Scott Lyall : “We want you to believe in us, but not too much: UFOs and Folklore”
Since 1947, when pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a formation of unidentified objects in the air over Mount Rainier in Washington State, the idea of humanoid aliens coming to Earth in space ships has been a cultural staple in Western societies, but as long as humans have been telling each other stories, there have been tales of “others”- ghosts, fairies, goblins, nature spirits, dwarves – beings that are like us, but not us, that exist somewhere just beyond perception – underground, underwater, in other realms. Are UFOs and their apparent occupants here to study us or are they a modern manifestation of something much older?
It’s nearly time for the Edinburgh Fortean Society Christmas meal! Tuesday the 11th of December at 7pm (note earlier than normal start time).
Venue : The Tron, 9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh
Alison Rutter will be talking on Fortean Finland
Bigfoots in the sauna! Coffins in the floorboards! A look at some of the creatures, legends and folklore of Finland.
Tuesday 13th of November
Upstairs at the Beehive, Grassmarket
7.30pm £1 entry
The next meeting of the EFS will be on Tuesday the 9th of October at 7.30pm
Peter McCue will be talking on
‘Misreporting the paranormal’
Citing case examples, Peter McCue will discuss the misreporting that’s all too common with regard to supposedly paranormal events. This can arise from factors such as an excessive use of pseudonyms, hoaxing, and inadequate research. Peter will also mention claims that deception and obfuscation are sometimes perpetrated by agencies of the state.
‘Dr Peter McCue is a retired clinical psychologist with a longstanding interest in anomalous phenomena. He’s the author of two books: Zones of Strangeness: An Examination of Paranormal and UFO Hot Spots (AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012) and Paranormal Encounters on Britain’s Roads: Phantom Figures, UFOs and Missing Time (The History Press, Stroud, 2018). Peter is currently working on a book looking at anomalous experiences in British woodland. He lives in East Dunbartonshire.’
Venue : The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
Tuesday the 9th of October, 7.30 pm, £1 entry.