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101 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:58 pm

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Yep, SusanaB. I've started working on the plan for the book's layout, which follows the usual format:

Title page (should include the title, sub-title, author)
Copyright page (shows the copyright notice, publisher’s name, ISBN, name of the editor, designer, photographer, etc., as appropriate)
Contents page (gives list of chapters with a corresponding page number).
List of maps and illustrations (a list might be beneficial to the reader).
Preface (sets out why and how a book is written).
Acknowledgements (page to acknowledge the people and institutions that have assisted in a book’s publication)
Introduction (introductory matter)
Text (main body of the book divided into chapters)
Endmatter (the endmatter or conclusion)
Appendixes (appendix matter, e.g. Appendix A, B, etc.).
Glossary (a list of technical terms and definitions alphabetically ordered—either by word or by letter)
Bibliography (the bibliography of books and online sources used in the production of the book).


To produce the physical tome, I'm going the route of self-publishing but I haven't yet established a timeline or full production cost (I'll need to pay for an editor and a graphic designer to design the cover). Other details of the physical book should be:

Format: A5
Paper stock: 80 gsm (grams per square metre)
Page extent: 140 pp (pages)
Cover: 150 gsm card
Total print run: 250 copies.


This is my first time writing a book (much less a history book), and publication seemed (until quite recently) beyond my reach. Publishing was as mysterious a process as any and I lacked confidence in my ability to produce a work that's acceptable to potential readers. I guess only time will tell if I can pull it off. So, what do you think?



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102 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:54 pm

J.Howey wrote:I got a letter from the Guards this morning, they're not willing to discuss the matter of the fire in Kilmatogh that killed everyone in the XUAL Community
How can they NOT accede to your request? They're civil servants, paid by the taxpayer's money; they have to! It's like the Catholic Church in this country sweeping the abuse cases under the carpet.

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103 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:30 pm

J.Howey wrote:Yep, SusanaB. I've started working on the plan for the book's layout.....
That's really great! I hope you'll post the chapters on here so we can all read them and maybe give you some helpful feedback?

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104 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:37 pm

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That's an idea! But first though, I've got to go back out to the former site of the XUAL Community and take pics of the bog for the 'Introduction' section of the book. I feel I can't explain how the site currently looks without pictures to go along with it to illustrate. Though after what happened to me the last time I went to the bog, and the craziness Dr. Broadbent succumbed to after excavating there, I'm very nervous about going. I really hope there isn't a curse on the place!



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105 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:40 pm

All I can advise is: 'Stay away from the magic mushrooms!' lol!

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106 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:42 pm

Leave John alone, Kidrotten!

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107 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:22 pm

When I was digging for information prior to my interview with the Cummings family, I only found slight details on what the community were experimenting on; something about how consciousness can affect the physical material world. Their experiments weren't published in any peer review journal that I know of (or found). Though, if any of you know how to decrypt those secretexperiment.txt files that Kidrotten discovered (Mary, you virtuoso, I'm looking at you!), please have a crack at it as I'd like to read them. Many thanks, Dan.

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108 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:29 pm

Sorry Dan, decryption is not my forte, perhaps some other member on the forum can crack it?

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109 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:43 pm

Actually, Dan, now that you've asked, I've already cracked it! Took me ages but I figured that it was a ROT letter substitution encryption. Here is the whole file translated for those interested (because I sure amn't):

Green Thumbs: Testing how human intention can effect plant development.
Principal Investigator(s): Malcolm Cassin
Program Areas: Extended Human Capacities
Project Year Started: 1970
Status: Completed
Related Topics: Intention, Intuition, Mind-Matter Interaction, Parapsychology, Nature and Ecology
Keywords: mind-matter, plant development
Description: An experiment to test the hypothesis that plants exposed to distant intentions affects the growth rate of that plant. Over three months, participants focused their intentions towards plant samples located inside a sheilded room. Other samples located outside the sheilded room acted as distant controls. Shoots from samples in the different treatment conditions were photographed by a technician. Each image was assessed for plant growth and the resulting data was analyzed, all by individuals blind with respect to the underlying treatment conditions. Results suggested that plant growth in the intentionally treated condition were rated as more developed than proximal control samples. This outcome replicates the results of an earlier pilot test.


Gaia's Dreams: Whether dreams can be used as form of Presentiment.
Principal Investigator(s): Malcolm Cassin
Program Areas: Extended Human Capacities
Project Year Started: 1974
Status: Continuous
Related Topics: Intuition, Collective Consciousness, Community and Society, States of Consciousness
Keywords: dreaming, prediction, group-mind
Description: Gaia’s Dreams is an experiment designed to record the nightly dreams of participants over time so that the dreams can be categorized along a number of different variables to track correlations between content and quality vs. future natural disasters like earthquakes, and future unnatural disasters like terrorist attacks. A great deal of human activity is involved in anticipating the future, but most models of anticipation take for granted that events unfold in a unidirectional flow of time, from past to future. This experiment is conducted to test this assumption.


Teleportation:  Moving physical objects with the mind.
Principal Investigator(s): Michael Furlong
Co-investigator(s): Malcolm Cassin
Program Areas: Extended Human Capacities
Project Year Started: 1978
Status: Completed
Related Topics: Transformative Practices, Mind-Matter Interaction, Subtle Energies
Keywords: telekineses, anomalous teleportation
Description: Scientifically investigate and separately document ‘gifted children’ and adults who were able to cause the anomalous teleportation of various small, physical objects from one place to another. Objects included watches, horseflies, other insects, radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper and more. The participants never touched the objects beforehand. The experiments were done under both blind and double-blind conditions, and the researches involved came from various backgrounds and sectors of the community.


Shaman State: Psychophysiology of Spiritual Transmission
Principal Investigator(s): Malcolm Cassin
Co-investigator(s): Annmarie Cummings
Program Areas: Extended Human Capacities
Project Year Started: 1981
Status: Terminated
Related Topics: States of Consciousness, Transformative Practices, Parapsychology, Subtle Energies
Keywords: spiritual transmission, parasympathy, psycotropic drugs, possession
Description: The Shaman experiments were conducted to objectively test the physiological correlates of spiritual transmission in both transmitters and recipients, and to explore the influence of spiritual teacher and susceptibility of the recipient under controlled laboratory conditions. Our aim was to find notable similarities in the subjectively reported instances of spiritual transmission across cultures, across spiritual traditions, and across reports that have been documented in occult literature for centuries. Participants used psychotropic drugs to gain heightened states of consciousness and its effects reported range in valence and intensity, but appear to involve arousal of the parasympathetic nervous system (hyper activation of the limbic system) such as observed during a manic or psychotic episode. These effects often occur in the context of several environmental cues, and therefore could be in large part attributed to a kind of placebo or expectancy effect, but this explanation is limited by the fact that there are many subjective reports of this phenomenon by people with apparently no prior expectancy or spiritual orientation.

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110 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:50 pm

Oh, well done, dear boy, you are an absolute genius!

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111 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:52 pm

Yes excellent, Kidrotten. How did you do it?

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112 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:56 pm

Can't take all the credit, since I used the internet. There's lots of websites with tools especially designed to encrypt and decrypt messages. I simply copied the contents of the secretexperiments.txt and pasted into an online decryption program and it decrypted it for me in less than 5 seconds. Then I copied down the translation. Easy peasy.

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113 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:58 pm

That took brains to figure out and to find the right website that would do it for you.

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114 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:00 am

Again, I can't take all the credit for that, since I used an internet search engine to find the sites that would decrypt it.

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115 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:03 am

Modesty becomes you, Kidrotten, I must say!

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116 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:35 pm

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At last we know the extent of their experiments! Fair play to you, Kidrotten! So, here's an update: I went back to the site earlier today and took some pictures. Luckily, nothing attacked me this time! (Ahem.) But the strangest thing happened while I was snapping the pics, I noticed a shape in the distance on the bog; it was some kind of wooden effigy (or idol?) roughly in the shape of a bull. 'How did I miss it the first time I was here?' I wondered to myself. I mean, it was perhaps thirty or forty feet tall, and almost as wide. Anyway, here's some pics of it:


The wooden idol seen close up


The idol seen from the back


The idol seen from further away.



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117 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:45 pm

What the creepy fudge is that? I mean look at it, it's like some giant primitive art installation!

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118 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:47 pm

What does it symbolise, John? What does it mean?

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119 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:50 pm

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Heck if I know, Susana! But it must have been there for years because the whole base of it was covered in ivy. I climbed up onto the sturdy thing and noticed there was a trapdoor that opened downward into the base from the top.
Curiosity started to get the better of me, so I ventured down into it. At ground level (inside the base) I saw a hole and steps fashioned out of earth leading downward, underground. Using my phone to light my way like a torch, I went down a good thirty feet below the surface. That's when I realised the steps ended and a smooth stone passageway began.
Even though I wanted to continue exploring, the evening was coming on fast and soon it would be too dark to even walk back to my car. So, I abandoned my exploration and climbed out. What do you guys think? Who wants to go exploring it with me?



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120 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:54 pm

That must be the entrance to the underground temple, John! The one that archaeologist, Broadbent, discovered back in 1956 before he went crazy and killed his co-workers. No way will you get me to step one toe -never mind a foot- down there!

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121 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:01 pm

I'm definitely not! Don't you go down there again, John! Maybe it was the swamp gas in the bog that made the archaeologist go crazy, you never know with these things?! But wasn't the underground temple (and its entrance) covered over again with earth by the Council in 1956? If so, then who dug this entrance out?

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122 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:06 pm

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SusanaB wrote: ...who dug this entrance out?
That's another mystery to solve, Susana.
SusanaB wrote: I'm definitely not!
So, that's two down, anybody else?



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123 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:08 pm

After reading 'Excavation of Beast Bog' by Dr Raymond Broadbent, PhD - a handwritten account of his discovery of an underground temple at Kilmatogh bog- I really wanted to see this for myself. Of course, I don't believe any of that satanic god, ancient cult nonsense that he goes on about (obviously the rantings of a mind progressively succumbing to madness, culminating in that atrocious double-homicide for which he was placed into Coldridge Asylum for the rest of his life). Seeing this idol (or 'effigy'), really makes me want to go to the site and have a good snoop. You can count me in, John!

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124 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:10 pm

Me too! I wanna go snoop!

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125 Re: The Mystery starts here! on Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:13 pm

You two are incorrigible!!! I'll have to see this for myself since it's a once in a lifetime experience...and I'm certainly not getting any younger. If I leave it any later, I probably wont be able to explore it...my knees just won't let me.

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