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By Milton A. Rothman

The legislation of physics supply simple ideas defining what's attainable - and never attainable - within the actual global. This e-book examines and evaluations many extensively held pseudoscientific ideals in mild of those legislation. instead of treating supernatural claims on a case-by-case foundation, Milton Rothman makes use of the final rules provided via physics to teach why they're, in truth, very unlikely. Rothman divides the legislation of physics into sessions: legislation of permission and legislation of denial. legislation of permission, reminiscent of Newton's legislation of movement, often don't enable special predictions other than within the easiest situations. legislation of denial, reminiscent of conservation of power, let very exact conclusions approximately what can't in all likelihood take place. He makes use of those techniques to check and critique the prospective lifestyles of varied paranormal phenomena, akin to UFOs, telepathy, perpetual movement machines, poltergeists, and so forth. He additionally discusses a few suggestions conventional to technological know-how fiction: anti-gravity, faster-than-light trip, time trip, etc., that are proven to be very unlikely whilst topic to rigorous exam. Written in a technically actual but pleasing kind, this booklet will entice the non-specialist but nonetheless current strategies of curiosity to either expert scientists and philosophers of technology.

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In my own community, I’m generally regarded as a serious journalist. I mention this not as a boast but as a reference point. Even though I’ve written reams of stories about every imaginable topic, it seems likely that I will forever be known in my hometown as the UFO reporter. In the eyes of many of my journalism colleagues, this means I’m a borderline nutcase. I officially went crazy in 1989. That’s when I produced a multipart television news series about UFOs and a mysterious military base the world now knows as Area 51.

Ten years earlier, Benteen had served with General George Armstrong Custer’s ill-fated Seventh Cavalry. Benteen survived the massacre at Little Bighorn and eventually was given the assignment of establishing a military outpost at a godforsaken juncture of two obscure rivers in a territory that, for centuries, had been the exclusive domain of the Utes, a nation of proud, fearsome, and unpredictable warriors. When Benteen rode into what would eventually become Fort Duchesne, seventy-five battle-tested cavalrymen accompanied him.

Native tribes dubbed them Buffalo Soldiers, in part because of a perceived resemblance between these dark-skinned, curly-haired warriors and the revered buffalo, and in part because of their prowess in battle and in the saddle. At least eighteen Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to Buffalo Soldiers as a result of their actions in at least 177 armed engagements during the Indian Wars in the West. What isn’t widely known about the Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Fort Duchesne is that many, if not most, of them were Freemasons.

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