UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Nick Redfern: Our writer of choice about things Fortean

Nick Redfern's writings are a must for us and should be for you too. (He's one of the best Fortean researchers writing today.)

Click here for a note about an anthology of his writings

23 Comments:

  • Re Nick Redfern's latest:

    Do you think Nick might be overdoing it a bit? I have only read one, possibly two, of Nick's many books and wonder how much overlap there is between them, i.e. covering the same events, stories & ideas, again and again.

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Christopher,

    For us, we can never get too much of good things.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • CDA:

    Hopefully there shouldn't be overlap. I always try and present new data for each book, and as most vary in subjects (UFOs, Chupacabra, MIB, Hollywood scandal etc), the subjects are vastly different anyway.

    Technically, this is not a new book from me - it's a collection of many of my old (back to 1982) and hard-to-find writings fron now-defunct magazines etc.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • You know you're getting old when someone publishes an anthology of your work. ;-)

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Paul
    Hahaha! Old? I'm only 28 (and a bit, LOL).

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Waitaminute, Nick...

    Is that 28 like my 42?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • RR:

    LOL, yes it is!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Nick:

    I think we may be those "UFO geezers" I keep bitchin' about.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • LOL we may be! Sadly for me, 50 is only 4 years away!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • I'd give my right toe to see 50 again.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • LOL, I hope the next 4 years go very slowly for me!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • If Einstein is right, they won't.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Einstein can go to Hell! LOL

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • So Einstein should go to a place you don't believe in?

    That's no punishment at all.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • RR:
    Well, he can at least take a long walk somewhere!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • I bet he's having a cup of coffee with Mac Tonnies right now.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • That would likely be a very cool conversation!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • So let me sum up for those who've missed the boat....

    Nick wrote that he hoped his four year run-up to age 50 would go slowly.

    I said if Einstein is right, that run-up won't go slowly.

    To use Einstein's own analogy about time:

    If one is sitting on the lap of or in the presence of a beautiful woman (a pretty girl was how Einstein had it), time would pass very quickly.

    If, however, one was sitting on a hot stove, time would (seem to) pass very slowly.

    Since Nick is married to a beautiful woman (a pretty girl), time will move (or seem to) rather quickly, heading to that age 50 mark.

    Condemning Einstein to Hell is a non-sequitur for Nick as he doesn't believe in Hell.

    But my rejoinder that Einstein is having coffee with Mac Tonnies goes to the conjecture (in "Consciousness Beyond Life" --mentioned elsewhere here, and Hawking's black hole reversal about the loss of information) that consciousness and the mind lives on after death.

    Thus Mac Tonnies, if his ongoing mind so desires, can access the mind of Einstein in the after life and intersect with it, symbolically having coffee, as it were.

    Nick wites that the "conversation" would be "cool."

    And in the context of Mac Tonnies life and thought, it would be.

    (I'll be providing more about Life after death, the continuation of the mind and its confirmation by medical evidence and physics theory, upcoming.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Ah, but Rich--have you heard the rumors about Mac? It has been implied he's coming back! Around late 2017, legend has it.

    Maybe, after chatting with Einstein, and persuading him that quantum mechanics is irresolvable, Mac will bring Einstein back, along with him, so that both may begin again to investigate the great UFO conundrum, as per your request for an Einstein-level equivalent to be a "UFO maven."

    Then Nick could retire, and Jacques could invest even more millions into med-tech start-ups...

    Hey, it could happen! 8^}

    By Blogger steve sawyer, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • On the question of life after death, I highly recommend Alex Tsakiris' podcast "Skeptico", which has a number of excellent episodes on consciousness and near death experiences, from both the "believer" and the "non-believer" side of the equation.

    As for Nick, like me, he's young at heart. We are, after all, the bad boys of the paranormal. ;-)

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Nearly 30 years of published writing about subjects you both relish and are intrigued by. Quite a record!

    You must be doing something right...
    of course, I hear the pay could (should) be better.

    But, them thar's part of the writin' thang! Or so I hear, these days. 6^}

    By Blogger steve sawyer, at Monday, March 28, 2011  

  • Paul:

    I don't outright dispute the possibility of some essence or life-force/soul surviving death.

    What I find annoying is the rigid (and massively simplistic) belief-system of Heaven and Hell.

    Belief that death is not the end is, as you know, a tradition that most worldwide cultures, dating back thousands of years, accept.

    But, that "something" may survive and may go "somewhere" is an issue that has been mangled into a control-system by organized religion.

    That's what I hate about a lot of religions: they are less about the nature of after-life consciousness and everything that may involve, and far more about controlling people via fear and guilt.

    It's religion - as organized institutions with rigid beliefs that cannot be proven - that I loathe.

    The notion that there could be other "realms" after death isn't - in my view - an issue that needs a belief in some guy with horns and pitchfork to uphold it.

    The former (the realms) is a possibility. The latter (the Devil) is a creation of people and a means of control.

    If there was no fear-factor in relgion, it would have no controlling power.

    But, that says nothing about life after death. All it says is a lot about the manipulative power of belief-systems.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, March 29, 2011  

  • Steve:

    Pay from writing? What's that? LOL.

    Seriously though, I enjoy what I do, and I do work full-time writing. But, could I work full-time doing just Fortean writing? No. There's just not enough outlets.

    I'm certainly not complaining though, as for me, most of my writing income comes via non-Fortean writing as it has always done(regular news stories for newspapers, magazines such as Penthouse, and a lot of ghost-writing for other authors).

    Being a freelance writer is like any self-employed job: it means going where the work is, ensuring you get work, projecting months in advance, etc etc. And if you don't get out there and look for the work, it certainly won't come to you.

    The Fortean income helps pay the bills, and is very welcome. But over the year, it probably collectively pays our mortgage and bills for about 3 months and that's it. Maybe less.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, March 29, 2011  

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