Obituaries

Jungleyes Love: ‘Natural’ will kill you too.

QUITE the character! His lifestyle did him in. Jungleyes Love – Telegraph. Jungleyes Love, who has died aged 56, was an Old Harrovian hippie who traded in runic jewellery, dinosaur eggs and fossilised animal excrement, which he sold from his shop on the tourist trail to Kew Gardens in south-west London. He learned the tradition…

Ingo Swann, of remote viewing notoriety, has died

Prominent American psychic research subject, parapsychologist, and author, Ingo Swann, has died. Ingo Swann – Encyclopedia of Parapsychology. Born September 14, 1933, at Telluride, Colorado, he studied at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, receiving a double bachelor’s degree in biology and art. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in Korea,…

Mongolian Death Worm hunter Ivan Mackerle dies

Ivan Mackerle, Czech cryptozoologist and adventurer, who famously popularized the Mongolian Death Worm, has died at 71. Cryptomundo » Ivan Mackerle: Death Worm Hunter Dies.   After a long serious illness the famous journalist and explorer Ivan Mackerle died on Thursday January 3, 2012 [sic, 2013]. He was a great representative of the old honest…

Alternative ancient history author Philip Coppens dies

Author and investigative journalist, Philip Coppens passes away. Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report] Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died. Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work…

A career launched by UFOs – Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has died

Dr. David Clarke shares the story of the popular astronomer who orchestrated some flying saucer hoaxes in his career and believed that mysterious sightings had normal explanations. Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012): astronomer and flying-saucerer The death of Sir Patrick Moore, at the age of 89, is a sad loss to astronomy and for all those…

James W. Moseley, publisher of Saucer Smear, dies

Jim Moseley, known for the irreverent, humorous, gossipy newsletter, Saucer Smear, has passed away. Loren Coleman writes an obit for a famous name in Fortean and ufology circles who exposed UFO hoaxers and has engineered hoaxes of his own. Twilight Language: Saucer Smear’s James W. Moseley Dies. Fortean friend, ufology humorist, and writer James W.…

Molleen Matsumura, evolution activist and writer, dies

Molleen Matsumura dies | NCSE. Molleen Matsumura, a former employee of NCSE [National Center for Science Education], died on October 30, 2012, at the age of 64. She was an activist and community organizer helping to oppose creationist incursions into communities, rallying scientific and educational organizations to take a stand, and informing the press of…

Dr. Paul Kurtz, philosopher, skeptic, humanist, has died

Paul Kurtz, skeptic and humanist, has died at age 86. Kurtz was at the forefront of the modern skeptical movement. He founded the Center for Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, CSICOP which later became the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Prometheus Books. American Atheists first posted on their Facebook page of his passing. American…

Sun Myung Moon, cult leader and self-proclaimed Messiah, dies

Sun Myung Moon dies at 92; Washington Times owner led the Unification Church – The Washington Post. Sun Myung Moon, a self-professed messiah who claimed millions of religious followers in his Unification Church and sought to become a powerful voice in the American conservative movement through business interests that included the Washington Times, has died.…

Dharmapala Senaratne, President of Sri Lanka Rationalist Association, dies

Can Rationalists Awaken the Sleep-walking Lankan Nation? – Groundviews. Assorted charlatans and religious zealots across the island of Sri Lanka must have heaved a collective sigh of relief when they heard that Dharmapala Senaratne was no more. He had made it his business to make life difficult for those preying on the gullible public. Rationalist…

In death, Christopher Hitchens proves a point

  Christopher Hitchens’ ‘God Is Not Great’ Trends… | Gather. A Twitter hashtag meant as a tribute to Christopher Hitchens has turned into a mini religious war, with Christian users of the site threatening violence against anyone using the tag. The hashtag #GodIsNotGreat began trending internationally shortly after the sad announcement that Hitchens had passed…

In remembrance of Lynn Margulis, Biological Rebel

R.I.P. Lynn Margulis, Biological Rebel | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network. Lynn Margulis was among the most creative challengers of mainstream Darwinian thinking of the late 20thcentury. She challenged what she called “ultra-Darwinian orthodoxy” with several ideas. The first, and most successful, is the concept of symbiosis. Margulis’s emphasis on symbiosis led naturally to a…

Don Lapre, King of Informercials, accused of scams, found dead

Self-Described “King Of Infomercials” Found Dead In Jail Cell According to CBS News, Lapre was only a few days away from standing trial for allegations that his his company, The Greatest Vitamin in the World, tricked at least 220,000 people with worthless Internet-based businesses mostly revolving around a pyramid scheme to sell vitamins that did…