The Bent Spoon Issue 4 – Cryptozoology!

Issue 4 is finally here!

In this issue of The Bent Spoon you will find tons of information aimed to make you think.  Jason Korbus returns with an amazing article for his column Soupernatural talking about how certain cryptozoologists tend to move the goal posts when explaining why creatures of myth can’t be found.  Rachel Wolf talks about something called the burden of proof.  Nick Callis deconstructs a hoax that plagued the internet about an unknown creature that was caught on a game camera.  Bobby Nelson questions the validity of the controversial Patterson/Gimlin film of 1967 and also talks about the famous “Surgeons photograph” and it is a known hoax.   Also in this issue we have a special treat, scientific paranormal investigator Ben Radford, tells about how he solved the chupacabra mystery. 

We have a couple awesome interviews this issue, one with skeptic Blake Smith, co-host of the podcast Monster Talk and also an interview with monster hunter and cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard.  There is also a reprise of the interview we did with Dr. Karen Stollznow in issue 1.

We have all this and more in this amazing issue of The Bent Spoon. 

You can download the full issue here: issue04

Paranormal Round Table Discussion

The other day I was asked to sit in as a skeptic in a paranormal round table discussion.  It was a great time and can be heard here: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_intothedark_bobby.mp3

Issue 3 of The Bent Spoon has arrived!!!

The Bent Spoon Issue 3

The Bent Spoon Issue 3

The Bent Spoon  Issue 3 – Spirit Communication

Jason Korbus returns with his monthly column Soupernatural where he talks about the controversial flashlight experiment.

 The Bent Spoon holds a brilliant interview with Matthew Baxter

Rachel Wolf talks a bit about Unity and why it is bad for believers and skeptics.

Nick Callis and Bobby Nelson talk about a couple stories that made the news such as Bigfoot and failed psychic predictions.

The question if the Modern Day Paranormal Movement is based on a lie is covered.

This issue also has Reviews of:

Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there – By Professor Richard Wiseman

Ghost Hunters Guide Book – By Troy Taylor

Syfy’s new television show “Haunted Collector”

And The Travel Channels new show “Paranormal Challenge”

And other Topics such as:

  • EVP
  • Ouija Boards
  • Ghost Boxes

We also can’t forget Pareidolia of the month and of course “Believer vs. Skeptic” comic by Andre Frattino and Bobby Nelson.

Hope you all enjoy!!!  Issue03

Interview with Professor Richard Wiseman about his new book “Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there”

Professor Richard Wiseman

Professor Richard Wiseman

Recently on Strange Frequencies Radio, Korbus and I had the privilege of speaking with Professor Richard Wiseman about his new book “Paranormality: Why we see what isn’t there”.  The interview was amazing and it can be heard here: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show153_hour2.mp3 (right click and save as)

One thing Professor Wiseman told us during the interview was that he was having problems releasing this book in the US.  He went on to explain, that for whatever reason publishers are very reluctant to release a book this skeptical. 

On Professor Wiseman’s blog he wrote:  

“The book has done well in the UK and has been bought by publishers in lots of other countries. However, the major American publishers were reluctant to support a skeptical book, with some suggesting that I re-write it to suggest that ghosts were real and psychic powers actually existed! We didn’t get any serious offers and so it looked like the American public (around 75% of whom believe in the paranormal) wouldn’t get the opportunity to read about skepticism.”

This is a crying shame.  Wiseman openly admits, as he did on SFR, this book isn’t intended for people who already truly believe.  It is more for the people on the fence about paranormal phenomena.  I guess I don’t understand how people like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens can be published without being asked to change their opinion on the view of God.  Could you imagine what “The God Delusion” would have been like if Dawkins said at the end “though I am an atheist there is definitely strong evidence to support the existence of God.” 

The fact that the publishers asked Professor Wiseman to re-write that ghosts and psychics exist very insulting, not only to Wiseman but to anyone who has an open mind.  It’s like making Hitchens say “religion is evil, but God is great!” 

Anyway the book is available by going to http://www.richardwiseman.com/Paranormality.shtml pick it up, you won’t be sorry.

Video Shot for “Exorcist” Brother Carlos Oliveira’s Documentary “REAL-TIME PARANORMAL”

I was asked by Brother Carlos to film a 5 minute segment on my personal feelings of demonic possession.  If anyone is interested in watching the clip here it is:

http://youtu.be/jM4t3XcmjZE

 

My Interview and Psychic Reading on ParaChallenged Radio

Recently I was a guest on ParaChallenged Radio with hosts Brian Easterwood and Kathy Barts.  I had a lovely time talking about the importance of skepticism, what to watch out for in psychic readings and even got a psychic reading of my own by self proclaimed psychic medium, Angel Garcia (which you will have to listen to in order to see the results).

To download this interview right click and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/parachallengedbobby.mp3

God Has Spoken – Camping Suffers Stroke

On May 24th on Family Radio a caller called in and asked Harold Camping “why don’t you retire?”  Harold quickly responded that if God wanted him to retire there are a lot of ways he could show it, by taking his voice away, striking him dead or giving him a stroke that would impair his talking.

Well God has spoken, on June 9th 2011 only 17 days after Camping’s failed prediction of the Rapture happening, Harold Camping suffered a stroke that has left his speech slurred. 

Family Radio is expected to give an update on Camping’s condition on Monday.

My Interview on Mind Cemetery

On 6/6/11 I was a guest on Mind Cemetery Radio with hosts Chip and Nicole Plescher.  Here is an overview Nicole wrote about the show.

“We had an AWESOME time with Bobby Nelson last time… well, I did!  Chip’s world got rocked up a little bit.  I <3 Skeptic month!  In honor of skeptical month, pay homage to skeptical hippo  :)  

Anyway, Bobby is what I would consider to be a good guy skeptic.  After last night’s discussion, I admire him almost as much as admire Penn after his skepticism letter.  It was a fun show.  Listen in below!

Bobby’s biggest complaint about the paranormal community is when people bastardize science into fitting their needs.  He co-hosts Strange Frequencies Radio, which airs on Sundays from 3-6PM EST.  He also has an awesome blog called Pork Rhine and he is the founder and contributor of Bent Spoon Magazine which is smart, insightful, and amazing.  Check out Bent Spoon if you have a minute… it really appeals to believers and non-believers alike.”

I must admit, this was one of my favorite shows I have ever been on.

To download this interview right click on the link and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/bobbymind.mp3

Interview with Professor Mark Alford – Quantum Physics and the Paranormal

On Sunday 6/5/11 I was privileged to speak with Professor Mark Alford about quantum physics and the paranormal. If you’re like us, you’ve heard weird, spooky sounding connections between ghosts, psychic powers, and even consciousness itself all tied to the behavior of subatomic particles. Not only is the evidence for any of the perceived paranormal phenomenon lacking, but the supposed relation to quantum realities is irresponsible.  Mark Alford, professor of physics at Washington University at St. Louis whose main research topic is in high density quark matter. You can find out more information by checking out: http://www.physics.wustl.edu/~alford/

To download this interview, right click the link and save as: www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/sfr_show150_hour2.mp3

STRUCTURE FOUND ON MARS!!!!

BIO STATION ALPHA FOUND ON MARS!!!!  At least that is what amateur astronomer David Martines is saying.  What exactly is Bio Station Alpha?  Well it is something astounding that Martines found while scanning Google Mars.  Martines is claiming that this formation (which he himself named Bio Station Alpha) is at least 700ft long and 150ft wide and that it is definitely cylindrical, he is also making that claim that is positive evidence for extraterrestrials.  

Martines says “It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage — hope it’s not a weapon.”

Why is it when people see something like this, common sense goes bye-bye?  An obscure structure is seen and people appeal to extraterrestrials.  Here is a perfectly legit RATIONAL EXPLAINATION – It is a pixilated rock or mountain formation.

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