Science on the Fringe

ESP, UFOs and reincarnation are treated with respect at the world's most bizarre scientific conference


    OUTSIDE THE BOX: In this room, Nelson's theory of a planetwide field of consciousness is no laughing matter

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    Given this remarkable mix of acceptance and skepticism, it's not so surprising, then, that Henry Bauer, the editor of S.S.E.'s journal and a dean emeritus at Virginia Tech, wrote the definitive treatise debunking Immanuel Velikovsky, whose best-selling books in the 1950s argued that Old Testament miracles were triggered by close encounters with Venus. But it's also not surprising that that same Henry Bauer has published papers arguing that scientists have ignored powerful evidence that the Loch Ness Monster is real. •

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