itch: possible explanations for the symptoms of the Salem ‘victims’

While much has been written about those accused of witchcraft in Salem, a modern understanding of psychology can shed light on the reports of their alleged 'victims'

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