It sure does look like a flying saucer zinging around Saturn

But in reality, it is a flying saucer moon named Atlas

Who knew? I certainly didn’t… Saturn has a moon shaped eerily like a flying saucer.

Check it out in the image above, acquired by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on April 12, 2017 during a flyby that came as close as 7,000 miles from the moon.

This is the closest image ever taken of the moon, named Atlas, according to NASA. The object is just 19 miles across; it orbits Saturn just outside the giant planet’s A ring — the outermost of Sa

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Say, WHAT? After one of the strongest El Niños on record, another one may brewing

The equatorial Pacific Ocean is suffering from a split personality disorder: El Niño-ish in the east; La Niña-ish to the west. El Niño is likely to win out.

Climate forecast models are predicting a full-fledged El Niño by summer or fall. If it should happen, it would bring all manner of disruption to global weather patterns.

And it would also be an extraordinary event.

If you’ll recall, in 2015-16, the planet experienced a monster El Niño event, one of the three strongest on record. I

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UFO Sighting in Three Forks, Montana on 2017-04-04 14:36:00 – I was outside taking photographs of the land and unknowingly caught these objects in the picture. a neighbor of mine did observe it directly.

i was outside taking photographs of the land surrounding my home for my aunt. i did not see the objects until i reviewed the photographs later that evening. i was outside for several hours before,during and after the photo was taken. several pictures were taken within the same minute and around that time frame, which show no anomalies. the next day i discussed my odd photo with a close by neighbor.She informed me that she saw the one larger object the same afternoon as the photo but it was slightly southwest of my location. here is her quote:
“i don’t have any idea what it was. it was metalic. it looked more oval in person, it looked more teardrop like in the picture. it looked bigger in person than the picture.”
although i do believe in extraterrestrial life, i cannot say whether this was extraterrestrial or man made.

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Eye Movements Betray ‘Eureka!’ Moments

You’ve likely seen some version of this scenario on television or in the halls of a university: A researcher runs out of the lab in a frenzy, electrified after suddenly arriving at the solution to an impossible problem. These “aha!” moments are supremely satisfying, whether you’re a scientist, a hard-bitten detective or an unlucky horror movie actress realizing that something’s just not right.

But what happens to us in the moments just before the light bulb turns on? New research from Ohi

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Aliens and Demons: New 90-Minute Documentary

This has been quite a while in coming, and I had to keep it under wraps. My employer, Faithlife (makers of Logos Bible Software) has a relatively new streaming TV channel called Faithlife TV. They’re about to launch a documentary featuring some of my thoughts on an immensely popular fringe topic of UFOs and alleged alien contact. You can watch the trailer here.

As many readers till know, I’ve had a presence in the UFO community since the publication of my first novel, The Façade. (For why I bother with writing paranormal science fiction, blogging on UFO Religions, podcasting on paranormal topics, and participating in fringe communities like this, read this).

Those familiar with my involvement / ministry in know that I don’t think the question of an ET reality is a problem for Christian theology. I’ll be lecturing in Roswell, NM this summer during the festival for the 70th anniversary of the “Roswell event” on that and other topics. That said, what passes for contactee messaging  and alien abductions is, in my view, quite sinister, and demonization is one (strong) possibility in my mind for explaining those phenomena. The trailer page describes the documentary in part this way:

In a series of four provocative interviews Dr. Heiser draws together UFOs, Roswell, government conspiracies, alien abductions, ancient alien theories, and enigmatic biblical passages. The documented overlaps between alien abductions, occult rituals, and ancient texts . . .

Faithlife TV is hoping to launch a subscription model to the channel via Aliens and Demons. I hope many of you will subscribe to watch the entire documentary. It’s inexpensive ($4.99 a month). For those wondering, none of that goes in my pocket. The Roswell conference this summer is the ONLY place, so far as I know, that this documentary will be available in DVD. So if you want it in that form, come to Roswell!  Otherwise, it will be exclusively Faithlife TV streaming content.

The subscription gives you access to a lot more content than the documentary. The channel is in its beginning stages, but there’s actually a lot on it already. As the site notes, the channel aims to be “the premier video library for students, scholars, and self-proclaimed Bible geeks. Faithlife TV has more than 1,000 Bible documentaries, dramas, biographies, kids videos, and more.”

Check it out!

 

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Alien Encounter in Calgary, Alberta on 1994-10-01 00:00:00 – Class 3 encounter, subclass e. 3 years old. woke to see a small humanoid walking across my bedroom floor. disappeared through window.

I did some research and as far as i can tell i had a class 3, subclass e encounter with an entity when i was 3 years old. i am guessing this would have been 1994 in calgary, alberta, but it is possible it was in 1993.

-my encounter-

i woke up on my left shoulder facing the interior of my room. the entity (see below) was moving across the room towards my bedroom window. i assume it was walking because of the way it was moving slightly up and down while traveling (though i did not see any legs). it was already half way across my room when i woke up. it moved very slow and when it finally made it to the window, it turned its head towards me, made eye contact and then it disappeared through the glass. i use the term disappeared very liberally because it was more of a paint brush sweep of a motion as it “traveled” out of my room. (my window was not open) i could not see a trace or anything behind the entity but that is as close of a description as i can think of. i was completely petrified the entire time this was transpiring. i laid still and peered from just above my sheet that was pulled up to my nose. in my memory i see the event lasting about 10 seconds, but traumatic events often seem longer in memory so i do not know for sure. as soon as it disappeared i jumped out of bed, opened the door and ran to the kitchen to where my parents were sitting. i remember trying desperately to describe what i saw. my parents obviously thought it was a bad dream and i remember my mom asking if i had seen the “bad wolf”. i remember agreeing with her. i think that maybe i was content with her understanding there was something i saw and that seemed like a suitable description of the “bad guy” that i encountered. that is the last i can remember of the situation. it is so clearly branded into my memory.

-the entity-

as a small child i do not think i can give an accurate description of height but for a basic reference, the entity’s body was only half visible from the stomach up. i saw arms and hands but i cannot remember their details unfortunately. it had no hair and i hate saying this but it looked like the little grey aliens often depicted in tv and movies. the major difference was the face though. it had an oval shaped head with a large round top but not as pointy of a jaw that the classic et’s have. it did not have completely black eyes they were very large but more like a dogs eye. and its mouth was not small but relatively wide. this may sound stupid but i swore it sort of smiled or grinned at me before leaving. that is the perception of a small child though so i think it is entirely possible it just opened its mouth. there was no noise the entire time. it made no footsteps or any rushing sound when leaving. complete silence.

so yeah that is everything i remember. it is very much branded into my memory. i can see it as if it just happened. i have never told anyone these events except my closest friends and my parents.

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What are “Neural Correlates” Correlates Of?

In a thought-provoking new paper called What are neural correlates neural correlates of?, NYU sociologist Gabriel Abend argues that neuroscientists need to pay more attention to philosophy, social science, and the humanities.

Abend’s main argument is that if we are to study the neural correlates or neural basis of a certain phenomenon, we must first define that phenomenon and know how to identify instances of it.

Sometimes, this identification is straightforward: in a study of brai

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UFO Sighting in Frederick, Maryland on 2017-04-17 00:00:00 – Dark balloon-like, flashing object flew overhead heading eastward. object gained altitude quickly, maintained position for several minutes, then vanished.

Sitting in my apartment i just happened to look outside to enjoy the day when i noticed a dark, round, object flying overhead. at first it looked like a child’s party balloon – the aluminum foil type – since it seemed to be reflecting the sun’s light. it was that bright reflection that caught my eye. it would be dark, then a few seconds later it would be bright as a reflection.

i was about to pay it no mind, when i noticed that the reflection was a rhythmic flashing. every few seconds, this object flashed a very bright light. that made me very curious, i have seen many aircraft in my time, though i don’t profess to be an expert, and i had not seen an aircraft with such a bright strobe light. it was traveling a decent speed, no faster than a standard aircraft or helicopter (and indeed it could very well have been one), but again i have never seen such bright flashes of light on an aircraft, especially in the daytime. the object did not reflect the sun, the only light was from the flashing lights.

it was flying normal and level until it was almost out of sight – but then it changed direction (more eastwardly or perhaps northeasterly) and quickly climbed in altitude. all the while to object flashed very brightly (which seemed odd to me since a change in direction can sometimes block a right or way light, or strobe or navigation light on an aircraft). this object had a uniformly bright flashing light. it continued to climb to what i can only imagine was a very high altitude (perhaps between 10,000 to 15,000 feet, maybe higher – it seemed to be on the level of the commercial airliners that flew through the area after the object vanished.) but i couldn’t tell just how high since i really had no way of knowing how large the object was.

the object hovered stationary in the high altitude position for several minutes, flashing brightly every few seconds. it was certainly above the high cloud cover as it was becoming obscured at moments, but i could still make out the bright flashing. and then, as the clouds passed, the flashing stopped and the object seemed to be gone. minutes later, commercial aircraft were flying northeast to southwest in that same patch of sky. they were clearly creating contrails and were also not reflecting any sunlight.

it could very well have been a helicopter or military aircraft, but it struck me as odd enough to warrant creating a report. the sky was clear, with light high clouds, and sunny!

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