A Few Good Anomalists: You Can’t Handle the Vacuous Truth

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“I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I’m a conspiracy analyst” – Gore Vidal

creepy_conspiracy Nope, no conspiracy here…

In logic, a “vacuous truth” is a statement that ascribes a property to an empty set, which is tons of fun at parties and makes for a lively conversation, but otherwise imparts no knowledge.  If I say, “No dogs in the room are brown”, whenever no dogs are in the room, the statement is true.  Of course, whenever no dogs are in the room, it is equally valid to say, “No dogs in the room aren’t brown”.  Thus, you end up able to say, “No dogs in the room are or aren’t brown”.  Totally true, and not very helpful.  There are more technical definitions in formal logic and pure mathematics, but if you are engaged in either enterprise, you’re probably not allowed access to the internet, or forks really, from your padded cell…

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Why Hospitals Are Haunted

The Haunted Librarian

Hawkinsville State Hospital Hawkinsville State Hospital, Georgia Archives.

Why Hospitals Are Haunted

Ghosts haunt hospitals. Paranormal teams can investigate a lot of shuttered hospitals; however, very few have access to those that are open. Unlike cemeteries where the dead don’t have a strong connection, hospitals across the nation are the perfect locations for residual hauntings.

Prior to 1885, sick people were cared for at home by their family. According to Wendy Cage, author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, early American hospitals “provided lodging for the homeless, the poor, and travelers.” While some cities operated hospitals, a large number were established by religious organizations, specifically Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations. Volunteer chaplains in many of these hospitals visited nearly every patient who died while admitted. Religious beliefs, prayer, and spirituality played a large role in the hospital ministry, even in an unofficial capacity. God and the afterlife may have…

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