Author: MikeHeiser


No, this isn’t a giveaway. Nor is it advocacy for a new persecuted minority. FREE stands for the Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, an organization founded by the late astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell. The FREE website explains it this way: FREE was formally incorporated as a Not for Profit Research Organization on July 15, 2015.  FREE has been established by various retired Ph.D. Physicists, Ph.D. Scientists, Ph.D. Psychologists, Ph.D. Neuroscientists and lay researchers to facilitate investigations into “UFO related contact experiences with non-human intelligent beings and associated paranormal activity, from a grounded and rigorous scientific foundation”.  These interrelated subjects include...

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Elongated Skulls and Christian Ethics

Those of you with an interest in the elongated skull paleobabble (that they have something to do with aliens or nephilim) will find this short essay of interest. It’s from the Hot Cup of Joe blog. It’s basically an overview of the methodological problems of the research and testing put forth by Lynn Marzulli and Brien Foerster on elongated skulls from Peru. Sadly, there’s nothing new here. Claims of submitting the skulls for testing without revealing the identity of those doing the tests, which labs did (or are doing) the work, failure to follow protocols that everyone who does this sort of testing for real follow, etc.  I just don’t understand why Christian researchers somehow feel compelled to be secretive, sloppy, or cavalier in research. Would you want a plumber who just did things his own way? A tax attorney? A pediatrician? How about a hair stylist? To quote Captain Obvious, research isn’t valid unless it can be validated. That means going the extra mile in careful method; transparency in sharing data, method, and results; and of course peer review. Instead we get the kind of amateurish work that mimes the “secular” ancient astronaut carnival. The tragedy is that, if there really is something to discover, the way the research has been done puts the whole effort under the pall of suspicion out of the gate. Sigh. I’ve blogged before...

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Vatican Library Provides Online Access to High Resolution Images of New Testament Papyri

Jean-Baptiste Piggin of the Macro-Typography blog has a nice listing of available manuscripts here. If you’re interested in New Testament textual criticism, papyrology, and the transmission of the Greek New Testament, you’ll want to take a look. If you read Greek, you can save the images as JPG files or take screen...

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First Issue of Mike’s Newsletter Launched

My wife just pushed the button to send the first issue of my newsletter to all who have subscribed. If you subscribed and didn’t get it, it’s going to be because you forgot to hit the link in your email to confirm your subscription after you signed up. Please do that — and check your spam folder.  If you are using Gmail, check your promotions tab. If you find the newsletter there, you can direct Gmail to put future issues in the Primary tab (see these Gmail Help instructions). To encourage more of you to sign up for the free newsletter, here’s a PDF file of the first issue. MIQLAT Newsletter 01 There will be things in the newsletter I don’t be putting on the blog. Please...

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List of Open Access (Mostly Free) Journals in Ancient Studies

The listing located here includes over 1,600 open access scholarly journals in all areas of ancient studies. The listed was created by Charles Jones of the Ancient World Online (AWOL) blog. I’m quite sure there’s something in there to help combat...

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