on 22 October 2010
The Anomalist is a non-fiction anthology comprising of various papers on a broad range of anomalies and esoterica.
Issue 14 comprises of 15 papers, including among others articles on the mind-set of 15th century witch-hunters; a Plutarch-like "compare and contrast" of the similarities between the visionary shamanic literary work of Whitley Streiber and of Carlos Castenada; a statistical look at the probability of supposedly extinct animals surviving undetected; and of how Charles Fort's research might have fared if he'd had Google.
All the above articles (and the ones I've not mentioned) are interesting (although the article on survival of "extinct" animals had a bit too much algebra in it for me, but if you're a statistician you'll love it) and a few stood out particularly of note for me personally:
Cameron Blount's examination of the less-heard-of Moche Culture of Peru, (neighbouring tribe to the Nazca of Nazca-line fame) investigates what this tribe can tell us about the motivations and meaning of the Nazca culture. Dwight Whalen does a really interesting piece of research on what might have been behind the strange sights and visions of marching children that appeared to people in the sky above the small town of Helterville in the USA in 1914.
My favourite is Tim Cridland's piece on the career of arch-sceptic James Randi, a crusader against flim-flam but one who has apparently been happy to use it himself when it suits.
All good stuff.