Investigating Mysteries: Out-Of-The-Box Thinking That Solved Strange Cases


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfQPK5Vn0tU Please note that this video contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children. Presented by Kenny Biddle at Balticon 53, on May 25, 2019. This presentation covers some of the basic methods Kenny Biddle has used to solve mysteries. Using investigations from his personal case file, Kenny will demonstrate how these techniques provided …

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What’s up with this fear of brown people?


Coin of the Gupta king Samudragupta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) One thing I can't avoid noticing is the problem some in my country have with brown people, particularly those of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent, that shows itself in racial, ethnic, and religious stereotyping in the media and the occasional hate crime by those whose …

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Ubi dubium… | Astrology: Claudius Ptolemy’s Dubious Legacy


Astrology began as a form of divination, originally not so distinct from Astronomy as it is today, and is historically thought to have been invented by the Assyrians and Chaldeans about three millennia ago, culminating in the contributions of the “father of astrology,” Claudius Ptolemy in 150 C.E. in the reference work used by today’s …

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