Sunday, August 27, 2006

What is Forteana?

Everybody loves a good mystery. From conspiracy theories and paranormal phenomenas to ghost stories and urban legends, people have always been fascinated by the unknown and the unexplained.

Forteana (or Fortean phenomena), named after Charles Fort, refers to the strange and anomalous phenomena which are rejected by mainstream science. Charles Fort (1874 - 1932) was an American writer and researcher into unexplained phenomena. For over thirty years, Fort sat in the libraries of New York and London trying to find reports of what are now popularly called “anomalies,” things that aren’t what they are supposed to be…especially in the eyes of science. By 1930 he had collected “some 60,000” of them, mostly jotted down on scraps of butcher’s paper. Fort was sceptical of scientific explanations, observing how scientists argued according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence and that inconvenient data was ignored, suppressed, discreditedor explained away. Fort is considered by many as the father of modern paranormalism, not only because of his interest in strange phenomena, but because of his "modern" attitude towards religion, 19th century spiritualism, and scientific dogma.

Even though I do not believe in all the stories that I read and hear, I still keep an open mind on them and am very fascinated by them. I read and collect as much information about these subjects as I can as a hobby. I don't make assumptions about the information or draw any conclusions. I hope my friends and readers will share their experiences with me on this blog as well.


Anonymous said...

Hi, great article. I'm a fan of Forteana too. I used to pick up copies of a magazine called (if I remember right) Fortean Times overseas. You can actually pick up old back copies from some of the bookstores around the Klang Valley. Will keep coming back!

ANU said...

I'm glad you started this blog. I always wanted to do something like this but don't think I have neither the discipline nor the time to maintain one.

Anyway, have you read Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles series? There is enough stuff in there to keep you busy for years. I read somewhere that National Geographic is now filming a series on the Ancient Astronauts and Intervention Theory… Erich Von Daniken, Zecharia Sitchin and others will be featured. I can’t wait for the release of this documentary… it will be fun to watch the “academic experts” debating with the likes of Von Daniken and Sitchin and try to debunk these theories.

Also check out this web site, one of my favorite…

Keep up the good work. I’ll be back often.